Headlines for Friday, August 1, 2008

  • Presious Passion Tops Haskell Undercard

    Presious Passion's first start since his game front-running win in the United Nations (gr. IT) one month ago highlights seven stakes races worth a total of $800,000 that support the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 3.

  • Any Limit draws off to take the Honorable Miss under Cornelio Velasquez.<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%3D5356547%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Honorable Miss: Any Limit Goes Distance

    Joseph Shields Jr.'s homebred Any Limit fought off Miss Macy Sue in the early stages and opened up her lead around the turn, eventually romping to a 5 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) Aug. 1 at Saratoga.

  • Big Brown's last win came in the May 17 Preakness (gr. I). <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%3D4542731%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Six to Challenge Big Brown in Haskell

    Six 3-year-olds, including three stakes winners, have been entered to face dual classic winner Big Brown in the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 3 at Monmouth Park.

  • Recapturetheglory heads a full, well-matched field in the West Virginia Derby.

    Recapturetheglory Heads Tough WV Derby

    Recapturetheglory, a solid fifth in a 20-horse field in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), seems well-placed for a return to his winning ways in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort Aug. 2.

  • Thorn Song tops a deep and talented field of 11 in the Fourstardave Handicap.

    Eleven Entered in Deep Fourstardave H.

    Zayat Stables' Thorn Song, who defeated Einstein July 4 in the Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) and has won twice in the past two months, tops a deep and talented field of 11 in the $150,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 3 on the Saratoga turf.

  • Work continues on the overhaul of Santa Anita's synthetic surface.

    Santa Anita Surface Overhaul in Progress

    Large piles of material dot Santa Anita's backside parking lot, as work continues on the overhaul of the track's synthetic surface. Repairs to the drainage system are expected to be finished soon, with the next step being the placement of the base grit layer, according to Ian Pearse, founder and president of Pro-Ride Racing Australia.

  • Model Rules Proposed for Toe Grabs

    The Model Rules Committee of the Association of Racing Commissioners International approved several recommendations, including restrictions on the use of toe grabs and annual continuing education for trainers, during an Aug. 1 meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Kozak to Take Over for Passero at NYRA

    The New York Racing Association Aug. 1 announced that John Passero has resigned as director of racing surfaces, effective at the conclusion of the Saratoga meeting Sept. 1. Glen Kozak will take over Passero's responsibilities at the start of the Belmont Park meeting Sept. 5.

  • Hermes to Benefit Blue Horse Charities

    Hermes will introduce a special edition scarf and tie to benefit Blue Horse Charities at the Cross Gate Gallery Aug. 4-5 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Street Sense 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) romp is one of 10 "Perfect Trips" featured in the fan poll.

    Blood-Horse to Showcase BC Perfect Trips

    The Breeders' Cup will partner with Sentient Flight Group to launch "The Perfect Trip," a fan poll to determine which horse and jockey had the best trip around the track in the 24-year history of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • FTBOA to Help Convert Waste into Energy

    MaxWest Environmental Systems and Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association have announced a partnership to convert horse waste into renewable energy.

  • Reconditioning After Layup

    <DIV class=deck>Whether your horse has downtime for an injury or just a much-needed vacation, how you bring him back can dictate his eventual competitive success.</DIV> <P>After any layup, an athletic horse needs to be brought back to peak condition gradually. If time off was simply a vacation over winter, you can start the horse back into work at a lowe...