Headlines for Thursday, April 6, 2006

  • Milk It Mick Seeks Kilroe Repeat in Arcadia H.

    Milk It Mick, winner of the Frank Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) in his last start one month ago, gets another stern test Saturday when he faces nine rivals in the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) over the same Santa Anita turf course he has run so well over this season.

  • Foxysox Faces Tougher Test in Providencia

    Foxysox, undefeated in two starts at Santa Anita after a nondescript start to her career in England last year, makes her graded stakes debut Saturday in the $100,000 Providencia (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf.

  • Work is progressing on one of four 48-stall barns being built on the backside as part of the recovery from last year's tornado damage to Ellis Park.

    Repair of Tornado-Ripped Ellis Park Progressing

    Five months after a tornado ripped through Ellis Park, efforts to repair and rebuild storm-battered areas of the track are making significant progress as the Henderson, Ky., track prepares to open its 83rd racing season on July 19.

  • Rider Grant Whitacre Gets First Win at Laurel

    Apprentice rider Grant Whitacre scored his first career victory when he piloted Festy Eskimo to a convincing victory at odds of 13-1 in the sixth race at Laurel Park Thursday.

  • Fort Prado Tackles Rapid Proof in Connally BC

    Team Block's Fort Prado is the 3-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IIIT), which will be the first graded stakes race at Sam Houston Park since it opened in 1994.

  • Too Much Bling, Songster Vie in Bay Shore

    Trainers Bob Baffert and Tom Albertrani, who have major contenders, in the Wood Memorial Saturday at Aqueduct, will have a preliminary skirmish in the $150,000 Bay Shore for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.

  • Haskin's Weekend Preview: Watch Out for Three Live Ones

    Sure, Brother Derek should win the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). Yes, you can pick out of a hat in the suddenly depleted Wood Memorial (gr. I), And, of course, Cause to Believe and Sweetnorthernsaint look to be the standouts in the Illinois Derby (gr. II). But it's what comes out of these races that will prove to be more important.

  • Hutcheson Stakes winner Keyed Entry tops field for Wood Memorial.

    Keyed Entry Heads Solid Wood Memorial Field

    Keyed Entry, who was beaten just a neck in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct three weeks ago, could be the slight favorite among the nine entered today for Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at the same track.

  • TVG, HRTV Plan Keeneland Coverage

    The TVG network will provide live, on-site coverage of the Keeneland meet opener in Lexington, Ky. on Friday and HorseRacing TV will be presenting a daily replay show of the track's races throughout the meet.

  • Injury Knocks Achilles of Troy Out of Derby Contention

    Paraneck Stable's Achilles of Troy, winner of the Whirlaway and Count Fleet at Aqueduct, has been declared out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), so there will be no wagering on the colt in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager when it opens a four-day run on Thursday, April 6.

  • Massachusetts House Defeats Slots Bill

    The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted April 5 to defeat a proposal adding 8,000 slot machines to the state's four racetracks, one of which is Suffolk Downs, the historic Thoroughbred facility in East Boston.