Headlines for Friday, June 6, 2008

  • Gio Ponti cruises to victory in the Hill Prince under Garrett Gomez.

    Layoff No Problem For Gio Ponti

    Gio Ponti, off for more than seven months and making his 3-year-old debut, rallied from last to take the $100,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) by two lengths under Garrett Gomez June 6 on the Belmont turf.

  • Delosvientos steals home in the Brooklyn.

    Delosvientos Takes Brooklyn Wire-to-Wire

    Delosvientos loped along on the lead of a $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) that was extended to the 1 1/2 mile distance, and the easy fractions he set enabled him to steal home the winner of the June 6 event at Belmont Park. Evening Attire, the Kelly family's hard-knocking 10-year-old contender, finished second.

  • Patrick Biancone

    Request to Block Biancone Hearing Denied

    A Kentucky state judge has denied a motion from trainer Patrick Biancone to block an upcoming Kentucky Horse Racing Authority hearing set to discuss whether his suspension should be extended or not.

  • Acoma

    Acoma is a Blue Hen in the Making

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <p> No one has to look very deep in Acoma's pedigree to see broodmare potential in spades. Helen Alexander's and Helen Groves' daughter of Empire Maker recently won the Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) is now bucking for broodmare prospect of the year honors.

  • Can Denis of Cork upset Big Brown?&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;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&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Belmont Doings: Brownie Points

    This is going to be short and sweet. There is not much room for statistical analysis or basing any conclusions on works. The Belmont Stakes (gr. I) is all about Big Brown and how he is going to handle the final leg of the Triple Crown.

  • Calder Oaks winner Ginger Brew will be the favorite in the Woodbine Oaks June 8.

    Ginger Brew Favored in Woodbine Oaks

    Fresh off her victory in the April 26 Calder Oaks, Stronach Stables' homebred Ginger Brew looks to tackle the first leg of Canada's Triple Tiara, as she goes to post as the favorite in the 53rd edition of the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks June 8.

  • Stone Bruises Common in Thoroughbreds

    Sometimes lameness can be brought on by a complex and serious cascade of events such as with laminitis, but at other times the lameness is the result of something that seems minor â€" like a stone bruise. This rather innocuous injury can have its own complexity and, if left untreated, can result in a horse's demise.

  • NetJets Completes TC Sponsorship

    NetJets made a presentation the day prior to the Belmont (gr. I), culminating a sponsorship in all three Triple Crown races in which various charities benefited.

  • NetJets Announces Partnership with NYRA

    NetJets, the world's leading private aviation company, has reached an agreement with the New York Racing Association for an extensive, multi-tiered presence at Saratoga Race Course for the 2008 racing season, which runs from July 23 to Sept. 1. The deal includes under-the-rail signage, race sponsorship, and hospitality, and was reached in conjunction with ABC Regional Sports Sales.

  • Exercise rider Michelle Nevin gets a friendly kiss from Big Brown.

    Big Brown Owners Lighten Up

    The mood was light in the Big Brown camp in the days leading up to the Belmont Stakes, when the son of Boundary will try to win the Triple Crown.

  • Big Brown galloping at Belmont Park June 6.

    Big Brown Gets in Final Gallop

    Big Brown hit the track June 6 for his final gallop before looking to make history in tomorrow's $1-million Belmont Stakes (gr.I). After the harrowing break at 8:45 a.m., Big Brown, with exercise rider Michelle Nevin aboard, galloped nearly the circumference of the 1 1/2-mile Belmont oval.

  • Big Brown Gets in Final Gallop

    Big Brown hit the track June 6 for his final gallop before looking to make history in tomorrow's $1-million Belmont Stakes (gr.I). After the harrowing break at 8:45 a.m., Big Brown, with exercise rider Michelle Nevin aboard, galloped nearly the circumference of the 1 1/2-mile Belmont oval.

  • Fasig-Tipton Set for Kentucky July Sale

    Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 568 yearlings for its 2008 Kentucky July yearling sale to be held July 14-15 at the sale company's Newtown Paddocks near Lexington. Catalogs will be available from all Fasig-Tipton offices after June 16.

  • The status of Casino Drive, the 7-2 second-choice for Saturday&#39;s Belmont Stakes is in doubt.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4748581%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Status of Casino Drive in Doubt

    Casino Drive, the second choice in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), did not go to the track Friday because of a problem with his left hind foot. His connections believe it might be a minor stone bruise. He has not been scratched from the race, in which Big Brown will attempt to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.

  • Calder Paddock and Grandstand

    Calder Zapped by Ongoing Contract Fight

    The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Churchill Downs Inc. are planning to meet June 9 to discuss contracts for CDI-owned Calder Race Course, where the financial impacts of a dispute are worsening each week.

  • Canterbury Park Announces Development

    Canterbury Park Holding Corp. has announced a partnership to develop a retail and entertainment venue on its property in Shakopee, Minn.

  • Tale of Ekati walking to the Belmont Park main track earlier this week alongside Funny Cide.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4653383%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    The Tale of the Works

    The third time proved to be the charm for trainer Barclay Tagg in terms of Tale of Ekati's progression of works for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Love That Jazz Dead

    Love That Jazz, a graded stakes winner/producer, died April 6 of complications from colic a day after foaling a Distorted Humor filly.

  • KY Farms Implement Employee CPR Training

    On a late-spring morning at the Keeneland library near Lexington, the American Heart Association recognized representatives of Keeneland, Darley, and Stonestreet Farm for training their employees in CPR and placing automated external defibrilators on their properties.

  • Ruffian Equine Hospital Tour

    Richard Schiavo describes the Ruffian Equine Hospital across from Belmont Park while giving a tour.