Headlines for Wednesday, August 13, 2008

  • Big Brown will not meet Curlin in the Woodward or the Jockey Club Gold Cup according to Mike Iavarone.

    Ball Back in Iavarone's Court: No Thanks

    Serve Iavarone. Despite the "invitations" by Curlin's majority owner Jess Jackson's to IEAH Stables to run Big Brown in either the Woodward or the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner will remain on schedule for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), and that does not include either race.

  • Mani Bhavan cruises in the Adirondack under Alan Garcia.<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%3D5513386%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mani Bhavan Romps by Seven in Adirondack

    Mani Bhavan, ignored by the bettors in spite of a 9 1/4-length win in her debuting maiden win one month ago at Delaware Park, demolished her opposition again in the $150,000 Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Aug. 13.

  • Iowa Distaff winner Fancy Fusaichi takes on 6 in the Gardenia Handicap.

    Fancy Fusaichi Highlights Gardenia Field

    Fancy Fusaichi, runaway winner while making her stakes debut in the Iowa Distaff, looks to add a graded stakes victory to her resume Aug. 16 when she takes on six challengers in the $150,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) at Ellis Park.

  • Jess Jackson

    Jackson: Meet Us in the Gold Cup Instead

    Jess Jackson, majority owner of Curlin, responded to the connections of Big Brown Aug. 13 after they declined an invitation to race the reigning Horse of the Year in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I), challenging them instead to meet in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park. Jackson also stated the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita "is not part of my current plan for Curlin."

  • I Lost My Choo won the Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs.

    I Lost My Choo Faces Stiff Challenge

    Fresh off her impressive victory in last month's Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT), Flying Zee Stable's homebred I Lost My Choo tries to take the next step in her budding career, as she takes on seven rivals in the $150,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 15 on the Saratoga turf.

  • Jess Jackson

    Jackson Issues Challenge to Big Brown

    The Big Brown-Curlin soap opera continued Aug. 13 when Jess Jackson, majority owner of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, announced he will donate $50,000 from the Jackson Curlin for Kids Fund to the non-profit Belmont Child Care Association, Anna House, if Big Brown runs in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30.

  • Fairmount Jockeys Get Mount-Fee Increase

    Jockeys at Fairmount Park received a mount-fee increase through the Illinois Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents horsemen at the track.

  • Bit of Whimsy won the 2007 Mrs. Revere (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

    Grade I Winner Bit of Whimsy Retired

    Bit of Whimsy, one of the top 3-year-old turf fillies of 2007, has been retired because of an injury suffered in the July 26 Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga.