Headlines for Tuesday, July 8, 2008

  • Tactical Cat

    Tactical Cat to Diamond G

    Tactical Cat, a son of Storm Cat and sire of 20 stakes winners, has been purchased by Randy Gammill for stallion duty at his Diamond G Ranch near Edmond, Okla.

  • Brandon Meier

    Inside Track: Like Father, Like Son

    Brandon Meier stepped into the winner's circle, his mouth bloodied and teeth fractured. His grin was ear-to-ear, reminiscent of a boxer who had just survived a 12-round unanimous decision.

  • Breeders' Cup Challenge Races on TV

    The Breeders' Cup announced July 1 the full 2008 TV schedule in for the 2008 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series that begins this weekend at Monmouth Park. Each of the 57 Breeders' Cup Challenge races will be televised, highlighted with telecasts on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 in addition to telecasts on TVG and HRTV.

  • Breeders' Cup Launches Fantasy Challenge

    Breeders' Cup announced the launch of its first fantasy sports game, the Breeders' Cup Fantasy Challenge. The Breeders' Cup Fantasy Challenge coincided with the Breeders' Cup Challenge that began July 5.

  • Breeders' Cup Gets Nine Hours on TV

    The Breeders' Cup and ESPN announced June 2 that the Oct. 24-25 Breeders' Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park will receive an unprecedented nine hours of live coverage including, for the first time, 2.5 hours of live coverage on ABC.

  • Emirates Airline Has Revised BC Deal

    Breeders' Cup and Emirates Airline have announced a renewal of their sponsorship agreement through which Emirates, an intercontinental airline based in the United Arab Emirates, will become title sponsor of the $3-million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Calder Paddock and Grandstand

    Group Thanks Calder Horsemen for Effort

    The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association issued a statement July 8 thanking Calder horsemen who "took the full brunt" of purse cuts during a 2 1/2-month dispute with track owner Churchill Downs Inc.

  • Windfields Closing Commercial Operation

    Windfields Farm, birthplace of the great Canadian-bred Northern Dancer, will cease to operate as a commercial venture and will revert to being a family operation.

  • Vinnie Garibaldi

    Garibaldi Wins Dogwood Dominion Award

    Vincent "Vinnie" Garibaldi, an 81-year-old former longshoreman who is now an Ocala, Fla.-based horse farm worker, is this year's winner of the Dogwood Dominion Award.

  • Dream Rush won the Prioress (gr. I) last July. <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%3D1641247%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Princess Rooney: What About Rush?

    Dream Rush, caught by Looky Yonder in the stretch during the Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont May 25 at 4-5, figures to to be the one beat again Saturday in her second start off a layoff in the six-furlong Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) at Calder Race Course.

  • Welsh Cake Leads Way at Tattersalls

    Five-year-old Welsh Cake (by Fantastic Light), a half-sister to Prix du Rond-Point (Fr-II) winner Trans Island (by Selkirk), topped breeding stock-orientated first session of the Tattersalls July sale in Newmarket, England July 8.

  • Dancing Allstar brings a six-race winning streak into the Azalea (gr. III) at Calder Race Course July 12.

    Dancing Allstar Takes Aim on the Azalea

    Dancing Allstar looks to be the belle of the ball entering the $250,000 Azalea Stakes (gr. III) at Calder Race Course July 12. The chestnut Millennium Allstar filly has won her last six races, all of which have come in stakes company, and she leads a field of seven 3-year-old fillies who will contest the six-furlong Azalea.

  • Consistent Rosinka Heads Dick Memorial

    The Lavington Stud's Rosinka, winner of five of her last six starts, looms a tough-to-defeat probable favorite in the July 12 Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park.

  • Benny the Bull won the True North (gr. II) June 7 at Belmont Park in his most recent start. <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%3D4821860%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Benny the Bull Back in Action in Smile

    Though the July 12 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) at Calder Race Course will host an impressive cast of seasoned performers, Benny the Bull has clearly stated his case as the top contender in the group.

  • Ohio Racetracks Expected to Offer Keno

    The Ohio State Racing Commission said July 8 that most Ohio racetracks would probably install Keno terminals at their facilities when the game launches in the state Aug. 4.

  • PNGI Purchases Option on Maryland Land

    Penn National Gaming Inc. said July 7 it has secured an exclusive 18-month option to purchase about 36 acres in Cecil County, Md., for the purpose of constructing a slot-machine casino.

  • Shippers Target 'Summit of Speed' Races

    Calder Race Course posted entries July 7 for its July 12 Summit of Speed, a card with a quartet of six-furlong graded stakes that has become the highlight of the year at the South Florida track.