Headlines for Wednesday, June 3, 2009

  • Midships look for his first grade I in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap.<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%3D7930162%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Midships May Get Clear Sailing in Whittingham

    Midships had things his own way while registering back-to-back grade II victories on the front end at Santa Anita this spring. Chasing his first grade I win in the $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap June 6 on the Hollywood Park turf, the Juddmonte Farms homebred is undoubtedly a big threat to do it again.

  • Benny the Bull makes his long-awaited return in the True North Stakes.

    Benny the Bull Gearing Up for True North

    He was somewhat shadowed on Belmont Day last year by his stablemate Big Brown. But Benny the Bull may play a starring role this time around for trainer Rick Dutrow and the IEAH Stables, as the 6-year-old makes his long-awaited, somewhat surprising return in the $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II) on June 6.

  • Champion Forever Together will try to extend her winning streak in the Just a Game.<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%3D8000016%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Forever Together in Fine Form for Just A Game

    After kicking off her 5-year-old campaign with a confident win in the Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT), Forever Together will be favored to extend her three-race win streak in the $400,000 Just a Game (gr. IT) at Belmont Park June 6.

  • From left to right: Calder Race Course Vice President and General Manager of Racing John Marshall, Churchill Downs Incorporated Chief Operating Officer Bill Carstanjen, and Calder President and General Manager Tom O'Donnell officially break ground of the

    Casino on the Horizon at Calder

    The number 35 was on almost everyone's lips on June 3 when Calder Race Course broke ground for a casino it plans to open next January on its property in Miami Gardens, Fla.

  • Belmont Contenders: Pedigree Profiles

    Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Belmont contenders is only a click away. This easy-to-read report includes pedigree analyses from Alan Porter and Avalyn Hunter. Order your copy today and separate the contenders from the pretenders.

  • Cowboy Cal is one of the headliners in the big field taking on the Woodford Reserve Manhattan.<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%3D7685658%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Solid, Full Field Lines Up For Manhattan 'Cap

    Cowboy Cal and Champs Elysees, both narrowly beaten by tough-as-nails Einstein in separate grade I races this year, will see if his absence will be enough to get them over the top this time, as they headline a strong field of 14, including five grade I winners, for the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) June 6 at Belmont Park.

  • Golden Eagle Broodmare Fantastic Look Dead

    Fantastic Look, a grade I winner/producer, died May 29 after foaling a Salt Lake colt the same day at Betty Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm near Ramona, Calif.

  • Pure Clan makes her much-anticipated 2009 debut in the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap.<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%3D4831900%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pure Clan Faces Tall Task in Season Debut

    Multiple graded stakes-winning filly Pure Clan makes her much-anticipated 2009 debut June 6 in the $100,000 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs, but will have to face accomplished rivals Acoma and Tizaqueena, both of whom have shown good form this year.

  • Bobby Flay

    Flay to Create Desert at Equine Charity Event

    Thoroughbred owner and Food Network chef Bobby Flay has signed on to create a Kentucky-themed dessert to be served at the Kentucky Mansion Celebration Preview Gala, which will benefit the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. The event will take place Sept. 18 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Miner's Escape is the likely pacesetter in the Belmont Stakes.

    Haskin's Belmont Report: Pace Makes the Race

    The two key figures in the pace scenario for Saturday's Belmont Stakes are Miner's Escape and Charitable Man. The former will be a longshot in the field of 10, while Charitable Man was made the 3-1 second choice behind Mine That Bird. So, let's see how this may play out.

  • KY Horse Industry Confident on Track Gaming

    Though racetrack gaming wasn't put on the initial call for a June 15 special legislative session in Kentucky, the state's horse racing industry expressed confidence the issue will be on the agenda -- and pass.

  • Saez Has Back Pain from Delaware Spill

    In addition to being directly involved in an equine-related tragedy at Delaware Park May 26, jockey Gabriel Saez is experiencing prolonged back pain from the accident that has since kept him from participating in his livelihood.

  • Rene Douglas

    Douglas, Disabled Jockeys Fund to Benefit

    Riders at racetracks across the United States and Canada will take part in a unified show of support June 6 for recently injured jockey Rene Douglas and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

  • Horse Farm Workers' Scholarship to be Given

    The Horse Farm Worker's Educational Fund is accepting applications for partial college tuition scholarships or technical programs from recent high school graduates.

  • Investec Oaks and Coronation Cup Fields Set

    The 2009 renewal of the Investec Oaks (Eng-I) has attracted 10 starters at the final 48-hour declaration stage. Run over 1 1/2 miles at Epsom Downs on Investec Ladies Day June 5 and worth about US$573,695), this year's contest promises to be a high-class renewal.

  • Health Watch: Foot and Limb Deformities

    In a presentation to the American Association of Equine Practitioners on hoof deformities in foals and recommendations for correcting or managing them, Dr. Bob Hunt of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington called for caution, especially in trying to use hoof trimming/extensions to correct a limb deformity.

  • KHC Provides Unwanted Horse Solution

    Indiscriminate breeding has widely been recognized as one contributing factor to the increasing numbers of unwanted horses. The Kentucky Horse Council is now offering incentives for responsible Kentucky horse owners to reduce the number of horses capable of reproduction through a geld voucher program.

  • Dr. Leonard Blach, co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

    Dr. Blach Makes New York Housecall

    So, when the interviews are done and night spreads over Churchill Downs and all that remains to be done at Churchill Downs is cleaning tons of trash off the ground, does one's life really change after winning the world's most famous race?

  • ACVIM Releases EHV-1 Consensus Statement

    <P>The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine has released its <A href="http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/122393622/PDFSTART" target=_blank>consensus statement on equine herpesvirus-1</A> (EHV-1). According to the authors, a perceived increase in the occurrence of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (the neurologic form of E...

  • AHC Sets Agenda for Horse Welfare Forum

    <P>The American Horse Council (AHC) is gearing up for what it calls "the most inclusive presentation on safety and welfare ever assembled"--a June 16 forum on equine welfare. <P>The forum, called "Welfare of the Horse," is the focus on this year's AHC National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. The event begins June 15 with committee and state horse counc...

  • Mine That Bird's Registration Papers Reported Stolen

    <P>Trainer Chip Woolley Jr., who trains Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, woke up the morning of June 2 to find his truck had been broken into at the Louisville hotel where he was staying. The registration papers for Mine That Bird were missing, along with the conditioner's GPS (global positioning system). <DIV class="figure figureleft"><IMG style="...