Jockey David Flores has 10 stakes wins at the 2006-07 Santa Anita meet, mostly teaming with trainer Bobby Frankel, who has has nine. On Sunday, they will try to add to those numbers when Flores rides Stronach Stables' Citronnade for Frankel in the Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
A colt by Yonaguska and a filly by Tactical Cat breezed quarters in :21 flat to post the fastest times at the distance at the first session of the Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2007 March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training. The two-day sale begins March 27 wiht sessions beginning at 11 a.m.
With favored Ravel out of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) with an injury, new candidates Black Seventeen and Level Red have surfaced for the 70th running of the the West Coast's major 3-year-old steppingstone on April 7.
Live Oak Plantation's Snow Cone, a troubled fourth in the Tropical Park Oaks at Calder on New Year's Day, and returns as a formidable contender against seven rival 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Gulfstream Park.
Les Arcs was named 2006 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, champion older male, sprinter, and turf runner, in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. Clifton Park, Spectacular Malibu, Ah Day, Livermore Valley, Promenade Girl and Good Night Shirt were also winners.
- By Tom Precious
A joint venture led by Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn has dropped out of the running for the franchise to operate three New York racetracks.
Goulash, the dam of champion Ashado, welcomed a half-brother to that top runner March 21 when she foaled a Storm Cat colt at Taylor Made Farm.
With the withdrawal of Ravel from the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) due to an injury, Todd Pletcher and co-owner Jack Wolf have decided to run Robert B. Lewis (gr. II) runner-up Sam P. at Santa Anita, instead of the Illinois Derby (gr. II), as originally planned.
Maryland Million announced that the purse for the Maryland Million Classic will increase to $300,000. In addition purses for both the Maryland Million Ladies and the Maryland Million Turf will grow to $200,000.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America recently concluded special training for "White Horse Riders" who will respond to disasters that impact the horse racing community.
- By Esther Marr
The Ohio State Racing Commission has approved rules that require all horses to be equipped with safety reins. The rules take effect in July 2008.
- By Tom LaMarra
Beulah Park again is importing signals from two California racetracks, and purses at the Ohio track have been restored to previous levels after an agreement was reached with the Thoroughbred Owners of California.
- By Jack Shinar
Faced with eventual closure of Bay Meadows, the California Horse Racing Board doomed the 73-year-old race course rather than grant a two-year waiver of its edict mandating that all major Thoroughbred tracks in the state install synthetic surfaces by the end of the year.
- By Tom LaMarra
From Jan. 1 through mid-March, slot machines at four racetracks in Pennsylvania had produced roughly $17.5 million for purses and breed development for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing.
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