Headlines for Thursday, June 5, 2008

  • Delaware Park's Fasy Joins NTRA Board

    William Fasy, president and chief executive officer of Delaware Park, has replaced Robert Green on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors.

  • Yanks Music

    Champion Yanks Music Dead

    Yanks Music, the 1996 champion 3-year-old filly, was euthanized May 15 because of intestinal problems discovered after she colicked.

  • The distance may make the difference for Tasha's Miracle in the Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks.

    Sadler Seeks 'Miracle' in Hollywood Oaks

    Trainer John Sadler hopes Tasha's Miracle's route experience can help the filly turn the tables on Million Dollar Run in the $150,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track June 8.

  • Brass Hat won the Mass Cap in 2007.

    Suffolk Offers Big Brown, Curlin $5M

    Suffolk Downs has announced that the purse for this year's Massachusetts Handicap will be $5 million if Big Brown wins the Triple Crown and both he and 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Curlin remain unbeaten in 2008 and go on to start in the MassCap against one another. The $5 million would include a $1-million participation bonus for each.

  • First Lady winner Vacare makes her season debut in the Just a Game.

    Vacare Makes Season Debut in Just a Game

    Jon and Sarah Kelly's Vacare has aced nearly every test thrown at her thus far, from her most recent win in the First Lady Stakes (gr. IIT) last October to a score in the 2006 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup (gr. IT). But trainer Christophe Clement is asking for a career-best effort from the 5-year-old daughter of Lear Fan when he brings her back for her first start of the season in the $400,000 Just a Game Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park June 7.

  • J Be K won the Bay Shore (gr. III) at Aqueduct. <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%3D4084530%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    J Be K One to Catch in Woody Stephens

    Grade III winner J Be K should be the one to catch in the $250,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II), a seven-furlong event for 3-year-olds that immediately precedes the Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the Belmont Stakes program.

  • Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Benny the Bull is the one to beat in the True North.<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%3D4071695%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Benny,' Thor's Echo Meet in True North

    Benny the Bull, the "now horse" of the sprinting world, will face a blast from the past in the $250,000 True North Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park June 7, when 2006 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Thor's Echo returns to competiton for the first time in a year.

  • Next for Pure Clan is the Regret.

    Pure Clan Readies For June 14 Regret

    With co-owner Lewis Lakin looking on, Pure Clan put in her final work for the June 14 Regret (Gr. III) by working five furlongs in 1:02.20 over "firm" turf June 5 under Julien Leparoux.

  • Denis of Cork galloped 1 1/4 miles on Belmont's main track June 5.

    Belmont Notes: June 5

    Trainer David Carroll was aboard Denis of Cork June 5 as the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) went to the paddock, stood in the starting gate and then galloped 1 1/4 miles on Belmont's main track.

  • Silverbulletday winner Indian Blessing makes her highly-anticipated return in the Acorn.

    Indian Blessing Returns in Acorn

    Last year's Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly Indian Blessing makes her highly-anticipated return in the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) June 7 at Belmont Park, and trainer Bob Baffert is expecting her to rebound nicely from her first career defeat.

  • Casino Drive during his non-published four furlong workout June 5 at Belmont Park.<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%3D4737821%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Belmont Doings: Casino Works

    For the third time in about a week Casino Drive had one of those non-published works that everyone has come to expect. The first time was by himself, the second with two workmates, and today's with one workmate. But this time it was different, as his jockey Edgar Prado was aboard for the first time.

  • Charlie Hayward, president and chief executive officer of NYRA

    NYRA Delivers Partnership with UPS

    The New York Racing Association and UPS have announced a partnership agreement for the Belmont Park Spring race meeting, including the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The deal is being made in association with ABC Regional Sports Sales.

  • Better Talk Now, shown winning the 2007 Manhattan, looks to repeat in the 2008 version.

    Better Talk Now Seeks Manhattan Repeat

    Bushwood Stables' seemingly timeless 9-year-old gelding Better Talk Now will seek a rare repeat in the prestigious $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) June 7 at Belmont Park, but will have to take down 11 talented rivals, including a pair of talented horses saddled by Bobby Frankel, who has won this event three times himself.

  • NJSEA Announces Changes to Staff

    The New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority Board of Commissioners has named Lennon Register, a current Pennwood Racing executive, as senior vice president of racing, replacing Dennis Dowd, who was named to the position of senior vice president of legal and governmental affairs.

  • New Approach will be among the favorites in the Epsom Derby (Eng.-I) June 7.

    17 Going in Vodafone Derby

    The 229th running of the Vodafone Derby (Eng-I) at Epsom has attracted 17 runners that were declared June 5 for Saturday's race.

  • Big Brown, Kent Desormeaux, and the Hooters Girls.

    Desormeaux Picks Up Hooters Sponsorship

    When Kent Desormeaux heads to the starting gate aboard Big Brown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), viewers won't see the lone UPS logo that was prominently placed on the jockey's pants in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Instead, Desormeaux will bear not only the UPS symbol, but also Hooters' orange logo, as the popular restaurant chain represtented by an owl peering through the "OO" in its name becomes his second official sponsor.

  • Big Brown is ready for the Belmont.<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%3D4674046%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown Continues on Quest for Crown

    Big Brown hit the Belmont Park track early June 5 with a morning jog around the sloppy and sealed main track about 5:45 EDT. With Michelle Nevin aboard, the colt traveled through the paddock, out of the tunnel, and onto the main track.

  • Bill Warren hopes to spring the upset in the Belmont with Denis of Cork.<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%3D4738524%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Saint Liam's Former Owner Seeks Upset

    William K. (Bill) Warren Jr., has a unique perspective of this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He knows what it's like to have a top horse trained by Rick Dutrow. Not only that, but to have a top horse trained by Dutrow that has foot problems.

  • Guillaume Tell to Ups and Downs

    Guillaume Tell, a graded and group stakes-placed runner, has been retired from racing and will stand at Monte and Cathy Thomas' Ups and Downs Farm near Citra, Fla.

  • Casino Drive worked four furlongs over a muddy Belmont surface Thursday morning.<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%3D4737821%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Final Workout for Casino Drive

    After being delayed by one day due to inclement weather and track conditions, Casino Drive's final preparations for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) were completed Thursday when the son of Mineshaft worked at Belmont Park.

  • New York Horsemen Oppose OTB Proposal

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said June 4 it recognizes the contribution made to purses by New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. but won't support a proposal that would reduce the amount NYCOTB pays to purses and the New York Racing Association.