Headlines for Saturday, July 16, 2011

  • Irish Gypsy (right) holds off Ultra Blend to win the A Gleam.<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%3D9599667%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Irish Gypsy Gets A Gleam Victory by an Inch

    Front-running Irish Gypsy, all-out under urging from Martin Garcia, got to the wire in the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) by an official nose over favored Ultra Blend at Hollywood Park July 16.

  • Excited leads the way in the Virginia Oaks.

    An Excited Virginia Oaks Victory

    Michael Tabor's Excited stalked the pace before taking control nearing the eighth pole and edged away for a half-length victory in the Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs July 16.

  • Air Support outfinishes Banned to take the Virginia Derby under Alex Solis.

    Air Support Blows Virginia Derby Foes Away

    Air Support, coming from the clouds, surged past 20-1 shot Casino Host in deep stretch to capture the $600,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) by a neck over the closing Banned on the turf at Colonial Downs July 16.

  • Blind Luck (left) and Havre de Grace fight to the finish of the Delaware Handicap.

    Classic Delaware 'Cap Duel Goes to Blind Luck

    In their unfolding battle for supremacy in the national older female rankings, Blind Luck put her nose narrowly in front of Havre de Grace after winning a spellbinding stretch duel in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. II).

  • Right One gets up late to win the Jaipur Stakes at Belmont.
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    Right One Lives up to Name in Jaipur

    French import Right One lived up to his name as made a late run from the rear and got up in the last jump to nip Yield Bogey in the $100,000 Jaipur Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park July 16.

  • Cambina (left, white cap) and Nereid finish together in the American Oaks.<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%3D9599598%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cambina, Nereid in American Oaks Dead-Heat

    Cambina, narrowly avoiding a collision in mid-stretch, surged between horses in the final strides to finish in a dead-heat for the win with Nereid in a spectacular finish to the $250,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) July 16.

  • Understanding Kentucky Equine Land Use

    The Commonwealth of Kentucky is a largely agricultural state. It's the "Horse Capital of the World", the largest beef producing state east of the Mississippi River, a significant poultry producer poultry, and much of the fruits and vegetables that Kentuckians consume are grown in-state. This pride and ownership in creating quality agricultur...