Headlines for Wednesday, June 27, 2012

  • The Factor faces Smiling Tiger and 7 others in the Triple Bend Handicap.

    The Factor Meets Smiling Tiger in Triple Bend

    The Factor, making his first appearance since the Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) three months ago, and defending champion Smiling Tiger headline the field for the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap (gr. IT) June 30 at Hollywood.

  • Churchill Downs adjusts first post to 6:30 p.m. for remainder of meet

    Churchill Downs officials will adjust their post times and race exclusively in the evening for the final three days of its 138th spring meet due to looming near-record triple-digit heat in the forecast for Louisville, Kentucky. The first race on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be 6:30 p.m. (EDT).

  • Maker keeping options open by entering Hansen in Red Legend

    While his connections have maintained that reigning two-year-old Eclipse Award champion Hansen would make his next in Prairie Meadows' Grade 3 Iowa Derby on Saturday night, it didn't stop them from spending $1,500 and dropping their Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner into the entry box for Saturday night's seven-furlong <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/redlegend12.html">Red Legend Stakes</a> at Charles Town, the featured race on the track's fifth annual Sprint Festival program.

  • Teeth of the Dog tops Dwyer; New York has Aruna

    Belmont Park will offer a pair of Grade 2 stakes on Saturday, the $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dwyer12">Dwyer </a>for three-year-olds and the $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/newyork12">New York </a> for fillies and mares, and both races have attracted seven runners.

  • Successful Dan, Hansen highlight Iowa Festival of Racing

    Successful Dan, who exits a track record-setting victory in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes, and champion Hansen will add star power to the festivities at Prairie Meadows Saturday night when they line up for the Grade 3, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cornhusker12">Cornhusker Handicap </a>and Grade 3, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/iowaderby12">Iowa Derby</a>, respectively. The Iowa track will also offer the Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/iowaoaks12">Iowa Oaks</a> on its blockbuster program.

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    Aruna, Banimpire Battle in New York Stakes

    Flaxman Holdings' top-class turf mare Aruna will face a new contender in the $200,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park June 30, when trainer Chad Brown sends Banimpire to her U.S. debut.

  • Hansen will make his first start since a mid-pack finish in the Kentucky Derby in the Iowa Derby.

    Hansen Returns in Iowa Derby

    Hansen, last year's champion 2-year-old male, makes his first start since a mid-pack finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) June 30 in Prairie Meadows' Iowa Derby (gr. III).

  • Il Villano will break from the rail in the Red Legend.

    Well-Matched Sophs to Clash in Red Legend

    With Hansen expected to bow out of the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes June 30, the seven-furlong test of 3-year-olds at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races shapes up as an evenly-matched contest of nine.

  • Belmont Notebook

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  • Bated Breath's connections eyeing July Cup

    The Group 1, £400,000 July Cup, which takes place at Newmarket on July 14, has 28 horses going forward following the June 26 scratchings deadline. Europe's premier sprint, which takes place over six furlongs, was won last year in tremendous fashion by Dream Ahead, who quickened brilliantly under Hayley Turner to give the rider her first Group 1 success.

  • 'Best Jockey' nominees announced for Espys

    Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, Mario Gutierrez and John Velazquez were announced Wednesday by ESPN as the four nominees in the &quot;Best Jockey&quot; category of the 20th annual ESPY Awards. The ESPYS, which honor a wide array of athletes and sports entities, will take place July 11 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

  • Hancock, Lukas deliver testimonials for cleanhorseracing.org website

    Seth Hancock of Claiborne Farm believes that horses do not need race-day medication and Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas believes that many horsemen now rely more on furosemide and other drugs than on training and conditioning, and they make those points and several others in a series of video testimonials that have just been posted on the new <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cleanhorseracing.org">cleanhorseracing.org</a> website.

  • Dr. Larry Bramlage will be on the expert veterinary panel.

    Rood & Riddle Vets to Discuss Sale Issues

    Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, which is based in Lexington, will conduct an educational forum on veterinary issues in sale yearlings July 18 at Fasig-Tipton's Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Hollywood Wildcat racing in the Breeders&#39; Cup Distaff.

    Champion Hollywood Wildcat Dies

    Hollywood Wildcat, who beat defending champion older female Paseana in the 1993 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) to clinch champion 3-year-old filly honors, died June 23.