Headlines for Wednesday, June 25, 2008

  • Shoemaker Mile winner Daytona looks for seventh win in eight starts in the American Invitational Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4648691%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Daytona Ready to Roar in American 'Cap

    Daytona does nothing but win, usually running on the front end. But last time out in the Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) the 4-year-old Irish bred proved he doesn't have to have the lead in order to get it done. You can't help but wonder if his seven rivals in the $250,000 American Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) June 28 at Hollywood Park have much chance at all.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen Has Drug Positive

    Steve Asmussen has been notified of a drug overage, Daily Racing Form reported June 25.

  • Pimilico Special winner Student Council is one of seven graded winners entered in the Hollywood Gold Cup.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4532482%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lots to Like in Hollywood Gold Cup Field

    While the focus of the 2008 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) is rightfully on the powerhouse grade I victors Heatseeker and Tiago, there are seven graded winners in the field of 10 for the 1 1/4-mile classic.

  • Surf Town won the final race on closing day of the 2008 Bay Meadows meet.

    Bay Meadows Suit Won't Stop Project

    Bay Meadows developers plan to move ahead with its demolition schedule in spite of a pending Oct. 10 court hearing on a lawsuit by a group trying to preserve the track, a senior planner for the city of San Mateo said June 25.

  • Hamelback Named Adena Springs GM

    Eric Hamelback, who has been with Frank Stronach's Adena Springs twice during his career, has been named general manager of the Kentucky property.

  • Heatseeker won the Californian on May 31.

    Heat-Seeking Missile Ready to Strike

    With the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) to be run Saturday, the question is, can anyone beat Heatseeker, who has emerged as the top older horse in the West and a major threat in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) run over a synthetic track, which he apparently loves?

  • Jeremy Rose

    Update: Rose Responds to Whip Incident

    Jockey Jeremy Rose was suspended for six months following a stewards' hearing the morning of June 24 for whipping his mount Appeal to the City in the face during the third race at Delaware Park June 23.

  • Z Fortune shown working at Churchill Downs. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4335632%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Z Fortune Looks For Return to Form

    After lackluster performances in both the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the May 31 Ohio Derby (gr. II), Z Fortune has raised questions. On June 27 in the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows, the son of Siphon looks to provide some answers when he faces seven rivals.

  • Harrison to Handle AHC Communications

    Bridget Harrison has been named director of communications for the American Horse Council, the Washington, D.C., organization announced June 24.

  • Cinemine Stakes winner Storm Mesa takes on nine rivals in the Iowa Oaks.

    Storm Mesa Hoping For More in Iowa Oaks

    Vastly improving with every start, Storm Mesa now faces her toughest competition to date and seeks the biggest payday of her career when she takes on nine rivals in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III) June 27 at Prairie Meadows.

  • RFE Recognized by White House

    The Race For Education, a Lexington, Ky.-based non-profit, was recognized by The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, along with the President's Council on Financial Literacy, among a small group of "innovative and effective programs and partnerships that promote financial literacy among Americans of all ages."

  • Horse Greeley has been retired and will enter stud next year at Claiborne Farm.

    Horse Greeley to Stand at Claiborne

    Horse Greeley, a grade II winner at 2 and one of the highest-weighted runners on the Experimental Free Handicap, has been retired and will enter stud next year at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.

  • Ron Geary, owner of Ellis Park

    Geary Considers Options in ADW Situation

    The owner of Ellis Park said he is willing to work with horsemen on revenue-sharing plans for wagering signals, but hasn't ruled out eventually closing the Kentucky track if an equitable long-term agreement isn't reached.

  • Hat Trick

    Hat Trick to Shuttle to Australia

    Hat Trick, a Japanese record-setting champion miler by Sunday Silence, will stand the Southern Hemisphere at Independent Stallions Victoria in Nagambie, Australia.

  • CHRB Seeks Comments on Steroids Rules

    The California Horse Racing Board will vote in July on regulatory changes that would result in stricter penalties for anabolic steroids violations, and is soliciting public comment prior to a July 17 hearing at Del Mar.