Articles posted April 30, 2009

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TVG Gets Churchill, other TrackNet Signals

TVG Gets Churchill, other TrackNet Signals

Customers of TVG will be able to wager on the Churchill Downs spring meet beginning May 1, it was announced in the early evening of April 30. The limited-term deal also includes wagering on the 2009 Arlington Park meet and Calder Race Course meet through Oct. 31.

Hickey: Industry Must Be Diligent in D.C.

There's a new president in town, and a Congress even more dominated by Democrats, but one of the nation's top lobbyists for equine interests said April 30 that the horse industry must be ever-diligent about protecting and advancing its positions in Washington, D.C.

Kentucky Derby Contenders: Pedigree Profiles

Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders is only a click away. This easy-to-read report includes pedigree analyses from Alan Porter, Avalyn Hunter, and Tom Hall. Order your copy today and separate the contenders from the pretenders.

Haskin's Derby Report: 48 Hours and Counting

Haskin's Derby Report:  48 Hours and Counting

The big day is almost here. No, not the Derby; having to make selections, which will be in Friday's column. These selections are based primarily on observations over the past eight days, and it's going to be particularly difficult this year. In the meantime, he are a few late odds and ends.

Oaks: Lukas Reveals Trio Attack Strategy

Oaks: Lukas Reveals Trio Attack Strategy

For the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), Lukas has not one, not two, but three fillies that are looking to take the lilies from overwhelming favorite Rachel Alexandra...or at least get a whiff of them by checking in second, third, or even fourth.

Zenyatta May Not Run on Oaks Undercard

Zenyatta May Not Run on Oaks Undercard

Although the Kentucky Oaks undercard May 1 got an added dose of excitement when trainer John Shirreffs announced 2008 champion older female Zenyatta would make her 5-year-old debut in the Louisville Distaff (gr. II), the talented Street Cry mare may be forced to scratch due to weather.

Who Will Get to the Eighth Pole First?

In 51 of the last 54 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the winner was either on the lead with an eighth of a mile to go in the race, within a length of the lead, or running second although more than a length off the leader at that point. In all, 40 of the last 54 winners, or 74%, were on the lead at the eighth pole.

Oh Papa! Papa Clem in :34 Blowout

Oh Papa! Papa Clem in :34 Blowout

In an "old school" move, trainer Gary Stute sent out his Papa Clem for a three-furlong blowout at Churchill Downs two days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Under jockey Rafael Bejarano, the son of Smart Strike threw down a :34 clocking.

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