Headlines for Wednesday, May 27, 2009

  • Magical Fantasy (inside) and Black Mamba, who finished a nose apart in the Santa Barbara, face off again in the Gamely.<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%3D8018773%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Magical Fantasy, 'Mamba Meet Again in Gamely

    Magical Fantasy, winner of the Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita last month, and Black Mamba, who came up a nose shy in a desperate stretch drive, will battle again in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf May 30.

  • And They're Off: May 27 (Video)

    A review of the Preakness and the Triple Crown so far, including the jockey situation, and the return of Zenyatta. Plus, special guest Jack Wolf of Starlight Stable.

  • And They're Off: May 27

    A review of the Preakness and the Triple Crown so far, including the jockey situation, and the return of Zenyatta. Plus, special guest Jack Wolf  of Starlight Stable, who has raced many stakes winners including Monba and Take the Points.

  • Flying Private, who was 4th in the Preakness, is headed to the Belmont.<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%3D8045145%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Luv Gov, Flying Private Belmont Bound

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas worked both Luv Gov and Flying Private the morning of May 27 at Churchill Downs, and will send both in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Many Capable in Contentious Dogwood

    Like her other five rivals, Marylou Whitney's Tweeter never had a chance when super filly Rachel Alexandra rolled to a record-setting 20 1/4-length victory in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1 at Churchill Downs. Tweeter, who finished 51 lengths back of the winner, should be more evenly matched this time when taking on mere mortals in the $100,000-added Dogwood Stakes (gr. III), a test for 3-year-old fillies May 30 in Louisville.

  • Semaphore Man, the lone graded stakes winner in a full field of 11 sprinters, tops the Aristides Stakes.

    Semaphore Man Has Edge in Aristides

    Double Bogey Stable's Semaphore Man, winner of the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) in consecutive years and the lone graded stakes winner in a full field of 11 sprinters, tops the Aristides Stakes (gr. III) May 30 at Churchill Downs.

  • Rachel Alexandra worked Monday at Churchill, but her Belmont status has not yet been announced.

    Haskin's Belmont report: The Waiting Game

    And so the racing world waits anxiously for Jess Jackson to announce his decision regarding Rachel Alexandra's Belmont Stakes status. Notice it says announce his decision, not waits for him to decide.

  • Suffolk Publicist Jim Bishop Dead

    James Bishop, long-time track handicapper and publicist at Suffolk Downs, died May 24 from cancer at his home in Revere, Mass.

  • This half-brother to Mine That Bird has been named Brother Bird.

    Dogwood Names Mine That Bird's Brother

    Dogwood Stable, which paid $485,000 for Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird's half-brother by Yonaguska at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale, has named the colt Brother Bird.

  • Jamie Theriot

    Theriot Appeals 30-Day Illinois Suspension

    Jamie Theriot has appealed the 30-day suspension levied on him by the Illinois Racing Board for his involvement in the May 23 racing accident that caused severe injury to Rene Douglas, Theriot's agent, Fred Aime, said May 27.

  • Hello Race Fans Ad Network Launched

    Hello Race Fans, a horse racing fan education site launching later this year, has formed the Hello Race Fans Ad Network, bringing together independent horse racing sites into an advertising platform.

  • HealthWatch: Update on EPM

    EPM remains a rare cause of neurologic disease in horses -- less than 0.5% of horses are diagnosed with EPM annually in the United States. However, if you do the math, 0.5% of all the horses residing in the United States still amounts to several thousand horses diagnosed with EPM each year.

  • HRNN to Provide Radio Broadcast of Belmont

    The New York Racing Association and Horse Racing Radio Network announced May 27 that HRRN will provide the exclusive terrestrial radio broadcast of the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • It's a Bird could be disqualified from his April 4 victory in the Oaklawn Handicap.

    It's a Bird Positive After Oaklawn Handicap

    It's a Bird, winner of the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) on Memorial Day, could lose the purse from his April 4 victory in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) as the result of a positive test for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory medication.

  • Ruffian Medical Center Opens Near Belmont

    The Ruffian Equine Medical Center, located across the street from the backstretch at Belmont Park, opened its doors May 26 under the direction of Dr. James Hunt and Dr. Patricia Hogan.