Headlines for Tuesday, March 11, 2008

  • Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds.

    Optimism Reigns Supreme at Barretts

    One year after the sale registered positive results in gross, average, and median price, optimism remains the key word going into the March 12 Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Autism Awareness, 62-1 winner of Bay Meadows' El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) March 8, is off the Triple Crown trail with an injured left foreleg.

    Autism Awareness Sidelined with Injury

    Autism Awareness, 62-1 winner of Bay Meadows' El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) March 8, is off the Triple Crown trail with an injured left foreleg, owner Johnny Taboada said March 11.

  • Hip #122; colt, Seattle Fitz—Whiskey Babe, by Whiskey Wisdom.  One of the horses to watch at Barretts.

    Barretts Horses to Watch

    On the eve before the March 12 Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training, here are the horses that have people talking.

  • Welfare and Safety Summit Approaching

    The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, slated for March 17-18 at Keeneland, will be a time of learning new approaches to solving industry issues, as well as continuing the discussion of progress on topics brought up at the first meeting in October 2006.

  • Ellis Park

    Ellis Park Owner Vows to Battle On

    Ron Geary said he is facing a myriad of economic pressures in making Ellis Park a viable operation, but the owner of the Henderson, Ky., racetrack vows to fight the challenges with every resource before he considers closing the facility.

  • Kentucky, Mexico Team on Equine Industry

    An agreement signed March 10 will enable horsemen from Kentucky and Mexico to share knowledge and resources and set up commercial and technical exchanges to improve both equine industries.

  • David Carroll, trainer of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopeful Denis of Cork.

    Denis of Cork to Skip Rebel Stakes

    Denis of Cork, the undefeated winner of the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) who was expected to vie for favoritism in Saturday's Rebel Stakes (gr. III), will not run in the race, and instead will await either the April 5 Wood Memorial (gr. I) or Illinois Derby (gr. II) the same day.

  • Lava Man Set for Return to Racetrack

    Lava Man is scheduled to have his first workout of the year the morning of March 12 at Hollywood Park, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Smooth Air, winner of the Jan. 5 Hutcheson (gr. II), is pointing to the March 29 Florida Derby (gr. I).

    Florida Derby Picks Up Another Contender

    Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air became a prime contender for the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I) March 29 at Gulfstream Park after working a mile March 9.

  • Eric Mitchell: Executive Editor Digital Media

    Commentary: More Horsemanship

    <i>By Eric Mitchell</i> - The drumbeat to regulate steroids in sale horses is loud and growing. But if the industry only implements a ban on steroids and moves on, then it's missed an opportunity to address other important issues.

  • Commentary: Group Therapy

    <i>By Bruce Greene</i> - I have been to the racetrack thousands of times. From Churchill Downs on Derby day, to the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale on Marathon day. I have memories of tracks and champions that no longer exist.

  • Celtic Dreamin will make his turf debut in the March 17 Crystal Water Handicap at Santa Anita.

    Celtic Dreamin Set for Crystal Water

    Celtic Dreamin, runner-up in this year's $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic, was given the green light to make his turf debut this Sunday in Santa Anita's $100,000 added Crystal Water Handicap against California-breds after a sharp grass workout March 10.