Headlines for Sunday, June 8, 2008

  • The 2008 Belmont Stakes Logo

    Belmont Overnight TV Ratings Soar

    Big Brown's failed quest for a coveted Triple Crown drew in the television viewers. The Belmont Stakes (gr. I) broadcast on ABC from 6:15-7:15 p.m. EDT delivered a 10.5 overnight metered market rating, up 169% from last year's race (3.9).

  • Lethal Heat (red cap) edges Smooth Performer and Tasha's Miracle (inside) in the Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) June 8. <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%3D4771069%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lethal Heat Fires in Hollywood Oaks

    Lethal Heat gained the lead in the final sixteenth of a mile and scored a head victory over Smooth Performer in a three-horse blanket finish to the $157,600 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track June 8.

  • Vodka Rebounds in Yasuda Kinen

    Vodka, winner of the 2007 Japanese Derby, ended a year-long win drought with a stunning 3 1/2-length win in the Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-I), the final leg of Asian Mile Challenge June 8 at Tokyo Racecourse.

  • Ginger Brew was the easiest of winners in the June 7 Woodbine Oaks.

    Ginger Brew Romps in Woodbine Oaks

    Odds-on favorite Ginger Brew turned in a scintillating performance at Woodbine June 8, splitting horses at the eighth-pole and then streaking away for a commanding six-length victory in the $502,800 Woodbine Oaks, first leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara.

  • Michael Iavarone, principal of IEAH Stables

    Iavarone: Reason for Loss Unknown

    One day after Big Brown was eased in his attempt to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and the Triple Crown as the 3-10 favorite, one of his co-owners said there is nothing physically wrong with the Boundary colt.

  • Business as Usual for Zito on Sunday

    Slightly more than 12 hours after saddling Da' Tara to an upset victory in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer Nick Zito was back at his barn at Belmont Park the morning of June 8 to oversee his stable.

  • Pleasantly Perfect

    First Winner for Pleasantly Perfect

    Grade I winner Pleasantly Perfect was represented by his first winner when a daughter, Quite the Lady, won June 7 at Arlington Park in her first start.