Cornejo Racing's 4-5 favorite King Robyn got a perfect stalking trip under jockey Alex Solis and pulled away for a three-length victory in Hollywood Park's opening day feature, the $82,200 Harry Henson Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf Wednesday.
Alexine, a gray mare who lost by a nose when favored in last year's Hawthorne Handicap (gr. III), will be the high weight and probable favorite in this year's $100,000-added running on Friday night at Hollywood Park.
Northern California trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and Terry Knight are scheduled to ship large stables to the current Hollywood Park meet.
Final Destination, a graded stakes winner on two continents, seeks her sixth straight victory Sunday in the Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT), a $100,000-added test for fillies and mares at one mile on turf.
Trainer Donald Burke confirmed Wednesday that 7-year-old French-bred horse Falcon Flight, winner of more than $1.4 million, has been retired.
Trainer Christophe Clement indicated to Calder racing secretary Bob Umphrey Wednesday morning that he plans to let Moyglare Stud's 4-year-old filly Dress To Thrill accept the high weight assignment of 122 pounds for Saturday's $150,000 Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap.
Calder's turf will be in use prominently for the Friday afternoon opening card with two divisions of the Blazing Sword overnight stakes highlighting the 10-race card.
Business was not as brisk Wednesday during the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April auction of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. Key business figures fell behind last year's pace after an upswing in the opening session.
The New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation and Churchill Downs are teaming up to giveaway 2,500 "mystery vouchers" on April 25. The vouchers will be distributed in front of NASDAQ headquarters at 43rd St. and Broadway before the opening of the market. Raymond Casey, president and CEO of NYCOTB and Tom Meeker, president and CEO of Churchill Downs, will assist in the giveaway.
Jockey Pat Day, who fell from his mount Nut Lovin during the running of Wednesday's third race, does not appear to be seriously injured.
Team Valor has purchased Run Cat Run, a 6 1/2-length winner in an April 16 maiden special weight contest at Pimlico, from owner and trainer John Salzman.
For the third consecutive time, a motion to stay the horsemen's simulcast purse pool distribution was denied by a Michigan court judge.
Champion Xtra Heat has been sent to David Plummer's ClassicStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. where she will be bred. The mare arrived at her owner's farm on April 18.
Mineshaft, winner of the New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds, heads a field of eight older colts and geldings in the grade III, $150,000-added Ben Ali to be run Friday at Keeneland.
Six steeplechase grade I winners head the field for the richest jump race of the spring season, Friday's $159,000 Royal Chase (NSA-I) at Keeneland.
The highlights of Wednesday's activity were the workouts by Ten Most Wanted and the Bob Baffert pair of Kafwain and Indian Express, and a first-time visit to Arkansas Derby winner Sir Cherokee at Trackside training center.
There was frost on the ground when Churchill Downs opened for training Wednesday morning, but a bright sun was shining by the time three Kentucky Derby contenders completed their workouts much to the satisfaction of two California-based trainers.
The first of three hearings on slot machines at racetracks in Pennsylvania was held by the Senate Finance Committee April 22. The hearing was highlighted by comments from Sen. Robert Tomlinson, who said he would make some changes to the bill he introduced that has the support of racetrack operators in the state.
Tale of the Cat, runner-up on the second-crop sire list by 2003 progeny earnings, will be sent to Coolmore Australia
A Sunday Silence colt set the Australian Easter yearling alight during the the second session Wednesday, fetching a sale record price of Aus$1.7 million ($1,056,414).
Unbeaten champion Personal Ensign foaled a Monarchos filly April 18.
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