Headlines for Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Haskell Winner Coil Scores at Del Mar

    Coil, one of the top 3-year-olds in America last year but unraced since October, showed he hasn't lost a step in the meantime with an authoritative victory in a $78,000 allowance/optional claiming race at Del Mar July 26.

  • Coil wins comfortably in comeback

    One year ago this weekend, Pegram, Watson and Weitman's Coil stamped himself as a top-level performer with a victory over Shackleford in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth. In Thursday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/coil7-26.pdf">7TH</a> race at Del Mar, the Bob Baffert trainee signaled his intentions to be a major player in the second half of 2012 with a stylish return victory.

  • Currency Swap, Fort Loudon highlight Amsterdam

    Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/amsterdam12">Amsterdam Stakes </a>at Saratoga has attracted seven sophomores, including Grade 1 winner Currency Swap and recent Grade 3 Carry Back victor Fort Loudon. The 6 1/2-furlong test serves as a prep for the Grade 1 King's Bishop at seven furlongs August 25, and both races were captured last year by Caleb's Posse, who went on to add the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile to his resume.

  • The Factor and Amazombie square off in Bing Crosby

    Top California-based sprinters The Factor and Amazombie will meet for the third time in Sunday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bingcrosby12">Bing Crosby</a> at Del Mar. The six-furlong Polytrack test serves as a rubber match between the classy competitors, who tower over the remaining three entrants in the field.

  • Haskell lures respected trio of Paynter, Dullahan & Gemologist

    Three-year-olds are back in the spotlight Sunday at Monmouth Park as a strong field of six will contest the Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/haskell12">Haskell Invitational</a>. Belmont Stakes runner-up Paynter has been established as the 3-2 favorite on the morning line for the 1 1/8-mile event, with Grade 1 winners Dullahan and Gemologist the 3-1 co-second choices.

  • Roxy Gap won the Hendrie on the Woodbine Polytrack earlier this year.

    Balanced Field Faces Roxy Gap in Royal North

    Roxy Gap, enjoying a solid campaign so far this year with a pair of graded wins and two seconds in her past four starts, tries to transfer her form to turf against a good field in the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT).

  • Plans Announced to Relocate Lebanon Raceway

    Miami Valley Gaming & Racing, a joint venture of Delaware North Gaming & Entertainment and Churchill Downs Inc., announced plans July 26 to relocate harness track Lebanon Raceway in Ohio and install VLTs at the new facility.

  • Currency Swap won the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga in 2011.

    Currency Swap Back at Spa for Amsterdam

    Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. I) winner Currency Swap returns to the scene of last year's great triumph at Saratoga Race Course as the 5-2 favorite in a field of seven for the $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) July 29.

  • THS: Jim Dandy Stakes 2012

    Claire and Pete handicap the Jim Dandy Stakes, Haskell Invitational, and Curlin Stakes. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Jim Dandy Stakes.

  • Purse Bonus for Field Size Gets Illinois OK

    The Illinois Racing Board agreed July 26 to require race tracks to include "field size bonus" money in the base purse amount used to calculate owners' and breeders' awards.

  • Southwest Stakes extended to 1 1/16 miles

    Oaklawn has increased purses on 13 of its 32 stakes planned in 2013, including a majority of its three-year-old stakes races. Overall, the track has raised stakes purses by nearly $400,000 to $5.7 million, the richest program in its history.

  • Saratoga hosts fourth annual Mid-Summer St. Patrick's Day

    Saratoga Race Course will bring horse racing fans a little extra luck during the fourth annual Mid-Summer St. Patrick's Day next Thursday. The day-long celebration of Irish culture and heritage will feature traditional Irish food and drink as well as Irish music, dance and entertainment.

  • Thistledown backside pulls together to aid ailing stablehand

    In early May, 26-year-old Thistledown stablehand Janet Duhon went to her doctor complaining of a stomachache. With bewildering speed, the routine appointment turned into hospitalization, major surgery for cancer and complications that kept her in intensive care for weeks.

  • Oaklawn Raises Purses, Lengthens Southwest

    Oaklawn Park has increased purses on 13 of its 32 stakes planned for 2013, including a majority of the 3-year-old stakes races, and has lengthened the Feb. 18 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) from one mile to 1 1/16 miles.