Headlines for Thursday, April 17, 2008

  • Sunshine Millions Classic winner Go Between is the horse to beat in the Ben Ali Stakes.<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%3D3398935%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Go Between Heads Ben Ali Stakes

    Seven runners have entered the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, but on paper the race comes down to a battle between three starters. Peter Vegso's Go Between, Turtle Bird Stable's Sir Whimsey, and Knob Hill Stable's Leonnatus Anteas head up the 1 1/8-mile event over the main track April 20.

  • Officer (shown) is the sire of a filly out of Not to Be Outdone who worked an eighth of a mile in :10 during the third session of the under tack show for the OBS spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    Officer Filly Among Fastest at OBS

    Four horses each worked an eighth of a mile in :10, which was the fastest time for the distance Thursday during the third session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Patrick Valenzuela

    Arrest Warrant Issued for Valenzuela

    A warrant has been issued in a California county for the arrest of jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who failed to appear at a recent hearing associated with a charge against him for driving under the influence.

  • Shamdinan makes his Southern California debut in the San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap April 20.

    Shamdinan Tops San Juan Capistrano Cast

    Shamdinan, reunited with trainer Doug O'Neill since the colt's runner-up finish in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), makes his Southern California debut in Santa Anita's $250,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT).

  • John Servis sends out Indian Jump in the $150,000 Federico Tesio Stakes April 19.

    Tesio: Servis Hopes to Make Splash

    John Servis has not been on the Triple Crown trail since Smarty Jones captivated the Thoroughbred racing world in 2004. The veteran trainer will try to change that this year, as he sends out Indian Jump in the $150,000 Federico Tesio Stakes April 19 at Pimlico Race Course, a 1 1/8-mile dirt event that serves as the local prep for the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Sovereign Duty under Danielle Hodsdon jumps to victory in the Royal Chase Sport of Kings Hurdle.

    Sovereign Duty Rules In 'Royal Chase'

    Hudson River Farms' Sovereign Duty ambled around the Keeneland turf course before closing with a powerful late kick to take the $150,000 Royal Chase Sport of Kings Hurdle (NSA-I) in Lexington April 17.

  • Gayego's victory in the grade II Arkansas Derby proved he deserves a chance in the Kentucky Derby.<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 Appears Ready to Go

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Gayego's victory in the grade II Arkansas Derby proved he deserves a chance in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). With a pedigree rich in eight to nine furlong influences, the question remains whether the Derby distance of 10 furlongs is a bit too far.

  • Golden Dawn won the Barbara Fritchie in February at Laurel Park.

    Proven Fillies Clash in Bed o' Roses

    A small but accomplished group of 4-year-old fillies will clash in the $150,000 Bed o' Roses Handicap (gr. II) April 19 on the dirt at Aqueduct, including three entering off of graded stakes victories. The seven-furlong Bed o' Roses drew a field of six.

  • Remsen winner Court Vision worked impressively at Churchill Downs on April 17.&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%3D2859610%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ky. Derby Trail: A Vision at the Downs

    With the Derby getting closer, we're doubling up this week to take a look at the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) and mostly to discuss what may turn out to be one of the most important works on this year's Derby trail.

  • Derby, Oaks Tickets Available Online

    General admission tickets for Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) are now available for advanced purchase through Ticketmaster. The tickets will be available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

  • Wood Memorial winner Tale of Ekati worked at Keeneland on April 17.&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%3D4084409%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Tale of Ekati Fit, Big Truck Still a Go

    Charles Fipke's Tale of Ekati worked a half-mile in :49.20 April 17 at Keeneland. Trainer Barclay Tagg described the move as "a little maintenance work after his race."

  • Soldier&#39;s Dancer won last year&#39;s Calder Derby in October. This year, the race will anchor the inaugural Turf Million on April 26.

    Turf Million First Big Event at Calder

    Calder Race Course will open its 38th season April 21 with a schedule that again focuses on what it calls "big event day" Saturdays with multiple stakes. Calder's first highlight will be its inaugural Turf Million April 26, with four turf stakes with total purses of $1.15 million.

  • Downey: 'Racecar' Looks to Rev It Up

    Connections of Racecar Rhapsody are thinking ahead. There's no other explanation for choosing Churchill Downs as the site of his final workout ahead of Keeneland's grade II Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

  • Recapturetheglory works five furlongs at Churchill Downs April 17.

    Recapturetheglory Works at Churchill

    Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Recapturetheglory, a potential contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs April 17.

  • Z Humor works four furlongs April 17 at Churchill Downs.

    Z Humor Works at Churchill Downs

    Prepping for a run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Zayat Stables' Z Humor worked four furlongs in :47.50 at Churchill Downs April 17.

  • Curlin rolls to victory in the Dubai World Cup.

    Curlin's Minority Interest May Be Sold

    A Kentucky state judge has indicated he is ready to order the sale of assets held by companies affiliated with embattled attorneys Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion, including their minority interest in 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin.

  • Calder Paddock and Grandstand

    Progress Noted in Calder Contract Talks

    The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said April 16 though advance deposit wagering remains a major issue, it believes there has been progress in other areas of contract talks for the Calder Race Course meet that begins April 21.

  • How Important Is That Airway Exam Grade?

    <P>The airways of many breeds of horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, are evaluated via an endoscope and graded before sale. The intent is to identify horses whose airways might have problems that could limit the horses' performance at maximal exercise, so buyers can consider this in their purchasing decisions. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Pr...