Headlines for Wednesday, April 2, 2008

  • Data Digest Keeneland 2YOs in Training

    Keeneland April Two-Year Olds in Training Sale 2008 Data Digest Preview Edition and Day 1 Results is a FREE download, presented by Spendthrift! It includes an in-depth analysis of the auction, plus Day 1 Results.

  • Daytona returns to Southern California to face six rivals in the Arcadia Handicap.

    Daytona Can Start New Streak in Arcadia

    The front-running Daytona, his four-race winning streak halted by Proudinsky at Fair Grounds less than a month ago, returns to Southern California to face six rivals in the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at one mile on the Santa Anita turf April 5.

  • Keeneland Ready for Rain

    Keeneland director of racing Rogers Beasley said the racetrack is ready to open its spring meeting April 4, despite the threat of heavy rain in the area beginning April 3 and continuing through opening day. Forecasts are calling for around three inches of rain in the Central Kentucky area.

  • Student Council tries the turf for the first time since December 2006 in the John B. Connally Turf 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%3D2064001%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Student Council Tops 'Connally Turf

    Millennium Farms' Student Council will try the turf--a surface he's never won over--for the first time since December of 2006 when he tackles seven other starters in the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Sam Houston April 5, but trainer Donnie von Hemel expects Going Ballistic to put up a fight.

  • Colonel John is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the April 5 Santa Anita 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%3D3724305%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Colonel John, El Gato Malo Head SA Derby

    Colonel John has been installed as a slight favorite over El Gato Malo in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 5. A larger-than-expected field of 11 was entered in the 1 1/8-mile synthetic track test for 3-year-olds.

  • Atlantic City Race Course in New Jersey will offer six days of all-turf racing April 23-25 and April 30-May 2.

    Atlantic City: No Plans to Call it Quits

    Officials at Atlantic City Race Course said April 2 there are no plans to close the storied New Jersey track, which will continue to offer live Thoroughbred racing and longer meets if it receives a share of a $90-million purse supplement from the state's casinos.

  • Dave will break from post six in the Pan American 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%3D2744477%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pan American: Nicely Matched Field

    A wide-open field of eight has been entered for Saturday's $150,000 Pan American Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Denis of Cork leads a field of seven in the Illinois Derby (gr. II) at Hawthorne April 5.

    Illinois Derby: Denis of Cork Faces Six

    William K. Warren's Denis of Cork will put his undefeated record on the line and try to remain near the top of a small list of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorites April 5 when he takes on six rivals in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course.

  • She's All Eltish

    She's All That

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>On Saturday, March 29, two young horses captured an initial graded stakes win at Gulfstream Park and marked themselves as potential elites among the sophomores of 2008. Everyone, of course, by now has heard about Big Brown, runaway winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) and now a likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Country Star, winner of the 2007 Alcibiades (gr. I), is back at Keeneland for the Ashland (gr. I) Saturday, April 5. &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%3D2489596%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Country Star, Proud Spell in Ashland

    A field of seven, headlined by graded stakes winners Country Star and Proud Spell, will take to the gate for the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 5 at Keeneland.

  • Hystericallady will miss her rematch with Ginger Punch in the Apple Blossom (gr. I) at Oaklawn.&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%3D3810300%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Hystericalady Won't Make Apple Blossom

    Hystericalady, the 3 1/2-length winner of the Azeri (gr. III) last month at Oaklawn Park, will not return for the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 5, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.

  • Ahead of Her Time, shown winning the 2008 Camelia Stakes, was euthanized after a sesamoid fracture.

    Ahead of Her Time Euthanized

    Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's 4-year-old filly Ahead of Her Time, who was named Louisiana's 2007 champion 3-year-old filly, recently fractured a sesamoid during a morning training session and was euthanized.

  • Can last year&#39;s champion 2-year-old War Pass rebound in the Wood Memorial?&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%3D3670136%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Derby Hopefuls Face Do or Die Weekend

    With the final Derby preps approaching, there is no more room for error. It's time to earn your way into the Run for the Roses or pack up and go home. The three graded stakes this weekend, the grade I Santa Anita Derby and Wood Memorial and grade II Illinois Derby, offer intriguing plot lines that will make or break aspiring Derby hopefuls.

  • Grade I Winner Nine Keys Dead

    Nine Keys, one of the top racemares of 1994, was euthanized March 22 because of foaling complications.

  • Headley Bell will take over day-to-day operations of Mill Ridge Farm.

    Bell to Take Over at Mill Ridge

    Day-to-day operations at Mill Ridge Farm will be handled in the future by Headley Bell, son of the Lexington-based farm owner Alice Headley Chandler, who operates the farm with her husband John.