Headlines for Wednesday, July 1, 2009

  • Smooth Air takes on 7 in the Salvator Mile<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%3D7901221%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Smooth Air Heads Salvator Mile for New Barn

    Multiple grade II winner Smooth Air, coming off a strong second in the Metropolitan Mile (gr. I), makes his first start for trainer Chad Brown in the $250,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III) at Monmouth Park July 4.

  • Informed Decision is on a 4 race winning streak.<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%3D8063311%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hard to Make Case Against Informed Decision

    Informed Decision, on a four-race winning streak following back-to-back grade I wins for trainer Jonathan Sheppard, towers over the field for the $150,000 Chicago Handicap (gr. III), the Independence Day headliner at Arlington Park.

  • Thorn Song will attempt to become the first repeat winner of the Firecracker Handicap.

    Thorn Song Seeks Firecracker Repeat

    Zayat Stables' Thorn Song will attempt to become the first repeat winner of the Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) when he takes on seven rivals July 4 at Churchill Downs.

  • Marchfield is in control in the Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine.

    Marchfield Delivers in Canada's Dominion Day

    Marchfield, named Canada's outstanding older horse last year, found the winner's circle for the first time in 2009 when he rallied from last on the final turn to capture the $190,767 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine July 1.

  • Warrior's Reward was just a head back in the Northern Dancer.<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%3D8233448%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dwyer: Warrior's Reward Looks to Bounce Back

    A. Stevens Miles Jr.'s Warrior's Reward, who lost a tough duel with Successful Dan three weeks ago in the Northern Dancer (gr. III), will look to break through for his first graded stakes score in the $200,000 Dwyer (gr. III) July 4 at Belmont Park.

  • It's a Bird will try to continue his winning ways in the Suburban.<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%3D7535421%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    It's a Bird Flying High For Suburban 'Cap

    Edmund Gann's It's a Bird, winner of consecutive graded stakes and three of his last four overall, will try to continue his top form when facing nine rivals in the $400,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) July 4 at Belmont Park.

  • Vinery's Street Hero to Shuttle to Australia

    Street Hero, who stood his first season at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery in Kentucky this year, will shuttle to Tony Santic's Makybe in Victoria, Australia for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

  • Fame and Glory Across the Pond

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Montjeu has enjoyed considerable success as a sire of Classic horses. Irish Derby winner Fame and Glory adds to his sire's tally-while also tying in this year's theme of German bloodline influences.

  • Ken Ramsey

    KY Owners, Trainers React to VLT Bill Failure

    In the aftermath of the failed passage of the legislation that would have allowed video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks, several Thoroughbred industry members voiced their opinions on how they will survive without the extra boost to the state's purse structure and breeders' incentive programs.

  • Gabby&#39;s Golden Gal will cut back in distance in the Prioress Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8223203%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Gabby's Golden Gal Shortens Up for Prioress

    After showing her fondness for Belmont Park with a front-running triumph in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) one month ago, Gabby's Golden Gal will cut back in distance for trainer Bob Baffert in the Prioress Stakes (gr. I) July 4.

  • Rene Douglas

    Douglas Thanks Supporters as He Resumes Fight

    Jockey Rene Douglas, who was seriously injured in a May 23 racing accident at Arlington Park, has issued his first statement since the accident occurred. Douglas, who is currently paralyzed from the chest down, sent a letter to the 3,527-member Facebook group 'Rene Douglas Get Well Card,' in which he voiced his appreciation to the racing community.

  • Laurel Park will host the grade I De Francis Dash on October 28th.

    De Francis Dash Restored to Laurel Calendar

    The Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association have agreed to the live racing dates and stakes schedule for the balance of 2009, including the return of the Grade I Frank J. De Francis Dash after a one-year hiatus.

  • Sharp Declines Reported in European Breeding

    The effects of the international recession on the European breeding industry is underscored by registration figures from Weatherbys showing sharp downturns in broodmare registrations and ownership changes during the first five months of 2009.

  • The Jockey Club Enhances Tattoo ID Services

    The Jockey Club announced July 1 that it has enhanced its free Tattoo Identification Services by adding access to its markings database to the tattoo research module.

  • Horses React to Human Heart Rates, Study Finds

    An increase in a human's heart rate affects the heart rate of the horse they are leading or riding, researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences recently reported. <P>Linda Keeling, PhD, and colleagues tested horses and riders to see if humans inadvertently communicate fear and anxiety to horses. Using heart rate as a fear indicator, t...

  • Horse Farms Damaged in Ice Storm Will Not Receive USDA Aid

    <P>Dozens of Central Kentucky horse farms that <A href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=13543">suffered significant damage from a January ice storm</A> will not receive any relief from the USDA due to the wording in the agency's handbook. <P>Five months after horse industry officials lobbied for funds from the USDA's Emergency Conservation P...