Headlines for Wednesday, July 22, 2009

  • Afleet Eagle pulls away in the Oceanside at Del Mar.<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%3D8354214%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Afleet Eagle Breezes to Oceanside Triumph

    Afleet Eagle sprinted away from the field behind at the top of the stretch and scored an easy 2 1/2-length win in the $112,800 Oceanside Stakes, the opening-day feature at Del Mar July 22.

  • Whatsthescript will try to catch Monterey Jazz in the Eddie Read.<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%3D4968554%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Whatsthescript Needs Some Luck in Eddie Read

    A little more speed in the lineup and a turf course that's not quite so conducive to front-runners would help trainer John Sadler feel better about the chances of Whatsthescript in the $350,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) at July 25, the highlight on the opening weekend of action at Del Mar.

  • Jockey Russell Baze has five mounts on the Claiming Crown card.

    Calhoun, Baze Highlight 11th Claiming Crown

    Trainer Bret Calhoun will be on hand July 25 when Antrim County receives the 2008 National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association "Claimer of the Year" award. A couple of hours later, he'll saddle the 6-year-old gelding for the $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Canterbury Park in suburban Minneapolis.

  • Walmac Offers Southern Hemisphere Breedings

    Successful stallions Successful Appeal and Songandaprayer will be available to cover mares at Walmac Farm near Lexington during this year's Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

  • Lethal Heat returns in an allowance race at Del Mar on July 25.

    Lethal Heat Primed For Big Second Half

    Dual graded stakes winner Lethal Heat, who set seven-furlong track records in consecutive races at Del Mar last season, continues what her connections hope will end with an appearance in the $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) later this year when she returns in an allowance race July 25 on opening weekend of the Del Mar meeting.

  • CHRB to Examine Fermin's Del Mar Role

    The California Horse Racing Board plans to meet in closed session prior to its general meeting July 23 to consider complaints and appeals that have been filed against the board challenging Ingrid Fermin's appointment as a steward at Del Mar this season.

  • NYRA Taps New Senior VP and CFO

    The New York Racing Association announced July 22 that Ellen McClain has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. In her position, McClain will oversee all NYRA financials, including accounting, budgeting, and forecasting. She will start with the company in mid-August.

  • Zenyatta's next scheduled race is the Clement Hirsch Stakes. After that?<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%3D8148338%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Moss: Zenyatta's Plans Still Up in the Air

    Jerry Moss, owner of undefeated champion Zenyatta, said July 22 that he has not made a decision on the mare's next destination after her try in the Aug. 9 Clement Hirsch Stakes (gr. I), but he reiterated that he still wants to do "something different" with the rest of her 2009 campaign.

  • Jockey Club Adjusts Toe Grab Recommendations

    After discussions with industry participants and a review of all scientific research available on the use of toe grabs on the front shoes of Thoroughbreds, The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommends adjusting the current RCI Model Rule on horse shoes to allow toe grabs up to four millimeters in height on front shoes on dirt racing surfaces only.

  • Hip#250, filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Ting a Folie by Careafolie was the top seller at Fasig-Tipton's July select yearling sale, bringing $425,000.

    F-T July Drops, But 'Medaglia' Fillies Shine

    Fasig-Tipton's July select yearling sale ended with a bang instead of a whimper in Lexington, getting a boost from the progeny of the hot stallion Medaglia d'Oro. Even though the key business figures were down from the previous year, the final day produced the auction's highest price and results that were stronger than the opening day's statistics.

  • George Washington Filly in Tattersalls Sale

    The only yearling in the world by the illâ€"fated European champion George Washington is scheduled to be offered in Book 1 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale Oct. 6-8 in England.

  • OBS Yearling Sale Has 1,151 Horses

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 1,151 yearlings for its August yearling sale. The number is down 14.2% from last year, when 1,342 horses were in the book.

  • Quick Action Sires First Winner

    Stakes winner Quick Action was represented by his first winner when his son Eternally Fast won July 17 at Calder Race Course.

  • It's a Bird has been disqualified from his Oaklawn Handicap Win.

    Owner to Appeal It's a Bird Decision

    An attorney for Edmund Gann said the owner will appeal a July 21 decision by the Arkansas Racing Commission disqualifying It's a Bird from his victory in the April 4 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) after the horse tested positive for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory medication.

  • Charitable Jockey Luncheon Set for Aug. 7

    Sponsored by the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Illinois Chapter of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, Dining With the Dynasty will give racing fans the opportunity to dine and converse with legendary jockeys from Thoroughbred racing's past.

  • Deadline Soon for BC Foal Nomination Discount

    Deadline for the early discount of $100 off the $500 price for a Breeders' Cup foal nomination is midnight ET Aug. 1. As a part of a nominator stimulus plan announced April 7, the discount applies to all foals nominated electronically or "on-line" to the Breeders' Cup program for the 2009 foal crop if made on or before the Aug. 1 deadline.

  • Colic Surgery Outcomes Improved by Recent Advances

    <P>Today's colicking horse has a good chance for survival, said Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, who recently wrote a review of equine colic surgery advances for <I>Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice</I>. <P>A horse's anatomy puts it at risk for colic: the long intestine and colon are prone to twisting and obstructions that can prevent blood and o...

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  • Oral Rabies Vaccine Distributed in Arizona

    <P>Oral rabies vaccine baits are being distributed around Flagstaff, Ariz., to reduce the incidence of rabies in gray fox, said Wildlife Services, a program within the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The distribution&nbsp;was scheduled to begin&nbsp;July 21. <P>In cooperation with the Coconino County Health Department, 130,000 oral ra...