Headlines for Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Darley's Hard Spun to Return From Japan

    Hard Spun, one of an elite group of stallions to sire at least two grade I winners in North America in 2014, will return to Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for the 2015 breeding season after a successful season in Japan.

  • Story to Tell won the 2014 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes.

    Best Pal is Next Chapter for Story to Tell

    Story to Tell, winner of the recent Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes, should get a much sterner test against seven other talented 2-year-olds in the $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 3 at Del Mar.

  • Handle Declines at Churchill-Owned Tracks

    Despite an increase in racing days during the first six months of this year, total pari-mutuel handle at Churchill Downs, Inc.-owned tracks fell 9.7%, from $1.06 billion in 2013, to $958.3 million.

  • Makari (right) wins the 2014 A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-TfPRbqg">Order This Photo</a>

    Makari Wins Smithwick for Voss Murray

    Elizabeth Voss Murray, who recently took over the stable of her late father Tom Voss, registered her first graded stakes win July 31 when Makari eked out a nose victory in the $100,000 A.P. Smithwick (NSA-I) at Saratoga.

  • Wise Dan<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-9TkSdrC">Order This Photo</a>

    Wise Dan Won't Run in Fourstardave

    Trainer Charlie LoPresti said July 31 that two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan will not make his comeback in the Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, an event the 7-year-old gelding has won the past two years.

  • Horse Returned, But Entry Clerk Out of a Job

    An Indiana Grand Race Course entry clerk who was fired after pointing out claims that were in violation of state racing regulations said July 30 she has contacted an attorney and plans to pursue legal action.

  • That Handicapping Show: Whitney Handicap

    The stars are coming out for the Whitney Handicap and Test Stakes this weekend. Watch Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the big race day at Saratoga. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Whitney Handicap.

  • Grade I Producer Garden Secrets Dies

    Garden Secrets, the dam of Acorn Stakes (gr. I) winner Forest Secrets and a half sister to Hall of Famer Silverbulletday, was euthanized July 22 at Glenary Farm near Frankfort, Ky.

  • Margaret Burlingham

    TOBA July Member of the Month

    A lifelong equine enthusiast, Margaret Burlingham imbues her racing endeavors with compassion for the animals she adores. That care shines through, especially for gelding Saint Leon.