Headlines for Sunday, April 13, 2008

  • Lightmyfirebaby (#6) finished second, but moved up to first after Bahama Mama (IRE) (#2) was disqualified and placed fifth for intereference entering the stretch.

    Las Cienegas DQ is Music to Their Ears

    Lightmyfirebaby gained victory in the roughly contested $112,700 Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. III) when the front-running Bahama Mama ducked out severely on the synthetic main track portion of the hillside turf course at Santa Anita April 13, impeding three other horses.

  • Supah Blitz Third After 3-Year Absence

    Grade II winner Supah Blitz, returning to competition after an absence of nearly three years, rallied for a third-place finish in a $32,000 claiming race at Santa Anita April 13.

  • Eight Belles could be entered in both the Kentucky Oaks and Derby.

    Eight Belles Could Run in Derby

    Owner Rick Porter has always known Eight Belles is a solid contender -- but he's thinking about putting the 3-year-old filly's class and stamina to the ultimate test May 3. Porter said April 13, if all goes well, the daughter of Unbridled's Song will be entered in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Gayego will ship to Churchill Downs April 14 to prepare for the Kentucky Derby (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%3D4156079%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gayego, Z Fortune Shipping to Louisville

    Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Gayego is to be flown to Louisville, Ky., on April 14, to prepare for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). He will be joined on the flight by second and third-place finishers, Z Fortune and Tres Borrachos.

  • Mr. Nightlinger set fast fractions and held on to win the Shakertown (gr. IIIT) April 13 at Keeneland.

    Mr. Nightlinger Rolls to Shakertown Win

    Making his first turf start in more than a year, 21-1 longshot Mr. Nightlinger broke on top and never relinquished his lead, defeating 10 rivals to take the $125,000 Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 1 3/4 lengths under Jamie Theriot April 13 at rainy Keeneland.

  • Buyers Get First Look at OBS 2-Year-Olds

    Buyers can take a look at the 1,381 2-year-olds cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2008 spring Sale of 2-year-olds in training in action at the Under Tack Show beginning 9 a.m. on April 15.

  • Hutcheson winner (gr. II) Smooth Air worked a mile at Calder April 13. <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%3D3215411%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Smooth Air Posts Mile Drill at Calder

    Mt. Joy Stables' Smooth Air, runner-up in the March 29 Florida Derby (gr. I), continued his preparation for the 134th "Run for the Roses" April 13 with a sharp mile workout at Calder timed in 1:41, an impressive move over that surface.

  • Todd Pletcher trains the Monba and Cowboy Cal, the top two finishers in the April 13 Blue Grass (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%3D4155539%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Blue Grass Notes, The Day After

    One day after his 3-year-olds ran 1-2 in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher said he will take a few days before deciding when Monba and Cowboy Cal will ship to Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Adriano, with Edgar Prado up, works Adriano at Churchill Downs April 13.

    Adriano Drills at CD; Likely for Derby

    Courtlandt Farm's homebred Adriano is now considered "likely" for a run in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) following a four-furlong workout April 13 at Churchill Downs.

  • Monba (blue silks) and Cowboy Cal earned their way to Louisville with a 1-2 finish in the Blue Grass (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%3D4155539%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    This Road to the Derby Is Curvy Indeed

    Four new names entered the fray that's called the Road to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday with wins and placings in the grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes and grade II Arkansas Derby. And with their good fortune, the dreams of others were dampened if not outright doused.