Headlines for Friday, May 25, 2012

  • I'll Have Another wore a nasal strip when he won the Preakness Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2012-Triple-Crown/Preakness-Stakes-137/23013252_TrG3NS#!i=1856148129&k=CFsVKRF">Order This Photo</a>

    No Nasal Strip, No Problem, O'Neill Says

    I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness wearing a nasal strip. He'll make his first start in the Belmont without one because NYRA bans nasal strips. The reason for the ban is unclear.

  • Eight line up in Gamely; Rail Trip returns in LA 'Cap

    Up-and-coming turf distaffers Quiet Oasis and Capital Plan will clash in pursuit of Grade 1 laurels in Monday's $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gamely12.htm">Gamely Stakes</a> at Hollywood Park. The Memorial Day card also features the return of Grade 1 veteran Rail Trip, who meets a field of sprint specialists in his tightener, the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/losangeles12.htm">Los Angeles Handicap</a>.

  • Bolger seeks first Irish 2000 Guineas against top-class field

    Jim Bolger has one omission from his list of big-race successes and will be hoping that Parish Hall can put it right by providing a belated first victory in Saturday's Group 1 Irish Two Thousand Guineas at The Curragh. New Approach appeared poised to bring the trophy home to Coolcullen four years ago only to be denied by Henrythenavigator, while Parish Hall's sire, Teofilo, would have been a leading player had he the chance to flaunt his wares at three.

  • Short, but competitive, field set for Met Mile

    Only six were entered for Monday's Memorial Day feature of the Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/metmile12.html"> Metropolitan Handicap</a> at Belmont Park, but the short field is comprised of some of the best older runners currently in training.

  • On Fire Baby tries Belmont Park in the Acorn Stakes.

    On Fire Baby Returns in Acorn

    Anita Cauley's homebred On Fire Baby cuts back to a one-turn mile at Belmont Park in the May 28 TVG Acorn Stakes (gr. I). The Smoke Glacken filly was a disappointing fifth as the second choice in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Churchill raises overnight purses by 10 percent

    Effective Monday, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight race purses 10 percent because of higher than expected all-sources wagering levels during Kentucky Derby Week.

  • Awesome Maria was a winner in last year&#39;s Ogden Phipps Handicap.

    'Maria' the Main Star in Ogden Phipps

    Awesome Maria carries highweight of 124 pounds against four rivals May 28 in Belmont Park's Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I). The Phipps is one of three grade I races on the Memorial Day card in New York.

  • Racing Language Protected in OH Gaming Bill

    Language pertaining to the horse racing industry remained intact May 24 when the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate passed a casino cleanup bill that was sent to Republican Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

  • NTRA adds 'best bet' feature to NHC

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Friday that the the 14th annual <i>Daily Racing Form</i>/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) will again be contested over a two-day period and consist of 15 race selections each day -- eight from mandatory races and seven from races of the player's choosing among available contest tracks.

  • I'll Have Another 'hard to pull up'

    It was the first gallop over Belmont's 1 1/2-mile track for I'll Have Another, who jogged the previous two days after arriving in New York Sunday. The Flower Alley colt, who is bidding to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, was accompanied by his stable pony, Lava Man, as he made his way to the track shortly after the renovation break.

  • Slideshow: Affirmed

    Celebrating the career of Affirmed, the most recent Triple Crown winner.

  • No Re-Vote, But Maryland THA Makes Changes

    In the wake of recent conflict over its structure, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association announced "major leadership changes" after a closed May 23 board of directors meeting held at Laurel Park.

  • Digital Radiographs Beat Analog for Enterolith Detection

    Veterinarians have known for many years that analog radiography is an efficient means of diagnosing enteroliths in adult horses, but computed, or digital, radiography has since replaced many analog machines. Researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) recently put the newer technology to the test and found it outperformed its predecessor...