Headlines for Wednesday, June 4, 2008

  • Champs Elysees faces Lava Man and 5 others in the Charles Whittingham.<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%3D3339425%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Champs Elysees, Lava Man Top Whittingham

    Beaten by a nose as the 2-5 favorite in the Jim Murray Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) one month ago, Champs Elysees tries to atone in the $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf course June 7.

  • Pedigree Analyses of Belmont Contenders

    Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Belmont contenders (including surprise entry Guadalcanal) is only a click away. Pedigree analyses done by Alan Porter and Avalyn Hunter have been compiled into one easy-to-read report.

  • Maiden Entered in Belmont Stakes

    Guadalcanal, who has yet to break his maiden in five career starts, was a surprise entry in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) when entries were taken Wednesday.

  • Senorita Stakes winner Sweeter Still is the 121-pound high weight in the Honeymoon Handicap.

    Sweeter Still Has Big Task in Honeymoon

    Sweeter Still, winner of the Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a nose in her last start, is the 121-pound high weight in the $175,000 Honeymoon Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Hollywood Park lawn June 7.

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    Belmont Doings: The Big Brown

    Rick Dutrow wanted the outside post in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He didn't get it. Instead, he got the inside post for Big Brown, which does come with a certain risk of getting trapped, but the rail is far better than the 10, where the risks can be greater.

  • Bay Meadows Handicap winner Bold Chieftain seeks his first graded stakes victory in the Ack Ack Handicap.

    Ack Ack: Bold Chieftain Meets Rebellion

    Bold Chieftain, a leading handicap horse in Northern California, seeks his first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) June 7 at Hollywood Park, but will face a full field of older horses, including Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) winner Rebellion.

  • Ben Ali winner Sterwins faces five in the Eclipse Stakes.

    Sterwins, 'Metropolitan' Head Eclipse

    Eugene Melnyk's homebred Sterwins, longshot winner of the April 20 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland last time out, seeks the second graded score of his career when he faces Bahadur Cheema's True Metropolitan and four other runners in the $150,000 Eclipse Stakes (gr. III) at Woodbine June 7.

  • Churchill Purse Cut Focus of Hearing

    A federal judge June 4 heard preliminary arguments over a proposed injunction filed by Kentucky horsemen asking to reinstate a 20% purse cut imposed by Churchill Downs.

  • Evening Attire makes 68th start of his career in the Brooklyn 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%3D2985862%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Still Dapper Evening Attire to Brooklyn

    Trainer Pat Kelly was about to take Evening Attire out of stakes competition, to try the 10-year-old gelding in a few allowance races or to pick spots in turf routes as a main-track-only entry. But the seasoned runner turned in such a solid performance in his last start that NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes was able to convince Kelly to tackle the $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

  • Roar

    Roar to Stand in Argentina

    Roar, a successful California stallion, has been purchased for stallion duty at Raul Lottero's Haras La Esperanza in Argentina.

  • Roar to Stand in Argentina

    Roar, a successful California stallion, has been purchased for stallion duty at Raul Lottero's Haras La Esperanza in Argentina.

  • North Light's Dam, Sought Out, Dead

    Sought Out, dam of 2004 English champion and classic winner North Light, died May 23 of foaling complications at Ballymacoll Stud in County Meath, Ireland.

  • Summer Stakes winner Prussian faces 7 in the Hill Prince Stakes.

    Prussian Looks to Return to Winning Ways

    Less than two weeks after being caught at the wire in the Lamplighter Stakes, Bill Mott will send Prussian back to the starting gate in the $100,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 6 at Belmont Park.

  • The purse for the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap will be $1 million if Curlin or another grade I winner starts.
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    Stephen Foster Purse Could Hit $1Million

    Churchill Downs will supplement the purse for the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) to $1 million if at least one grade I winner starts in the race.

  • Forecast Iffy For Belmont Stakes

    There is a chance Big Brown may have to do something he has never done before if he is to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.

  • Post One the One to Have in Belmont

    Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) from the outside post position. If he is to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, he will have to win the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) from the inside post position.

  • Daily Track-Surface Reports Called Key

    After track superintendents from across the nation discussed various methods for maintaining their individual surfaces at the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, Dr. Mick Peterson offered ways to apply what was learned and make the necessary changes to lessen on-track injuries.

  • Magic Millions Sale Continues Strong

    The 2008 Magic Millions broodmare sale continued to post strong numbers, with the stakes-winning Shalt Not brining $1.05 million to top the second day of the five-day auction.

  • McIlwraith, Peterson Honored With Award

    The second Elastikon Equine Research Award, funded through a grant made by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Co. to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, has been awarded to Dr. Wayne McIlwraith of Colorado State University and Dr. Mick Peterson of the University of Maine for their research designed to enhance the safety of racetracks for horses.

  • McIlwraith and Peterson Receive Award

    The second Elastikon Equine Research Award, funded through a grant made by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Co. to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, has been awarded to Dr. Wayne McIlwraith of Colorado State University and Dr. Mick Peterson of the University of Maine for their research designed to enhance the safety of racetracks for horses.

  • Robert Clay

    Clay to Address Group in New York City

    Robert Clay, president of Three Chimneys Farm near Lexington and co-chairman of the board of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, will address members of the Kentuckians of New York Society during their spring dinner June 5.

  • Belmont will be keeping its dirt track.<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%3D4610058%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Track Supers: Don't Diss Dirt Just Yet

    On the second day of the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, the focus was turned toward dirt tracks, as a panel of six superintendents from across the nation talked about various methods used on the surfaces.

  • Affirmed Owner Ready for a Triple Crown

    Patrice Wolfson, co-owner of the last horse to win the Triple Crown, said Tuesday she believes it is time for the elusive quest to be won and that she believes Big Brown has the ability to win the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Stewart Elliot

    Triple Crown Jockeys Recall Near-Misses

    The loss of the 2004 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) by Smarty Jones still plays in Stewart Elliott's mind, especially around this time of year. He thinks of the pressure going into that race, remembering the media frenzy and build-up of public recognition.

  • HRTV's Triple Crown Special

    Laffit Pincay III and Gary Stevens preview Big Brown's Belmont chances, discuss the 1978 Triple Crown with Affirmed's jockey Steve Cauthen, and reminisce with Bob Baffert on his three near misses.