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  • One Charles Town Barn Still in Lockdown

    One barn is in lockdown and movement of horses on or off the grounds has ceased, but training continues at Charles Town Races & Slots, the West Virginia track that instituted the precautions after a horse in its stable area displayed neurologic signs considered to be consistent with equine herpesvirus-1.

  • Pinnacle Race Course Joins NTRA

    Pinnacle Race Course, the new Thoroughbred racetrack located near Detroit, Mich., has become a member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association pending final NTRA board approval, it was announced July 15. Pinnacle will open its inaugural meet July 18.

  • Prairie Meadows to Host Benefit Concert

    Prairie Meadows will host a silent auction July 16 during the "Ridin' the Storm Out Flood Relief Concert" featuring REO Speedwagon, with special guest Little River Band.

  • Tin Cup Chalice

    Tin Cup Chalice Poised for Triple Title

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>A family full of consistent winners, albeit not terribly flashy, is propelling Tin Cup Chalice toward a shot at the Big Apple Triple, a series for New York-breds that offers a $250,000 to the horse that sweeps it. The son of Crusader Sword is out of the female family that produce Silky Sullivan.

  • Luke Kruytbosch

    Announcer Luke Kruytbosch Found Dead

    Luke Kruytbosch, the announcer at Churchill Downs and the "Voice of the Kentucky Derby" since 1999, has died at age 47. His body was found Monday morning in an apartment he was renting in Evansville, Ind. No official cause of death has been announced, but published reports indicate that it appears that he died of natural causes.

  • Challenges for Kentucky Not Going Away

    The bipartisan Joint Subcommittee on Horse Farming, which meets periodically when the Kentucky General Assembly isn't in session, has made strides in educating lawmakers on the importance and scope of Kentucky's horse industry. And the challenges for the industry won't go away.

  • Follow the Leader

    The first race at Canterbury Park July 13 was a tour de force for Late Edition.

  • A Deep Impact colt out of champion Biwa Heidi, drew $2,056,074 bid from Takaya Shimakawa to top the first day of the JHRA sale.

    Japan Sale: Young Sire Has Deep Impact

    The electric popularity of Japanese Triple Crown winner and two-time Horse of the Year Deep Impact generated enough voltage on July 15 to lift the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale out of what could have been a dark malaise induced by the nation's sputtering economy.

  • Sailor&#39;s Cap won the June 21 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIIT).

    Virginia Derby Full of Familiar Faces

    Many racing officials at Colonial Downs, weary of Central Virginia downpours, may have to pardon trainer James Toner if he does a rain dance Saturday morning before the $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT). His trainee, Sailor's Cap, will attempt to defeat eight others in the 1 1/4-mile contest for 3-year-olds on the turf.

  • Stolen Chevy with trainer Mike Estes

    InsideTrack: Different Kind of Beginning

    In this day and age, more and more stories seem to be popping up about Thoroughbreds being retired from racing and retrained to do different jobs, from police assistants to track ponies to show circuit performers.

  • Hip 145, a son of Unforgettable Max, sold for $330,000 during day one of the July Fasig-Tipton Yearling Sale.

    High Buy-Backs and $330k Colt Open FTK

    A colt from the first crop of Unforgettable Max sold for $330,000, and the buy-back rate rose to 44.1% during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling auction July 14. The average price rose 5.4% and the median stayed steady at $75,000. The sale continues Tuesday.

  • Japan May Allow Foreign Owners' Licenses

    Spurred to take action by a troubled economy and the need for more investment in horse racing, leaders of the sport in Japan are seriously discussing opening up the world's most lucrative racing program to foreign-based owners.

  • Casino Drive training prior to the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I)

    Casino Drive's Journey to Cup Begins

    Casino Drive, the Japanese-trained colt whose bruised foot prevented him from trying to follow in the hoofprints of his two Belmont Stakes (gr. I)-winning siblings, has entered quarantine in Japan as the first step to returning to the United States.

  • The JHRA yearling sales topper, a son of Agnes Tachyon.

    Japan Sale Has Foreign Flavor

    Even before the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale hummed into action on July 14 with the sing-song chant of the auctioneer, a new era in the Japanese bloodstock market had officially begun.

  • Lion Heart

    Azul Leon Puts Lion Heart On Top

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <p> Lion Heart, currently the freshman sire leader, and Friends Lake, who is ranked eighth, got big boosts from their recent graded stakes winners Azul Leon and Screen Your Friends, respectively. The talent both of these sires showed as juveniles appears to be passing along to their offspring.

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    Hystericalady Romps to Delaware 'Cap Win

    Sensational 5-year-old mare Hystericalady added yet another item to her already impressive resume, and in the process insured her return to the Breeders' Cup with a four-length romp in the $1 million Delaware Handicap (gr. II) July 13 at Delaware Park.

  • Warning Zone win in the July 13 Sunset Breeders&#39; Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) was his third victory over the Hollywood Park Turf course. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5116195%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Warning Zone Caps Sadler's Career Meet

    Warning Zone put an exclamation point on trainer John Sadler's first spring/summer title at Hollywood Park with a rail-skimming victory in the $156,000 Sunset Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) on closing day July 13.

  • Harlem Rocker remained undefeated on the main track with a victory in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Woodbine July 13.

