Headlines for Saturday, April 14, 2007

  • Drama Marks Karamanos' 1,000th Victory

    With his second victory on the card, jockey Horacio Karamanos reached the 1,000-win plateau Saturday at Laurel Park, but not without some drama.

  • Golden Balls Rolls to La Puente Victory

    Golden Balls, an Irish-bred import whose name celebrates the soccer accomplishments of British superstar David Beckham, rallied furiously Saturday to nail odds-on favorite Desert Code in the final strides of Santa Anita's $108,300 La Puente Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf.

  • Curlin remains unbeaten after runaway Arkansas Derby win.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1008685%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Clobbers Arkansas Derby Field

    Undefeated Curlin made like Smarty Jones in winning Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and heads into next month's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) as the potential favorite following his record 10 1/2-length demolition job at Oaklawn Park.

  • Risen Star winner Notional will miss Derby after fracturing his leg.

    Fracture Knocks Notional Off Derby Trail

    Florida Derby (gr. I) runner-up Notional suffered non-displaced condylar fracture of his left ankle Saturday morning at Keeneland and will not run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), owner J. Paul Reddam said.

  • Peace Chant to Try L.A. Handicap After Smart Win

    Following a win in an allowance/optional claiming sprint Friday at Santa Anita, Peace Chant, whose parents were Breeders' Cup winners, will probably return to graded stakes competition next month at the upcoming Hollywood Park meeting.

  • Silent Name opens up in Commonwealth BC.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1008502%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Silent Name Speaks Up in Commonwealth

    Silent Name, making his initial start on a synthetic surface, won for the first time in more than a year when he dominated 10 foes in the $400,000 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Keeneland Saturday.

  • My Typhoon wins the Jenny Wiley on a rainy afternoon at Keeneland.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1008714%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    My Typhoon Weathers Wiley on Polytrack

    Live Oak Plantation's My Typhoon wrestled the lead from Precious Kitten in the final strides to win the $200,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes, which was moved from the turf to the all-weather track at rainy Keeneland Saturday.

  • Asi Siempre, Soul Search to Renew Rivalry

    Asi Siempre and Soul Search, who ran one-two in the Spinster (gr. I) last October at Keeneland, will make their 2007 debuts in Wednesday's $100,000-added Doubledogdare (gr. III).

  • Curlin Tops Derby Wager at Midway Point

    Unbeaten Curlin, the morning line favorite for Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, is a slight favorite over juvenile champion Street Sense and Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Scat Daddy as betting on the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2007 Kentucky Derby Future Wager reached its midway point.

  • Rags to Riches Solid in Oaks Future Wager

    Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor's Rags to Riches, the winner of the Las Virgenes (gr. I) and Santa Anita Oaks (gr. II), remained a strong favorite at the midpoint of betting in Churchill Downs' 2007 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

  • Sackatoga's Gus Williams Dies

    Augustine "Gus" Williams, whose trademark Derby hat, plaid jacket and canary yellow pants made him one of Sackatoga Stables most colorful characters during Funny Cide's memorable Triple Crown run, died April 12 at the age of 81.