Headlines for Thursday, July 21, 2011

  • CHRB OKs Lower Bute Level, Claiming Rule

    A reduction in the allowable level of the common pain reliever phenylbutazone in post-race tests was approved on a split vote by the California Horse Racing Board July 21 over the objections of horsemen.

  • Overdriven broke his maiden by 3 1/2 lengths at Belmont Park.

    Overdriven Has Big Chance in Sanford

    Todd Pletcher, who has won three of the last seven editions of the Sanford (gr. II), will have another strong chance when he sends out impressive maiden winner Overdriven July 24 at Saratoga.

  • Stephen Foster winner Pool Play<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%3D9569308%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pool Play Injured, Career Likely Over

    Bill Farish Jr.'s Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) winner Pool Play has been diagnosed with a season-ending injury that will likely mark the end of his career, trainer Mark Casse confirmed July 21.

  • Mike Smith

    Mike Smith Arrested for Drunk Driving

    Jockey Mike Smith, who won the opening-day stakes at Del Mar, was arrested hours later in Torrey Highlands, Calif., on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to local news reports.

  • THS: Coaching Club American Oaks

    Jason, Tom and Steve Pallardy of TwinSpires.com handicap the talent-laden CCA Oaks and James Marvin this week.Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Coaching Club American Oaks.

  • Parx Trainer Helps Rescue Accident Victims

    Juan Carlos Guerrero, leading trainer at Parx Racing, performed an act of heroism July 18 when he pulled eight people from an overturned minivan on busy Interstate 95 near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia.

  • Florida Salix Plan Called 'Terrible Mistake'

    Gulfstream Park has not set a timetable for possible future contact with Florida racing regulators on chairman Frank Stronach's goal of phasing out use of legal race-day medications such as the anti-bleeding drug Salix.

  • Atlantic City Race Course

    Atlantic City to Celebrate 65th Birthday

    Atlantic City Race Course, which held its six-day Turf Festival of live racing earlier this year but is open year-round for full-card simulcasts, will pass another milestone July 22 when it celebrates its 65th anniversary.

  • Cambina and Nereid finished 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>

    Twice as Hot as Cambina and Nereid Dead-Heat

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />The most thrilling finish to a major stakes in the U.S. during the July 16 weekend came in the American Oaks, when little more than a length separated five of the six-horse field.

  • Synovial Fluid's Effect on Stem Cells

    For years horse owners have turned to traditional joint therapies to help manage their animals&#39; painful joint diseases, such as arthritis, so they might remain comfortable and usable despite their medical conditions. Today, some owners are exploring a relatively new type of joint therapy: intra-articular stem cell injections. While many initial anecdo...