Hip No. 731, a colt by Orientate consigned by Eddie Woods, agent, went to
Hill N Dale Bloodstock for $450,000 to top Wednesday's third session of the
Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2012 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.
The dark bay or brown colt, whose eighth in :10 flat was co-fastest at the
distance at Thursday's Under Tack session, is out of Mir Cat (Tale of the Cat),
a half-sister to stakes-placed Runnin Ute (Gone West).
Paynter, who finished fourth in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby in just his
second start, and the undefeated Bourbon Courage headline a field of 11 entered
for the Grade 3, $200,000
Trial at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Bluegrass Hall's Colonial Empress clocked a half-mile in :48 2/5 after the
renovation break on Wednesday at Churchill Downs over a track labeled as good.
With jockey Ramon Vazquez aboard and working on her own, the Empire Maker filly
posted fractions of :12 and :24 in the move that was the third fastest of 35 at
The Kentucky Court of Appeals is expected to issue an opinion on the challenge to Instant Racing machines in four to six weeks, one of three judges said April 25 after hearing oral arguments on the issue.
Led by Zayat Stable's talented but lightly raced Paynter, a field of 11 sophomores was entered in the $200,000 The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (gr. III) on opening night of the Churchill Downs spring meet April 28.
The hottest new Kentucky Derby party continues to heat up as 19 top
international chefs announce their menu offerings and wine pairings for the
third annual Taste of Derby, the official Kentucky Derby Party of Churchill
Downs. At this celebration of cuisine and racing on May 3, eve of the Grade 1
Kentucky Oaks, guests will mingle with horse racing and Hollywood celebrities
while savoring exquisite cuisine and delectable wines from racing destinations
across the country as internationally-renowned chefs serve samples of their
A Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) networking reception designed to
enhance the lines of communication between Thoroughbred racing and competitive
equestrian sports will be held April 27 at Keeneland Race Course.
To Honor and Serve, who at times showed himself to be among the leading
three-year-olds in the country last season, kicks off his four-year-old campaign
Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000
Westchester at Belmont Park, a one-mile prep for the Grade 1 Metropolitan
Handicap on Memorial Day.
Black Caviar, with the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes her most likely target,
headlines entries from 11 countries for Royal Ascot's Group 1 races and she
could lead a female Australian team unprecedented in strength including her
stablemate King's Rose, Ortensia and Australia's champion miler, More Joyous.
Group 1 Racing Post Trophy third Fencing is on schedule to make the line-up
for the Group 1, £350,000 Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket on May 5 despite
missing an intended reappearance at the Craven meeting last week.
Each year, researchers publish hundreds of horse health studies. And each year at the convention of the American Association of Equine Practioners, 3 practitioners decide which to feature.
Hip No. 441, a colt by Majestic Warrior consigned by Harris Training Center,
agent, went to Narvick International for $400,000 to top Tuesday's second
session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2012 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds
in Training. The chestnut colt, who breezed an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under
Tack Show, is out of Flirtatious Miss (Mr. Greeley), a half-sister to Group 3
winner Across the Rhine (Cuvee) and Grade 2 winner Prospectress (Mining).
Jockey Eddie Razo Jr., a well-known rider on the Midwest circuit, was found dead following the extinguishing of a garage fire in Long Grove, Ill. April 24. His death was confirmed by jockey agent Ronnie Ebanks.
Grade 1 Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister, working in company with stablemate
and Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks candidate Jemima's Pearl, worked five furlongs in 1:00
4/5, the third fastest of 23 at the distance on a clear, brisk Tuesday morning
at Churchill Downs over the fast main track.
At its April 23 meeting the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium board of directors approved an agreement with The Jockey Club to engage the full-time services of Jamie Haydon as RMTC interim executive director.
Zayat Stables' Bodemeister, impressive winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 4/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of April 24 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby.
Industry organizations are taking a wait-and-see approach to an April 30 hearing at which members of Congress will examine health and safety issues in horse racing--and whether progress has been made since the last hearing.