Headlines for Thursday, April 1, 2004

  • Champion Halfbridled, tops select field for Ashland Stakes.

    Small Field for Ashland Loaded With Talent

    A small but select field of 3-year-old fillies, including champion Halfbridled, undefeated Madcap Escapade, Eclipse Award finalist Ashado, and grade III winner La Reina, has been entered for Saturday's $500,000 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Smarty Jones Tops Derby Future Wager

    Undefeated Smarty Jones, the likely favorite in next weekend's Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, was the surprise leader following the first day of wagering in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Thursday.

  • Tactical Edge Goes to Soud in Arcadia 'Cap

    Saturday's $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita has all of the earmarks of a springboard race for grass stakes later in the year at longer distances. Several of the eight entrants are better traveling farther than the Arcadia's 1 1/8-mile route. And none of the starters are coming off of a win.

  • The Song Goes On

    The Grade II Illinois Derby looks like an orchestra with no conductor, as the morning line odds indicate.

  • Was the Florida Derby victory by Friend's Lake as bad as the speed handicappers would have you believe?

    Kentucky Derby Trail: The 'Future' is Now

    With the Pool 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) Future Wager bets locked in before the big April 10 preps, this is when you can actually get good value for your money. Just find a Funny Cide-type of horse and get past one more hurdle next weekend..

  • Local Influence in Gulfstream's Aventura

    The $250,000 Aventura Stakes for 3-year-olds is chock full of Florida-based and Florida-bred horses. All eight entrants made their last start in the Sunshine State, and six of the eight were bred within the state's boundaries.

  • Regulators Set to Consider Proposed Medication Rules

    Officials gathered in New Orleans for the first Joint Conference of Racing Regulators will consider a proposed national medication policy that calls for voluntary use of Salix on race days and use of one of three non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs no later than 24 hours before a race.

  • Graded Stakes Testing Plan Still on Target for Summer

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association remains committed to implementing a drug-testing program tied to the American Graded Stakes Committee by July 1, an official said April 1 during the Joint Conference of Racing Regulators in New Orleans.

  • Dahlia's Daughter, Dahlia's Dreamer, Dies

    Dahlia's Dreamer, one of four grade I winners from the great racemare and producer Dahlia (by Vaguely Noble), was euthanized Feb. 17 because of lymphangitis.

  • Peace Rules, favored in Oaklawn Handicap.

    Peace Rules Even-Money for Oaklawn Handicap

    Last year trainer Bobby Frankel saddled Medaglia d' Oro to win the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II). This year Frankel hopes Peace Rules, who is listed as even money on the morning-line, can emulate his stablemate's success in Saturday's $500,000 race going 1 1/8-miles.

  • Azeri, with trainer D. Wayne Lukas, at Oaklawn Park.

    Azeri Heads All-Star Field in Apple Blossom

    The Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park Saturday promises to be one of the more intriguing matchups of the year as six older fillies and mares have been entered, including grade I winners Azeri, Wild Spirit, Island Fashion, and Star Parade.

  • Funny Cide Returns to New York

    Funny Cide, the New York-bred winner of last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I), returns to his native state Saturday for a start in the Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

  • Illinois Derby and State of Industry Special Planned for Horsin' Around TV

    The Illinois Derby (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course and a special about the state of racing industry in Illinois will highlight the April 3 programming schedule of Horsin' Around TV. Dave Gutfreund, the show's regular Thoroughbred analyst, and the Daily Racing <i>Form's</i> Marcus Hersh will join producer and host Joe Kristufek to break down Hawthorne's key Triple Crown prep.

  • Man o' War Exhibit Planned at Lexington Museum

    A special Man o' War exhibit is planned at the Lexington History Museum, in conjunction with the Best of the Bluegrass Festival that leads up to the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. The exhibit "Man o' War: Lexington's First Superstar" offers a look into the life and legend of Man o' War, the Kentucky-bred champion who won 20 of 21 career starts. The exhibit opens April 6.

  • Johar, rear, finishes John Deere Breeders&#39; Cup Turf in dead heat with High Chaparral.

    BC Winner Johar Retired

    Johar, who deadheated for first with High Chaparral in last year's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and was a finalist for an Eclipse Award, has been retired because of a suspensory injury.

  • Seasoning and Experience Have Not Lost Their Hold on the Kentucky Derby

    In the past few years, much discussion has centered around the chances of a "lightly-raced horse" winning the Kentucky Derby. But in fact, the talk has not come to much fruition. Truth holds eternal, and although there are exceptions to every rule, the truth is that it still takes seasoning and experience to win the Kentucky Derby the vast majority of the time.

  • Carry Back with breeder/owner/trainer Jack Price

    On This Day...

    April 1, 1961<br><b>Carry Back in the Florida Derby</b>