Headlines for Thursday, July 31, 2008

  • Lava Man and Tony Romero in 2006.<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%3D619526%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quiet Mood at Lava Man's Former Stable

    Two key men in Doug O'Neill's Del Mar barn were saddened by the announcement that seven-time grade I winner Lava Man won't be coming to the barn anymore.

  • The Walking Ring at Hialeah in 1965.

    Hialeah Redux: Beyond Brunetti, Minor

    Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti is looking forward to meeting with prospective buyer Halsey Minor about what he calls multiple "hurdles" to returning racing to the historic track that last held a meet in 2001.

  • That Handicapping Show: July 31 (Video)

    Hosted by Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra, "That Handicapping Show" is a weekly video show dedicated to horse players. This week, Jason and Tom take a look at the West Virginia Derby. Plus, picks from Cary Fotias of Equiform.

  • Indian Blessing will try to keep the winning momentum going in the Test.<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%3D5030846%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Back On Track, Indian Blessing Eyes Test

    Indian Blessing, who rebounded from consecutive defeats with a resounding victory in the July 5 Prioress (gr. I), returns to Saratoga for the first time since breaking her maiden when she takes on five 3-year-old fillies in the $250,000 Darley Test (gr. I) Aug. 2.

  • Robby Albarado is one of a handful of riders that will play in a charity basketball game at Saratoga Aug. 7.

    Jocks, 6th Graders Battle in Round Ball

    In an effort to raise money for The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, the Race Track Chaplaincy of New York has organized a basketball game between members of the Saratoga jockey colony and the Texas Titans, a 6th grade Texas-based AAU team.

  • Black Mamba won the Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIT) during the Hollywood spring/summer meet.

    Black Mamba Coiled Again for John Mabee

    After finally breaking through with her first stakes victory in the Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIT), the consistent Black Mamba finds herself as the likely favorite for the $400,000 John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) on the Del Mar turf Aug. 3.

  • Sky Mom will try to earn her first graded stakes when facing seven rivals in the Arlington Oaks.

    Sky Mom Primed For Arlington Oaks

    Heather Stark's Sky Mom, runner-up to talented filly Storm Mesa in her last two starts, seems primed to earn her first graded stakes score when facing seven rivals in the $100,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III) Aug. 2 on the Polytrack.

  • Forever Together <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%3D5274682%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Forever Together a Rising Star

    In just her third start on grass, Forever Together announced her arrival in the turf female division with a visually impressive win July 26 in the Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga.

  • Its Acedemic, Won Five Stakes, Dead

    Its Acedemic, who was a fan favorite during the cold months at Aqueduct, was euthanized July 11 because of colic-like symptoms.

  • That Handicapping Show: July 31 Episode

    Jason and Tom analyze the West Virginia Derby.Plus, picks from Cary Fotias of Equiform on Race 7 at Arlington Park on August 2. The free “Race of the Week” download features Fotias' detailed analysis of this race and race 11 on the same Arlington card. Download your FREE Equiform Race of the Week report!