Headlines for Friday, March 9, 2007

  • Round Pond Ready to Make Splash in Rampart

    The 2006 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Round Pond makes her return to competition in Sunday's $200,000 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. She faces just five rival fillies and mares in the 1 1/8-mile test.

  • Invasor turned in impressive work toward Dubai return.

    Invasor Drills Sharp 5 Furlongs, to Ship March 20

    Shadwell Stable's Invasor worked a strong five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Friday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin as the Argentine-bred gets closer to a return trip to Dubai where he suffered his only career defeat finishing fourth to Discreet Cat a year ago in the UAE Derby (UAE-II).

  • American Horse Council Industry Directory Available

    The American Horse Council's 2007 national directory of breed and sport organizations, equine publications, state resources, and racing and gaming organizations is now available for purchase. The 2007 Directory and AHC membership opportunities are available at the AHC website, www.horsecouncil.org or by phone at 202-296-4031. AHC members at the Congressional Level and up will receive their copies shortly.

  • Churchill Downs to Offer Podcasts for Derby and Oaks

    Racing fans can experience all of the action from the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr.I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) prep seasons in a new way this year, through the official Web site of the Kentucky Derby, www.kentuckyderby.com. Churchill Downs will offer free video podcasts for the two prep seasons featuring updates on the contenders, replays of prep races and interviews with top handicappers. The racetrack will host the 133rd running of the Kentucky Oaks May 4 and the 133rd Kentucky Derby May 5.

  • Louisiana Sale has 244 Cataloged

    The March 18 John Franks memorial two-year-olds in training and paddock sale at Evangeline Downs will offer 211 juveniles and 33 racing and breeding prospects.

  • Former Louisiana Broodmare of Year Run Prissy Run Dead

    Louisiana's 2002 broodmare of the year Run Prissy Run, died of an apparent heart attack March 5 at Clear Creek Stud near Folsom, Louisiana. The unraced daughter Bayou Hebert out of the Tudor Grey mare Jannis Jan, was 16-years-old.

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  • Champion Street Sense, Nobiz Like Shobiz Favored in Derby Future Pool Two

    Champion Street Sense and Nobiz Like Shobiz each closed at odds of 9-2 during the first of four days of betting in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2. The mutuel field, the betting interest that includes all 3-year-olds other than the 23 individual horses in Pool 2 and the 4-1 morning line favorite for the pool, stood as the 10-1 third choice at the end of the first day of betting.

  • Major Winner Aquilegia Dead

    Aquilegia, a grade II winner and multiple stakes producer, was euthanized March 8 because of complications from foaling at Helen Alexander's Middlebrook Farm near Lexington.

  • Thoroughbred owner Jess Jackson, right, who has reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Bruce Headley.

    Headley Reaches Settlement in Jackson Lawsuits

    Defendant Bruce Headley has reached an out-of-court settlement with Jess Jackson in the billionaire horseman's high-profile lawsuits, and has apparently agreed to cooperate in the investigation against his former associates.

  • Christmas Kid Won't be Kidding Around in Bonnie Miss

    Not much has weighed on the mind of trainer Jimmy Jerkens when it comes to Edward Evans' Christmas Kid, but he has some slight distance concerns as the daughter of Lemon Drop Kid tries the Saturday's $150,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.