Headlines for Tuesday, April 3, 2007

  • Numbers Down at Fasig-Tipton Texas Sale

    A colt brought $180,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training April 3 as the gross, average, and median all dropped significantly.

  • Jockey Edgar Prado holds the saddle that he used to ride Barbaro in the 2006 Kentucky Derby which he has signed and is donating to a special auction to benefit permanently disabled jockeys.

    Disabled Jockeys' Fund Lacking Financial Support

    During a press conference held at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, Jockeys' Guild manager Dwight Manley called for support of the Disabled Jockeys' Fund as Edgar Prado formally donated the saddle worn by Barbaro, winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), to the fund.

  • Trainer Roy Spradling Dead

    Midwest trainer Roy Spradling, who trained the first winner at Sam Houston Race Park, died in December from complications from a stroke.

  • Program is Launched for New Industry Investors

    Prospective investors in the multi-billion dollar Thoroughbred industry can now get a "leg up" with the launch of The Racing Game, a re-branded partnership of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Keeneland Association and Blood-Horse Publications.

  • Wild Gams Takes Top New Jersey-bred Honors

    Multiple graded stakes winner Wild Gams has been named New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly for 2006. Bred and owned by New Farm, the daughter of Forest Wildcat is trained by Ben Perkins, Jr.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Putting Safety First

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - The CHRB's mandate is not only the right thing to do for the safety of horses, it is a benefit to owners, too, and ultimately for the tracks. Fewer injuries ensures there will be more horses in training, which will lead to larger field sizes, which usually translates to increased pari-mutuel handle. Owners are always happier to have horses racing and training rather than convalescing or recovering.

  • Steve Haskin

    Desert Spectacle

    <i>By Steve Haskin</i> - And then, of course, we come to the remarkable Invasor, who along with Asiatic Boy, moved the breeding industry in Argentina to a new level and put all of South America on the global map, even though that continent has been producing champions in the United States for decades.

  • Scat Daddy wins the Florida Derby to give jockey Edgar Prado his sixth win of the day.

    'Daddy Just Dandy in Florida Derby

    Favored Scat Daddy put away his rival Stormello soon after they reached the stretch and finished strongly to hold off the grinding Notional, capturing the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park in an impressive effort Saturday.

  • Florida Derby win puts Scat Daddy in the spotlight.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Make Room For Daddy

    Well, we've got our first big horse heading to Churchill Downs following Scat Daddy's victory in the Florida Derby (gr. I), and judging from the other cards trainer Todd Pletcher is holding, he's going to have a full house come May 5. But who knows if runner-up Notional will be the first of four aces held by Doug O'Neill.