Headlines for Friday, April 8, 2005

  • A Wood victory would move Bellamy Road up on the graded earnings list.

    It's Now or Never for Eight Wood Starters

    It's now or never for the eight starters entered in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I). If any hope to make it to the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), they must deliver the goods in the Wood, especially with only two of the participants – Bellamy Road and Survivalist – on the top 20 list of graded earnings.

  • Elusive Diva Back to Hillside for Las Cienegas

    After a sub-par effort on a sloppy track, Elusive Diva returns to the downhill turf course that she's had success on as the likely favorite in the $100,000-added Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT) for older fillies at mares at Santa Anita Park Sunday.

  • 67-Day Lone Star Meeting Begins April 14

    More than five months since Ghostzapper posted his electrifying win in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) last October, racing returns to Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas April 14, beginning a 67-day run through July 17.

  • No Changes Planned in Derby/Oaks Security

    Churchill Downs plans to make no changes to the security policies and procedures used in the past three years for the 2005 Kentucky Derby and Oaks (both gr. I), the first renewals of those events since the completion of the track's $121 million renovation.

  • 'Peb' to Complete Churchill Derby Mural

    Acclaimed Thoroughbred racing cartoonist Pierre Bellocq, better known to generations of racing fans as "Peb," is scheduled Saturday to complete a mural at the Churchill Downs new clubhouse that depicts every jockey that has won the 130 renewals of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) .

  • U.S. Racing Indicators Decline in First Quarter

    Total wagering on United States horseracing declined by 6% across North America during the first quarter of 2005, while purses and racing days also dipped, according to statistics released Feb. 8 by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

  • Temporary stalls damaged at Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.

    Tornado Causes Wide-Spread Damage in Ocala

    A suspected tornado that tore a path through Ocala, Fla. Thursday afternoon caused wide-spread damage to area horse farms, but early reports indicate no equine deaths or significant injuries were incurred.

  • Handle, Purses Down in First Quarter of 2005

    Total handle on United States Thoroughbred racing in North America, as well as U.S. Thoroughbred purses, were down in the first quarter of 2005 compared with the first quarter in 2004, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Equibase said.

  • Chattahoochee War (3) wins the Transylvania Stakes with Guillaume Tell (center) and Rey de Cafe (rail) putting him to the supreme test on opening day at Keeneland.

    Chattahoochee War Wins Transylvania Battle

    Amerman Racing Stables' Chattahoochee War won the Central Bank Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Keeneland's opening day, but he had to battle hard to do it. The 3-year-old son of War Chant rallied to nip Guillaume Tell by a nose at the wire, then had to wait for the stewards to disallow an objection to secure the victory.

  • Cat Shaker On the Prowl to Arkansas Derby

    Cat Shaker, upset winner of the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park on the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) undercard March 26 is headed toward next Saturday's Arkansas Derby (gr. II), according to owner Bill Callis.

  • Ender's Sister Records Bullet Work

    Trainer Rusty Arnold sent Green Lantern Stable's Florida Oaks winner Ender's Sister out for a four-furlong work Friday morning at Keeneland. The daughter of A.P. Indy recorded a bullet work at that distance in :47.80.

  • Andromeda's Hero Works Toward Arkansas Derby

    Robert LaPenta's Andromeda's Hero, prepping for a possible start in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, worked five furlongs at Keeneland Friday morning.

  • Speedy Sophomores Headed for Lafayette

    Padua Stables' stakes winner Razor heads a field of five speedy sophomores headed to the gate for Sunday's $100,000 Lafayette Stakes (gr. III), going six furlongs at Keeneland.

  • Keeneland Shuts Out Five Wagering Outlets

    Keeneland will not make its live racing available for simulcasting to five outlets located both inside and outside of the United States. The official announcement was made Friday, the opening day of the 16-day meeting in Lexington.

  • Study Shows Cold Air Can Induce Airway Obstruction

    Researchers at Oklahoma State University recently completed a study on airway cooling and mucosal injury during cold weather exercise. Using the Thoroughbred racehorse as a model, scientists found that even cantering in subfreezing temperatures can induce airway obstruction.

  • Cold Air and Lung Health

    Researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) recently completed a study on airway cooling and mucosal injury during cold weather exercise. Using the Thoroughbred racehorse as a model, scientists found that even cantering in sub-freezing temperatures can induce airway obstruction (bronchoconstriction, or airway contraction). The research appeared in the ...