Headlines for Friday, June 5, 2009

  • Despite the Odds splashes to victory in the Hill Prince.<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%3D8199919%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Despite the Odds Rolls in Sloppy Hill Prince

    Despite the Odds became a graded stakes winner June 5 at Belmont Park, as he put away Affirmatif and romped to a 7 1/2-length victory in the $109,000 Hill Prince (gr. IIIT), which was taken off the turf course because of heavy rain in New York.

  • Value Plus Sires First Winner

    Stakes winner Value Plus sired his first winner when his son Fenceologist won June 4 at Evangeline Downs in his second start.

  • TheHorse.com, UK Partner on New E-Newsletter

    The Bluegrass Equine Digest, a monthly e-newsletter providing information from the equine research facility at the University of Kentucky and the university's new Equine Initiative, will launch June 28. It was developed through a partnership with UK's Gluck Equine Research Center and the Equine Initiative and presented by TheHorse.com and sponsor, Pfizer Animal Health.

  • Medaglia d'Oro

    Darley Purchases Hot Sire Medaglia d'Oro

    Medaglia d'Oro, the leading second-crop sire and one of the hottest sires in North America right now, has been purchased by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation and has been relocated to Darley's farm near Lexington, it was announced June 5.

  • Dunkirk working at Belmont Park on May 31.

    Haskin's Belmont Picks: No Dunkirk Evacuation

    Warning: what you are about to read should be taken with extreme skepticism. Not to sound self deprecating, but yours truly is on one nasty losing streak in the Triple Crown, and the selection for the Belmont Stakes will be made as a means of self defense.

  • Hirsch Memorial Held at Belmont Park

    There were so many good stories being told, and re-told, in memory of Joe Hirsch June 5 at Belmont Park, it is hard to know which one Joe would have liked most. Well, Hirsch always saw the positive in everything, so he would have liked all the stories, equally.

  • Revved Up

    Millionaire Revved Up Retired at Age 11

    Live Oak Plantation's 11-year-old Revved Up has been retired after a nine-year racing career that included 14 stakes victories, including three graded scores, from an overall record of 20 wins from 43 starts. He retires to pasture at his birthplace of Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud in Ocala, Fla., with earnings of $1,548,653.

  • Raining at Belmont; Saturday Forecast Good

    The history of the track at Belmont Park is that is dries out quickly. According to the latest forecast, it will have about 17 hours to do so prior to the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • No VLTs, But Task Force Offers Hope in Texas

    Once again, the Texas legislature concluded its biannual session without passing a bill to legalize video lottery terminal at the state's racetracks. But the potential for a task force on the racing industry offers some hope for assistance.

  • Darley Australia Active at Broodmare Sale

    The team from Darley Australia purchased the most expensive horse June 5 during the second session of the Magic Millions broodmare sale on Australia's Gold Coast. John Sunderland signed the Aust$500,000 (approximately $400,905 in U.S. funds) sale ticket for Belcentra, a stakes-winning Bel Esprit mare that is in foal to Exceed and Excel.

  • Kentucky Horse Owner Education DVD Wins Award

    <P><I>HorseSmarts: Essential Advice for Today's Horse Owner</I>, a 60 minute educational DVD created by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) and produced by Marvo Entertainment Group of Princeton, Ky., was recently awarded a 2009 Silver Communicator Award of Distinction by the International Academy of Visual Arts and the Communicator Awards. <P>The Communic...