The Louisiana horse racing industry continued its forward movement the evening of April 7 when the 7-year-old gelding Attakapa, appropriately bred in Louisiana, won the first Thoroughbred race at the new Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino.
Jockey Jon Court got his 3,000th career win in Thursday's final race at Santa Anita Park aboard 10-1 shot Brite Lorelei.
The Galt House Hotel and Suites, one of Louisville's legendary landmarks, will unveil "Gallop to Glory," a one-of-a-kind tribute to the living Derby winning jockeys on May 5 during a special ceremony in front of the hotel.
- By Dan Lauletta
Trainer Richard DeMola has been slapped with a 15-day suspension by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for the finding of clenbuterol in the post-race test of the winning Mr. Determined.
- By Tom LaMarra
A World Trade Organization report released April 7 upholds the position of the United States to protect itself from illegal Internet gambling but also calls into question the fairness of the Interstate Horseracing Act.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced April 7 that it has begun the final preparations for the new turf course at Laurel Park.
Officials with Dubai-based Godolphin have notified Churchill Downs that Blues and Royals, winner of the $2 million UAE Derby (UAE-II), would arrive in Kentucky on April 25 for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Possibly the best 3-year-old in the country is not on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Undefeated Lost in the Fog has wowed observers in all four of his starts and looks to improve his record in Saturday's Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III).
Five Star Day, a New York grade II winner, sired his first winner when daughter Five Star Holding won April 7 at Aqueduct.
Champion 3-year-old filly Ashado, who won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I) in her last outing, will make her 4-year-old debut in Saturday's Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.
A field of six, minus Badge of Silver, who has now had to miss the race the past two years, will run in Saturday's Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
Trainer Patrick Biancone sent Mambo Slew to the Keeneland turf course Thursday morning in advance of her projected start in the April 17 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT).
After a successful winter in Florida, Sis City is in Kentucky looking for greater glory. Winner of the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) by 16 lengths, the daughter of Slew City Slew is among seven 3-year-old fillies scheduled to compete in Saturday's Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Only five older horses passed the entry box for Saturday's $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II), which along with the Apple Blossom (gr. I) kicks off the Racing Festival of the South at the Hot Springs, Ark. track.
A pair of old pros who own the last four wins in the Connally Breeders' Cup Turf Handicap will hook up to keep the crown Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park.
This is a bad week for the Future Wager if you like anyone in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Wood Memorial (gr. I), or Illinois Derby (gr. II). The only way you can get a decent price in those races is if you happen to like a horse who gets beat and feel he might move forward off it.
NBC Sports will kick off coverage of the 2005 Visa Triple Crown season Saturday with a two-hour telecast of "NTRA Road to the Kentucky Derby." The broadcast begins 4 p.m. ET and will feature live coverage of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) from Santa Anita Park; Wood Memorial (gr. I) from Aqueduct.; and the Illinois Derby (gr. II) from Hawthorne Race Course.
River Downs, which will open for its 80th season Friday, has installed a new racing surface on its main track that is expected to better withstand the rigors of live racing during the summer months and require less daily maintenance.
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