Headlines for Wednesday, March 12, 2008

  • Gibson County

    Florida Stallion Gibson County Dead

    Gibson County, one of the surprise first-crop stallions of 2006, died the morning of March 12 of an apparent heart attack.

  • Emerald Downs

    Emerald Downs Hosts 35 Stakes in 2008

    The $300,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III), the Emerald Downs' centerpiece for a 35-race stakes schedule set for the 2008 season, will be run Aug. 17.

  • TVG to Broadcast Tampa Bay Derby Live

    TVG broadcasts live from Tampa Bay Downs on March 15, covering four stakes races including the $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), the anticipated start for undefeated 2-year-old champion War Pass.

  • San Vicente winner Georgie Boy tries two turns in the San Felipe.<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%3D3542416%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Route Question Lingers Over San Felipe

    The most accomplished entrants in the $200,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 15 have done all their work sprinting. So the question is which of them is ready to stretch out in Southern California's last major prep race before the April 5 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

  • Poni Colada comes into the WinStar Derby off a scorching eight-length victory in the Feb. 16 Borderland Derby.

    Asmussen Enters a Pair in WinStar Derby

    These days, much of Steve Asmussen's focus is on his pair of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders, Pyro and Z Fortune. But on March 16, Asmussen has an opportunity to score some serious earnings with another pair of 3-year-olds, as he will enter Poni Colada and Ablaze With Spirit in the $600,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park.

  • Martha Washington Stakes winner Sky Mom may get her chance to shine in the WinStar Sunland Park Oaks.

    Sky Mom, Grace Anatomy Top Sunland Oaks

    Steve Asmussen's 3-year-old colts have been in full view on the trail to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The trainer's fillies have been less visible, but his 3-year-old Sky Mom may get her chance to shine in the $200,000 WinStar Sunland Park Oaks March 16.

  • Hunting could return to winning form in the Skip Away Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.<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%3D2809477%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hunting, Gottcha Gold Pursue Skip Away

    Stuart Janney's homebred Hunting has not raced since a third-place finish behind Evening Attire in the Dec. 8 Queens County Handicap (gr. III), but the 5-year-old son of Coronado's Quest could return to winning form in the $150,000 Skip Away Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. He'll tackle Gottcha Gold, Dr. Pleasure, Better Than Bonds, and others in the March 15 event.

  • Elysium Fields, runner-up in last month's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), worked March 12 at Gulfstream Park in preparation for the Florida Derby.

    Elysium Fields Readies for Florida Derby

    Robert Evans' Elysium Fields, runner-up in last month's $350,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), worked March 12 at Gulfstream Park in preparation for the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) Mar. 29.

  • Gulfstream Dismisses Tribal Casino 'Suit

    Gulfstream Park has voluntarily dismissed a federal lawsuit that sought to block slots being installed in casinos operated by Florida Indian tribes, saying it will await the outcome of a similar Florida Supreme Court action.

  • Tribesman, winner of this year's Phoenix Gold Cup

    Tribesman, Vicarino Clash at Bay Meadows

    The speedster Tribesman, on a five-race winning streak after upsetting grade I winner Idiot Proof in the Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap last month, collides with top Northern California sprinter Vicarino in the $100,000 Bay Meadows Sprint (gr. III) March 15.

  • Surgical Procedure for Saratoga Russell

    Saratoga Russell, who finished eighth as the 8-5 favorite in the March 8 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) Aqueduct, will undergo a myectomy March 13, according to trainer Rick Violette.

  • The Jockey Club is now offering microchips for sale to interested owners and breeders.

    Jockey Club Now Selling Microchips

    The Jockey Club is now offering microchips for sale to interested owners and breeders for use in Thoroughbreds residing within the United States, the organization announced March 12.

  • Lava Man had his first recorded workout of the year at Hollywood Park Wednesday morning, March 12, breezing 3/8 in 36.20 under regular exercise rider Antonio Romero.

    Lava Man Works Three Furlongs

    Lava Man, who is gearing up for a 2008 campaign to add to his career earnings of $5,214,706, had his first recorded workout of the year at Hollywood Park Wednesday morning, March 12, for trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Eliot Spitzer resigned from his post as New York governor, effective March 17.

    Resignation's Impact on NYRA Unclear

    With the March 12 announcement of the resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer effective March 17, officials at the New York Racing Association said they don't anticipate his resignation would affect recent legislation that grants NYRA a new franchise. It could, however, impact other aspects of the franchise moving forward.

  • With Slots on Way, Changes in Indiana

    Steroids, new emergency rules for horse racing, and updates on racetrack casino construction at Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs dominated the discussion during the March 11 Indiana Horse Racing Commission meeting.

  • Plan Floated for Jersey Training Center

    A proposal to use 80 acres from the soon-to-be-shuttered Fort Monmouth property in Oceanport, N.J., for a training and winter stabling facility has been made by Dennis Drazin, president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, to borough officials.