Headlines for Sunday, May 24, 2009

  • Jockey Manoel Cruz rode his 2,000th North American career winner on May 24 at Calder.

    Jockey Cruz Gets 2,000th North American Win

    Jockey Manoel Cruz, 39, rode his 2,000th North American career winner May 24 at Calder Race Course when he guided J C Stable's 4-year-old gelding Catch Rikki to victory in the seventh race for trainer Larry Pilotti.

  • Lukas: "Nobody cares about mile and a half horses any more."

    Haskin's Belmont Report: Leave Crown Alone

    There was a quote from D. Wayne Lukas in Saturday's New York Post suggesting the distances of the Triple Crown races be changed to 1 1/8 miles, 1 3/16 miles, and 1 1/4 miles. Lukas said, "Nobody cares about mile and a half horses any more."

  • Services May 26 for Owner Joseph DiGrazia

    Visitation hours for longtime Illinois-based Thoroughbred owner Joseph John DiGrazia will be observed from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. CST on May 26 at Foran Funeral Home.

  • Front-running Carolyn's Cat wins the Vagrancy at Belmont Park.<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%3D8149429%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Carolyn's Cat Crashes Vagrancy Party

    Carolyn's Cat spoiled an anticipated rematch between the fine sprinters Game Face and Any Limit in the $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) when she went all the way for a front-running score at Belmont Park May 24.

  • Jockey Douglas Paralyzed in Lower Extremities

    Jockey Rene Douglas came out of a seven-hour surgery at Northwestern Hospital May 24 without feeling in his lower extremities, and doctors there said the 42-year-old rider may not walk again, agent Dennis Cooper reported.

  • First Winner for Dance With Ravens

    Canadian grade II winner Dance With Ravens sired his first winner when his son Old Line State won May 23 at Penn National.

  • Fantasticat's First Winner

    Grade II winner Fantasticat sired his first winner when his daughter Fantasyland won May 22 at Pimlico.