Headlines for Wednesday, July 8, 2009

  • Woodbine Apprentice Beth Wyard Out 2-3 Weeks

    Apprentice jockey Beth Wyard, who was originally diagnosed with a broken left ankle after a training mishap on the morning of July 8, has torn ligaments and will only be out of action for two to three weeks.

  • Visit is closing in on her first win in the U.S. after six losses for trainer Bobby Frankel.

    Tuscan Evening, Visit Clash in Royal Heroine

    Tuscan Evening, winner of four of five starts this year since being transferred to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer from the British Isles by owner William de Burgh, goes for her first graded win in the $250,000 Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) July 11 at Hollywood Park.

  • Shaun Bridgmohan

    Injury Sidelines Bridgmohan

    Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan could be sidelined for as long as six weeks after suffering a compression fracture in a vertebra, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. He was injured when a 2-year-old he was working July 6 at Churchill Downs broke down after the wire.

  • Informed will try to give trainer Doug O'Neill his 5th Hollywood Gold Cup.<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%3D8243504%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    O'Neill Aims at Fifth Gold Cup With Informed

    Trainer Doug O'Neill, perfect in four previous tries in the TVG/Betfair Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), shoots for his fifth win since 2002 when he saddles Informed for the $700,000 Cushion Track event July 11.

  • Arlington Classic winner Giant Oak looks for his first graded stakes win in the American Derby.

    Giant Oak Has Tall Task in American Derby

    Virginia Tarra Trust's homebred Giant Oak, successful in his seasonal turf debut while winning the Arlington Classic last out, will look for his first graded stakes win July 11 in the $300,000 American Derby (gr. II) at Arlington Park.

  • Keeneland Reduces RNA Commission

    Keeneland has reduced its sales commission on horses that fail to meet their reserves to 2.5%. The rate will be in effect for this year's September yearling and November breeding stock sales and the 2010 January horses of all ages sale.

  • Time Machine was the most expensive horse sold on the second day of the Tattersalls July mixed sale in England, bringing 95,000 guineas.

    Time Machine Sets Pace at Tattersalls

    Time Machine, a 3-year-old Halling gelding, was the most expensive horse sold on the second day of the Tattersalls July mixed sale in England, bringing 95,000 guineas. Irish trainer Robbie Hennessy purchased Time Machine on July 8 from trainer John Gosden's Clarehaven Stables.

  • Gio Ponti tries for his third consecutive grade I in the Man o' War 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%3D8204825%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Man o' War: Gio Ponti Seeks Another Grade I

    Castleton Lyons' Gio Ponti, fresh off victories in the Frank Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) and Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT), will shoot for his third consecutive grade I score July 11 in the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.

  • Nicanor is among the probable entries for the Virginia Derby.

    Nicanor Among Probables For Virginia Derby

    Colonial Downs will hold the post position draw for the 12th running of the $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) July 18 and an impressive list of probable starters is taking shape.

  • Presious Passion

    Plans Open for Presious Passion's Next Start

    Aside from cashing in Presious Passion's "Win and You're In" ticket for this fall's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), trainer Mary Hartmann said plans are undecided for her back-to-back United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) winner.

  • Rescue Groups See Benefits in New TJC Policy

    Owners and equine rescue groups with unidentified Thoroughbreds that sport lip tattoos now have access to free identification services provided by the Jockey Club.

  • Woodbine Suspends 'Turbo-Charged' Pick 6

    Woodbine Entertainment Group announced July 8 it is suspending its "Turbo-charged Pick 6" wager promotion, while leaving open the option of bringing it back later in the season or for special events.

  • Barbaro Statue

    Barbaro is back home at the track where he became a legend. A bronze statue honoring the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner is now a permanent fixture at Churchill Downs, nearly three years after the colt suffered a breakdown at the Preakness.

  • David Prine

    For David Prine, just being alive was something of a longshot. Nearly killed in a gas explosion in a Louisville, Ky. kitchen in 1999, paralyzed on one side and unable to speak, Prine endured years of physical therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, and several surgeries. Somehow, the long and tortuous road to recovery led him to the racetrack

  • Calvin Stuart Rainey Dies

    Calvin Stuart Rainey, who started in racing as an exercise rider and later became executive director of The Jockey Club, died July 6 at his home in Green Valley, Ariz,

  • Trainer Rick Dutrow

    KHRC Suspends Rick Dutrow 30 Days

    In a rare decision, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has rejected it's stewards and hearing officer's recommendations and suspended trainer Rick Dutrow 30 days for a Clenbuterol positive that dates back to May 2, 2008.

  • Breeders' Cup Recommendations on Table

    While Breeders' Cup is currently operating with debt some believe will result in cuts to purses, a 20-member group has been working toward long-term solutions to bring the organization back to financial stability.