Headlines for Wednesday, April 16, 2008

  • Rushaway Stakes winner Big Glen could spoil the Derby chances of several foes in the Lexington Stakes (gr. II).

    Big Glen Could Upset Coolmore Lexington

    For several 3-year-olds pointing toward the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, the April 19 event offers a final chance at graded earnings and entry into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). But the horse whose form points to a likely win in the 1 1/16-mile event has no aspirations of making the Derby -- and he could spoil the plans of those who do when a field of 11 goes postward in the final Derby prep of the season.

  • Lear Named Keeneland Trustee

    William M. "Bill" Lear Jr. was elected to Keeneland's board of directors and appointed a Keeneland trustee April 15 during the board's semi-annual meeting. He succeeds William T. "Buddy" Bishop III, who died April 3.

  • Is It True Filly Sizzles at OBS

    An Is It True filly turned in the fastest quarter-mile work Wednesday during the second session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Data Digest: OBS April 2-Year Olds

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

  • Immortelle (center), Lavender Sky (#1) and Foxysox (left), shown finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the Santa Ana, meet again in the Santa Barbara.

    Immortelle Needs Better Luck in 'Barbara

    Immortelle, Lavender Sky and Foxysox, second through fourth, respectively, in an extremely tight finish to the Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) last month, return to action in the $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) April 19 at Santa Anita.

  • Lot 46, Haafhd  --  Allespagne filly, brought 380,000 guineas at Tattersalls' Craven breeze-up sale April 16.

    Business Booms at Craven Sale

    With several of the world's biggest owners present -- including Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Hamdan, and Michael Tabor -- Tattersalls' Craven breeze-up sale began Wednesday night in England with its most successful ever session.

  • Alwajeeha (inside) gets her head down at the right time to take the Appalachian under John Velazquez.

    Alwajeeha Holds Off Rival in Appalachian

    Shadwell Stable's homebred Alwajeeha outdueled I Lost My Choo in deep stretch and then held off a late bid by Sweepstake, taking the $125,000 Appalachian Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a head April 16 on the Keeneland turf.

  • Unusual Suspect

    Unusual Suspect Among San Simeon Dozen

    Unusual Suspect, a grade III winning son of the California sire Unusual Heat, makes his 2008 bow in the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Santa Anita's hillside turf course April 19.

  • Ramon Dominguez will ride Monba in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

    Dominguez Lands Mount on Monba

    With Edgar Prado deciding to ride Adriano in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Ramon Domiguez was named by trainer Todd Pletcher to ride Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Monba.

  • Fairbanks will carry high-weight in the Bill Hartack Memorial Handicap.<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%3D949150%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Fairbanks Favored in Bill Hartack 'Cap

    Team Valor International's Fairbanks has not won in more than a year, but is still the horse to beat April 19 when he takes on four geldings in the inaugural $200,000 Bill Hartack Memorial Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course.

  • Eight Belles next start could be in either the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) or 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%3D3918866%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Day-to-Day' on Eight Belles Decision

    Trainer Larry Jones said it is still up in the air whether his filly Eight Belles will challenge the boys in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) or if she will battle the fillies the day before in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Millionaire Blazing Sword Dead

    Blazing Sword, a Florida-bred champion and millionaire for Gilbert G. Campbell, died of an apparent aneurysm the weekend of April 12-13 at Stonehedge Farm South near Williston, Fla.

  • TOBA to Conduct New Owner Seminar

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced April 16 it will conduct a new owner seminar May 1 at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville.

  • More Organizations Join AHC 'Cavalry'

    The "Congressional Cavalry," organized by the American Horse Council and some of its member organizations in an effort to better serve the horse industry in Congress, continues to grow in numbers, officials said.

  • Adriano, with Edgar Prado aboard, won the Lane's End (gr. II) at Turfway Park March 22.<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%3D3940040%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Prado to Ride Adriano in Kentucky Derby

    Despite having won the Wood Memorial (gr. I) aboard Tale of Ekati and the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on Monba, Edgar Prado has decided to ride Courtlandt Farms' Adriano in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Arrowfield Buys 'Slipper' Contender

    Just three days out from the running of the world's richest juvenile race, the Aus$3.5-million Golden Slipper Stakes (Aust-I) at Rosehill Gardens, two major Australian stud farms have taken pro-active steps and gambled millions.

  • Keeneland and Toyota Give Grant to KyEHC

    Kentucky's at-risk horses are set to receive a gift from the Keeneland Foundation and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in the form of a $20,000 grant to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center.

  • BC Challenge Expands to Europe

    Breeders' Cup officials April 16 announced that the Breeders' Cup Challenge will for the first time be expanded to Europe with three "Win and You're In" races at Ascot Racecourse in England Sept. 27.

  • 'Delaware Certified' Horses Near 1,300

    The Delaware Certified Thoroughbred Program, formed earlier in the decade to preserve farmland and offer incentives for horses domiciled in the state, now has almost 1,300 registered Thoroughbreds, according to the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

  • Mace and Samantha Siegel

    Siegels Honored by Gregson Foundation

    The Southern California racetrack community gathered for a rare chance to hear Mace Siegel make a speech when the Gregson Foundation honored him and his daughter, Samantha, at a dinner in Pasadena April 15.