Headlines for Thursday, July 29, 2010

  • Unrivaled Belle's most recent victory came in the La Troienne Stakes over Rachel Alexandra.<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%3D8937171%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ruffian Timing Right for Unrivaled Belle

    Timing can mean everything, and in the case of the $250,000 Ruffian Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 1 at Saratoga, it could result in a long-awaited grade I victory for Unrivaled Belle.

  • THS: The Haskell Invitational

    Jason, Tom, and James Scully of twinspires.com preview the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on August 1 at Monmouth Park. Also picks for the Jim Dandy (gr. II). Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Haskell.

  • Judge Rejects Aqueduct Casino Bid Challenge

    A legal challenge to stop the current Aqueduct casino bidding process and award the contract to a previous bidder was tossed out by a New York state judge July 29, said state officials who were in the courtroom.

  • Leonard Foote, Retired CHRB Director, Dies

    Leonard Foote, who served as chief investigator and then executive director of the California Horse Racing Board for a total of 24 years until his retirement in 1990, died July 26 in Reno, Nev., after a long illness.

  • Keeneland September Sale Has 4,857 Yearlings

    Keeneland has cataloged 4,857 horses for its September yearling sale. The number, which declined for the second year in a row, is down 6.4% from 2009's total of 5,189 and represents a 12.6% decline from the 2008 record 5,555.

  • Vic Zast's Saratoga Diary: Chicken Salad

    Low attendance continued to plague the racetrack as the day's most interesting things happened away from it - a town hall meeting, a toast to an unsung hero and a basketball game.

  • Checking the Vitals: Heart Function and Sound

    You are at a concert when suddenly the orchestra stops playing their instruments with the exception of the kettledrums. The kettle drummer hits two beats with a pause. This is repeated over and over as you realize the drumbeats are the heart and rhythm for the orchestra. In your head you can mimic your own heartbeat with valvular doors that slam with...

  • Penicillin's Effects on Castrated Horses

    Giving procaine penicillin before and after castration reduces the levels of inflammatory markers on a horse's blood test, which suggest that this approach might reduce bacteria in the surgical wounds, according to a Danish study.