Victories Wednesday by longshots Continental Miss and Continental Stitch helped create a pick six carryover of $114,773 heading into Thursday's card at Santa Anita.
Though supplemented to the Arkansas Derby after being scratched from last Saturday's Illinois Derby, One Tuff Fox won't be making the trip to Oaklawn Park afterall.
Jockey David Flores will be in Dubai Saturday to ride Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Tempera in the UAE Oaks at Nad Al Sheba. Also, Kentucky Oaks hopefuls Habibti and You put in works ahead of that grade I race.
Victory Ride, making her first start since winning last summer's Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, cruised a one-length win in the inaugural $100,000 Madison Stakes at Keeneland Wednesday.
Grosser Preis Von Baden (Ger-I) winning stallion Morshdi is experiencing fertility problems during his first year at stud in Germany.
Construction on a 3,600-square-foot equine medical facility at Golden Gate Fields can finally begin. The project was approved April 9 by the planning commission in Albany, Calif., where the track is located.
It's pretty much pick 'em in Saturday's $500,000 Arkansas Derby, with five of the 11 horses entered ranging in odds from 7-2 to 6-1 on the morning line.
- By Tom LaMarra
Penske Auto Centers, which sponsored the $1-million Breeders' Cup Sprint and a series of prep races last year, announced April 6 it has discontinued operations of all of its automotive service centers. The company, part of the Penske group, operated service centers at Kmart stores in 44 states.
Prominent breeder/owner Marvin Warner Sr. of Warnerton Farm died April 8 of heart failure while attending a shuttle takeoff at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The catalogue for Barretts' May sale of 2-year-olds in training will have 440 lots, an increase of the 44.3% from the 305 catalogued in 2001.
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As the road to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) gets shorter, the telecasts of premier 3-year-old Thoroughbred racing heats up in prep races televised on "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)-produced series on the ESPN networks.
On the eve of his Toyota Blue Grass Stakes date, Harlan's Holiday remains at the top of the leading contenders' list.
- By Tom LaMarra
The results of a survey of members of the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association indicate that more than 90% favor the current medication policies in place in the Bluegrass State.
A pair of undefeated fillies leads the field of seven in Friday's $200,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. The Fantasy goes 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies with a 6:05 p.m. (CST) post.
- By Tom LaMarra
Account wagering services continue to post handle gains through their betting hubs in Oregon.
National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials met with President Bush's legislative team and key members of Congress the week of April 8 in an effort to promote legislation to eliminate the 30% withholding on foreign wagers into United States pari-mutuel pools.
Turfway Park in northern Kentucky reported declines in on-track betting and attendance and overall handle during the winter/spring meet that concluded last Thursday.
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