Headlines for Friday, March 31, 2006

  • Next month's Blue Grass holds world of Derby hopes for Strong Contender.

    'Contender's Derby Hopes Down to Bluegrass

    Thanks to what trainer John Ward terms "unfortunate circumstances," John Oxley's Strong Contender has but one pressure-packed race left for a potential trip to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and he'll need a top finish in the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland April 15.

  • National Pick 4 Schedule Announced by NTRA

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced the 2006 schedule of National Pick 4 wagers available at wagering outlets nationwide March 31. All six wagers are tied to ABC/ESPN racing telecasts.

  • Poker Tournament to Aid Ailing Fenstermaker

    A Texas Hold 'em poker tournament will be held after the races on April 15 at the Embassy Suites at 211 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, to benefit ailing Ross Fenstermaker, trainer Eddie Truman said.

  • Indy Wildcat Takes Shot in Santa Anita Derby

    Borderland Derby winner Indy Wildcat could have returned to New Mexico's Sunland Park for Saturday's rich WinStar Derby, but trainer and part owner Paula Capestro chose instead to stay home for the April 8 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

  • Adam Campola Named Great Lakes Steward

    The Michigan Racing Commission has named Adam Campola, the clerk of scales at the major Maryland tracks since 2000, steward at Great Lakes Downs. The six-month meeting opens May 6.

  • Kentucky Requiring Gelding Notification

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority approved a regulation March 30 requiring trainers to report first time gelding starters to the racetrack horse identifier and the racing secretary.

  • Latham Opens Own Bloodstock Agency

    Davant Latham is leaving Darby Dan Farm near Lexington and is opening his own bloodstock and insurance agency, Davant Latham Bloodstock and Insurance or DLBI.

  • Bejarano to Ride Point Determined in Santa Anita Derby

    Rafael Bejarano, whose list of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) mounts grows each day, has been named by trainer Bob Baffert to ride Point Determined in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 8. Victor Espinoza, who was originally named to ride the colt, has a prior commitment that day aboard Balance in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I).

  • Davant Latham Opens Bloodstock and Insurance Firm

    Davant Latham, the director of bloodstock for Darby Dan Farm, has left to open Davant Latham Bloodstock and Insurance. Latham had been at Darby Dan near Lexington for three years.

  • RCI Integrity Services: Taking the Lead

    The Racing Commissioners International (RCI) is taking an industry leading position with their subsidiary RCI Integrity Services. The push forward was made during the 72nd annual convention of the RCI that is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort near Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Barbaro comes into the Florida Derby with an eight-week layoff that followed this Holy Bull victory.

    Haskin's Weekend Preview: Barbaro at the Gate

    With many of the leading 3-year-olds in Florida skipping town because of what most horsemen feel is the unfavorable scheduling of the Florida Derby (gr. I), Gulfstream's premiere event drew a wide variety of horses, most of them non-stakes winners. The headliner will be the undefeated Barbaro, winner of all four of his starts.