Headlines for Sunday, July 15, 2012

  • Million Preview Day winners, runners likely headed to International Festival

    Rahystrada, who won his second Grade 3 Arlington Handicap on Saturday, came out of that most recent Grade 1 Arlington Million prep in good order and appeared likely to return for his third consecutive Million when Chicago's centerpiece race celebrates its 30th anniversary edition less than five weeks from now on August 18.

  • Ramon Dominguez

    Dominguez, Dutrow, Ramseys Win Belmont Titles

    Two-time reigning Eclipse champion jockey Ramon Dominguez won the Belmont Park spring/summer riding title for the fourth straight year, bringing home 70 winners during the 56-day meet that concluded July 15.

  • Dixie Strike wins the Prince of Wales Stakes.

    Filly Dixie Strike Nabs Prince of Wales

    The filly Dixie Strike, closing from well out on the track, edged past Colleen's Sailor just past the furlong pole to capture the $493,153 Prince of Wales Stakes July 15 in what could be the race's final renewal at Fort Erie.

  • Dhaamer strolls home in Sunset

    A tonic for trainer Mike Mitchell, who is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor, the Irish-bred was ridden for the first time by his future son-in-law, Julien Leparoux. Sunday happened to be Leparoux's 29th birthday, and Dhaamer turned the meet's final graded event into an extra-special family celebration.

  • Dhaamer wins the Sunset Handicap.

    For Ailing Mitchell, Dhaamer Brightens Sunset

    Trainer Mike Mitchell, who had surgery to remove a tumor from his brain late last month, was on hand as odds-on Dhaamer turned the closing-day Sunset Handicap (gr. IIIT) into a romp at Betfair Hollywood Park July 15.

  • Dixie strikes in Prince of Wales

    Though Queen's Plate runner-up Irish Mission was sent off the 8-5 favorite in Sunday's $493,153 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/princeofwales12.pdf"> Prince of Wales Stakes</a> at Fort Erie, it was the other filly in the field, John C. Oxley's Dixie Strike, who got the win over the game duo of Ultimate Destiny and Colleen's Sailor.

  • Bodemeister spikes fever, out of Haskell

    Zayat Stables' Grade 1 Arkansas Derby star is the latest big defection from Monmouth's $1 million showpiece, which lost Belmont Stakes hero Union Rags due to injury earlier this week. While Union Rags will be out for the rest the season with his tendon issue, at least Bodemeister's setback is simply an ill-timed illness.

  • Keeping Pastured Horses Safe during Drought

    Much of the country is experiencing drier than normal conditions this summer and, thus, some horses living on pasture might soon have limited forage choices. Owners must take care to ensure pastures do not contain certain plant and weed species capable of producing toxins during stress conditions such as drought.