Headlines for Sunday, March 9, 2008

  • Darley Alciabiades (gr. I) winner Country Star was the 5-1 favorite at the March 9 close of Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool 2.

    Country Star Tops Oaks Future Wager Pool

    Indian Blessing's surprising slip from the ranks of the unbeaten in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 8 left Country Star and Proud Spell atop the betting in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which closed March 9.

  • Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Pyro was the 4-1 favorite at the March 9 close of Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2.

    Pyro Edges War Pass in Derby Wager Pool

    Despite three losses to reigning 2-year-old champion War Pass, Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Pyro is the 4-1 favorite as Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed March 9.

  • According to trainer Bob Baffert, a start in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) is in doubt for Indian Blessing.

    Indian Blessing Could Miss Kentucky Oaks

    After suffering her first defeat March 8 in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), Bob Baffert said 2007 2-year-old filly champion Indian Blessing would receive a break and possibly miss the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on May 4.

  • Nashoba's Key glides home a powerful winner in the Santa Margarita (gr. I) March 9 at Santa Anita.<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%3D3808796%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Nashoba's Key Turns On Gas for Gomez

    Reunited with Garrett Gomez, heavy favorite Nashoba's Key was on her game once again when she demolished a small field in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) on Santa Anita's synthetic track March 9.

  • Seekingthediamond went an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5 March 9 to post the fastest work at the OBS under tack show for March 2-year-old in training sale.

    Forest Wildcat Filly Fastest at OBS

    Seekingthediamond, a Forest Wildcat filly consigned by Hendry Training Stables, agent, went an eighth of a mile in :09 4/5 March 9 to post the fastest work at the distance at the first session of the under tack preview for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March sale of selected two-year-olds in training

  • Hysterical Lady (green and yellow silks) begins her winning move at the head of the stretch in the Azeri (gr. III) at Oaklawn March 9.<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%3D3820329%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Phot</a>

    Hystericalady Not Joking With Azeri Romp

    Back on a fast dirt track for the first time since last summer, the grade I winner Hystericalady left her rivals in the Oaklawn Park dust while winning the $171,500 Azeri Breeders' Cup (gr. III) on March 9.

  • 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>

    Pyro to Darley at End of Career

    Pyro, winner of the March 8 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), will stand at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation in Lexington upon completion of his racing career.

  • Stronach Stables' homebred Spring Waltz scored a 3 1/4 length victory in the Rampart Handicap (gr. II) March 9 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%3D3798557%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Spring Waltz Dances to Rampart Victory

    Making her stakes debut, Stronach Stables' homebred Spring Waltz split rivals at the furlong marker, surged to the lead at the sixteenth-pole, and romped to the wire under Javier Castellano with an impressive 3 1/4-length victory in the $200,000 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) March 9 on the Gulfstream Park dirt.

  • Gotham winner Visionaire will ship back to Florida March 11 to prepare for his next start on the Derby trail.<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%3D3788376%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Visionaire Exits Gotham in Good Shape

    Trainer Michael Matz said that Gotham winner Visionaire appears to have come out of his March 8 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) victory in good shape, and will ship back to Palm Meadows in Florida March 11.

  • Silks Organizer Olah Dies March 8

    Louis Olah, the longtime "colors man" in the jockeys' rooms at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga, died the evening of March 8 following a brief illness. He was 79.

  • Colt With a Cause Shocks El Camino Real

    Autism Awareness, the longest shot in the field, sprang a touching $126 upset in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Bay Meadows March 8. Johnny Taboada, the horse's owner, has an 8-year-old son, Renzo, who has autism.

  • KOFW: Eight Belles, Pure Clan Show Way

    Proud Spell's upset of previously unbeaten champion Indian Blessing in the Fair Grounds Oaks March 8 left Eight Belles and Pure Clan co-favored at odds of 5-1 with one day of betting remaining for Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.