Headlines for Thursday, April 4, 2002

  • Johannesburg Early Favorite in Round Three of Derby Future Wager

    Johannesburg is the early favorite in pool three of the Kentucky Derby future wager offered by Churchill Downs, taking in $6,549 of $40,282 wagered on Thursday. After beginning the day the 6-1 co-second choice, the undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner is currently available at 4-1.

  • San Rafael winner Came Home is favored for Saturday's Santa Anita Derby.

    Came Home Favored in Santa Anita Derby

    A contentious field of eight sophomores will line up and face the starter in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), for which Came Home was installed as the 6-5 morning-line favorite.

  • Local Hope Mr Ross Tops Oaklawn Handicap

    A field of eight will go postward in Saturday's Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I). Highweight in the field is local legend Mr Ross, who will carry 118 pounds in the $500,000, 1 1/8-miles contest.

  • Bloomin' Good Apple Blossom on Tap

    Only six fillies and mares passed the entry box for Saturday's Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park, but oh, what a cast. Of the six, all are grade I winners.

  • Grand Prairie Turf Shapes Up As a Challenge

    A field of 12 has been drawn for the $100,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge April 6 at Lone Star Park. The race for 3-year-olds will be held at one mile on the turf.

  • NTRA 2002 Ad Campaign to Debut in April

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's 2002 advertising campaign will be visible in some markets the weekend of April 6, and in full gear by the time the Kentucky Derby rolls around May 4.

  • Equality Heads Nine in Aventura Stakes

    Right after Gulfstream Park simulcasts the Illinois Derby (gr. II) Saturday, it will run its own Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep, the Aventura Stakes.

  • After this victory in the Gotham at Aqueduct, Mayakovsky will contest the Santa Anita Derby.

    Haskin's Weekend Analysis: Prep Races on Two Continents

    We are well aware that the term 3-year-old analysis this year is an oxymoron. Maybe 3-year-old guesses would be more suitable a title. But the trouper that we are, we will attempt to link the word analysis with 3-year-old and try to make some kind of sense of this weekend's stakes, which actually look crystal clear compared to what is in store for us the following weekend.

  • Work Begins on Belmont Child-Care Facility

    Belmont Park will soon become the first racetrack in the United States to have an on-site, year-round child care center. Construction of the new facility began in March and should be completed this fall. When fully operational, it will accommodate 80 children each day.

  • Blood-Horse Editor Donates Book Fee to Charity

    Ray Paulick, editor-in-chief of The Blood-Horse magazine and author of the recently released book <i>Sunday Silence</i>, has donated his entire compensation for writing the book to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and to Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped.

  • Horse Council Focus: 'A World Changed'

    The world in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will provide the backdrop for the American Horse Council convention April 6-9 in Washington, D.C. The official theme for the convention is "2002...A World Changed."

  • Two white horses are displayed on Painted Desert Farm&#39;s Web site.

    Knight's Whites: Oregon Farm Finds Unique Niche

    At her high desert ranch, Dalene Knight can't help but dream of a white-hot year. That's white like the snow that dusts her Painted Desert Farm near Redmond in eastern Oregon. And white like the Thoroughbreds that run in her fields.

  • Happy Birthday Bargain Day

    If you thought April 1 was just a day for jokes and laughs, guess again. It also was a day to celebrate.

  • Newcomers Galore on Delaware Park Backstretch

    Delaware Park will have many new faces on the backstretch when it opens for its 65th season April 27. Trainers new to the Stanton, Del., racetrack include Leo Azpura, David Donk, Scott Lake, Barclay Tagg, and Jeff Trosclair.

  • Ocean Sound Added to Blue Grass Field

    Trainer James Cassidy reported late Wednesday that Ford, Pearson and K M Stable's Rebel Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Ocean Sound will not start next in the April 13 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and will run instead in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland on the same day.