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  • Buckie Fires, Retired Outrider, Dies

    Retired outrider Buckie Fires, who hails from a prominent racing family, died June 20 in Rivervale, Ark., from complications from breaking a hip.

  • Frost Giant to Shuttle to Chile

    Frost Giant, last year's Suburban Handicap (gr. I) winner, will shuttle to Haras Santa Monica in Chile for 2009.

  • Rachel Alexandra

    Rachelmania: Free Admission, Pink Bracelets

    When Rachel Alexandra makes her Belmont Park debut in the 53rd renewal of the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) June 27, the New York Racing Association will give away pink bracelets embossed with the filly's name and admission for ladies will be free.

  • Artie Schiller, Bellamy Road to Pauls Mill

    Ben P. Walden Jr., president of Hurricane Hall near Lexington, has announced that the farm's stallion operation will be relocated to his newly purchased 265-acre Pauls Mill near Versailles, Ky.

  • 62 'Win and You're In' Races for 2009 Cup

    The Breeders' Cup Challenge, a series of automatic qualifying races for the $25.5 million 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships, has expanded to a record 62 races taking place in seven countries.

  • BC Challenge Series Adds Four British Races

    The Breeders' Cup announced June 22 that the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by Sony (Eng-I), Meon Valley Stud Fillies' Mile (Eng-I) and Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Eng-II) at Ascot on Sept. 26, and the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket on Oct. 17, have been selected to the 2009 Breeders' Cup Challenge series.

  • Oil Man struck graded gold for the first time when he surged past his rivals with a big late kick in the Cinema Handicap on the Hollywood Park turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8259391%26ref%3Dstory">Or</a>

    Oil Man Drills Rivals in Cinema Score

    Oil Man struck graded gold for the first time when he surged past his rivals with a big late kick in the $100,000 Cinema Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Hollywood Park turf June 21.

  • Gozzip Girl, winner of the Sands Point, is among 14 invitees to the American Oaks at Hollywood Park.

    Fourteen Invited to July 5 American Oaks

    Five fillies with graded stakes wins on turf and a pair from renowned European trainer Dermot Weld are among 14 invitees to the $700,000 American Oaks (gr. I) at Hollywood Park July 5.

  • Castro Equals Monmouth Mark With 6 Victories

    With six victories on an 11-race card, jockey Eddie Castro equaled a Monmouth Park record before a Father's Day throng of 18,802 at the New Jersey track June 21.

  • Zenyatta

    Zenyatta Assigned 129 For June 27 Vanity

    Zenyatta, the undefeated champion older filly or mare of 2008, was assigned high weight of 129 pounds for the June 27 $300,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.

  • Eye of the Leopard wins the Queen's Plate at Woodbine.

    Eye of the Leopard Pounces to Queen's Plate

    In spite of drifting out in the stretch, favored Eye of the Leopard edged past front-running Mr. Foricos Two U in the final strides to win the $883,819 Queen's Plate, the opening leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, by a neck June 21 at Woodbine.

  • Musketier sweeps to four-length Singspiel win over the Woodbine turf course.

    Musketier Fires His Best Shot in Singspiel

    Helped out by the scratch of morning line choice Spice Route, Musketier earned his first North American win in six starts when he registered an easy tally over four rivals in the $135,520 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine June 21.

  • Six-year-old Smart Enough wins his second Highlander at Woodbine.

    Smart Enough Wires Highlander Again

    Smart Enough, winner of the Highlander Stakes (Can-IIIT) in 2007, returned to Woodbine June 21 to capture the $184,834 grass renewal for sprinters in front-running fashion.

  • Odds-On Legal Consent Wins Mike Lee Stakes

    Lansdon B. Robbins III's Legal Consent scored his third straight victory at Belmont Park June 21, holding off a late rally from Slevin to take the $105,500 Mike Lee Stakes for New York-breds.

  • Big Drama Steals Charles Town Festival Show

    A month after a troubled fifth-place finish in the Preakness (gr. I), Harold Queen's homebred Big Drama rebounded with a dominating performance in the $250,000 Red Legend Stakes at Charles Town the night of June 20.

  • Battle of Hastings holds off Straight Story to take the Colonial Turf Cup.

    Battle of Hastings Wins Colonial Turf Duel

    Battle of Hastings took advantage of a gaping hole along the inside to gain the lead and then held off an unlucky Straight Story for a head victory in the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT) June 20 in Virginia.

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    Sailor's Cap Necropsy Identifies Colitis-X

    The initial necropsy report on Team Valor's Sailor's Cap, who died suddenly in his stall three days after winning the June 14 Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT), showed that he died of probable cardiac arrest caused by colitis-X.

  • Winter View bounds home in the All Along.

    Late Run Earns Winter View All Along Victory

    The cutback in distance didn't seem to bother George Strawbridge Jr.'s homebred Winter View, as the daughter of Thunder Gulch came from last at the top of the stretch to run them all down in the $150,000 All Along Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 20 on the Colonial Downs turf.

