Headlines for Friday, April 28, 2006

  • Hot Apprentice Martin Garcia Breaks Wrist

    Apprentice Martin Garcia, the leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields, broke a bone in his left wrist and sustained a contusion on his right forehead when he went down in the stretch run of Friday's fourth race.

  • New Controller Named by NYRA

    Thomas DiDesidero has been named the new controller for the New York Racing Association effective May 1.

  • Irish Derby Winner 'Swallow Due at Hollywood

    Grey Swallow, winner of the 2004 Irish Derby (Ire-I), is scheduled to arrive at Hollywood Park Monday for the $250,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) on May 13.

  • Lava Man, Moscow Burning Class of Gold Rush

    Lava Man and Moscow Burning, the two most recent horses of the year in the Golden State, are among a deep cast of state-breds competing in the Cal National Gold Rush on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

  • Castellano Will Appeal Five-Day Suspension

    Javier Castellano became the second rider to receive a five-day suspension during Keeneland's 2006 spring meet when the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority ruled on an incident involving the 28-year-old jockey on Friday.

  • Pellegrino Provides Upset in Keeneland Finale

    Pellegrino, a grade I winner overlooked at odds of 24-1, took the lead with less than an eighth of a mile remaining and gamely held off two challengers to win the $200,000 Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIIT) Friday, the final day of Keeneland's spring meeting.

  • Aragorn First Horse of Racing Age to be Nominated to Breeders' Cup

    Officials of Breeders' Cup have confirmed that Belinda Strudwick's 4-year-old colt Aragorn, who is entered in the April 29 $400,000 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. II) at Golden Gate Fields, has become the first horse of racing age to join the Breeders' Cup program.

  • Brother Derek trainer Dan Hendricks talks with media, Friday at Churchill Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Stars Filling up Derby Dream Barn

    Dan Hendricks clutched several carrots in his hand, as he watched Brother Derek get his morning bath following the colt's first gallop over the Churchill Downs strip. Just then, someone from a passing car on Longfield Avenue shouted, "Go, Brother, go!" For the first time, Derby electricity was in the air.

  • Churchill Downs Introduces $1 Million Derby 'Super' Challenge

    Churchill Downs is offering Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fans a chance to take home a million-dollar prize May 6. The Kentucky Derby "Super" Challenge, a free online contest that debuts this year, offers participants the opportunity to win up to $1 million by selecting the winning superfecta in the Derby.

  • Former Derby Contender Finds a Home

    Four years after being considered a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender, Tracemark, a 7-year-old gelding, is embarking on a life of retirement on a California farm.

  • Atlantic City Races On--But in Which Direction?

    With two of its four live racing days complete for 2006, questions remain as to what Greenwood Racing intends to do with aging Atlantic City Race Course, which opened in 1946 and currently serves as a year-round simulcast facility for patrons in southern New Jersey.

  • Equibase Online Race Program Redesigned

    April 28 Equibase unveiled http://www.equibase.com, a redesigned past performance race program that features expanded statistical analysis, interactive elements, and a similar look to the hardcopy program available on track.

  • Hopeful winner First Samurai, diagnosed with two broken ribs.

    First Samurai Diagnosed With Broken Ribs

    Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins III's multiple graded stake winner First Samurai was discovered Wednesday to have two broken ribs likely suffered when struck by the starting gate at the outset of the April 15 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.