Headlines for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

  • Affirmed winner Grazen will meet some new faces in the Swaps. <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%3D8257609%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Grazen Battles Eastern Invaders in Swaps

    Grazen, who dominated the local 3-year-old crop in the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) on the front end last month, will face a couple of eastern invaders in Advice and Conservative in the $300,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park July 18.

  • Evita Argentina takes on older fillies and mares in the A Gleam.<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%3D7762281%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Evita Argentina Facing Tall Task in A Gleam

    She has already beaten colts this season when she captured the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. Now Evita Argentina will try to become the first 3-year-old since Honeymoon in 1946 to beat older fillies and mares in the A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) on closing weekend at Hollywood Park.

  • C. S. Silk won the Arlington-Washington Lassie at Arlington in 2008.

    C.S. Silk Back on Beam for Arlington Oaks

    C.S. Silk, a six-length winner of the Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) as a 2-year-old last September at Arlington Park, returns to the site of her biggest victory July 18 in the $150,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III).

  • Heroes Reward carries highweight of 124 in the Jaipur Stakes.

    Heroes Reward Has Edge in Jaipur

    Heroes Reward, a graded stakes winner on turf in each of the last three years, will tote top weight of 124 pounds as the likely favorite for the $150,000 Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park July 18.

  • English Channel Relocates to Lane's End

    English Channel, the 2007 champion turf male, has been relocated to Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for the 2010 season. Owned by Brad Kelley and James Scatuorchio, English Channel entered stud in 2008 and his first foals arrived this year.

  • Sariska's Pedigree Combines Speed, Stamina

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>A female-line descendent of the top sire-producing mare Selene, Sariska adds the group I Irish Oaks to her impressive record. Here is an example of a stamina-oriented damline infused with raw speed.

  • Shapiro to Enter Plea in Car Vandalism Case

    Richard B. Shapiro, the former California Horse Racing Board chairman, is to enter a plea July 28 to a charge of felony vandalism in connection with damage done to the vehicle of his longtime antagonist Jerry Jamgotchian at Hollywood Park this spring.

  • New Operator, Name for Idaho Racetrack

    Officials in Boise, Idaho have entered into an agreement for Idaho Entertainment to operate Les Bois Park racetrack until December 2013.

  • Unbridled Belle has won five of seven starts at Delaware Park.

    Unbridled Belle vs. Acoma in Del 'Cap

    Team Valor International's Unbridled Belle has been simply terrific in her career at Delaware Park, winning five of seven starts at the track including the 2007 Delaware Handicap (gr. II). On July 19, the 6-year-old mare will try to continue her domination when she takes on six rivals in the $1 million event.

  • Rick Dutrow

    Rick Dutrow Appeals Kentucky Suspension

    Citing a variety of claims that his client's rights were violated, an attorney for trainer Rick Dutrow has filed an appeal over the 30-day suspension levied by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a Clenbuterol positive in the spring of 2008.

  • Gross, Average Decline at Japan Foal Sale

    The Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) foal sale suffered downturns of 33.1% in gross and 32.3% in average during its two-day run that ended July 15 at the Northern Horse Park on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. The three-day gross for the foal and yearling sales combined was down 21.4% from the previous year and the average fell 21.9%.

  • PA Breeders, Horsemen Warn of 'Raid' of Fund

    The Pennsylvania horse racing and breeding industry is fighting proposed legislation that could take roughly $100 million from the Race Horse Development Fund and use it to help balance the state budget, which is billions of dollars short.

  • African Horse Sickness Vaccine a Work in Progress

    <P>North America is free of the African horse sickness virus, yet this disease poses an important threat should an infected horse or a biting midge that harbors the virus be introduced. <P><A href="https://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=13985">African horse sickness</A> (AHS) is the most lethal disease known to horses. Fortunately for American hor...

  • Horse Owner Disaster Prep Videos Available

    <P>When an emergency or natural disaster occurs, horse owners must be prepared to take the necessary precautions. In some circumstances this requires evacuating the area. <P>Texas A&amp;M University developed three video segments on sheltering and evacuating horses during a natural disaster or emergency situation. <P><B>Video Segments</B> <UL> <LI>...

  • Simple Steps to Reduce Infectious Horse Disease Risk

    Infectious diseases are a constant risk to the health and welfare of horses. Along with vaccination, preventive management techniques are critical to disease prevention. <P><B><I>Horse owners&nbsp;should: </I></B> <UL> <LI>Develop a comprehensive biosecurity plan with a veterinarian and communicate it to all employees. This plan should include disinfe...