Headlines for Thursday, March 13, 2008

  • Rafael Bejarano Injured in a Spill

    Rafael Bejarano, currently Santa Anita's leading rider with 60 wins, was injured in a spill during the eighth race March 13 at Santa Anita.

  • Major sire Kingmambo is ready to return to stallion duty after missing about a week.

    Kingmambo Ready to Return to Stud Duty

    Major sire Kingmambo, who has missed breeding time beforehand because of a neurological problem, is expected to return to the breeding shed this weekend or the first part of next week after being out of action for a week.

  • Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano was inured when his mount collapsed at Santa Anita.

    Bejarano Injured When Horse Collapses

    Leading Santa Anita jockey Rafael Bejarano was thrown heavily to the ground in the stretch of the final race March 13 when his mount, Parisian Art, had an apparent heart attack and died. The jockey was put into an ambulance on a stretcher and taken to nearby Arcadia Methodist Hospital.

  • The gate crew at Oaklawn Park helps to stop the field after failing to remove the starting gate from the track during the ninth race on March 13.

    Oaklawn Race Stopped After Gate Problem

    The ninth race at Oaklawn Park March 13 was declared a non-event when track workers were unable to move the malfunctioning starting gate out of the way in time for the stretch run of the 1 1/16-mile allowance heat.

  • John Harris has been selected to receive the Ed Friendly Industry Service Award from the Thoroughbred Owners of California.

    John Harris Named TOC Award Winner

    John Harris has been selected to receive the Ed Friendly Industry Service Award from the Thoroughbred Owners of California at a ceremony to be held March 29 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Hip 276; filly, Exchange Rate  --  Disperse a Star by Disperal, worked an eighth in :9 4/5 on March 10.

    Data Digest: OBS March 2-Year Olds

    The OBS March 2-Year Olds in Training Sale 2008 Preview Edition Data Digest is a FREE download for all subscribers, presented by NATC! An in-depth preview of the upcoming auction.

  • Grade III winner Elusive Lady will be the probable favorite in the Florida Oaks.<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%3D3852476%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Elusive Lady Faces Seven in Florida Oaks

    Grade III winner Elusive Lady makes her first start since a troubled trip in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) as the likely favorite in the $200,000 Florida Oaks (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs March 15.

  • Champion War Pass will be the heavy favorite in the Tampa Bay Derby.<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%3D3670138%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    War Pass Ready to Rumble at Tampa Bay

    Handicappers who take on the $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) will probably find their challenge not in choosing a winner, but in selecting the order of finish behind Robert LaPenta's prohibitive favorite War Pass.

  • Lear's Princess topped Rags to Riches in last year's Gazelle (gr. I). <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%3D2290598%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Anna, Lear's Princess Square Off Again

    A mere nostril separated the victorious Dreaming of Anna and runner-up Lear's Princess in the Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) following a heart-pounding stretch duel one month ago. It's time for an encore as the 4-year-old filly stars tangle again on the Tampa Bay Downs turf course in the $175,000 Hillsborough (gr. IIIT) March 15.

  • Dill or No Dill is one of three runners in the Cicada (gr. III) trained by Gary Contessa.

    Contessa Sends Out Half of Cicada Field

    Contessa's entries are True Intentions and Ready for Fortune, who will be coupled for owner Dennis Narlinger, and Dill Or No Dill, who won a six-furlong event at Aqueduct in her sophomore debut.

  • D. Wayne Lukas has Stone Bird in the March 15 Rebel (gr. II) at Oaklawn.

    Stone Bird Final Derby Hope for Lukas

    Stone Bird will try to pull off the upset in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 15 at Oaklawn Park. Making his stakes debut, he will have to take down eight rivals, including Z Fortune and Anak Nakal.

  • TVG Content Available Through Hulu

    TVG announced March 13 it has entered into a partnership to make horseracing programming from TVG Broadband, a new imprint offering digitized video for online media, available through Hulu's online video service, www.Hulu.com.

  • Satish Sanan announced March 13 that Padua Stables has purchased the historic Bluegrass Heights Farm.

    Padua Buys Bluegrass Heights Farm

    Satish and Anne Sanan announced March 13 that Padua Stables has purchased the historic Bluegrass Heights Farm near Lexington, located at the corner of Old Frankfort Pike and Alexandria Drive.

  • Pyro working at Fair Grounds prior to the Louisiana Derby (gr. II)<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%3D3741908%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Half-Brother to Pyro Born

    A half-brother to classics contender Pyro was born March 12 at 10:15 p.m. at the Winchell family's Corinthia near Lexington.

  • More Than Ready at Vinery in Lexington, KY

    Offspring of Vinery Stallions Shine

    Vinery Stud shuttle stallion More Than Ready added a major Australian juvenile feature success to his rapidly expanding portfolio when Augusta Proud maintained her unbeaten record with a 1 3/4-length victory against the males in the Aus$400,000 Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic.