Headlines for Wednesday, April 19, 2006

  • Pool Land (1) jumps out of the gate and runs away with Doubledogdare.

    Pool Land Tallies by 12 in Doubledogdare

    Pool Land established an early lead from her inside post and then dusted her four rivals in the stretch for a 12-length victory in the $107,300 Doubledogdare Wednesday at Keeneland.

  • Sizzling Start to Tattersalls' Breeze-Up Sale

    A fantastic trade at Tattersalls' Breeze-Up Sale's opening night in Newmarket Wednesday saw 18 six-figure lots (compared to 19 at the entire 2005 sale). The turnover soared by 65% to 5.65 million guineas, while the 75,413 guineas average and 55,000 guineas median were both up by 45%.

  • Baffert: Sinister Minister "a runaway train."

    Baffert: No Comparing 'Minister, War Emblem

    Bob Baffert, who has three to get ready for the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), says there's no comparing Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Sinister Minister and his 2002 Derby winner War Emblem, another speedster.

  • KEEP Announces $1,000 College Scholarship Program

    The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) board of directors has announced an annual $1,000 scholarship program for five in-state undergraduate students working toward a career in the equine industry.

  • Pimlico Spring Meet to Open April 20

    Live racing shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course April 20 for the spring meeting. The headline event of the eight-week stand is the 131st running of the $1-million Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, set for May 20.

  • Fund Established to Aid Disabled Jockeys

    A group of racetracks and racing organizations are joining with the Jockeys' Guild to raise funds for the immediate needs of permanently disabled riders.

  • Australian Yearling Record Price Set at Easter Sale

    At the Inglis Australian Easter Sale, on Wednesday 19 April, a son of Redoute's Choice from the mare Deja Slew (by Slew O' Gold) broke the all-time Australian yearling record when he reached a bid of AUS$3 million (US$2.4 million).

  • Ermine Breezes Toward Kentucky Oaks; Field Taking Shape

    Oxbow Racing's Ermine, one of 15 runners pointed toward the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 5 at Churchill Down, tuned up for a run in the 1 1/8-mile race with a six-furlong work in 1:13.40 April 18 at Churchill Downs.

  • Pensioned Iowa Stallion Acaroid Dies

    Acaroid, a grass star in the early 1980s for James and Virginia Binger's Tartan Farms, died April 12 of an apparent heart attack in his paddock at Gilda Clark's Timber Creek Farms near Mitchellville, Iowa.

  • Evening Attire, Colita to Meet in National Jockey Club H.

    Entries for Hawthorne's "Big Stakes" Saturday card were drawn April 18 and a pair of grade III events for handicap horses, the National Jockey Club for the boys and the Sixty Sails for the girls, are spotlighted. Both races will be run over nine furlongs.

  • Oaklawn Park Meet Posts Record Handle

    Highlighted by a record 72,464 on hand for Lawyer Ron's victory in the closing-day Arkansas Derby (gr. II), the 2006 meet at Oaklawn Park posted record wagering during its 53-day meet. The meet was originally scheduled for 56 days, but racing was canceled on three days of the Presidents' Day holiday weekend due to adverse weather conditions.