Headlines for Wednesday, July 23, 2008

  • Claiming Crown Attracts 84 Pre-Entries

    Eighty-four horses, representing 17 different U.S. states and one Canadian province, were pre-entered July 23 for the 2008 Claiming Crown, which will take place Aug. 2 at Canterbury Park.

  • California Begins Ban on Steroids

    Effective Aug. 1, the California Horse Racing Board will strictly enforce all regulations concerning anabolic steroids and will no longer issue "unofficial notices" when the test samples reveal unauthorized levels of anabolic steroids.

  • Honeymoon Handicap winner Misty Ocean faces runner-up Bel Air Sizzle once again in the San Clemente.<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%3D4769257%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Misty Ocean, 'Sizzle Back for 'Clemente

    Misty Ocean and Bel Air Sizzle, the first two finishers in last month's Honeymoon Handicap (gr. IIT), will be among the favorites in an evenly matched field for the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar July 26.

  • The mud and rain of opening day at Saratoga didn't bother Schuylerville winner Jardin.

    Wet Weather for Saratoga Opener

    Weather not fit for beast or man was the story opening day at Saratoga Race Course July 23. Drenching rain left the main track a sea of slop, necessitated the transfer of five turf races on the 10-race card to the dirt, and kept the attendance on the light side -- 18,127 -- for an opener. The crowd was significantly lower than the 30,052 who came out last year under perfect weather conditions.

  • NYRA Betting Menu Beefed Up

    The betting menu at New York Racing Association has been beefed up, and will now include rolling daily doubles, and superfectas on every race that meets the requirements.

  • Jardin splashes to victory in the Schuylerville.<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%3D5231707%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Jardin Surprises in Schuylerville Opener

    The $112,900 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III) was both good and bad for trainer Steve Asmussen, who saddled the overlooked Jardin to victory over the sloppy Saratoga main track even as favored Ocean Colors faded to last in the test of 2-year-old fillies July 23.

  • Races Taken Off Turf at Saratoga

    Rain forced the cancellation of five turf races on the opening day card at Saratoga Race Course. Turf racing has also been canceled for the July 24 card as well.

  • Were horses like Kelso (shown) made of sterner stuff than runners of today?

    Special Report: Losing the Iron Horse?

    In this exclusive report, <i>The Blood-Horse</i> investigates whether the Thoroughbred racehorse is as tough today as it was 30 to 40 years ago. Editors of <i>The Blood-Horse</i> recently sought the answer to this question by producing a comprehensive review of 34 years of historical Thoroughbred stallion progeny records pulled from The Jockey Club's extensive database.

  • Minor's Dream: Resurrect Hialeah Park

    Halsey Minor has a dream. The technology entrepreneur, multimillionaire, and Thoroughbred owner wants to purchase, renovate, and return racing to historic Hialeah Park, the Southern Florida track that has been closed since 2001.

  • Zee Zee won the Edgewood at Churchill Downs this spring.

    My Princess Jess Faces French Invader

    My Princess Jess, impressive winner of the Boiling Springs (gr. III) last month in her first start for trainer Barclay Tagg, will get plenty of support in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies entered for the $150,000 Lake George Stakes (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies on Saratoga's inner turf course July 25.

  • Tremont winner Dagnabit is looking to keep his record perfect in his third start.

    High-Priced Juveniles Compete in Sanford

    A duo of juveniles who fetched high prices in the sale ring have garnered particular interest in the July 24 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, where both are looking to prove they are worthy of such expensive investments.

  • Boulet Named Racing Secretary at FG

    Louisiana native Jason Boulet has been named racing secretary at Fair Grounds. Boulet, 39, has served as racing secretary at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., since 2005.

  • Peppers Pride

    Peppers Pride Trying to Make History

    July 27 will be a big day for Joe Allen. The Texas resident will celebrate his 62nd birthday, and his homebred mare, Peppers Pride, will try to set a modern North American Thoroughbred racing record by posting her 17th consecutive victory.

  • Terry Houghton

    Houghton Glad to Return to Michigan

    After the Office of Race Commissioner granted a jockey's license to Terry Houghton, the veteran rider expressed his relief to once again be racing in his native state at the new Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit.

  • Major Winner Ballindaggin Dead

    Ballindaggin, who won the inaugural Molson Export Challenge at Woodbine, was euthanized July 22 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington because of severe back problems.