Headlines for Friday, April 27, 2007

  • Gryder to Rest Injured Shoulder

    Jockey Aaron Gryder, coming off a strong Santa Anita meet, will be sidelined for about three weeks with a shoulder injury, agent Tony Matos confirmed Friday.

  • Becrux, Charmo Clash in San Francisco Mile

    Becrux, who won the $1 million Woodbine Mile (Can-I) in Toronto last year, is a slight favorite on the morning line to capture the 58th running of the $300,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIT) at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

  • Grand Couturier Returns in Fort Marcy Handicap

    Marc Keller's Grand Couturier, third-place finisher in Saratoga's Sword Dancer (gr. IT) last summer as a 3-year-old, makes his season debut in Sunday's $100,000-added Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Aqueduct.

  • Churchill's ADW Launch to be Delayed

    Churchill Downs' new account wagering service, TwinSpires, will not be open for business in time for the opening of the 2007 spring meet on Saturday, Churchill Downs Inc. announced April 27.

  • Red Rocks Wins Gordon Richards at Sandown

    J. Paul Reddam's Red Rocks, who is expected to conclude his 4-year-old season with a defense of his John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) title, got his 2007 European campaign off to a promising start with a two-length victory in the Betfred Gordon Richards Stakes (Eng-III) at Sandown Friday.

  • Chelokee will skip Derby; Preakness possible.

    No Derby Repeat for Matz; Chelokee to Return to Maryland

    Trainer Michael Matz was enthused with a strong gallop by Centennial Farm's Chelokee on Friday at Keeneland, but said a bid for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) had been ruled out for the third-place finisher in the Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • What's in a Name? Tradition, Humor

    To aid in unscientific handicapping (and for the entertainment of trivia aficionados), here are the stories behind the titles of this year's contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • NYRA Receives Permission to Offer Internet Wagering

    The New York Racing Association will become the first racing entity in New York to offer internet wagering. State regulators April 26 approved a NYRA application to permit the potentially lucrative form of gambling, beginning as soon as NYRA can start the venture.