Headlines for Saturday, July 9, 2011

  • Willcox Inn dominates the American Derby at Arlington Park.

    Stidham Repeats at Arlington With Willcox Inn

    Favored Willcox Inn's romp in the $200,000 American Derby (gr. IIT) on the Arlington Park turf July 9 will give trainer Michael Stidham a shot at sweeping the track's Mid-America Triple for the second year in a row.

  • First Dude (left) goes by Game On Dude (right) and Twirling Candy to win the 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%3D

    Baffert's 'Dudes' Abide in 1-2 Gold Cup Show

    Two dudes from trainer Bob Baffert's barn proved better than heavy favorite Twirling Candy in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) when First Dude came from off the pace to defeat Game On Dude by a nose July 9.

  • Tajaaweed pulls away to take the Arlington Handicap.

    Tajaaweed Grabs Arlington Handicap Victory

    Shadwell Stable's Tajaaweed broke a seven-race losing streak and earned his first stakes win in the United States July 9 when taking over in upper stretch and scoring the $150,000 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT).

  • Cape Blanco powers home in the Man o' War.<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%3D9590952%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cape Blanco Denies Gio Ponti in Man o' War

    European invader Cape Blanco, making his United States debut, denied champion Gio Ponti a third straight victory in the $600,000 Man o' War (gr. IT) when he held him off in the stretch to win by about two lengths July 9.

  • Giant Ryan fights off Irrefutable to win the Smile Sprint Handicap.

    Giant Ryan Takes Smile Sprint With Big Finish

    Giant Ryan ran his winning streak to five races when he collared pacesetting Irrefutable a couple of strides before the wire to win by a neck in the $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) July 9 at Calder Race Course.

  • Sassy Image and Mike Smith after their dramatic victory in the Princess Rooney.

    Sassy Image Snags Princess Rooney at Wire

    Favored Sassy Image came from out of the clouds to capture the $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) to highlight the "Summit of Speed" program at Calder Casino & Race Course July 9, her second grade I win in two months.

  • Indiano delivers in the Carry Back at Calder.

    Indiano Delivers in Carry Back

    Indiano, last year's champion 2-year-old in Panama, earned his first U.S. graded stakes victory with a decisive win in the Carry Back (gr. II) July 9 at Calder. One race earlier, Devilish Lady captured the Azalea Stakes.

  • Patrick Valenzuela

    Valenzuela Off Mounts July 9 at Hollywood

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela is off his mounts at Hollywood Park July 9 after being unseated in a race the night before. According to his agent, Tom Knust, the 48-year-old rider should return to action July 10.

  • Wobbler Syndrome in Thoroughbreds: Racing Prognosis Examined

    Near the end of his long and storied life, one of the greatest Thoroughbred racehorses of all times, 1978 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, was diagnosed with cervical vertebral malformation (CVM, commonly known as wobbler syndrome). He underwent two surgeries to correct the problem and continued his job as a breeding stallion until he died in 2002.