Awesome Action, a colt by Awesome Again, brought the top price of $80,000 during the inaugural Adena Springs sale of 2-year-olds in training Thursday afternoon.
Astra returns at Santa Anita Saturday from a seven-month layoff, but the Santa Ana Handicap (gr. I) is no easy spot as the starting gate will also be populated by grade I winners Janet, Tout Charmant, Golden Apples, and Starine.
Stronach Stable's Macho Uno will make his first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic in a one mile and 70 yard allowance race at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
Whata Brainstorm returns to stakes company Saturday just in time to attempt to repeat as the winner of the Pan American Handicap (gr. IIT) at Gulfstream Park.
With a host of local horses not entered in Saturday's $100,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. III), two horses shipping in from out of town -- Jeremiah Jack and Ocean Sound -- will likely vie for favoritism in the Oaklawn Park feature race.
Woodbine Race Course will introduce to its patrons two, new hi-tech infield display boards on Saturday when the track launches its live Thoroughbred meet.
Bullish Miss, runner-up in both the Orinda and Richmond Handicaps, will try to shake the bridesmaid role Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when she faces seven rivals in the Soviet Problem Handicap.
Local hope Request for Parole, winner of last month's John Battaglia Memorial Stakes and two-for-two over the local surface, drew post two and was installed the 8-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Lane's End Spiral Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park.
Forest Heiress may very well be the horse to beat in Saturday's Cicada Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs, but she could face a tough challenge from highweight Proper Gamble.
A storm that whipped through Medina County, Texas, the evening of March 19 killed five horses and destroyed three barns at Gene and Judy Palmieri's Silver Spur Ranch located about a half-hour southwest of San Antonio.
Jillian Baedeker, the 19-year-old daughter of Hollywood Park president Rick Baedeker, died along with two friends following a car accident during the early morning hours of March 20, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times.
Levels have risen in Central Kentucky waterways after a week of rain, but beyond soggy paddocks, no farms have been aversely affected by the water.
Bits and pieces from around the industry...
Keeneland, which last fall experimented with a reduced 16 percent pari-mutuel takeout, has made adjustments for its spring meet, which begins April 5. The takeout for win, place, and show wagers will remain 16 percent, but for exotic bets, it will go back up to 19 percent.
Hamdan al Maktoum's Nayef worked six furlongs on turf in 1:13.40 at Nad al Sheba Racecourse Thursday in preparation for Saturday's $2-million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I).
Ron Luniewski, the co-chief executive officer of Youbet.com, is resigning from the online horse racing wagering company to run Magna Entertainment's new XpressBet interactive wagering business.
The purse for the Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs could rise to as much as $500,000 from $200,000 based on a plan presented to the Virginia Racing Commission March 20.
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