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TVG Promotes COO O'Hara to President

Ryan O'Hara, the recently appointed chief operating officer of TV Games Network, has been promoted to president, parent company Gemstar-TV Guide announced Thursday.

Elusive Quality's Half-Brother to Australia

Seeking Greatness, a stakes-placed half-brother to Smarty Jones' sire, Elusive Quality, will stand the Southern Hemisphere season at Baerami Thoroughbreds in the Widden Valley of New South Wales in Australia.

Breeders' Cup Ticket Application Deadline Friday

The last opportunity to be included in a random drawing for tickets to this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, is Friday.

Triple Crown Bid Busters: Spoil-Sports

It's not easy playing the role of villain in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). They're the guys wearing the black hats, the party poopers, the evil-doers of the Triple Crown. In the last 35 years, there have been three Triple Crown winners, and 11 horses that fell short in the 1 1/2-mile "Test of a Champion."

Golden Years

Golden Years

By Ray Paulick -- Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed both raced at four, enhancing their reputations...

Someday

By Susan Baldrige -- It was a simple farm, nothing fancy, with a quaint farmhouse and an old, stone barn with irregularly shaped box stalls. The farm had one tiny sign with a black horse painted on it that quietly announced you were there. That was exactly three years ago.

Gaines Announces New Venture

Lexington Thoroughbred owner and breeder John Gaines has announced the formation of a new company, Early Season Income. According to a release, the company's main focus is to offer early cash flow for stallion shareholders and season owners.

Illinois Deadlock a Problem for Racetrack Gaming

The Illinois Legislature missed its midnight May 31 adjournment deadline in a stalemate over the state's budget. The deadlock likely dooms efforts to expand gaming in the state, including slot machines or other revenue-producing plans for Illinois racetracks.

Japan's King Still Rules

The Nippon Derby (Jpn-I) was, as it is many years, a heady mix of emotional extremes. It was a day of records, dashed dreams, and tragic contradictions; a day, bright and hot, on which favorite King Kamehameha once again ruled supreme, rewriting the books with a record time of 2:23.3.

He Loves Me Takes Pearl Necklace

He Loves Me, the overwhelming favorite, ran to form and won Monday's $75,000 Pearl Necklace Stakes for 3-year-old Maryland-bred fillies. The race, which was originally carded for the turf, was run on the main track.

Silverfoot Squeezes Out Louisville 'Cap Victory

Silverfoot, with Robby Albarado aboard, squeezed through tight quarters at the top of the stretch, then powered down the lane to nip Rochester at the wire for a nose victory in the $112,400 Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Memorial Day at Churchill Downs.

Another Miracle Mile for Designed for Luck

Another Miracle Mile for Designed for Luck

The gutty gelding Designed for Luck, who returned to competition last year after missing nearly 17 months with a fractured left rear hock, capped his improbable comeback with the first grade I stakes victory of his career in Monday's $456,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.

Smith Stays Home, Wins Gamely in Upset

Jockey Mike Smith, bumped from Azeri for Monday's Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), notched a grade I win on Memorial Day anyway. He guided Noches De Rosa to an upset victory over a furiously closing Megahertz in the $324,250 Gamely Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at Hollywood Park.

Perfect Drift, Southern Image Top Foster Noms

Defending winner Perfect Drift, 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide, Pimlico Special (gr. I) victor Southern Image, and Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) hero Peace Rules head a stellar group of 21 horses nominated to the 23rd running of Churchill Downs' $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) on June 12.

Contreras Released After Arlington Fall

Apprentice jockey Cruz Contreras, the leading jockey at Arlington Park, was taken by ambulance to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights following a two-horse spill in the second race Monday at the suburban Chicago racetrack.

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