Headlines for Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • Presious Passion calls it a career

    The career of multiple Grade 1 winner and grass specialist Presious Passion, who finished second in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Turf and has been a longtime favorite at Monmouth Park, has come to an end.

  • Royal Ascot - Jane Chapple-Hyam

    Trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam talks about Secret Asset, who is expected to run in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19.

  • Trio of Grade 1 winners line up in Desert Stormer

    Three-time Grade 1 heroine Turbulent Descent will make her first start of 2012 in the $70,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/desertstormer12.html"> Desert Stormer Handicap</a> Sunday at Hollywood Park. Named in honor of the 1995 Breeders' Cup Sprint queen, the Desert Stormer is for older fillies and mares and will be run at six furlongs over the Cushion Track.

  • Giant Ryan euthanized

    Grade 1 winner and reigning New York-bred Horse of the Year Giant Ryan was euthanized at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center due to the onset of laminitis, Shivananda Parbhoo confirmed late Thursday afternoon. The 6-year-old son of Freud broke both sesamoid bones in his left front fetlock during the running of Saturday's Grade 2 True North Handicap at Belmont Park.

  • The Kentucky Derby

    Churchill Revamps Derby Qualifying System

    Churchill Downs announced major changes in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" and Kentucky Oaks June 14, with a points system that rewards top finishes in selected races from this fall through the 2013 edition of the classics.

  • Grade I winner Giant Ryan

    Grade I Winner Giant Ryan Euthanized

    Grade I-winning New York champion Giant Ryan, who fractured both left front sesamoids during the June 9 True North Handicap (gr. II), was euthanized at New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania June 14.

  • Lopresti reports Wise Dan 'full of himself' ahead of Foster

    Wise Dan, an easy winner of last fall's Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs who recently broke a track record at Keeneland in his 10 1/2-length romp in the Grade 3 Ben Ali, was reported to be full of himself Thursday morning and trainer Charlie Lopresti said his star is ready for Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Stephen Foster Handicap under the Twin Spires.

  • Soft ground at Ascot poses a concern to some internationals

    Australian trainer Paul Messara revealed there is a chance that the mare Ortensia could line up in both the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes on Tuesday and the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, against compatriot Black Caviar, four days later at Royal Ascot.

  • NYRA, NBC Sports Group announce 'Summer at Saratoga' schedule

    The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the NBC Sports Group have announced the schedule for this year's &quot;Summer at Saratoga&quot; series, with five live broadcasts from Saratoga, starting on August 11 and running through September 1, and including such marquee races as the Alabama, Travers and Woodward.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • CDI chairman and CEO Bob Evans

    Evans: Continued Demand for Quality Racing

    The success of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) shows there is continued demand for quality racing that combines entertainment, according to CDI chairman and CEO Bob Evans.

  • Black Caviar star of the show at media morning

    Black Caviar, the unbeaten Australian sprinting sensation, exercised in Newmarket Thursday, during a Royal Ascot media morning ahead of racing in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs on June 23.

  • Churchill Could Drop $50 Derby Ticket Fee

    Two executives with Churchill Downs indicated June 14 there is a good possibility the track will drop a controversial policy requiring a non-refundable $50 fee for those wanting tickets to the Kentucky Derby.

  • Curlin's First Starter Finishes Third

    Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, whose first foals are 2-year-olds, was represented by his first starter when his daughter Evolutionary contested a maiden special weight race at Arlington Park.

  • Pachattack has been cross-entered in the June 16 All Along Stakes at Colonial Downs.

    Pachattack the One to Beat in Obeah

    Pachattack, a 6-year-old mare conditioned by Graham Motion, has been entered in the local prep for the July 21 Delaware Handicap (gr. II), but her connections are keeping their options open for this weekend and beyond.

  • THS: Stephen Foster Handicap 2012

    Tom LaMarra and Evan Hammonds handicap the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs this weekend. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Stephen Foster.

  • Royal Ascot - Lord Teddy Grimthorpe

    Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdullah, talks about Frankel, Bated Breath, Noble Mission, and more.

  • Foreign Organizations Back KY Salix Phase-Out

    Some foreign racing organizations issued statements June 14 backing action by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to phase out use of race-day furosemide in graded and listed stakes over three years beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

  • Alabama HBPA Fight for Live Racing Not Easy

    It doesn't appear live Thoroughbred racing will return to Birmingham Race Course any time soon, but the re-energized Alabama Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said it plans to keep pushing for it.