    Harlem Rocker Finds His Rhythm in 'Wales

    Harlem Rocker seized the lead at the top of the stretch and outfought the surprising East End Tap to win the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of Canada's Triple Crown series, for owner Frank Stronach and trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Magical Forest takes the Barbaro Stakes(gr. III) at Delaware Park. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D32102%26process%3Dgallery%26provider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3Dbloodhorse%253A5118868%26sequencenum%3D0%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Magical Forest Pulls Barbaro Upset

    Sent off as the longest shot in a five-horse field, Paraneck Stable's Magical Forest broke on top and then outdueled Cherokee Artist in a thrilling stretch duel to capture the $300,000 Barbaro Stakes (gr. III) by a half-length July 13 at Delaware Park.

  • Wheels Up At Noon Upset Rodney Winner

    Upset-minded Wheels Up At Noon used a perfect stalking trip for Javier Castellano to win the $200,900 Caesar Rodney Stakes, leaving the 7-5 choice Silver Tree behind by 2 1/4 lengths at Delaware Park July 13.

  • &quot;Gus&quot; and Christine Schultz

    A Horse Named Gus

    Throughout the country, numerous feel-good stories have surfaced over the past several years about various horse rescue organizations saving horses from slaughter. All the while, the fight to abolish horse slaughter continues.

  • Curlin (yellow silks) finishes second to Red Rocks in the July 12 Man o&#39;War (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.

    Asmussen: Curlin's 'Options are Open'

    Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin came out of his second-place finish to Red Rocks in Belmont Park's Man o'War Stakes (gr. IT) July 12 in good order and was on his way to Saratoga the following morning.

  • Smarty Jones

    Smarty Jones' First Winner

    Champion and dual classic winner Smarty Jones came through with his first winner July 11.

  • Kip Deville scores an easy win in the Poker Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park July 13. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5116175%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Kip Deville Flushes Foes in Poker 'Cap

    Three-time grade I winner Kip Deville returned from a three-month layoff to handily defeat a small field in the $106,300 Poker Handicap (gr. IIIT) over a firm course at Belmont Park July 13.

  • The bay colt by Deep Impact, out of 1995 champion Japanese juvenile filly Biwa Heidi, could top the JRHA sale.

    JRHA Select Sale Set to Begin

    A classic good news/bad news scenario loomed a day before Japan's key bloodstock market was to open, leaving both buyers and sellers alike wondering how the Japan Racing Horse Association's three-day select sale would unfold.

  • War Emblem at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan

    War Emblem Making Progress

    Moved to a tranquil area away from other stallions and shielded from most visitors, temperamental champion and dual classic winner War Emblem now spends his days in a quiet grassy paddock over looking fields containing grazing mares and foals.

  • Tres Borrachos and Tyler Baze upset the Swaps.

    Tres Borrachos Crashes Colonel's Party

    Tres Borrachos found a great spot for his first victory over winners when he rallied boldly on the inside to upset Colonel John and Two Step Salsa as the longest shot in the field in the $355,495 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) July 12 at Hollywood Park.

  • Tizdejavu cruises in the American Derby.

    Tizdejavu Wires Them Again in 'Derby'

    Tizdejavu again stamped himself as a major player in the 3-year-old turf ranks with another effortless victory, this time in the July 12 American Derby (gr. IIT) at Arlington Park.

  • Benny the Bull powers to victory in the Smile.

    'The Bull Rules Again in Smile Sprint

    They are running out of superlatives for IEAH Stables and partners' Benny the Bull, as the nation's top sprinter again unleashed his devastating turn of foot in the stretch to run right by the leaders in the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) July 12 at Calder Race Course. The 5-year-old son of Lucky Lionel won by two lengths under Edgar Prado.

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    Red Rocks Rolls By Curlin in Man o' War

    British invader Red Rocks spoiled American champion Curlin's turf debut in the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes (g. IT) at Belmont Park July 12 and gave owner J. Paul Reddam a grand grade I double on the day.

  • Stream Cat Denies Cosmonaut at Arlington

    Making his first start in more than eight months, Stream Cat split horses in the stretch and put away two-time defending event winner Cosmonaut to take the $194,000 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) by 3 3/4 lengths July 12 on the Arlington Park turf.

  • Mistical Plan draws off in the Princess Rooney.

    Princess Rooney Goes to O'Neill's 'Plan

    J. Paul Reddam's Mistical Plan upset even-money favorite Dream Rush to win the $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at Calder Race Course July 12 as part of the Florida track's Summit of Speed program.

  • Golden Spikes (left) overtakes Gentleman James for victory in the Carry Back.

    Golden Spikes Captures Carry Back

    Golden Spikes, on the Triple Crown trail earlier this year, is beginning to find a niche as a sprinter, as he captured the $250,000 Carry Back Stakes July 12 at Calder Race Course for his second win in a row.

  • The Niagara Queen drives to victory in the Dance Smartly.

    The Niagara Queen Rules Dance Smartly

    The Niagara Queen was able to milk a slow pace in the $333,205 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-II) and bounced away from the upset-minded Sprung in the stretch to win over the Woodbine turf course July 12.

  • Proud Spell pulls away in the Delaware Oaks.

    Proud Spell Rebounds in Delaware Oaks

    Prohibitive favorite Proud Spell bounced back from a rough trip in the Mother Goose (gr. I) just two weeks ago to win the $500,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. I) in determined fashion July 12.