Headlines for Saturday, June 6, 2009

  • Oratory Sires Initial Winner

    Oratory, a grade II winner, sired his first winner when his son Work for a Cure won June 5 at Colonial Downs.

  • Midships bounds home in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap.

    Frankel's Midships Navigates Whittingham Win

    Favored Midships gained a clear advantage in the home stretch and held off the surprising Globetrotter by a half-length to score his first grade I victory in the $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park June 6.

  • Proud Accolade Sires First Winner

    Grade I winner Proud Accolade came through with his first winner when his son Mr. Green won June 6 at Calder Race Course in his first start.

  • Noble Court Rules in Ack Ack Handicap

    Noble Court, closing furiously from the back of the field after following a ferocious pace, surged past the leaders on the far outside to win the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) in the final strides at Hollywood Park June 6.

  • Ice Bear (right) holds on to win the Eclipse.

    Ice Bear Edges Marchfield in Eclipse

    Augustin Stable's Ice Bear held off a late bid from reigning champion dirt male Marchfield to win the $170,275 Eclipse Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine June 6. The 1 1/16-mile Polytrack event was the first graded stakes score for

  • Gio Ponti comes on late to take the Woodford Reserve Manhattan 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%3D8204825%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Last to First for Gio Ponti in Manhattan

    Belmont track announcer Tom Durkin made note of Gio Ponti being at the back of the pack as the field turned down the backside in the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan (gr. IT), but the colt came from last to first to win the race in dramatic fashion.

  • Acoma comes home strong in the Mint Julep.

    Acoma Holds Off Pure Clan in Mint Julep

    Helen Groves and Helen Alexander's Acoma repelled a late bid from Pure Clan and held on for a neck victory in the $109,000 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) June 6 at Churchill Downs.

  • Gabby's Golden Gal powers home in the Acorn.

    Gabby's Golden Gal Wires Acorn Field

    The way Rachel Alexandra won the Kentucky Oaks -- by a whopping 20 1/4 lengths -- anything that ran behind her had to be given another chance in her next start. Gabby's Golden Gal proved that theory true when she won the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) June 6 at Belmont Park.

  • Einstein was assigned top weight of 124 pounds for the Stephen Foster.

    Einstein Top Weight For Stephen Foster

    Midnight Cry Stable's Einstein was assigned top weight of 124 pounds for the $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 13 at Churchill Downs.

  • Scientific Games Still Reviewing Calif. Error

    Scientific Games Racing has not determined the cause of a system glitch that caused its "stop betting" order on the Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park May 16 to go unheeded at 33 off-track wagering locations, a company representative told the California Horse Racing Board.

  • CHRB OKs Further Cuts in Hollywood Dates

    In a sign of how the tightening economy has affected tracks in the state, the California Horse Racing Board acquiesced to a request from Hollywood Park to eliminate the final five Wednesdays of the current spring/summer meet, which runs through July 19.

  • Sea The Stars Completes English Double Sweep

    Sea The Stars stamped his name in history with an impressive 1 3/4-length victory over Fame And Glory in the Investec Derby (Eng-I) at Epsom June 6. Sea The Stars became the first horse since Nashwan in 1989 to complete the 2000 Guineas-Derby double.

  • 2009 Belmont Stakes - Expert Picks

    Belmont Stakes picks from insiders including Hall of Fame jockey Jorge Velasquez, trainer Shug McGaughey, and Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds.

  • Mine That Bird is ready for 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%3D8202151%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sunny Day, Horses Ready for Belmont

    We tend to always knock weathermen, but they have been spot on with their predictions for Belmont week. The day before the final leg of the Triple Crown, as predicted, was as miserable as it gets, but race day itself, again as prognosticators said it would, dawned bright and beautiful.

  • Emerald Downs, Jockeys to Assist PDJF

    Emerald Downs and its jockey colony will recognize recently injured jockey Rene Douglas and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund June 6, Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day.

  • Penn Stops Betting Early After Tote Glitch

    Another tote communication glitch led officials at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course to start closing pari-mutuel pools when the first horse enters the starting gate, effective June 6.

  • Maryland Offers Horse Owner Pasture Walks

    <P>The Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Equine Studies Program at the University of Maryland have partnered together to offer a Horse Pasture Walk on Thursday, June 18, 2009. The event will be held from 6-9:00 p.m. at the Equine Rotational Grazing Demonstration site located in Ellicott City, Md. <P>Participants will learn about best management...