Rags to riches Bluesthestandard became a multiple graded stakes winner Saturday with an authoritative four-length score over Bonapaw in the $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Golden Eagle Farm stallions sired three of Saturday's 10 California Gold Rush winners at Hollywood Park, including Chief Planner, who captured the featured $250,000 Snow Chief for 3-year-olds.
Peter Abruzzo's Ninebanks, ridden by Ron Warren Jr., battled Nicobar through the stretch of Saturday's $177,500 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIT) before prevailing by a nose.
Laura de Seroux, who enjoyed an unprecedented ascent last year when guiding 4-year-old filly Azeri to Horse of the Year recognition, seems to have Sunday's $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) surrounded at Hollywood Park.
Jockey Emile Ramsammy had a day to remember on Saturday, riding five winners on the Woodbine card.
After a disappointing fourth-place finish in his seasonal debut, Canada's 2002 Horse of the Year Wake At Noon came alive in Saturday's $164,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) with a 3 1/4-length win.
Stormy Frolic kicked away in the stretch to easily win Saturday's $145,000 Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap, reduced to a field of eight after the race was switched from the turf to a sloppy main track.
Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens has always downplayed his reputation as "The Giant Killer." But he did it again in Saturday's Fort Marcy Handicap at Aqueduct, saddling 6-1 shot Saint Verre for victory on a sloppy track.
Midas Eyes kicked off what could be a banner week for trainer Bobby Frankel by posting a 2 ½-length gate-to-wire victory in the $167,400 Derby Trial (gr. III) Saturday at Churchill Downs before an opening day crowd of 14,492.
Churchill Downs Simulcast Network and the MidAtlantic Cooperative LLC have reached an agreement that authorizes MidAtlantic member tracks to accept simulcast and pari-mutuel wagering on CDSN products. The joint announcement was made by today by CDSN President Karl F. Schmitt Jr. and Martin Lieberman, executive director of the MidAtlantic Cooperative.
Horse of the Year Azeri has been declared from the list of fillies and mares nominated to the $300,000-added Louisville Breeders' Cup (grade II) on Kentucky Oaks Day, a move that leaves Select Stable's Take Charge Lady as the likely starting highweight in the handicap for older fillies and mares.
The storm that hit Louisville yesterday lingered until mid-morning, with the drizzle and wind finally giving way to brightening skies. With very little action, today will be more of a Derby potpourri. The heavy duty works pick up tomorrow, headed by Empire Maker and Peace Rules.
Three tracts from R.D. Hubbard's Crystal Springs Farm yearling division outside Paris, Ky., were sold at absolute auction April 26 for a total of $1,789,520.
Elloluv, winner of the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland on April 5, breezed six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 under Robby Albarado at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Domestic Dispute, third in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, has been purchased by David Bienstock and Chuck Winner and will be entered in next Saturday's $1-million Kentucky Derby under new trainer Patrick Gallagher. The price received by previous owner and breeder Gary Garber was not disclosed.
With no workouts scheduled at a rainy Churchill Downs Saturday morning, Brancusi underwent his preparations for the May 3 race over the yielding grass course at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
James and Karen Stone's daughter of In Case breezed five furlongs in 1:02 over a "sloppy" track at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center on Friday.
Churchill Downs will offer all-stakes Pick Four wagers with combined guaranteed pools of $1 million on next week's racing programs for the 129th renewals of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.
Excessivepleasure, a 3-year-old bordering on stardom after capturing last month's $500,000 WinStar Derby, and comebacking General Challenge, unraced in over 2 1/2 years following triumphs in such classic events as the Santa Anita Handicap, will be the focus of Saturday's fourth annual Citibank California Gold Rush at Hollywood Park.
Keys to the Heart, sent off at 17-1 in a four-horse field with Jose Valdivia Jr. in the saddle, kicked loose in the stretch and held off Rhiana near the wire to tally a half-length upset in Friday night's $103,292 Hawthorne Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.
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