Headlines for Saturday, July 18, 2009

  • Battle of Hastings outfinishes Straight Story to win the Virginia Derby.

    Battle of Hastings Double Tough in VA Derby

    In a carbon copy of last month's Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT), Battle of Hastings dug in late to head Straight Story to win the $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) on the Colonial Downs turf July 18.

  • Misremembered and Victor Espinoza take the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park.<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%3D8342024%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Misremembered Posts Unforgettable Swaps Win

    Trainer Bob Baffert won the first stakes of his career with a horse he bred when Misremembered led all the way to upset 7-10 choice Grazen in the $284,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood July 18.

  • Caprice Uses Inside Path to Win Dick Memorial

    German-bred Caprice saved ground throughout, snuck through a hole on the inside in upper stretch, and held off Trensa by a neck to win the $171,050 Robert G. Dick Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 18 on the Delaware Park turf.

  • Evita Argentina storms home in the A Gleam at Hollywood Park.<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%3D8341954%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Evita Argentina Shines Brightly in A Gleam

    Evita Argentina charged from last to post a two-length victory in the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park July 18 to become the first 3-year-old to win the race since Honeymoon in 1946.

  • Blind Date gets up late to take the Virginia Oaks.

    Blind Date Rallies To Score In Virginia Oaks

    William Backer's homebred filly Blind Date came from off the pace to take a short advantage in mid-stretch, then narrowly outdueled Shared Account to win the $150,000 Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) by a head July 18 at Colonial Downs.

  • El Prado

    El Prado Slowing Down, But Not Done

    El Prado, who has sired 74 stakes winners, including the hot young stallion Medaglia d'Oro, experienced declining fertility during the 2009 breeding season, but will continue to cover mares in 2010 if he remains healthy, according to Eric Hamelback, who is the general manager of Frank Stronach's Adena Springs operation near Paris, Ky.

  • Wildcat Heir Off to Fast Start as a Stallion

    Wildcat Heir, who was fast enough to win the six-furlong Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I) in 2004, is getting off to a fast start as a stallion in 2009. As of July 17, there were already 11 winners in the first crop sired by the 9-year-old Forest Wildcat horse, which stands at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.

  • Silver Timber pulls away in the Jaipur Stakes under Eibar Coa.
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    Silver Timber Chops Down Jaipur Foes

    Silver Timber, in a no-holds-barred speed duel with even-money favorite Heroes Reward from the very start, finally inched clear of his rival in upper stretch and held on for a narrow victory in the $156,000 Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Belmont turf July 18.

  • Alcomo and Willie Martinez draw off in the Greenwood Cup at Philadelphia Park.

    Alcomo Earns BC Berth With Greenwood Cup Win

    Alcomo, a multiple stakes winner in his native Brazil, finally showed his winning U.S. form when he took over off the final turn and drew away for a 1 3/4-length score in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup July 18 at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack.

  • Eaton's Gift won the Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder on July 11 for owner Zayat Stables and trainer Dale Romans.

    Zayat, Romans Part Ways

    Zayat Stables' graded stakes winners Eaton's Gift and Thorn Song have been removed from the barn of Dale Romans, the trainer said July 18.

  • Ireland's EIA Experience: What Did We Learn?

    <P>In 2006, Ireland was rocked by an outbreak of equine infectious anemia (EIA) that was rapidly contained by veterinarians and the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (<A href="http://www.thehorse.com/viewArticle.aspx?ID=8594">read more</A>). Despite their quick action, the fallout from this outbreak has been widespread. In the three year...