Headlines for Thursday, July 24, 2008

  • Triple Bend winner Street Boss faces 2007 Bing Crosby Handicap winner In Summation in this year's Bing Crosby.<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%3D5033316%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    In Summation, Street Boss Meet in Crosby

    Defending Bing Crosby Handicap (gr. I) champion In Summation, making his first start since April 26, will have plenty to deal with when he takes on the fast-rising Street Boss on Del Mar's Polytrack racing surface July 27.

  • Florida QH Track Backers Still Active

    Florida's only harness track and several Thoroughbred industry executives are making plans for Quarter Horse racing, with potentially lucrative poker rooms serving as part of the attraction.

  • Undefeated Bustin Stones will face 6 in the Vanderbilt.<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%3D4084614%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Vanderbilt Big Test for Bustin Stones

    Although slowed by a fever that knocked him out of the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), undefeated Bustin Stones should be ready for a top effort in the $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga July 26, trainer Bruce Levine says.

  • That Handicapping Show: July 24 Episode

    Hosted by Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra, "That Handicapping Show" is a weekly video show dedicated to horse players. This week, Jason and special guest Evan Hammonds take a look at the Whitney Handicap. Plus, picks from John Pricci of Equiform.

  • Desert Party draws away in the Sanford under Edgar Prado.<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%3D5247472%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Desert Party Much the Best in Sanford

    Desert Party, purchased by Darley for $2.1 million earlier this year, received a rail-skimming ride from Edgar Prado and ran away from three rivals in the scratched-diluted $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) July 24 in the mud at Saratoga.

  • Commentator will attempt to win his 2nd Whitney, 3 years after he first won the race.<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%3D3788789%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zito Hoping for Same Old Commentator

    Three years after winning the Whitney Handicap (gr. I), Tracy Farmer's Commentator returns to Saratoga's richest race for handicap horses as the most accomplished of the 11 entered in the July 26 fixture.

  • Keyed Entry

    Keyed Entry Retired

    Grade II winner and track-record holder Keyed Entry has been retired from racing and will stand the 2009 breeding season at Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla.

  • Ginger Punch easily won the June 14 Ogden Phipps (gr. I) at 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%3D4832731%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Go For Wand: Ginger Punch Heavy Favorite

    Last year, Stronach Stables' Ginger Punch romped to a six-length victory in the Go For Wand (gr. I) en route to her Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) win and being named champion older female. The scary part for her competition is that trainer Bobby Frankel says the daughter of Awesome Again is vastly improved as a 5-year-old.

  • Peppers Pride

    Weather Could Alter Peppers Pride Plans

    Undefeated Peppers Pride will be heavily favored when she goes for the modern-day North American Thoroughbred record of 17 consecutive victories in the $55,000 Lincoln Handicap at New Mexico's Ruidoso Downs on July 27. Threatened thunderstorms, though, could keep her in the barn.

  • Jenny Wiley winner Rutherienne seeks her 10th win in the Diana.<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%3D4177509%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Strong Field of 10 Entered For Diana

    Four grade I winners, including Christophe Clement trainees Rutherienne and Vacare, headline what looks to be a very competitive and wide-open 70th edition of the $500,000 Diana (gr. IT) July 26 on the Saratoga turf.

  • Penn National Ready to Move Forward

    Flush with settlement funds from a failed buyout attempt from private equity groups, Penn National Gaming Inc. said July 24 it is ready to examine the many options it has for its future.

  • Ellis Park

    Ellis Park Hires New Track Announcer

    Ellis Park has named Bill Downes as the new permanent live race announcer for the Henderson, Ky. track. Downes, who has called races for Presque Isle Downs, Beulah Park, and River Downs, will replace announcer Luke Kruytbosch, who died in Evansville, Ind., July 14.

  • That Handicapping Show: July 24 Episode

    Jason and special guest Evan Hammonds analyze the Whitney Handicap.Plus, picks from John Pricci of Equiform on the Sea O Erin Handicap, July 26, at Arlington Park. The free “Race of the Week” download features Pricci’s detailed analysis of the Sea O Erin and picks for race seven on the same Arlington card. Download your FREE Equiform Race of the Week report!

  • Special Report: Racehorse Durability

    <P>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 e...