Headlines for Friday, July 3, 2009

  • Backtalk pulls away in the Bashford Manor.

    Backtalk Speaks Loudly in Bashford Manor

    Sent off as the 4-5 favorite among the eight 2-year-olds, Gold Mark Farm' Backtalk stumbled at the start but recovered and steadily progressed to the fore en route to a one-length victory in the $110,500 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs July 3.

  • Richard Shapiro

    Ex-CHRB Head Charged With Felony Vandalism

    Richard Shapiro, the former head of the California Horse Racing Board, was charged with one felony count of vandalism for allegedly damaging a vehicle owned by a longtime rival, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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    Summer Bird at Monmouth to Prep for Haskell

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird rolled into the Monmouth Park stable area at 5:30 the morning of July 3 and settled into his stall in Barn 3 as he prepares for his next start, the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. 1) on Sunday, Aug. 2.

  • Margie's Wildcat Sires First Winner

    Margie's Wildcat sired his first winner when his son You Take It Easy won July 2 by 5 1/4 lengths at Woodbine in his initial start.