Headlines for Sunday, July 1, 2012

  • Guys Reward wins the Firecracker Stakes.

    Guys Reward Sparkles in Soggy Firecracker Win

    Guys Reward, stalking three wide into the stretch on a soggy Churchill Downs turf course, drew clear approaching the furlong pole to win the closing night Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) by two lengths July 1.

  • Guys Reward captures Firecracker

    Michael J. Bruder's Guys Reward wrapped up a stellar spring meet under the Twin Spires for trainer Dale Romans and jockey Corey Lanerie, capping off the duo's meet leading titles with a two-length victory in Churchill Downs' closing day feature, the Grade 2, $165,900 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/firecracker12.pdf"> Firecracker Handicap</a>.

  • After the Wire - 7/1/2012

    Evan Hammonds recaps the Triple Bend Handicap, Shoemaker Mile, Iowa Oaks and Derby, and the Dwyer Stakes.

  • Nonios upsetting Liaison in the Affirmed Handicap.

    Nonios Battles Liaison Again in Swaps Stakes

    After upsetting Liaison in the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at 15-1 odds one month ago, Nonios will face his rival once again in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II), the Independence Day feature at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Derwin's Star earns first graded score in Bed o' Roses

    Marcia Cohen and trainer Steve Klesaris's Derwin's Star tracked just off the pace in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bedoroses12.pdf">Bed o' Roses Handicap</a> at Belmont Park before slipping between rivals on the turn and drawing off to post an easy 3 1/2-length victory under jockey Ramon Dominguez.

  • Hunters Bay wins the Dominion Day Stakes.

    Hunters Bay Handles Distance in Dominion Day

    Odds-on choice Hunters Bay had no problem with the 1 1/4-mile distance in his first try, putting away Pender Harbour in deep stretch to post a one-length victory in the $204,961 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine.

  • Gantry, Cajun Breeze sizzle in final Smile Sprint moves

    Grade 2-placed multiple stakes winner Gantry, the likely favorite for next Saturday's weekend's Grade 2 Smile Sprint at Calder took to the Miami Gardens, Florida, track on Sunday to put in place the final piece of his preparatory puzzle, blasting a co-bullet half-mile workout in :47 3/5.

  • Blue Heart wins the Bison City Stakes.

    Solis Guides Blue Heart to Bison City Victory

    Blue Heart, getting a textbook ride from Alex Solis, overtook front-running Casa Loma and favored Black Bird Rock in deep stretch to capture the $245,875 Bison City Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths at Woodbine July 1.

  • Uptown Bertie captures stakes bow in Iowa Oaks

    Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein's Uptown Bertie came three wide around the turn in Saturday night's Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/iowaoaks12.pdf">Iowa Oaks</a> at Prairie Meadows before taking command and drawing off for a 2 1/4-length victory under jockey Julien Leparoux. The Steve Margolis-trained daughter of More Than Ready was trying stakes company for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile, fast-track contest, and stopped the clock in 1:43 1/5.

  • The National HBPA Convention with Stephanie Beattie, Joe Santanna, and Robin Richards.

    Richards Elected National HBPA President

    Robin Richards was elected president and Stephanie Beattie first vice president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association during the organization's board of directors meeting July 1 in Iowa.

  • Queen&#39;splatekitten

    Queen'splatekitten Tops Even Red Bank Lineup

    Queen'splatekitten is the 5-2 morning line favorite for what shapes up as a contentious renewal of the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. IIIT), the one-mile Independence Day feature on the Monmouth Park turf.

  • Fort Larned leads all the way in Cornhusker

    Janis R. Whitham's homebred Fort Larned flashed to the front when the gates opened in Saturday night's Grade 3, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cornhusker6-30-12.pdf">Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap</a> and was never seriously threatened, recording an easy three-length victory over the heavily-favored Successful Dan.

  • Izzi Top Wheels to Pretty Polly Victory

    Izzi Top charged past longtime leader Sapphire with a furlong remaining and drew off to a comfortable 1 1/4-length victory in the Barclays Bank Ireland Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh July 1.

  • Star Guitar wins the Louisiana Legends Night Classic

    Star Guitar Rocks in Record Performance

    Star Guitar, the all-time leading Louisiana-bred earner, added to his legacy June 30 when he rallied to win the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Night Classic at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in track record time.

  • Understanding Horses' Water Requirements

    Water is one of the essential nutrients a horse needs to perform a number of life-support functions, including digestion and thermoregulation. Especially with the hot summer weather prevalent in much of the country, it&#39;s important to ensure horses have access to water at all times.

  • Fort Larned leads the way in the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap.

    Fort Larned Gets Loose to Capture Cornhusker

    Fort Larned, left alone on an easy pace, turned back heavy favorite Successful Dan in the lane to post an easy three-length triumph in the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III) in Iowa June 30.