Headlines for Friday, April 18, 2008

  • Churchill Downs

    Horsemen Won't OK Churchill ADW Signal

    Consider this chilling scenario: Customers of several advance deposit wagering companies - and possibly some large off-shore rebate shops - won't be able to place wagers on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) through those entities.

  • Patrick Valenzuela

    Valenzuela Makes Appearance in DUI Case

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela showed up in a Southern California court April 18, three weeks after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear for a hearing that stemmed from a driving under the influence charge in December.

  • Monashee Mountain is the sire of the colt Spring Mountain who worked a quarter in :21 at the OBS spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

    Spring Mountain Rolls at OBS

    Spring Mountain was among the standouts Friday during the fourth and final session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS) spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

  • Lava Man is scheduled to run on turf in the Khaled 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%3D1573138%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Groom's Return Helps Lava Man Prepare

    Three-time Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Lava Man, recently reunited with his favorite groom, Noe Garcia, seems back to being his old self, trainer Doug O'Neill says. The 7-year-old is due to return to competition April 27 at Hollywood Park.

  • Sherman Gets 10-Day Ban for Milkshakes

    Trainer Art Sherman is serving a 10-day suspension and he was fined $7,500 as part of a stipulated agreement with the California Horse Racing Board after two horses in his care were found to have raced with an excessive amount of total carbon dioxide in their systems.

  • Carriage Trail holds off Say You Will to take the Doubledogdare at Keeneland.

    Carriage Trail Scores in Doubledogdare

    Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable's Carriage Trail broke to an early lead and never gave it up, outlasting six rivals in the $125,000 Doubledogdare (gr. III) to win by 1 1/4 lengths in Keeneland's April 18 feature.

  • AHC, USDA Host Unwanted Horse Forum

    The American Horse Council and the United States Department of Agriculture are co-sponsoring a forum on the issue of unwanted horses. The all-day event will be held June 18 at the department's Jefferson Auditorium in Washington, DC.

  • Monba and Cowboy Cal (shown finishing 1-2 in the Blue Grass) may work at Keeneland before the 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%3D4155539%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Monba, Cowboy Cal May Work at Keeneland

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said April 18 that he has not decided when he will ship Monba and Cowboy Cal, his one-two finishers in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and is considering giving the two colts their final works at Keeneland the weekend before the Run for the Roses.

  • NYRA Promotes Campo, Bracken, and Thill

    The New York Racing Association has hired Paul J. Campo as vice president and director of racing; Elizabeth Bracken as vice president and director of simulcast sales and content acquisition; and Tom Thill as vice president and chief information officer.

  • IEAH Stables Sponsors Legends Dinner

    IEAH Stables, owners of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders Big Brown and Court Vision, announced they are sponsoring the Jockey Legends Dinner at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville, Ky. May 2.

  • Chris McCarron

    Pincay, McCarron Closer to Court Award

    The former business managers for retired riders Laffit Pincay and Chris McCarron lost their bankruptcy case earlier this month, leaving the ex-jockeys closer to receiving millions of dollars in court-awarded judgments.

  • IEAH Sponsors May 2 Legends Dinner

    IEAH Stables, the owners of Kentucky Derby contenders Big Brown and Court Vision, will celebrate their trip to Louisville by sponsoring the Jockey Legends Dinner at the Executive West Hotel on Derby eve. The event is expected to replace the Mint Jubilee Gala on the social itineraries of retired jockeys and those riding in this year's Derby.

  • Nicoletti Joins Gulfstream Full-Time

    Ron Nicoletti, longtime South Florida racing personality and Gulfstream Park handicapper during its live meet since 1990, will join the Florida track on a full-time basis, taking the position of media manager.

  • Roytz to Join Three Chimneys

    Three Chimneys Farm announced April 18 that Jen Roytz will take over as communications director for the farm in May.

  • Casino Drive, half-brother to Rags to Riches (shown), will attempt to become his dam's third straight Belmont Stakes winner.<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%3D1389756%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Japanese Colts Set to Arrive at Belmont

    Two regally bred Japanese colts, Casino Drive and Spark Candle, are due to arrive at Belmont Park April 30, with at least one of them pointing for the 140th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7.

  • Top sire Redoute's Choice is represented by 75 yearlings in the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale catalogue.

    Easter Sale Starts Sunday in Australia

    The prestigious Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale starts this weekend at Newmarket in Sydney. Five hundred and two horses are catalogued to be offered Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, with a brand new Select Session II of 195 yearlings set for Thursday.

  • Florida Derby winner Big Brown worked on April 18 at Palm Meadows.<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%3D4021954%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown Works for Kentucky Derby

    Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Big Brown, likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 at Palm Meadows Friday with regular exercise rider Michelle Nevin aboard.