  • Icon Project splashes home in the New York Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8256973%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Icon Project Wins Muddy New York Stakes

    Heavy rain forced the $245,000 New York Stakes (gr. IIT) off the turf and that was just fine with Star Crown Stable's Icon Project, who took over from tiring favorite Criticism at the top of the lane and sailed to a 13 1/4-length victory June 20 on the slop at Belmont Park.

  • Unbridled Belle Goes Back-to-Back in Obeah

    Team Valor Stables' Unbridled Belle scored in the $125,700 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) for the second straight season, getting out to an early lead and running her six rivals off their feet to win by 11 lengths June 20 in the slop at Delaware Park.

  • Ward's Dream Week Ends in Narrow Defeat

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Cannonball nearly provided the perfect end to a dream week for American trainer Wesley Ward on the final day of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting June 20, when missing out by a neck in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I).

  • NY Officials Set Deadline for Casino Bid OK

    New York officials this week told bidders vying for the Aqueduct casino development rights to assume the contract will be awarded by Aug. 1, a questionable timetable given the chaos and leadership questions still swirling following a coup in the state Senate June 8.

  • Father Time, Times Two

    There have been instances over the years with horses bred in different countries having the same name. But not often have the two won on the same day, and in this case, the same race number.

  • KY House Drops Racetrack VLTs in Senate's Lap

    After debate of nearly four hours June 19, the Kentucky House of Representatives approved a bill permitting video lottery terminals at racetracks. The vote was 52 in favor, 45 opposed with two abstentions.

  • Commentator won the Mass Cap in 2008.

    No MassCap For Suffolk Downs in 2009

    Suffolk Downs will not conduct the Massachusetts Handicap in 2009 due to current economic conditions, track officials announced June 19.

  • Last year's Highlander winner, Heros Reward, returns to try again in 2009.

    Highlander, Singspiel Top Woodbine Undercard

    Heros Reward and Mission Approved, winners of last year's Highlander (Can-IIIT) and Singspiel (Can-IIIT) stakes, respectively, are back to defend their titles in each event June 21 at Woodbine. The turf races are part of the $1 million Queen's Plate undercard.

  • Don't Forget Gil is among those planning on challenging Rachel Alexandra in the Mother Goose.

    'Rachel' Could Get Stiff Test in Mother Goose

    Rachel Alexandra will make her first start since her historic Preakness (gr. I) victory June 27 at Belmont Park, but her presence in the $300,000 Mother Goose (gr. I) isn't scaring everyone away.

  • Rachel Alexandra wore a pink halter before the Kentucky Oaks to show support for breast cancer research.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8062326%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra to 'Race For a Cure'

    Rachel Alexandra, who last month became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness (gr. I), will "race for a cure" for the remainder of her 2009 campaign. A $20,000 donation to a breast cancer nonprofit, the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, from the Jackson Family Fund at the Blue Grass Community Foundation, will be the inaugural contribution.

  • TVG to Broadcast Racing at Woodbine

    Woodbine Entertainment Group has reached an agreement with TVG to broadcast both its thoroughbred and Standardbred live racing products from Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks throughout the United States. As part of the deal, TVG will also offer online wagering on all WEG races through its TVG.com Web site.

  • Snow Bride, Dam of Lammtarra, Dies

    Snow Bride, an Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner and the dam of unbeaten champion Lammtarra, was euthanized June 10 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • Legal Consent will carry top weight of 120 pounds in the Mike Lee Stakes.

    Big Apple Triple Kicks Off with Mike Lee

    Mr. Fantasy and Haynesfield have garnered most of the attention for New York-bred 3-year-olds this season, but with both of them now on the sidelines it might be Legal Consent's time to shine. Trainer Carlos Martin is hoping it will start in the $100,000-added Mike Lee Stakes on June 21 at Belmont Park.

  • Grade II Winner Quest's First Winner

    Grade II winner Quest was represented by his first winner when his daughter Rattlin Gyspy won by 5 3/4 lengths June 18 at Arlington Park.

  • NY Jockey Studart Has Surgery for Broken Leg

    Jockey Maylan Studart underwent surgery June 18 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. to help mend a broken left leg that was the result of an accident earlier in the day at Belmont Park at approximately 9:45.

  • Indiana HBPA Clarifies Release From Coalition

    The Indiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said it was part of a discussion to assist racetracks by surrendering a portion of horsemen's revenue from slot machines but isn't a member of the coalition that issued a June 16 release to that effect.

  • CDI president and CEO Robert Evans

    Evans Cites Benefits of Non-Racing Ventures

    While Churchill Downs Incorporated will continue to focus on racing as its primary business, its ability to expand into more profitable ventures such as alternative gaming and concerts will be key to future growth.