Articles posted April 2, 2008

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Data Digest Keeneland 2YOs in Training

Keeneland April Two-Year Olds in Training Sale 2008 Data Digest Preview Edition and Day 1 Results is a FREE download, presented by Spendthrift! It includes an in-depth analysis of the auction, plus Day 1 Results.

Keeneland Ready for Rain

Keeneland Ready for Rain

Keeneland director of racing Rogers Beasley said the racetrack is ready to open its spring meeting April 4, despite the threat of heavy rain in the area beginning April 3 and continuing through opening day. Forecasts are calling for around three inches of rain in the Central Kentucky area.

Student Council Tops 'Connally Turf

Student Council Tops 'Connally Turf

Millennium Farms' Student Council will try the turf--a surface he's never won over--for the first time since December of 2006 when he tackles seven other starters in the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Sam Houston April 5, but trainer Donnie von Hemel expects Going Ballistic to put up a fight.

Illinois Derby: Denis of Cork Faces Six

Illinois Derby: Denis of Cork Faces Six

William K. Warren's Denis of Cork will put his undefeated record on the line and try to remain near the top of a small list of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorites April 5 when he takes on six rivals in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course.

She's All That

She's All That

MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter

On Saturday, March 29, two young horses captured an initial graded stakes win at Gulfstream Park and marked themselves as potential elites among the sophomores of 2008. Everyone, of course, by now has heard about Big Brown, runaway winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) and now a likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Derby Hopefuls Face Do or Die Weekend

Derby Hopefuls Face Do or Die Weekend

With the final Derby preps approaching, there is no more room for error. It's time to earn your way into the Run for the Roses or pack up and go home. The three graded stakes this weekend, the grade I Santa Anita Derby and Wood Memorial and grade II Illinois Derby, offer intriguing plot lines that will make or break aspiring Derby hopefuls.

Bell to Take Over at Mill Ridge

Bell to Take Over at Mill Ridge

Day-to-day operations at Mill Ridge Farm will be handled in the future by Headley Bell, son of the Lexington-based farm owner Alice Headley Chandler, who operates the farm with her husband John.

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