Headlines for Wednesday, April 11, 2007

  • Midnight Lute Returns in Commonwealth BC

    Midnight Lute, who scored his first career stakes victory last October in Keeneland's Perryville (gr. III), returns to the Lexington track for the $400,000 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) on Saturday.

  • 'Bird' Off the Derby Trail; Wagering Suspended

    Wagering on Raymond Cottrell, Sr.'s Birdbirdistheword, winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot (gr. III) at Delta Downs in December, has been suspended for the April 12-15 Pool 3 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager after trainer Ken McPeek ruled out a run by the colt in the "Run for the Roses" on May 5.

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    Mary Delaney Impressive in Vinery Madison Win

    Synthetic surface specialist Mary Delaney took the lead shortly after the start and never looked back Wednesday to take Keeneland's Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. II) in impressive fashion.

  • Grade I Winner Ghazi to Boehlke Farm in Minnesota

    Grade I winner Ghazi, the leading sire in Minnesota this year by progeny earnings, has been bought by Eugene and Rita Boehlke for stallion duty at their Boehlke Farm near Waverly, Minn.

  • Wonder Lady Anne L Retired

    Grade I winner Wonder Lady Anne L has been retired from racing and will be bred to Giant's Causeway.

  • Rock of Gibraltar Colt Tops Easter Sale's Second Session

    Premier Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse spent $3million (U.S. $2,476,000) for a handsome half-brother to European superstar Holy Roman Emperor during the second session of William Inglis & Son's Australian Easter yearling sale Wednesday night in Sydney.

  • Juvenile champion Street Sense, seen here working at Churchill Downs earlier this week, has drawn Post 4 for Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes.

    Blue Grass Draw: Four on the Floor for Street Sense

    Street Sense drew post four for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. James Tafel's homebred champion was also made the 4-5 morning line favorite for the nine-furlong race. Great Hunter, the 9-5 second choice, will break from the outside seven post.

  • Royal Chase Draws 12 Nominations

    Looking to become the second horse to win back-to-back runnings of the $150,000 Royal Chase (NSA-I), Kinross Farm's Sur La Tete heads a talented list of 12 Thoroughbreds nominated to the race at Keeneland April 20.

  • Bone Bruise Knocks Ketchikan Off Triple Crown Trail

    B. Wayne Hughes' Ketchikan, runner-up to Circular Quay in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), was officially taken off the Triple Crown trail on Tuesday when the colt was found to be suffering from a bone bruise that will take him out of training for an unspecified period.

  • Grade II Winner Conveyor's Angel Retired

    Conveyor's Angel, a grade II stakes-winning mare owned by Charles Cono, has been retired from racing after fracturing a knee in the March 25 Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita.

  • Langfuhr Starts Spring with Four Stakes Winners

    It didn't take long for Langfuhr to get on a roll once spring began. Starting with the triumph of Annie Savoy in the March 24 Mission Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park, Langfuhr was represented by three additional stakes winners the next two weekends.