Mine That Bird, the surprise winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I), will run in the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), according to Pimlico spokesman Mike Gathagan.
Trainer Joe Janiak said he is considering bringing top sprinter Takeover Target to the United States to contest the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, an Australian newspaper reported.
NBC Sports' coverage of Mine That Bird's upset victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) earned a 10.2 overnight rating and 22 share during the 6-7 p.m. ET hour when the race was presented, according to data provided May 4 from Nielsen Media Research.
Hull, who is unbeaten in three starts by a total of 16 lengths this season for trainer Dale Romans, will line up for the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
L. Clay Camp, who sold the highest-priced yearling ever at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, died May 4 at his home in Charlottesville, Va.
Walter Mondale, former vice president of the United States and U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and his wife Joan, member of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, will lead a special first day of sale ceremony at noon May 11, for the new commemorative US Postal Service stamped envelope of legendary racehorse, Seabiscuit.
Wagering on United States Thoroughbred racing in the first four months of the year declined 9.5%, according to Equibase's "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators" released May 4.
A total of 21 nominees have been put forward by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's Thoroughbred and Standardbred Nominating Committees.
Trainer Bennie "Chip" Woolley Jr. has never been to Baltimore, but that will all change in a few days, as prepares Mine That Bird for a run in the May 16 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
Dolphus C. Morrison and Lamantia, Blackburn & Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds will be $100,000 richer as a result of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) wins by Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, respectively.
Steve Warner, the co-breeder of 2006 champion sprinter Thor's Echo, died April 25 after a bout with cancer.
Darley Australia has announced the stud fees of its 27 stallions for the 2009 breeding season.
Colonial Downs will host 17 stakes races, including a pair of grade II turf stakes, during the 2009 summer Thoroughbred meet which runs from June 5 â€" July 28. A total of $2.2 million will be doled out in stakes purses over the eight week, 40 day season.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale isn't glamorous. It comes at the end of the yearling selling season, so it generally doesn't attract the best of the available stock. But, in recent years, it has become a prime source of Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brand (gr. I) winners.
Citronnade, a homebred grade I winner for Frank Stronach's Stronach Stables, was euthanized April 1 following colic surgery.
The Florida Legislature May 1 extended its annual regular session for seven days, with pending bills on Thoroughbred and other pari-mutuel issues and on Indian gaming among unfinished business.
Epsom Downs Racecourse announced May 4 that Investec, a leading specialist bank, has agreed to become long-term partners by sponsoring the English Derby Festival until 2013. The 2009 Derby Festival will be held June 5-6 at Epsom Downs.
Hard Knocker, a stakes-producing daughter of Raja Baba, died May 1 in her paddock at Jim FitzGerald's Knockgriffin Farm near Lexington.
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