Headlines for Wednesday, April 26, 2006

  • Heavenly Ransom Sets Mark in Wilshire Win

    Second-choice Heavenly Ransom rallied under jockey Jon Court en route to her fourth win in five starts, establishing a stakes record on the newly installed Hollywood Park turf course in Wednesday's $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT). The program opened the 67th spring/summer meet in Inglewood.

  • Bravo Wins Two at Atlantic City, Heads for Texas Mile

    Jockey Joe Bravo, winner of 3,745 races and $88 million of purse money in a 19-year-career, continues his comeback from a serious back fracture aboard Halos Sailing Sain in Saturday's $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park.

  • Sweet Return, center, holds on to win the Eddie Read Handicap last summer.

    San Francisco BC Mile Attracts Sweet Return

    The classy 6-year-old horse Sweet Return, a multiple grade I winner who has earned more than $1.6 million, is one of eight horses entered in Saturday's $400,000 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT) at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Interruption of Hollywood Signal on TVG Averted

    A dispute between TVG and the Thoroughbred Owners of California was resolved Wednesday afternoon allowing transmission of Hollywood Park's signal on the racing network just minutes before the track's first race of the 2006 season.

  • Interruption of Hollywood Signal on TVG Averted

    A dispute between TVG and the Thoroughbred Owners of California was resolved Wednesday afternoon allowing transmission of Hollywood Park's signal on the racing network just minutes before the track's first race of the 2006 season.

  • Lots of Options for Illinois Champions Day

    Six $100,000 stakes events restricted to Prairie State performers will be presented at Hawthorne on Saturday's Illinois Champions Day program. The stakes will be run consecutively (races four through nine).

  • Western Gambler Tops Second Session of OBS Spring Sale

    Western Gambler, a son of <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=935962&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Storm Cat</a>, was the top-priced horse at $275,000 during Wednesday's second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Grade I Winner Pellegrino Looks for First Elkhorn Title

    An impressive field of 12 older males have been entered on Friday's running of the Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland. Topping the list in the $200,000 race appears to be Pellegrino, a Brazilian-bred gelding who captured the 2004 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IT).

  • Haskin: Cause to Believe&#39;s &quot;small, Arabian-like head makes him an attractive and appealing individual.&quot;

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Sweet New Faces and More on the Way

    The biggest news of the day was the arrival Tuesday of Sweetnorthernsaint and Cause to Believe. With a lack of work activity once again, the talk of the morning was the cold and the unveiling of the new Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) saddle towels, which appear to be designed with the sole intention of going unnoticed.

  • Sacred Light Works Quick Seven Furlongs

    With jockey Aaron Gryder aboard, Amerman Racing Stables homebred Sacred Light worked seven furlongs in 1:28 at Hollywood Park Wednesday as the 3-year-old colt continued to make progress toward a start in the May 6 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Commentator Voted NY Horse of the Year

    Grade I winners Commentator and Acey Deucy were each named multiple 2005 champions at the New York Thoroughbred Breeders annual awards banquet April 24.

  • Giacomo, defied his 50-1 odds to win the 2005 Kentucky Derby.

    Odds-On Favorites Are Good Bet in Derby

    Giacomo's shocking win at 50-1 odds in the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) served as a reminder that any horse can win on Derby day. Combined with the fact that only two favored horses (Fusaichi Pegasus and Smarty Jones) have won the Derby in the past 25 years, bettors may think betting on favorites in the race is futile. However, a quick look at history shows that some favorites are almost a sure bet.

  • Affirmed Exhibition to Open Next Spring

    Next spring, the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park will unveil a new, permanent exhibition featuring Triple Crown winner, Affirmed. The exhibition is supported by a loan of Affirmed's racing trophies and memorabilia from his owners, Louis and Patrice Wolfson.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Rich in Spirit

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - They may not be pleasant subjects -- death, a tragic plane crash, and a serious motorcycle accident -- but the story lines surrounding several of this year's leading Triple Crown contenders promise to add a measure of emotion and high drama to what is always a compelling afternoon.

  • Michael Matz

    Amazing Actions

    <i>By Melissa Radcliffe</i> - When I was 12 years old, something extraordinary happened to me, something that helped shape the person I have become. I met Michael Matz.

  • TCA Stallion Season Auction Set for December

    Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced they will hold its Stallion Season Auction Dec. 1, and for the first time, the event will take place at Keeneland Entertainment Center.

  • Jockey Smith Breaks Neck in Fall; Doctors Hopeful

    Jockey Guy Smith, second in the standings at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, suffered a broken neck in an April 22 racing accident at the Opelousas, La., racetrack and underwent surgery April 25.