Headlines for Thursday, April 20, 2006

  • Smuggler Returns to Action in Bed o' Roses

    Phipps Stable's Smuggler, last year's Eclipse Award winning champion 3-year-old filly, makes her first start since July in Saturday's $150,000 Bed o'Roses Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Aqueduct going seven furlongs.

  • Can Argentina Replace Megahertz for Frankel?

    Trainer Bobby Frankel, whose mighty mite Megahertz took the last three runnings of Santa Anita's $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT), aims to extend his streak on Saturday with Argentina.

  • Siren Lure Seeks 4th Straight in San Simeon

    Siren Lure, carrying top weight of 122 pounds, seeks his fourth consecutive win in Saturday's $100,000 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) at about 6 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita's hillside turf course.

  • Dennis Carr Notches 2,000th Win of Career

    Jockey Dennis Carr reached a career milestone Thursday at Golden Gate Fields when he recorded his 2,000th win aboard the 4-year-old filly Joan Elle in the fifth race.

  • Laurel's Handle Continues Upward Swing

    The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its winter meet at Laurel Park on Sunday, posting total wagering figures that are nearly 24% higher than the same dates a year ago.

  • Thunderstorms Could Alter Fort Marcy Outlook

    With forecasts calling for a strong chance of thunderstorms Saturday, five of the 11 horses entered for the $100,000 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) – the first scheduled turf stakes event of the season at Aqueduct – are present for the main track only.

  • Green Desert Colt Sets Tatts' Breeze-Up Mark

    A record-breaking 625,000 guineas Green Desert colt out of Park Hill Stakes (Eng-III) winner Alexander Three D (Ire) (Pennekamp) provided the icing on the cake in Newmarket Thursday night at the concluding installment of a fantastic renewal of Tattersalls' Breeze-Up Sale.

  • Jockey John Velazquez lies on the turf Thursday at Keeneland after the horse he was riding broke down and fell after winning the Forerunner Stakes.

    Velazquez Injured After Colt Wins Forerunner

    Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez remained hospitalized Thursday evening following a nasty spill in Keeneland's feature race, the Forerunner Stakes. The incident occurred when Velazquez's mount, Up an Octave (Brahms), broke down and fell less than a sixteenth of a mile after winning the $110,600 turf event for 3-year-olds.

  • Coolmore Lexington: No Time Like Now

    With a last-chance grab at $325,000 in graded stakes earnings on the table, 10 3-year-olds have been entered in Saturday's Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. Heading the list appears to be John Dillon's Like Now, winner of last month's Gotham Stakes (gr. II).

  • Lawyer Ron Gallops at Churchill Downs

    Trainer Bob Holthus is back in Louisville following another successful meet at his winter base at Oaklawn Park, but there's a difference this year for the 53-year training veteran.

  • Sunriver to Skip Coolmore Lexington

    Trainer Todd Pletcher has decided take a chance with Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender Sunriver, so the colt will not run in Saturday's $325,000-added Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Sharp Humor breezed a mile at Churchill Downs Thursday.

    Sharp Humor Works Mile for Romans

    Purdedel Stable's Sharp Humor, winner of the Swale (gr. II) and runner-up to unbeaten Barbaro in the Florida Derby (gr. I) breezed one mile at Churchill Downs April 20 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 6.

  • Grade II Winner Andujar Retired

    Andujar, a grade II winner for J. Paul Reddam and Mark Schlesinger, has been retired from racing to become a broodmare.

  • Spartan Queen Shines During OBS Under Tack Show

    Spartan Queen, a filly by <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=4471506&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Yonaguska</a> consigned by Sescan, agent for Paul D. King, was among the standout workers Wednesday during the first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales. Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.