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Lost Soldier's First Winner

Graded stakes winner Lost Soldier was represented by his first winner when Lynne M. Scace's homebred colt Awol Soldier won July 4 at 5 1/2 furlongs at Prairie Meadows.

Point Given Set to Breeze in a Week; Haskell or Travers Possible

Trainer Bob Baffert said on Thursday that Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Point Given is about one week away from having his first breeze since the Triple Crown. Baffert wouldn't rule out the Aug. 5 Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park or the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, but said the only race the son of Thunder Gulch is specifically being pointing toward is the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

Favorite Tough To Find in Debutante

The $100,000-added Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs has seemed to be little more than coronations for heavy favorites such as eventual juvenile filly champion Silverbulletday and multiple stakes winners Chilukki and Gold Mover. But that's not the case for Saturday's five-furlong race, which has attracted a wide-open field of eight with no clear-cut favorite.

Mott and Clement Look To Break Tie In Bowling Green

Since 1997, trainers Christophe Clement and Bill Mott have each racked up 15 stakes a piece on the Belmont Park turf. And each will enter Saturday's $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont looking to break the tie. Clement will bring Forbidden Apple and Mott will bring King Cugat for the 1 3/8 mile event.

Student Versus Teacher in Bel Air

It will be student versus teacher in the $100,000 Bel Air Handicap at Hollywood Park when trainer Richard Baltas and Freedom Crest meets the Richard Mandella-trained Out Of Mind. Baltas assisted Mandella for 1 1/2 years before going out on his own.

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King's Best Not Going to Dubai

English stallion King's Best will not be sent to Dubai to stand next year's breeding season, according to Joe Osborne, managing director of Kildangan Stud in Ireland, where the classic winner completed his first season as part of the brigade of Darley stallions.

City Zip Wins Jersey Shore; Songandaprayer Third

City Zip, whose greatest career achievements have come in sprint races, celebrated the Fourth of July Wednesday at Monmouth Park by rolling to victory in the six-furlong Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) before a holiday crowd of 21,403.

Xtra Heat Is On at Belmont Park

Kenneth Taylor's Xtra Heat posted her first grade I victory and 14th win in 16 starts when she won the Prioress Stakes, Wednesday's holiday feature at Belmont Park.

Exchange Rate Posts Narrow Upset in Tom Fool

Sent off at 6-1 odds, Padua Stable's Exchange Rate rallied in the stretch to catch Say Florida Sandy for a narrow victory in the grade II Tom Fool Handicap that was part of the holiday card at Belmont Park.

Hearing Set for Palomino AI Case

A hearing between the Jockey Club and a Palomino Thoroughbred breeder who feels she had registration documents revoked unfairly has been set for Aug. 9 in Lexington, Ky.

Horsemen, Track at Odds Over Entry System

The Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association claims the racing office at the West Virginia track isn't adhering to a "preference date system" in the track's condition book, and in turn is favoring horses stabled in other states at the expense of local horsemen. Management says it sees no real problem with the manner in which races are drawn.

Kentucky to Address State of Industry at Hearings

With the horse racing and breeding industries in the Bluegrass State facing several challenges, the Kentucky Racing Commission has scheduled three hearings this summer to facilitate dialogue on the issues. It's far too early, though, to determine whether the meetings will lead to, or are even designed to devise, a cohesive legislative agenda.

Siding with Swaps

By Morton Cathro -- As Hollywood Park prepares to honor the greatest of all Cal-breds with the 28th running of the $500,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. I) on July 15, a fresh look at the controversial duel and its aftermath seems apropos.

Bobbles

By Ray Paulick -- It's not a very satisfying way to determine the outcome of such an important race, but that's the way the game has always been played.

Texas to Take Applications on Track Construction

At the request of owner and breeder Keith Asmussen, the Texas Racing Commission on June 27 voted to take applications to construct a Class 2 or Class 3 track in the Laredo area. The Asmussens, in partnership with Sam Houston Race Park, hope to convert their El Primero Training Center into a racetrack and simulcasting facility.

Meadow Flight Dead

Young Florida stallion Meadow Flight died July 2 at P. Noel Hickey's Irish Acres Farm near Ocala. The 10-year-old stallion had stood this year's breeding season for $3,500 as the property of High Mark Farms and Leonard Pivnick at Richard Simon's Sez Who Thoroughbreds near Ocala, where he covered about 20 mares.

Horses Abandoned at Shuttered Track in Pakistan

More than 50 horses have already died since the track in Karachi, Pakistan, was closed in March over a dispute with the government about licensing fees. Out of more than 600 horses that were housed on the sprawling 250 acres of the Karachi Race Club, most have been taken to other tracks around Pakistan, but 250 have been abandoned by their owners and remain without food or care.

Kentucky Puts Drug-Testing Contract on Hold

The Kentucky Racing Commission has put its plan for a new equine drug testing contract on hold because of technical problems with the bidding process, officials said. An update by the Equine Drug Council was on the agenda for Tuesday morning's racing commission meeting in Lexington.

Prioress Could Introduce New Grade I Winner

For the first time in its 54-year history, Belmont's Prioress Stakes will be run Wednesday as a grade I event. Most of the race's seven starters could make the event their first grade I win as Stormy Pick is the only member of that exclusive club slated to race Wednesday.

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