Headlines for Friday, July 27, 2012

  • Richard's Kit cruises home in the Cougar II at Del Mar.

    Richard's Kid Dominates Rivals in Cougar II

    Odds-on choice Richard's Kid gave every indication he's ready to try for a third win in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) with an impressive turn of foot to capture the Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) in track record time at Del Mar.

  • Street Life sails through the mud to win the Curlin.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1991175876&k=6FVmPTC">Order This Photo</a>

    Street Life Earns Travers Date in Curlin Win

    Street Life earned street cred at Saratoga Race Course July 27, punching his ticket to the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) by taking the $100,000 Curlin Stakes for Magnolia Racing Stable and Hidden Brook Farm.

  • California Coalition, Cantor Gaming Team Up

    Cantor Gaming and a California horse racing industry coalition announced July 27 that they are teaming up to provide an intrastate Internet poker platform pending state legislative approval of such gaming.

  • Street Life splashes to victory in Curlin

    The form of the June 9 Belmont Stakes rose to the top in Friday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/curlin12.pdf">Curlin Stakes</a> at Saratoga, as the respective fourth and fifth from the &quot;Test of the Champion&quot; -- Street Life and Five Sixteen -- dominated the rest. Street Life, the slight 2-1 second choice, rallied from last in the slop to mow down Five Sixteen, who was himself 2 1/2 lengths clear of Ever So Lucky. Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Jose Lezcano, the son of champion Street Sense will now likely try to emulate his sire by adding the Grade 1 Travers to his resume on August 25.

  • Anne Campbell

    NY Track Chaplaincy to Honor Anne Campbell

    Anne Campbell is being honored by the New York Race Track Chaplaincy for her contributions to living and working on the backstretches of the New York Racing Association tracks.

  • Brujo de Olleros spices up Haskell undercard

    Of the five stakes on the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational undercard at Monmouth Park on Sunday, perhaps the most eagerly anticipated is the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/majesticlight12.htm"> Majestic Light Stakes</a>, which marks the U.S. debut of exciting South American miler Brujo de Olleros.

  • Awesome Fire will be ridden by Chantal Sutherland in the Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine.

    Sutherland Back at Woodbine for Wonder Where

    Former Canadian rider Chantal Sutherland, now based in Southern California, returns to Woodbine July 29 to ride Awesome Fire in the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes, final leg of the triple tiara series for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Awesome Fire trying turf for the first time in Wonder Where

    Jockey Chantal Sutherland ships in to Woodbine on Sunday to ride Awesome Fire in the C$250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/wonderwhere12.html"> Wonder Where Stakes</a>, third leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara Series.

  • Get Serious won the Oceanport in both 2009 and 2010 (shown).

    Get Serious Aims for Third Oceanport Win

    Eight-year-old gelding Get Serious looks to turn back the clock once again when he goes for his third victory in the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) over his favored Monmouth Park turf course July 29.

  • Vanderbilt under consideration for Shackleford

    Instead of going straight to the Grade 1, $500,000 Forego on September 1 as originally planned, multiple Grade 1 winner Shackleford may run next Sunday in the Grade 1, $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

  • America's Best Racing to highlight racing's 'Second Season'

    With the backdrop of the successful 2012 Saratoga and Del Mar meets, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.followhorseracing.com">America's Best Racing</a> will be activating a fan development initiative focused on the start of Thoroughbred racing's &quot;Second Season.&quot; This effort, designed to attract and educate new fans to the sport through signature, big events, is being supported with renewed cooperation by and collaboration with several of America's best racetracks.

  • Hereford, Folkestone Racecourses to close at end of season

    Arena Leisure and Northern Racing announced Friday the permanent closure of Hereford Racecourse and the temporary closure of Folkestone Racecourse, both located in England. The company set out plans to cease trading at Hereford and Folkestone racecourses at the end of the 2012 season.

  • Travers Celebration to benefit BEST, Hope Fund and PDJF

    The 12th annual Travers Celebration will return this summer to support the Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST), the <i>Times Union</i> Hope Fund and its newest beneficiary, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), on August 23 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. (EDT) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Silver Screamer won the Eatontown Handicap on June 30.

    Silver Screamer Seeks Second Grade III Win

    Silver Screamer, winner of the June 30 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) last out, is the 123-pound high weight in a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the $150,000 Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 29.

  • Point of Entry

    Point of Entry Could Be Dynaformer's Heir

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER<br />Sometimes good things come to those who wait. Such appears to be the case for the Phipps Stable, whose homebred Point of Entry secured his first grade I win with his victory July 14 in the Man o' War.

  • McCann's Mojave Sires First Winner

    First-crop sire McCann's Mojave came through with his first winner July 25. His 2-year-old son Biltmore Boogie won by a neck at five furlongs in :58:92 at Santa Rosa in his initial start

  • Saratoga Diary: Bourbon, Hold the Water

    Rain entered the picture early on Thursday. By 7:00 am, it was teeming. Then it stopped and stayed dry for the rest of the day, although a few miles away there were downpours.

  • Drought, Heat Push Horse Feed Costs Skyward

    Nationwide, the combination of very hot weather and persistent dry conditions continue to challenge horse owners with parched pastures and high hay and feed prices. Now, with no end to the drought and heat in sight, owners might have to rethink what they feed their horses.