Headlines for Tuesday, April 1, 2008

  • CHRB Adopts Medication Penalties

    Medication violations in California will be subject to stricter penalties under guidelines approved by the state's racing board.

  • Superior Storm was named Louisiana-bred champion 2-year-old female for 2007.

    LTBA Announces 2007 Champions

    The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has announced its 2007 accredited Louisiana-bred champions.

  • Big Brown has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the third and final pool for 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.<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%3D4008099%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown Choice in Final 'Future' Pool

    Unbeaten newcomer Big Brown, a dazzling five-length winner in his stakes debut in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I), has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the third and final pool for Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens its four-day run April 3.

  • Proud Spell, trained by Larry Jones, has been installed as the narrow 4-1 choice in Pool 3 of the Future Wager by Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia.

    Proud Spell, Country Star Top 'Futures'

    Brereton Jones' Proud Spell, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), and Stonerside Stable's Country Star, a two-time winner in grade I company, are the top choices for the third pool of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which begins four days of betting April 3.

  • Country Star, who won the Alcibiades at Keeneland last year, will make her sophomore debut in the Ashland.<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%3D2489596%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ashland Fillies Ready for Showdown

    A field of nine fillies is expected for the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 5 at Keeneland, and the race should help sort out who is the best filly heading into the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Gordon Re-elected Florida HBPA President

    Sam Gordon was elected to a fourth term as president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association at the organization's regularly scheduled March 31 board meeting.

  • Prussian will face eight rivals April 4 when he makes his 2008 debut in the Central Bank Transylvania Stakes.

    Prussian Leads Transy Field

    Prussian will face eight rivals April 4 when he makes his 2008 debut in the $150,000 Central Bank Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds, the opening day feature of the 16-day spring meet at Keeneland.

  • MEC Gets Extension on $40-Million Loan

    Magna Entertainment Corp. has been granted a one-month extension on a $40-million loan that was due to mature March 31, a credit agreement that is secured by the assets of the company's Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park.

  • King of the Roxy, a grade II winner last year, was voted Ohio horse of the year for 2007.

    Success Despite Tough Times in Ohio

    Grade II winner King of the Roxy, the 2007 Ohio horse of the year, shows that struggling Ohio breeders aren't through trying to find success with the competitive forces against them.

  • One Cool Cat

    First Winner for Champion One Cool Cat

    Cartier Award winner One Cool Cat was represented by his first winner when his Irish-bred daughter Cool Tarifa won March 30 at The Curragh.

  • Brocklebank Discusses Plans

    American pinhooker John Brocklebank is going to bring his own staff out to prepare all the horses he has purchased at the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale, which is nearly finished.

  • Dan Liebman, Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Losing Gamble

    <i> By Dan Liebman</i> - Wallace Wilkinson did what the voters asked him to do. Steve Beshear did not.

  • Commentary: More Anna Houses

    <i> By Donna Chenkin</i> - Transformation of a dream often begins with acts of imagination that elevate a starting vision of change above the intimidating presence of things as they are.

  • A Clearer Picture (Imaging Technologies)

    <DIV class=deck>Advancements in imaging technologies make diagnoses easier.</DIV> <P>For decades veterinarians have relied upon a number of different imaging tools, from radiographs to ultrasonography, to diagnose lameness, pregnancy, and soft-tissue-related conditions. In recent years a host of advanced imaging modalities such as digital radiography, CT...