Headlines for Wednesday, June 8, 2011

  • Animal Kingdom is the morning-line favorite for the Belmont.<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%3D9558378%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Animal Kingdom 2-1 Belmont Choice; Post 9

    Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and second in the Preakness (gr. I), was named the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He'll break from post 9 in a 12-horse lineup.

  • Gio Ponti headlines the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap.<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%3D9102048%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Multiple Turf Champ Gio Ponti Tops Manhattan

    Multiple Eclipse Award winner and $5.3 million earner Gio Ponti heads the field of 10 turf specialists that have been entered for the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the June 8 Belmont Stakes card.

  • And They're Off: The Belmont Stakes

    Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk report from Belmont Park about the Belmont Stakes, including thoughts about the draw, how the race will be run, and picks. Plus, a tour of Belmont Park.Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm

  • Star Billing tries to remain undefeated in the Honeymoon.<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%3D9517891%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Star Billing Seeks More Fame in Honeymoon

    Undefeated Star Billing, upset winner over Cambina in the Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) one month ago, faces her rival once again in the $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park June 11.

  • Bourbon Bay returns to Southern California action in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap.<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%3D8850002%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Whittingham Features Return of Bourbon Bay

    Off since disappointing in the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) in March, Bourbon Bay returns to action in the $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) June 11, the highlight of a busy Hollywood Park program.

  • Awesome Patriot has won three of six starts in his career and is seeking his first graded win.<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%3D9398610%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Awesome Patriot, Coil Lead Affirmed Lineup

    Awesome Patriot and Coil, two colts previously considered for races at Belmont Park June 11, give trainer Bob Baffert a strong hand in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) the same day at Hollywood Park.

  • Pour Moi<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%3D9558389%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Classic Success Runs Deep in Pour Moi's Blood

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Both in the male line of sire Montjeu and the family of dam Gwynn, Pour Moi's bloodlines include a plethora of European classic winners.

  • Turbulent Descent faces 5 in the Acorn.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9494279%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Turbulent Descent Headlines Acorn Field

    Turbulent Descent, the only filly with grade I status entered in the TVG Acorn Stakes, will be tough to beat if the excellent form she has exhibited on the California circuit and Keeneland carries over to Belmont Park.

  • 2011 Belmont Stakes - Predict the Order

    Who will win the Belmont Stakes? Will it be Derby winner Animal Kingdom, Preakness winner Shackleford, or a new face? How will the others finish?

  • KTDF Revenue Decline of Concern to Panel

    Members of an advisory committee that oversees the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund expressed concern June 8 over diminishing revenue for the program as well as one racetrack's suspension of full-card simulcasts.

  • Belmont Stakes News Minute - 6/8/2011

    Lenny Shulman reports on the activities of the day, including Animal Kingdom and Shackleford schooling in the gate. Plus, a weather report.

  • Belmont Stakes News Minute - 06/08/11

    Lenny Shulman reports on the activities of the day, including Animal Kingdom and Shackleford schooling in the gate. Plus, a weather report.

  • Goldikova is among those scheduled to run during the Royal Ascot meet.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9267415%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Royal Ascot Action Will Air on TVG

    TVG will have live, on-site coverage of the five-day, 2011 Royal Ascot meet from England that begins Tuesday, June 14 and runs through Saturday, June 18. Each day's card will air from 9 a.m. -- 1 p.m. EDT.

  • Lilacs and Lace&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9506216%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ashland Winner Lilacs and Lace Sold to Japan

    Ashland Stakes (gr. I) winner Lilacs and Lace was sold to a Japanese breeder for an undisclosed amount and was sent to that country shortly after the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), according to former majority owner Jim Covello

  • Researchers Evaluate Steps for Diagnosing Cushing's Disease

    An earlier diagnosis for a horse often means a better prognosis for his recovery, but the reality with equine Cushing&#39;s disease has been that clinical signs are abundant before the diagnostic process begins. A team of researchers recently determined what they believe to be the ideal first step for diagnosing PPID early, however, and this could allow a...