Headlines for Wednesday, April 7, 2004

  • Jockey Valdivia Makes Agent Switch

    Jose Valdivia Jr., winner of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) aboard 30-1 shot Castledale, said Wednesday that he has fired his agent of seven months, Tom Knust, and replaced him with his former agent, Brian Beach.

  • Hopeful Orman Shipping Rock Hard Ten

    Will Rock Hard Ten qualify in graded earnings for the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and who will ride him if he does? Trainer Jason Orman doesn't know, but he plans to ship the third-place finisher in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) to Kentucky in hopes that he'll run.

  • Steeplechasers Leap into Kentucky on April 16

    Preemptive Strike and veteran Lord Zada headline the list of nominations for Keeneland's $150,000 Royal Chase (NSA-I), the richest race on the National Steeplechase Association's spring schedule, to be run Friday, April 16.

  • Smarty Jones, puts undefeated record on the line in the Arkansas Derby.

    Smarty Jones Draws Post 11 For Arkansas Derby

    Undefeated Smarty Jones, who is expected to go off a solid favorite in Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II), will break from the outside post position in the 11-horse field that was drawn Wednesday.

  • Retired Trainer Jimmy Jimenez Dies

    Jimmy Jimenez, who trained major California winner Agitate, died March 26 in Phoenix because of complications from surgery.

  • Blue Grass Sleeper: That's an Outrage

    Following the spate of longshot winners of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep races this season, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on trainer Mike Puhich and That's an Outrage in Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Trainer Patrick Biancone, right, with Keeneland's John Henderson during the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes post position draw.

    Lion Heart 'That Good' as 5-2 Blue Grass Favorite

    Lion Heart was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite against eight other 3-year-olds for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and trainer Patrick Biancone agreed. "He's that good and I hope he gets to show it on the track," Biancone said.

  • McAlpine Among MEC Execs Receiving Bonuses

    Magna Entertainment Corp. chief executive officer Jim McAlpine received a $200,000 bonus last year for his "contribution to the growth and development of MEC during fiscal year 2003," according to proxy material being circulated.