Journeyman Brice Blanc, building a reputation as a premier turf rider in Southern California, could find himself on the favorite, One Off, for trainer Neil Drysdale Saturday in the $200,000 San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT).
Other than different post positions, handicappers will find little change in Saturday's $100,000-added Cicada (gr. III) at Aqueduct, which was rescheduled from last Saturday.
With a case to be made for most of the 10 colts or geldings entered in Saturday's $100,000 Private Terms Stakes for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park, it won't be easy for fans to separate the field for the one-mile test.
Herman Heinlein's gelding Soldier's Dancer is the most accomplished of seven 3-year-olds entered in Saturday's $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park and should rule as a strong choice in the 1 1/8-mile turf test.
Gaff and Corrupt, both stakes winners during the Fair Grounds Race Course meet, headline the first of two five-stakes programs on Saturday.
A partnership led by former Magna Entertainment Corp. executive Corey Johnsen and Texas investment banker Ray Reid have purchased the majority interest in Kentucky Downs near Franklin, Ky.
California shipper Victorina appears to head the field of seven fillies and mares entered in the 53rd running of the March 24 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at six furlongs at Aqueduct.
There's something to like about the five stakes winners in the field of 11 for Saturday's $100,000 Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park on the Lane's End (gr. II) undercard.
The Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society has announced the release of the 2007 Thoroughbred Improvement Program. The program comes after negotiations with Woodbine Entertainment Group, Fort Erie Racetrack, the Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association, and the approval of the Ontario Racing Commission.
- By Tom LaMarra
Legislation to authorize Instant Racing machines has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate.
ESPN horse racing analyst Jerry Bailey and NBC each received nominations for the 28th annual Sports Emmy Awards. Bailey was nominated as an outstanding sports personality while NBC was nominated for its coverage of the 2006 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Winners will be announced April 30.
Dick Downey and Mike "Cheap Speed" Pearson renew their annual Dueling Picks for the Grade II Lane's End Stakes. It's time to have a little fun and maybe win some money along the way.
Jockey Julien Leparoux, trainer Dale Romans, and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey will be honored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Media at Turfway Park March 24 for their accomplishments in Kentucky last year.
Prospective buyers can get a look at horses cataloged for Keeneland's April sale of 2-year-olds in training via upcoming coverage on TVG and HRTV, and through live video on the track's website.
Sahm, the sole male offspring from the great European mare Salsabil, was euthanized March 20 because of an ongoing intestinal disease.
A full field of 12 fillies is slated to compete in the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park March 24. Led by the stakes-winning trio of Sealy Hill, Our Dancing Babe, and Olivine, each filly is seeking her first graded stakes victory.
Helen Pitts and For You Reppo, who is known around the barn as Troy, are a deadly duo that are out to conquer 11 foes in Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II).
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