Headlines for Saturday, January 12, 2008

  • Air Commander (outside) gets the nod over Johnny Eves in the San Fernando.<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%3D3278386%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Air Commander Drops 'Fernando Bomb

    Comebacking Air Commander shocked his San Fernando (gr. II) rivals at odds of 52-1 when he nosed Johnny Eves in a terrific stretch duel at Santa Anita Jan. 12.

  • Garrett Gomez wears a plastic safety visor to help protect his face from kickback at Santa Anita.

    CA Jocks Make Safety Visors

    Jockeys in California are wearing plastic safety visors to protect their faces from harsh kickback as racing at Santa Anita continues despite the track's surface problems.

  • TrueNicks for Keeneland's Day Seven

    Alan Porter discusses the short yearlings and carried foals that have the top-rated TrueNicks ratings in the seventh day of the Keeneland January sale.

  • Curlin at the Fair Grounds<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%3D3277646%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Works at Fair Grounds

    Potential Horse of the Year Curlin turned in a slightly faster work at Fair Grounds Jan. 12, going four furlongs in :51.20 six days after he went the same distance in :53.40.

  • Z Fortune pulls away to score his first graded stakes victory in the LeComte.

    Z Fortune Moves up in LeComte

    Zayat Stables' Z Fortune put himself near the top of trainer Steve Asmussen's 3-year-old list when he came from off the pace to take the $100,000 LeComte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Jan. 12.

  • Jolie the Cat claws her way to victory in the Tiffany Lass.

    Fair Grounds Winners Pay Well

    The four ungraded $100,000 stakes races at Fair Grounds' "Road to the Derby Kickoff Day" were all about gate-to-wire wins and solid payoffs, as all but one of the winners paid more than $10 while setting or contesting the pace to do so at the Louisiana track Jan. 12.

  • Unbeaten El Gato Malo dominates the San Rafael.<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%3D3277578%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    El Gato Malo Pounces in San Rafael

    Unbeaten El Gato Malo took advantage of a blistering pace to register a runaway 6 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. III) as the West Coast Triple Crown campaign got underway at Santa Anita Jan. 12.

  • Everything now appears set for the 2008 debut of Wait a While in the San Gorgonio Handicap.<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%3D2095155%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Wait a While Makes Delayed '08 Bow

    Champion Wait a While had to, well, wait a while for her seasonal bow, but everything now appears set for the 5-year-old's 2008 debut in the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) Jan. 14 on the Santa Anita grass course.

  • Einstein and Trainer Helen Pitts.

    Einstein Sharp in Gulfstream Return

    Midnight Cry Stable's 6-year-old Einstein made an emphatic comeback from eight months on the sidelines Jan. 11 at Gulfstream Park with a one-length victory going a mile on turf in a classy $59,500 allowance race.