A fast-closing fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), Soul Candy seeks his first graded stakes win in the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup (gr. III) at the marathon 1 1/2-mile distance March 26 at Santa Anita.
Synthetic racing surfaces have brought out the best in Positive Response, so he'll get another opportunity over the Turfway Park Polytrack in the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 26.
- By Esther Marr
Iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor, who had a lifelong interest in horses and starred in the film "National Velvet," died March 23 at age 79.
Add Indian Winter to the list of probables for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 9.
The top four finishers of last month's Mac Diamida (gr. IIT), including the winner, Prince Will I Am, return to face each other in the $150,000 Pan American (gr. IIIT) March 26 at Gulfstream Park.
When the Thoroughbred race meet at Louisiana Downs kicks off May 6, fans can look forward to a re-formatted stakes schedule placing emphasis on four marquee Saturdays of racing including a new date for Super Derby.
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Astrology has been a bit star-crossed so far in 2011, but the well-regarded son of A.P. Indy will finally get his 3-year-old season started in the $800,000 Sunland Park Derby (gr. III) in New Mexico March 27.
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Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced March 23 it will raise Florida owners awards 20% beginning March 26.
Summer Soiree takes on 10 rivals in the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) March 26 at Turfway Park. The one-mile Polytrack contest is one of five stakes on Turfway's 12-race program.
Kinross Corp.'s Researcher, winner of the first two editions of the Charles Town Classic, will make his return to flat racing March 26 in a $35,000 open allowance race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that NTRA.com will offer free, live video streaming of several major 3-year-old stakes races leading up to this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Earthquake damage to Nakayama Racecourse has forced the rescheduling and relocation of Japan's first classic race, the Japanese 2000 Guineas (Jpn-I) to Tokyo Racecourse. The race will be run April 24 instead of April 17.
Six races worth a total of $16 million will be contested in the lead-up to the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-I) on March 26 at Meydan Racecourse.
The $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup (gr. IIT) at Colonial Downs June 18 is now open to older turf horses -- one of several changes for the 2011 summer meet at Colonial Downs.
The Virginia Racing Commission March 22 announced Bernard "Bernie" Hettel as its new executive director effective April 1.
Avalyn Hunter delves into the Rebel Stakes winner's pedigree to see if he'll have enough stamina for the upcoming classics.
Ball Four, a son of Grand Slam, has been retired and sent to Old Friends near Midway, Ky. Michael Blowen, owner of Old Friends related the story of how he got the gelding.
Representatives of Indiana's horse racing and breeding industry are lobbying against part of the proposed state budget that would reduce its share of revenue from racetrack gaming by about 55%.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is compiling the results of a survey that shows its 30 affiliates spent almost $11 million on benevolence programs last year.
Fly Down, who placed in some of America's most prestigious races, including the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), may not return to the United States following the Dubai World Cup.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort will offer financial incentives designed to attract graded-stakes winners for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) on Aug. 6.
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