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Zito, Bailey Have Inside Track In Rushaway

Trainer Nick Zito and jockey Jerry Bailey, the connections for even-money favorite Birdstone who drew the rail for the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes, will also join forces Saturday with El Prado Rob, who drew the rail for the Rushaway Stakes on the undercard.

Zito Shipping Big Guns to Keeneland

Trainer Nick Zito is beginning his assault on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) by shipping three of his top contenders to Keeneland. The plane carrying Eurosilver, Birdstone, and The Cliff's Edge was expected to land in Central Kentucky today.

Redskin Warrior Stretches Out in Gotham

Jockey Richard Migliore is hoping that Redskin Warrior can provide him with another hot potential Visa Triple Crown Challenge runner. Last weekend Migliore guided Friends Lake to victory in the Florida Derby (gr. I) and this weekend he and Redskin Warrior will break from post six in Saturday's $200,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) , going a mile around one-turn at Aqueduct.

Aqueduct To Close Friday

In anticipation of bad weather expected to hit New York on Friday, Aqueduct has already made the decision to close the track for live racing and simulcasting.

Battle Brewing Over Proposed Michigan Track

Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach wants to get things moving with his company's proposed racetrack in Romulus, Mich., but state racing commissioner Robert Geake reiterated Thursday that much remains to be accomplished before any action can be taken.

Everything Coming Up Orchids for Ocean Silk

Trainer Pat Byrne has had the date Sunday, March 21 circled on his calendar since his Ocean Silk finished second in her 2004 debut in the Feb. 28 The Very One Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. This Sunday she is set to start in the Orchid Handicap (gr. IIT), also at Gulfstream Park.

California Changes Allowance Conditions

The Thoroughbred Owners of California, working in collaboration with California racetracks, has changed allowance conditions in an effort to increase the horse inventory and improve average field size.

Jockey Zoe Cadman Retires

Jockey Zoe Cadman, a past riding champion at Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois, has retired.

Sackatoga Signing Scheduled in Saratoga

The Sackatoga team will sign a the book on their favorite subject--Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide--on April 25 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Horsin'Around TV Returns to Airwaves

A familiar television sports program dedicated to Thoroughbred and Harness Racing, is returning to the airwaves. Horsin' Around TV returns March 20. The half-hour program will air twice each Saturday on Fox Sports Net Chicago, at 5:30 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.

Pedigree Profile: Wimbledon

Pedigree Profile: Wimbledon

In the March 7 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, Wimbledon served notice that he was a 3-year-old to be reckoned with by registering an impressive 2 1/4-length win. That win solidified what trainer Bob Baffert had said since the son of Wild Rush joined his stable last year as a juvenile. This colt has the pure talent to outrun his pedigree and tackle the Visa Triple Crown Challenge.

Preakness Job Fair Saturday at Pimlico

The Maryland Jockey Club will hold a job fair for the 129th running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Injunction Issued in Nakatani's Suspension

Jockey Corey Nakatani received a stay of a 30-day suspension he was given on March 11 and will continue to ride until the California Horse Racing Board hears his appeal, which should come in "a few weeks," according to the rider.

Arizona Tightens Medication Rules

The Arizona Department of Racing approved a pilot program for equine "milkshake" testing and increased the number of ELISA tests to 25 from 15.

Equine Surgery Fund Established in Memory of John Russell

An equine surgery fund has been established in the name of the late trainer John W. Russell for the Tranquility Farm, a California-based retirement facility, has established an equine surgery fund in the name of the late trainer John W. Russell.

AAEP Requests Proposals for Bleeder Medication Research

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is seeking proposals to research the efficacy of adjunct bleeder medications, such as aminocaproic acid and/or conjugated estrogens, as a race day medication for prevention of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH).

Mandella Sending Pair to Keeneland

Trainer Richard Mandella is sending both champion Halfbridled and Minister Eric to compete at Keeneland. Halfbridled is pointed toward the April 2 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) and Minister Eric is scheduled to run in the April 10 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).

Birdstone May Face a Flock in Lane's End

Marylou Whitney Stables' homebred Birdstone, winner of the grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont last year, is the talk of Turfway leading up to their signature Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep, Saturday's Lane's End Stakes (gr. II). However, the diminutive son of Grindstone hasn't exactly scared anyone off from the $500,000 race with as many as 14 others considering the race.

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