Johannesburg is the early favorite in pool three of the Kentucky Derby future wager offered by Churchill Downs, taking in $6,549 of $40,282 wagered on Thursday. After beginning the day the 6-1 co-second choice, the undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner is currently available at 4-1.
A contentious field of eight sophomores will line up and face the starter in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), for which Came Home was installed as the 6-5 morning-line favorite.
Say Florida Sandy worked six furlongs between races at Aqueduct Thursday ahead of a potential start in the April 13 Carter Handicap (gr. I).
Tattersalls has appointed Kentucky based bloodstock agent Lincoln Collins as a representative in North America.
A field of eight will go postward in Saturday's Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I). Highweight in the field is local legend Mr Ross, who will carry 118 pounds in the $500,000, 1 1/8-miles contest.
Only six fillies and mares passed the entry box for Saturday's Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park, but oh, what a cast. Of the six, all are grade I winners.
A field of 12 has been drawn for the $100,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge April 6 at Lone Star Park. The race for 3-year-olds will be held at one mile on the turf.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's 2002 advertising campaign will be visible in some markets the weekend of April 6, and in full gear by the time the Kentucky Derby rolls around May 4.
Right after Gulfstream Park simulcasts the Illinois Derby (gr. II) Saturday, it will run its own Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep, the Aventura Stakes.
We are well aware that the term 3-year-old analysis this year is an oxymoron. Maybe 3-year-old guesses would be more suitable a title. But the trouper that we are, we will attempt to link the word analysis with 3-year-old and try to make some kind of sense of this weekend's stakes, which actually look crystal clear compared to what is in store for us the following weekend.
Take Charge Lady, who is undefeated in two races this year, drew the No. 5 post position for the $500,000 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday at Keeneland.
Some New York breeding farms have experienced an unusual number of foaling problems so far this breeding season, and slightly higher incidences of sickness and herpes virus abortions.
Evening Attire and Ground Storm, the one-two finishers in the Aqueduct Handicap (gr. III), face off again Saturday in the Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III).
Belmont Park will soon become the first racetrack in the United States to have an on-site, year-round child care center. Construction of the new facility began in March and should be completed this fall. When fully operational, it will accommodate 80 children each day.
Ray Paulick, editor-in-chief of The Blood-Horse magazine and author of the recently released book Sunday Silence, has donated his entire compensation for writing the book to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and to Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped.
The world in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will provide the backdrop for the American Horse Council convention April 6-9 in Washington, D.C. The official theme for the convention is "2002...A World Changed."
With the ground at the Curragh drying up after a several days of beautiful weather, plans for Johannesburg are now to run in the seven-furlong Gladness Stakes on Sunday, as originally planned.
Lost the Code, dam of champion and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Squirtle Squirt, has been pronounced in foal to major sire Storm Cat.
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Cee Dreams, a $20,000 claim who won last year's $150,000 California Cup Matron Handicap, has been euthanized.
At her high desert ranch, Dalene Knight can't help but dream of a white-hot year. That's white like the snow that dusts her Painted Desert Farm near Redmond in eastern Oregon. And white like the Thoroughbreds that run in her fields.
If you thought April 1 was just a day for jokes and laughs, guess again. It also was a day to celebrate.
The Australian Eastern yearling sale ended with a flourish Thursday as three horses each sold for more than $1 million (approximately $534,000 in U.S. funds).
Delaware Park will have many new faces on the backstretch when it opens for its 65th season April 27. Trainers new to the Stanton, Del., racetrack include Leo Azpura, David Donk, Scott Lake, Barclay Tagg, and Jeff Trosclair.
Trainer James Cassidy reported late Wednesday that Ford, Pearson and K M Stable's Rebel Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Ocean Sound will not start next in the April 13 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and will run instead in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland on the same day.
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