Headlines for Wednesday, July 2, 2008

  • Zenyatta is the clear standout in the Vanity Handicap.

    All Signs Point to Zenyatta in Vanity

    The strapping filly Zenyatta, unbeaten and barely challenged in five starts for trainer John Shirreffs, is the clear standout as the 124-pound topweight in the $300,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park July 5.

  • Four Not Re-Elected to Cup Board

    Four incumbents, including vice chairman Robert Clay, weren't re-elected to the Breeders' Cup's board of members and trustees.

  • Churchill Downs Stakes winner Elite Squadron is co-high weight in the Triple Bend.<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%3D4387602%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Triple Bend Will Be Test of Class

    Hoping to earn a place among the nation's elite sprinters, the seven runners lining up for the $300,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) will all have something to prove at Hollywood Park on July 5.

  • 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin should now be able to run anywhere.<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%3D4832693%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin's Minority Interest Transferred

    Management of the minority interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin and other horses has been transferred to the control of a court-appointed receiver, a move which majority owner Stonestreet Stables says clears the way for the champion horse to race at any venue.

  • RCI Committee to Consider Proposals

    The Model Rules Committee of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) will consider recommendations from The Jockey Club's Welfare and Safety Committee during its next meeting, which is scheduled for Aug. 1.

  • Vagrancy winner, Looky Yonder, takes on 7 in the First Flight 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%3D4641730%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    First Flight: 'Yonder Has Tough Task

    Looky Yonder took down Dream Rush in the May 25 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II), but the 4-year-old daughter of Johannesburg will have to deal with a whole new set of tough customers in the $150,000 First Flight Handicap (gr. II) July 4 at Belmont, including Rite Moment, who has been nearly flawless this season.

  • Bold Ruler winner, Lucky Island, goes into the Tom Fool having won 3 straight.

    Strong Field To Do Battle in Tom Fool

    Shadwell Stable's Lucky Island, an Argentine-bred colt that has won three straight, including the May 10 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III), will face the stiffest competition of his short career July 4 in the $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

  • Woody Stephens winner J Be K looks to add a third graded stakes to his resume.

    J Be K Heads Jersey Shore at Monmouth

    Fresh off his 5 1/2-length romp in the June 7 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II), Zayat Stables' J Be K looks to add a third graded stakes to his resume, as he takes on five rivals in the $150,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III) July 4 at Monmouth Park.

  • Elser Joins Darby Dan, Heiple Promoted

    John Phillips, owner of Darby Dan Farm near Lexington, announced that industry veteran Kip Elser of Kirkwood Stables would be joining the team as interim sales director.

  • Larry Jones

    Jones' Horses OK After Barn Incidents

    Two horses in the care of Larry Jones at Delaware Park were mysteriously found turned out from their stalls on consecutive recent nights, leading to the firing of an employee of the trainer and an investigation by track officials.

  • ADWs will Argue for Oregon Licenses

    Two advance deposit wagering companies operating through the hub system in Oregon recently had their annual license renewals tabled by the state's racing commission, but will be able to rectify the situation at an upcoming July 17 meeting.