Articles posted March 24, 2009

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Florida Bill Calls for Gaming Expansion

Florida Bill Calls for Gaming Expansion

The chairman of an important Florida Senate committee March 24 introduced a bill that would allow Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course to have blackjack and baccarat, while permitting the Seminole Tribe of Florida to keep those two games and add roulette and crap tables at its casinos.

Dunkirk May Get Rabbit in Fla. Derby

Dunkirk May Get Rabbit in Fla. Derby

As intriguing as the Florida Derby (gr.I) already looks to be, it became even more intriguing when Todd Pletcher, trainer of Dunkirk, said Tuesday he is "strongly considering" running the maiden Europe as a rabbit, in order to prevent Quality Road from getting loose on an easy lead.

Storm Mesa Retired

Storm Mesa Retired

Storm Mesa, a grade II-winning daughter of Sky Mesa, has been retired from racing because of a fractured sesamoid in her right front leg.

Turf Specialist Lime Rickey to Wood

Turf Specialist Lime Rickey to Wood

Dogwood Stable's Lime Rickey, graded stakes-placed on the turf, will attempt to get on the Kentucky Derby trail when he tries the dirt for the first time in the grade I, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4.

A Little Barn Time for Indian Blessing

A Little Barn Time for Indian Blessing

Following her half-mile workout March 23, two-time champion Indian Blessing walked the quarantine barn area Tuesday morning in preparation for the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I), Sponsored by Gulf News, Saturday night at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai.

Informed Clear Choice in Godolphin Mile

Informed Clear Choice in Godolphin Mile

One of the big hopes for the Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) is American challenger Informed, who made a dramatic entrance on to the Nad Al Sheba track the morning of March 24, performing a series of almost Lipizzaner-like leaps before spurting into his 1 1/2-mile gallop.

Albertus Maximus Gallops at Nad Al Sheba

Albertus Maximus Gallops at Nad Al Sheba

Standing at the backstretch rail the morning of March 24 at Nad al Sheba in Dubai, assistant trainer Trish McLaughlin watched Albertus Maximus virtually soar past her while pulling against exercise rider Rob Massey in an impressive show of contained strength and speed.

Will Derby '09 Be Another Trend-Breaker?

They say in the markets, or used to say it anyway, that the trend is your friend. Not always so in the Kentucky Derby, however. Will this be yet another year for a Kentucky Derby barrier to fall? Let's take a look at the past, which is known, and the future, which is unknowable. As the clock tower at The Curragh says, "Time Reveals All."

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