Headlines for Thursday, April 26, 2007

  • 2006 Wood Memorial winner Bob and John runs in Saturday's Texas Mile

    Bob and John to End Long Layoff in Texas Mile

    Bob and John, the 2006 Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner will make his first start in 238 days as the 6-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's grade III, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • 2006 Del Mar Derby winner Get Funky heads field in Inglewood Handicap

    Get Funky Heads Inglewood Handicap Field

    Get Funky, winner last year of the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT), heads a field of eight headed to the post Saturday in the Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Illinois Derby winner Cowtown Cat, 1.5 million auction horse

    Two Seven-Figure Auction Horses Among Derby Candidates

    Many of this year's candidates for the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I), were offered at public auction before they began their racing careers. Two sold for more than $1 million apiece, but you could have purchased some of them for less than $100,000.

  • Downey Profile: 'Horse for Course' Hasn't Worked in Derby

    At TheDowneyProfile.com, we utilize thirteen factors more common to Kentucky Derby winners than non-winners, based on our 34-year study, in order to create an objective, weighted-factor predictor of Kentucky Derby success. One factor that we do not use is the "horse for the course" handicapping angle, the one that looks to horses that have run well at Churchill Downs.

  • Eclipse Award-Winning Trainer Pletcher Talks Derby

    Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle five contenders to this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 5. Here, he reviews his horses' running styles and talks strategy before the big race.

  • Rock Slide Sires First Winner

    Multiple stakes winner Rock Slide was represented by his first winner when his daughter Happy Hailey won April 26 at Pimlico at first asking.

  • Derby Trial Features Full Field

    Kicking off Churchill Down's spring meet a week before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is the April 28 Derby Trial Stakes, where a full field of 14 3-year-old males will contend for the title of the $100,000 race. Appearing to head the field is Southwest Stakes winner Teuflesberg.

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    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Won't You Stay, Just a Little Bit Farther

    With speed the primary ingredient in the Thoroughbred, and true stamina being pushed deeper and deeper into a horse's pedigree, we have to try to find staying power wherever we can. Although old-fashioned stamina on the sire's side no longer is necessary to win the Derby, it still has been a main factor on the dam's side.

  • Jockey Houghton Banned from Arlington, Douglas to Ride

    Jockey Terry Houghton, banned from Tampa Bay Downs last December, will not be permitted to ride at Arlington Park this summer even though he was allowed to ride at Hawthorne Race Course when the 2007 spring meet began there in February - but Rene Douglas, also banned from two Florida tracks in December, has received clearance to ride.

  • Jockey Patin Back in the Winner's Circle

    Showing no rust from a seven-year absence, jockey Joe Patin Jr. guided Mr Forestrey ($15.80) to victory in his first mount back in the second race April 25 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino.

  • Oaks and Derby Contenders to Benefit RFE

    One Kentucky Oaks and four Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (both gr. I) contenders will be helping young people to obtain a college degree. As part of the Race For Education's Racehorse Nomination Program, a portion of any earnings by Street Sense, Cowtown Cat, Any Given Saturday, Sam P., and Appealing Zophie will go to the non-profit organization, which funds scholarships and educational grants for young people in the equine industry.