Articles posted April 24, 2008

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CDI Files Suit Against THG, FHBPA

 CDI Files Suit Against THG, FHBPA

Churchill Downs Inc. filed a lawsuit April 24 asking a federal court to dissolve the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group. In a suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, CDI, CDI-owned Calder Race Course, and Churchill Downs Technology Initiatives Co. also are seeking an injunction to prevent the THG and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association from "agreeing on uniform terms for the sale of signals, boycotting racetracks and ADW operators that do not comply with their demands."

Plans Aired for Hollywood, Bay Meadows

Plans Aired for Hollywood, Bay Meadows

With the hour glass emptying on Bay Meadows and perhaps Hollywood Park as well, the California Horse Racing Board heard from industry representatives working on contingency plans for the future of Thoroughbred racing in the state without two of its major tracks.

Communique Works Magic in Bewitch

Communique Works Magic in Bewitch

G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s homebred Communique worked rail-skimming magic in deep stretch of the $150,000 Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) and swung out just in time to keep Helen Groves' Tejida from a wire-to-wire win in the April 24 event at Keeneland Race Course.

Derby Jockey Profiles: Eibar Coa

Derby Jockey Profiles: Eibar Coa

Eee-bar. I-bar. Aye-bar. Eibar Coa doesn't care what you call him -- or what you think of him. His bold edge, which some call egotism, is just self-confidence. The unforgiving techniques he employs on the racetrack are carefully-honed race-riding skills. And his intensely competitive side is an inborn trait that brought him success in other athletics, such as judo and basketball.

Derby Jockey Profile: Shaun Bridgmohan

Derby Jockey Profile: Shaun Bridgmohan

Call Shaun Bridgmohan the strong, silent type. This 28-year-old rider keeps a relatively low profile in the jockeys' room and could be overshadowed by his more flamboyant fellow riders. But his exceedingly professional approach to his career has been the foundation for a highly successful partnership with trainer Steve Asmussen, for whom Bridgmohan will ride Pyro in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Banker's Gold Dead

Banker's Gold Dead

Banker's Gold, a grade II winner who stood in the U.S. before being sent to Cyprus earlier this year, was euthanized in April.

Monterey Jazz One to Catch in Texas Mile

Monterey Jazz One to Catch in Texas Mile

On paper, Monterey Jazz is the lone speed in a field of six contesting the $300,000 Texas Mile Stakes (gr. III) April 26 at Lone Star Park. If he kicks clear, there may be no catching the son of Thunderello, who looks for his third graded stakes score in less four months in the one-mile main track event.

Ky. Derby Trail: Welcome to Louisville

Ky. Derby Trail: Welcome to Louisville

The first morning at Churchill Downs brought sunny skies and warm temperatures, as the Kentucky Derby horses began their final stretch to racing's biggest day. From here on, there is no room for error. We'll give a brief rundown of the day's activities and continue with the plusses and minuses of each contender.

Daily Oaks Notes: April 24

Honest Pursuit records swift half-mile in :47; Awesome Chic, Pure Clan scheduled to work Friday; Eight Belles, Proud Spell to arrive Friday

Derby Notes From Keeneland - April 24

Derby Notes From Keeneland - April 24

Trainer Todd Pletcher said April 24 that Starlight Stable, Donald Lucarelli and Paul Saylor's Monba and Stonerside Stable's Cowboy Cal remain on schedule to work at Keeneland either April 26 or April 27 in their first works since finishing one-two in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I). Pletcher said the pair would then ship to Churchill Downs probably April 28, for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 3.

Four Graded Winners Contest Derby Trial

Four Graded Winners Contest Derby Trial

Kinsman Stable's Majestic Warrior, winner of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga last summer in his second career start, heads a field of 10 3-year-olds entered in the 84th running of the $100,000-added Derby Trial at Churchill Downs April 26.

Big Brown Sizzles in Five Furlong Work

Big Brown Sizzles in Five Furlong Work

Probable Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Big Brown turned in his final serious work April 24 at Palm Meadows training center, breezing five furlongs in :58 3/5 under exercise rider Michelle Nevin.

Shamardal Colt Shines in Australia

In spite of the pouring rain that just would not stop, business on the brand new "Day 4" of the William Inglis & Son Easter yearling sale in Australia was better than most expected, with an average price of Aust$83,134 and a gross of Aust$9,643,000 for the 116 horses sold.

Derby by Birth, State and Homebreds

If you're a Kentucky Derby handicapper, breeder or owner, the 2008 contenders' states and dates of birth might be of interest to you--particularly the states. And since homebreds have won the last four runnings of the Derby, we'll take a look at that here, too.

'First Saturday in May' Carried Over

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'First Saturday in May' Carried Over

Documentary filmmakers John and Brad Hennegan announced their film "The First Saturday in May," which made its debut April 18 in approximately 20 cities around the country, has been carried over for at least one more week in six Truly Indie theaters. The film will also make its debut at several other theaters starting April 24.

Paulo Lobo: The Traveling Man

Paulo Lobo: The Traveling Man

While Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Gayego settles into his temporary home at Churchill Downs in advance of the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), his trainer, Paulo Lobo, is logging some serious frequent flyer miles between Louisville and his base in California.

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