Headlines for Friday, February 9, 2007

  • Dreaming of Anna 9-2 at Midpoint of Oaks Pool

    Frank Calabrese's unbeaten homebred Dreaming of Anna, winner of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the Eclipse Award winner as the champion 2-year-old filly of 2006, continued to draw strong support, but the wagering interest that represented "all other 3-year-old fillies" remained a solid favorite as Pool 1 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Oaks Future Wager reached the midway point of its four-day run on Friday.

  • Drug Contaminants, 'Zero Tolerance' on Collision Course

    Research shows small amounts of stimulants and therapeutic drugs can be detected in stalls and other locations on the backstretch, and that has horsemen concerned given sensitive testing methods and regulations that don't make provisions for environmental contamination.

  • Fair Grounds Adds March 12 Racing Date

    Fair Grounds Race Course will conduct a live racing program on Monday, March 12, to make up for an earlier cancellation this season, track president Randall Soth announced Feb. 9.

  • Is Las Virgenes winner Balance sitting on a big effort in La Canada?

    Balance Seeks Rebound in La Canada

    Balance, winner of last year's Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) and Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), could be sitting on a big effort in Sunday's $200,000 La Canada (gr. II) at Santa Anita with her second start following a lengthy layoff for trainer David Hofmans.

  • Fletcher Supports Funding for Horse Park Improvements

    Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher announced his support for the funding of three major improvements at the Kentucky Horse Park: a new outdoor stadium, an expansion of the new covered equine arena and comprehensive improvements of the park's 30-year-old road network.

  • Probable Santa Maria favorite Ermine is shown here working in advance of last year's Kentucky Oaks.

    Ermine Seeks Grade I Glory in Santa Maria

    The 4-year-old eastern invader Ermine, the most accomplished runner in a field of eight older fillies and mares, is the probable favorite in the $150,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • New Channel for 'At the Races and Beyond'

    The Thoroughbred Racing Radio's Network's "At the Races and Beyond" program will be moving to SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel 126 on Wednesday, Feb. 14, executive producer and co-host John Perrotta announced Friday.