Headlines for Wednesday, July 9, 2008

  • Hollywood Cushion Track to Close for Fix

    Hoping to revitalize its Cushion Track racing surface following the 60-day spring/summer meet that concludes July 13, Hollywood Park plans to close its main track to training in the next few weeks for a short maintenance break.

  • Colonel John takes on five foes in the Swaps (gr. II) July 12 at Hollywood Park.

    Colonel John Set for Comeback in Swaps

    Colonel John, who ran sixth after a poor start as the second choice in the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), makes his first start in 10 weeks in the $350,000 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park July 12.

  • Cosmonaut, shown winning the 2007 Arlington Handicap, will try win the event for the third time July 12.

    Arlington 'Cap: Cosmonaut Seeks History

    Flying Zee Stable's Cosmonaut will attempt to become the first horse in the 73-year history of the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) to win the event three times, as the son of Lemon Drop Kid takes on five rivals July 12 in the $200,000 turf event, which is the final local prep for next month's Arlington Million (gr. IT).

  • Heatseeker (IRE) will begin his stud career in 2009 at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, Ky.

    Heatseeker to Stand at Hill 'n' Dale

    William de Burgh has announced that his grade I winner Heatseeker will begin his stud career in 2009 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington

  • ESPNews to Televise Man o' War Stakes

    ESPNews will televise the 49th running of the $500,000 Man o'War Stakes (gr. IT) July 12 at Belmont Park, featuring the turf debut of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin.

  • Handle, Purses Drop at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs' 52-day spring meet closed July 6 with steep declines in handle and purses, likely results of a well-publicized clash between track officials and horsemen over wagering revenue.

  • Elusive Quality Colt Stands Out

    An American-bred 2-year-old Elusive Quality colt, which had failed to go under the hammer at Tattersalls' Guineas breeze-up sale in May, topped the second day of the company's July sale in Newmarket, England, July 9 when making 55,000 guineas.

  • Callwood Dancer won the Nassau Stakes (Can-II) in her last start.

    Nassau Reprise On Tap in Dance Smartly

    Callwood Dancer, who went gate to wire to register the biggest win of her career in Woodbine's Nassau Stakes (Can-II) on the grass in her last start, takes on many of the same rivals in the $300,000 Dance Smartly (Can-II) over the course July 12.

  • THG to Racetracks: Let's Meet on ADW

    The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group is calling for a meeting with the Thoroughbred Racing Associations to discuss advance deposit wagering revenue given ongoing conflict between horsemen, racetracks, and ADW providers over equitable revenue splits.

  • Richardson to Speak at Hall of Fame

    Renowned equine orthopedic surgeon Dean W. Richardson, who led the team that treated Barbaro, will be the guest speaker at the National Museum of Racing's 2008 Hall of Fame induction ceremony Aug. 4 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • KY Officials Vow to Regulate Steroids

    Kentucky racing officials said they intend on having regulations for use of anabolic steroids in racehorses in place as quickly as possible, but discussion and research are still needed.

  • Duke of Marmalade (IRE)

    'Marmalade' Spreads Danehill's Influence

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter Duke of Marmalade carries a high concentration of the Thoroughbred's best blood, with inbreeding to Native Dancer, Northern Dancer, and Buckpasser. All this potential broke through on the racetrack recently when the Irish-bred son of Danehill won the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I).

  • Gene Cunningham, Shipping Owner, Dead

    Gene Cunningham, longtime California horseman and husband of California Thoroughbred Breeders Association president Leigh Ann Howard, died July 5.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Vinery Moves Horses From Asmussen

    After July 10, Vinery will no longer have horses with trainer Steve Asmussen. But Tom Ludt, general manager of the farm, said it is likely the stable will have horses with Asmussen again at some point in the future.

  • The minority owners of Curlin (shown working at Churchill Downs in June) have asked a judge to order an outright sale of the 2007 Horse of the Year.

    Opinons Differ on Curlin Sale Motion

    A Kentucky judge is being asked to order the sale of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, but attorneys representing the ownerships interests of the champion colt question the merit of the request.

  • Hoosier Park's casino grossed $15.7 million in June 2008, its first month of operations.

    Indy Tracks: $26M in Slots Revenue

    The slots era in Indiana is off to a strong start as the casinos at both Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs combined to pull in a little more than $26 million in adjusted gross receipts during the first month of operation.