Headlines for Thursday, July 30, 2009

  • Bankruptcy Judge: MEC Can Sell Austrian Track

    A bankruptcy court has granted permission for Magna International Corp. (MEC) to sell its track in Austria to a group associated with company founder and chairman Frank Stronach, Bloomberg reported July 30.

  • Well Armed, who won the San Diego in 2008, is back to try again in 2009.<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%3D5179445%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Well Armed Faces Eight in San Diego 'Cap

    Well Armed makes his first start since his record 14-length romp in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) when he takes on eight rivals in the $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 2.

  • Backtalk gets up late in the Sanford under Miguel Mena. <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%3D8375316%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Backtalk Gets Final Word in Tight Sanford

    Favored Backtalk is undefeated in three starts after motoring home on the outside of a closely grouped field to win the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds by a neck over Enumerate at Saratoga Race Course July 30.

  • Rutherienne is the one to beat in the Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes. <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%3D4177509%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rutherienne the One to Beat in Matchmaker

    Although the field for the Aug. 2 Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park contains several accomplished entrants, multiple graded stakes winner Rutherienne, who is often a fast closer at the finish, is clearly the one to beat.

  • Queen's Plate winner Eye of the Leopard tries turf in the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine.

    13 Entered in Woodbine's Breeders' Stakes

    Attention on the top 3-year-olds in Canada switches to the turf Aug. 2 when 13 line up for a contentious renewal of the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine. The final jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown attracted the winners of the first two events: Eye of the Leopard and Gallant.

  • 7-year old Cosmonaut takes on 8 in the Fourstardave.<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%3D8063844%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cosmonaut, Kip Deville Head Fourstardave

    The Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 2 at Saratoga will bring together a diverse field of nine, including accomplished older turf horses such as Cosmonaut and Kip Deville and rising younger stars ready to go in the $150,000-added test.

  • Seventh Street is part of the favored entry in the Go for Wand.

    Seventh Street Tops Go For Wand Field

    When jockey Rajiv Maragh eased Godolphin Racing's Seventh Street back into an ideal stalking position in the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) on June 13 at Belmont Park, he didn't expect two other horses owned by the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai, Godolphin Racing's Music Note and Darley Stable's Sea Chanter, to charge up and force a furious pace.

  • THS: West Virginia Derby

    Tom, Evan, and Rich Nilson from Brisnet/Twinspires.com preview the West Virginia Derby (gr. II). Plus picks for the Jim Dandy and the Haskell.

  • F-T's Blue Horse Charities Awards $218,685

    Blue Horse Charities, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fasig-Tipton, is awarding $218,685 to 52 non-profit Thoroughbred adoption and retraining centers this year. The non-profit charities were chosen to receive grants based on the number of horses they placed into new permanent homes after retirement from racing.

  • Rachel Alexandra has been installed as the 4-5 favorite for the Haskell Invitational.
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    'Rachel' Heads Field of Seven in Haskell

    Although Rachel Alexandra has been installed as the 4-5 favorite for the $1.25-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2, she could face stiff competition from several of the six 3-year-old colts entered against her.

  • Elusive City to Haras d'Etreham

    Elusive City, sire of this year's French mile classic winner Elusive Wave, will stand in 2010 at Haras d'Etreham in Normandy, France.

  • Belmont Park

    Belmont Attributes Low Handle Figures to Rain

    All-sources handle for the recently-concluded 64-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet decreased 13.9% from 2008 totals, in contrast with industry-wide decreases of 16.9% in June, and 10.5% through the first six months of 2009 compared to 2008 figures. Incessant rain throughout the meet resulted in 77 races taken off the turf and many more turf races which could not be carded.

  • Churchill Downs Inc. CEO and president Robert Evans

    Evans: We Believe We Must Win Slots Battle

    Although Churchill Downs Inc. posted a slight increase in revenue during the second quarter of 2009 despite the depressed economic picture with the U.S., the racetrack operating company's president and CEO said the "results from our racing operations were disappointing."

  • BGFC to Host Racino Grande at Keeneland

    On Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m., the Keene Entertainment Center will transform into a vintage jazz age "Racino Grande" complete with casino-style charitable gaming to benefit the Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy.

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