Headlines for Thursday, May 17, 2007

  • 3 Jockeys Escape Serious Injury in Hollywood Spill

    Three jockeys escaped serious injury at Hollywood Park May 17 when Royal Change, leading the field in the fourth race while approaching the quarter pole, suffered a fractured right foreleg and fell, tossing rider Alex Bisono.

  • HRTV Begins Telecast of British Races May 18

    HorseRacing TV will expand its coverage with an international flair beginning May 18 with ongoing coverage in conjunction with Racing UK of selected United Kingdom events.

  • Southern Cal Vet Steve Buttgenbach Dies

    Steve Buttgenbach, a popular veterinarian on Southern California backstretches, died May 15 in his La Canada, Calif., home from complications of cancer. He was 64.

  • Curlin surveys Pimlico in preparation for Saturday's Preakness.

    Curlin Camp Expects Big Improvement

    After a terrible journey chasing roses May 5, inexperienced Curlin has every right to improve in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), says assistant Scott Blasi, who is handling the colt for trainer Steve Asmussen this week.

  • Jockey Jose Santos is trying to return from his catastrophic injury.

    Sidelined Santos Seeks Return to Riding

    More than four months after an Aqueduct racing accident left Jose Santos with five fractured vertebrae and a fractured sternum, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey remains on the sidelines. But an innovative new therapy may facilitate his eventual return to the saddle.

  • Southwestern Heat, son of Xtra Heat (shown), tries stakes company in Hirsch Jacobs.

    Turning Up the Heat in the Hirsch Jacobs

    Southwestern Heat, the first foal out of champion filly Xtra Heat, will take a big step up in class when he competes in the six-furlong Hirsch Jacobs Stakes (gr. III) at Pimlico May 19.

  • Peter Pan winner, Sunriver, headlines the William Donald Schaefer at Pimlico.

    Sunriver Returns to Two Turns in Schaefer

    Sunriver will be stretching out from one turn to two when he makes his second start of 2007 in the William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico on Saturday. The Schaefer will be the last undercard race before the 132nd running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Matz-Trained Chelokee One to Beat in Barbaro

    Michael Matz, who trained last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro, will send out Centennial Farms' Chelokee against six rivals in the inaugural running of the Barbaro Stakes for 3-year-olds on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard.

  • Gallorette Handicap Could Be 'Catfight'

    Precious Kitten, coming off a second-place finish in the April 14 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland, will face down A True Pussycat when a field of 11 fillies and mares goes postward for Saturday's 1/16-mile Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard.

  • Pimlico: Friday Afternoon Delights

    Three graded stakes for fillies and mares highlight the Preakness eve card at Pimlico Race Course May 18, with the Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II), Allaire DuPont Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. II), and the Adena Stallions Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III) all set to go postward.

  • Diabolical Hot Choice in Maryland Sprint Handicap

    Diabolical will seek his first graded stakes win when he heads to the post for the Emirates Airlines Maryland Breeders' Cup Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico on the Preakness (gr. I) undercard on Saturday. The three-time stakes-winning son of Artax will face seven opponents, including five stakes winners.

  • Thursday Morning Line at Pimlico

    The autograph hounds were on the prowl Thursday morning at Pimlico, with Kentucky Derby winning trainer Carl Nafzger signing an oversized print of Street Sense to benefit a Pennsylvania charity.

  • Full Mandate's First Winner

    Full Mandate, a stakes-winning son of A.P. Indy, was represented by his first winner May 16 when his son Thoroughly won at Hollywood Park.

  • Johar Not Shuttling This Year

    Breeders' Cup winner Johar, who stands at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, will not shuttle to Highview Stud in New Zealand this year.