Headlines for Saturday, July 11, 2009

  • Tuscan Evening gets her nose in front in the Royal Heroine.<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%3D8320304%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tuscan Evening Keeps Winning in Royal Heroine

    Tuscan Evening had the pacesetting Patricia's Gem in her sights all the way, finally edging past her in the final 50 yards and winning a sprint to the wire by a nose in the $250,000 Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) on the Hollywood Park turf July 11.

  • Eaton's Gift and Jose Lezcano take the Smile Stakes at Calder.

    No 'Bull' Here; Eaton's Gift Earns Smile

    Eaton's Gift seized the lead inside the eighth pole and held off 1-2 favorite Benny the Bull by 1 1/2 lengths in the $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) on Summit of Speed day at Calder Race Course July 11.

  • Atomic Rain cruises in the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth.

    Atomic Rain Wins Long Branch; Papa Clem Third

    Atomic Rain waited patiently early before moving wide for the drive and sailing to a 4 3/4-length win in the July 11 Long Branch Stakes, the traditional prep for Monmouth Park's Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2.

  • Game Face shows the way in the Princess Rooney at Calder.

    Game Face Rolls to Princess Rooney Romp

    Game Face rebounded from a disappointing effort last out by romping to a 6 3/4-length score in the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) July 11 at Calder Race Course. As part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" series, the victory earned the filly an automatic berth in the Sentient Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 6 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Reb fights for the win in the American Derby.

    Reb Roars From Last to Win American Derby

    Last at the sixteenth pole, Reb unleashed a furious drive under jockey Julien Leparoux to nail No Inflation at the wire to win Arlington Park's $300,000 American Derby by a head in his stakes debut July 11.

  • First Passage overtakes Kays and Jays to win the Azalea.

    First Passage Finds Way in Calder's Azalea

    Andrew Rosen's First Passage won her third in a row and became a graded stakes winner in the process as she took over from pacesetter Kays and Jays in the stretch and went on to win the $200,000 Azalea (gr. III) by three-quarters of a length July 11 at Calder Race Course.

  • Gio Ponti powers home in the Man o' War.<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%3D8319927%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gio Ponti Scores Third Straight Gr. I

    Castleton Lyons' Gio Ponti notched his third consecutive grade I win when he came from off the pace to take the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park July 11. The 4-year-old son of Tale of the Cat won for the fourth time in five starts on Belmont's turf course.

  • Pure Clan bounds home in the Modesty at Arlington.

    Pure Clan Shows Class in Modesty Score

    Lewis Lakin's homebred Pure Clan, making just her second start of the season, overtook pacesetter Tizaqueena in upper stretch and sailed to the wire for a 2 1/2-length victory in the $200,000 Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 11 on the Arlington Park turf.

  • Marina Ballerina has been scratched from the Princess Rooney.

    Marina Ballerina Out of Princess Rooney

    Trainer Kirk Ziadie scratched Robert Pastor's 5-year-old mare Marina Ballerina from today's $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) this morning, citing a possible oncoming illness.

  • Lawyer Ron

    Stallion Lawyer Ron Euthanized

    Lawyer Ron, the 2007 champion older male, was euthanized July 10 at Stonewall Farm Stallions near Versailles, Ky., due to complications from a recent colic surgery.

  • Rider Pressure Affects Horse Tack Evaluation

    <P>The force a rider exerts on the horse's back will shift depending on his or her position and should be included in any evaluation of tack pressure, researchers recently reported. <P>"You need a force that is distributed over a certain area to make a good evaluation of the saddle pressure, therefore saddle measurements should be performed with a rider...