Articles posted April 18, 2012

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Lukas still hoping Optimizer makes Derby field

Bluegrass Hall LLC's homebred Optimizer, most recently ninth in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, is still being pointed to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, according to trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

St. John's River prepares for La Troienne return

Dede McGehee's St. John's River, who was narrowly defeated by Plum Pretty in last year's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, is being pointed to a return to the races after an eighth-month layoff in the Grade 2, $300,000 La Troienne, which is to be run on the Kentucky Oaks Day undercard on May 4.

And They're Off: End of the Derby Trail

And They're Off: End of the Derby Trail

Lenny and Steve discuss TailGate, Bodemeister, Dullahan, and the Derby picture.View And They're Off LIVE, in person, on Wednesday, May 2nd next to the Churchill Downs paddock! The show will be filmed in front of a live audience and you will get a chance to win a free hat from Darby Dan Farm.Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm

Baffert duo face The Lumber Guy in Jerome

After landing a one-two punch in last week's Grade 1 Arkansas Derby with Bodemeister and Secret Circle, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will attempt to do the same in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Jerome at Aqueduct with California shippers Stirred Up and Brigand. The one-mile Jerome, which will be run for the 142nd time, is the final graded stakes of the Aqueduct spring meet as racing in New York shifts to Belmont Park next weekend.

Nicholson stepping down as Keeneland president

Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson on Wednesday announced that effective September 1, he will retire from Keeneland Association after nearly 13 years at the helm. Bill Thomason, currently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has been selected by the Keeneland Trustees as successor to Nicholson.

Understanding Breeding Soundness Exams for Mares

Making an informed decision to breed a mare is an exciting time in an owner's life. There are so many things to do: pick a stallion, prepare a foaling location, and dream big about the foal's potential, to name a few. But the first thing on the list should be to have a veterinarian perform a breeding soundness examination on the mare.

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