Headlines for Wednesday, March 26, 2008

  • Is Compact Answer to Federal Regulation?

    The National Racing Compact, which currently authorizes multi-jurisdictional licensing for the pari-mutuel industry, is being offered as an alternative to possible federal regulation of aspects of the horseracing industry.

  • Regulation of Steroids Turns a Corner

    The ongoing process of regulating anabolic steroids in racehorses may have turned a corner March 25 when the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium made changes to its model rule. State regulators, however, remain concerned about funding for increased testing.

  • San Pasqual winner Zappa takes on 6 in the Tokyo City Cup.<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%3D3278417%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zappa in Spotlight for Tokyo City Cup

    Zappa, off the board in two starts since winning the San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) in January, tries softer company for trainer John Sadler in the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup (gr. III) at 1 1/2 miles on Santa Anita's synthetic racing surface March 29.

  • Benny the Bull coasts home in the Sunshine Millions Sprint.<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%3D3398661%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dubai Sprint Sees American Favorites

    A solid group from America heads a 15-horse field of sprinters entered today for the March 29 Dubai Golden Shaheen - Sponsored by Gulf News (UAE-I).

  • Curlin has drawn post 12 for the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

    Curlin Takes on the World in Dubai

    No horse has ever won the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) from post position number 12, but Curlin could change that fact when he tackles 13 runners in the March 29 event.

  • Run Sully Run in Palm Beach Rematch

    They finished one-two in a Feb. 20 allowance race, separated by just a neck, and on March 29, Run Sully Run and Sporting Art will have a rematch in the $150,000 Bulleit Bourbon Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Travel complications could keep Southwest winner Denis of Cork out of Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 5.

    Race Options Discussed For Denis of Cork

    Complications with travel arrangements could keep the undefeated Denis of Cork from coming to New York for the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr.I) at Aqueduct April 5. Denis of Cork's trainer, David Carroll, said the other option for the winner of the Southwest Stakes (gr.III) is the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr.II) at Hawthorne Race Course April 5.

  • Donn winner Spring at Last will be in action at Aqueduct in the $300,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) April 5.<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%3D3467319%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Carter in 'Game Plan' for Spring at Last

    Spring at Last, winner of the 2007 Godolphin Mile (UAE-II), skipped the trip to Dubai this year but will be in action at Aqueduct in the $300,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) April 5.

  • Grade II winner Moon Catcher has been added to the line-up for the rescheduled Shirley Jones.

    Moon Catcher Takes Shot at Sugar Swirl

    Sugar Swirl remains a heavy favorite in the rescheduled $200,000 Shirley Jones Handicap (gr. II), which Gulfstream Park had to cancel last weekend due to a day-long rain deluge. But her job could be a little tougher March 29.

  • Royalties from the sales of the Rags to Riches Breyer model horse will be donated to the NTRA Charities.<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%3D3967484%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rags' Breyer Proceeds to NTRA Charity

    Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, owners of recently retired 2007 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Rags to Riches, have agreed to donate their royalties from the sales of the Breyer model horse in the image of their champion filly to the NTRA Charities - Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

  • Backseat Rhythm finished 3rd in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies behind champion Indian Blessing.

    Minus Indian Blessing, 'Miss' Intrigues

    With Indian Blessing resting up for a summer-fall campaign in shorter races, a pair of 3-year-old fillies who have tackled the Eclipse Award winner - Backseat Rhythm and Highest Class - are looking for their chance to shine.

  • Honour and Glory is enjoying a stud career revival in South America, where his first Argentinian crop has already yielded seven stakes winners (7.4%) and the racing year isn't over.

    Southern Hemisphere Revival

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P> Honour and Glory had modest success in the Northern Hemisphere with 4% stakes winners from 773 foals and even less success in Australia. But the son of Relaunch is enjoying a stud career revival in South America, where his first Argentinian crop has already yielded seven stakes winners (7.4%) and the racing year isn't over.

  • The sole American-based runner in the Duty Free field is J. Paul Reddam&#39;s Notional.

    International Field Set for Duty Free

    Keeping with the international spirit of Dubai World Cup Day, an incredibly accomplished field of 16 older males and females from seven different countries will go postward in the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

  • Injured Jockeys Out Four to Six Months

    Jockeys Sheldon Russell and Oliver Castillo both will be out four to six months after suffering injuries during separate spills March 22 at Laurel Park.

  • Big Brown drew post 12 and is the morning line favorite, at 3-1, for the Florida Derby (gr. I).&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3810291%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Twelve Drawn For Intriguing Fla. Derby

    A full field of 12 was drawn for the March 29 Florida Derby (gr. I), which on paper has turned out to be the most intriguing prep race for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) this year.

  • Better Talk Now and regular rider Ramon Dominguez drew post six for the Dubai Sheema Classic Sponsored by Nakheel (UAE-I).

    Better Talk Now to Run in Dubai Sheema

    Better Talk Now might be several years removed from a victory in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), but that doesn't mean he's ready to take a back seat to some of the finest 1 1/2-mile turf experts in Dubai March 29.

  • Illinois Derby Could Have Deep Field

    Entries for the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) won't be drawn until March 31, but from the looks of the nominations, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prep is shaping into a deep and competitive field with many of the nation's top trainers and horses participating.

  • Proud Spell winning the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II)&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3811576%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Proud Spell Nominated to Triple Crown

    Airdrie Stud's-homebred filly Proud Spell has been nominated to the Triple Crown. She is slated to make her next start against fillies in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 5 at Keeneland.

  • RMTC Board Recommends Steroid Policy

    The board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), in consultation with the RMTC Scientific Advisory Committee, approved policy recommendations for the use of steroids. The action took place at an RMTC board meeting March 25 Austin, Texas.

  • A powerful explosion in Dubai darkened the early morning sky.

    Morning Line Goes to Dubai: Day 3

    American Horse of the Year Curlin was standing in the wash rack in his barn in the quarantine area of Nad Al Sheba Racecourse when the unmistakable sound of an explosion split the air. "We were lucky he was in the wash rack because we could have had a problem if I was walking him," assistant trainer Scott Blasi said of the startling noise.

  • Atoned (green and yellow silks) will have his final Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) April 5.

    Preps Set for Dogwood Derby Pair

    Dogwood Stable has finalized plans for their two Kentucky Derby hopefuls Atoned and Blackberry Road. The former will make his next start in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) April 5, while Blackberry Road will have his final prep in the $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) April 12.

  • Big Brown makes his first start in a graded stakes in the March 29 Florida Derby (gr. I).&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3810291%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Unknowns Big Brown, Tomcito Set to Clash

    Normally a grade I race like the Florida Derby would be pretty clear-cut, filled mostly with horses who have proven themselves. Not so this year; not with unknowns such as Big Brown and Tomcito, two of the most intriguing Triple Crown hopefuls seen in quite a while.