Headlines for Tuesday, April 22, 2008

  • Horse owner/breeder Earle I. Mack

    Agreement Worked Out on Florida Sales

    Principal parties in a debate over rules governing horse sales in Florida announced April 22 that they had drafted joint recommendations to be delivered to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

  • The main-track surface choice at Santa Anita can be made now that the meet has ended.

    Santa Anita's Track Decision Due in May

    Now that the Santa Anita winter meeting has ended, work can begin in earnest on the choice of main-track surface. Following a comprehensive series of tests on the current main track, a decision is probable sometime in May, Santa Anita president Ron Charles said April 22.

  • Market Improves at OBS Spring Sale

    A Silver Deputy colt, which brought $220,000, was the most expensive horse sold Tuesday during the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida.

  • Rafael Bejarano

    Derby Jockey Profile: Rafael Bejarano

    He has a new first-rate home base (California) and a new first-call trainer (Bobby Frankel), but Rafael Bejarano, 25, will be back in Kentucky to ride Anak Nakal for trainer Nick Zito in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the first Saturday in May.

  • E.T. Baird

    Derby Jockey Profile: E.T. Baird

    He can't live without his cell phone. If he could choose another profession, he would be a rock star. He once drove 165 miles per hour to reach the track in time for the first race. And May 3, E.T. Baird will be riding to the post aboard Recapturetheglory in the 134th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)

  • Davona Dale winner and Oaks hopeful Bsharpsonata is scheduled to work Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs.
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    Daily Oaks Notes: April 22

    Bsharpsonata, Golden Doc A to work Wednesday, Awesome Chic, Pure Clan to work Friday, A to the Croft to work Saturday.

  • Pyro, shown schooling at Keeneland, has arrived at Churchill Downs.<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%3D4116933%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Daily Derby Notes: April 22

    Colonel John and Smooth Air jog at Churchill, Big Truck and Visionaire work at Keeneland, Halo Najib works on the turf, and Pyro arrives at Churchill Downs.

  • Golden Rod winner Pure Clan will be piloted by Edgar Prado in the Kentucky Oaks.

    Prado Partners With Pure Clan

    Jockey Edgar Prado will be in the irons when Pure Clan takes the gate for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs. The Oaks will make Prado's first mount aboard the daughter of Pure Prize. She was ridden in five of her six previous career starts by Julien Leparoux.

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    Ky Derby Trail: Questions and Quandaries

    Another Kentucky Derby is upon us, and most of the talk has been about the inconsistencies and slow speed figures of this year's crop of 3-year-olds. Before we get into all the observations and analyses, and attempt to figure out this daffy Derby there is one point that must be addressed first.

  • TrackNet, THG Clarify 'Proposal' Stands

    TrackNet Media Group said April 22 it doesn't like a proposal from horsemen that would allow advance deposit wagering companies the cards of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), locking in place a stalemate over broader revenue sharing models.

  • Calder Race Course

    Calder: Purse Cuts Are FHBPA's Fault

    Calder Race Course announced April 21 due to the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's refusal to approve the distribution of Calder races to out-of-state wagering outlets, including advance deposit wagering companies, the racetrack has been forced to cut purses by 30%, effective April 27. The purse reductions will affect a variety of race conditions, including stakes races.

  • Todd Pletcher, trainer of Triple Crown hopefuls Monba, Cowboy Cal, and Behindatthebar.

    Pletcher Glad to Join Derby at 11th Hour

    Just when it looked as if Todd Pletcher would be sitting out this year's Kentucky Derby, his two best Derby hopes from day one - Monba and Cowboy Cal - came through for him with a first and second in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).

  • Adriano works April 20 at Churchill Downs.

    Daily Derby Notes: April 21

    Adriano had an easy morning on Monday, walking the shedrow at Barn 42 a day after working five furlongs in 1:01.80

  • Spring At Last has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2009 at WinStar Farm.<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%3D3467319%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Grade I Winner Spring At Last Retired

    Grade I winner Spring At Last has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2009 at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm

  • Dan Liebman,
Editor-in-chief

    Commentary: Just Like Yesterday

    <i> by Dan Liebman</i> - There are moments along the Triple Crown trail that remain forever etched in our minds. For this writer, one of those was April 27, 1978.

  • Horseplayers' Coalition Unveiled by NTRA

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced April 22 the formation of the Horseplayers' Coalition, a consortium of horseplayers whose common objective is to seek legislative and regulatory solutions to tax and business issues that impact racing fans and pari-mutuel racetracks.

  • Commentary: Affirmed Career

    <i>by Patrice Wolfson </i> - Affirmed was both the focal point and cement that would bind my husband's and my wonderful 35-year relationship. From the outset of our marriage in Miami in 1972, we dearly enjoyed driving up to spend time at Harbor View Farm near Ocala

  • Horsemen Pitch ADW plan for Derby, Oaks

    Horsemen at odds with TrackNet Media Group over advance deposit wagering revenue sharing plans are suggesting a plan that would allow all ADWs to carry programs of both the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Arapahoe Park Names New Racing Secretary

    Stuart Slagle has been named the racing secretary for the upcoming season at Arapahoe Park, Mile High Racing and Entertainment announced April 21. Thirty-six days have been scheduled for the 2008 meet.

  • Triple Crown Talk (Video)

    BloodHorse.com Triple Crown Talk blogger Jason Shandler's video report on the Lexington Stakes (gr. II) and the injury to early Derby favorite War Pass.

  • Redoute&#39;s Choice, sire of Tuesday&#39;s sales topper at the Inglis Easter national yearling sale in Australia.

    'Redoute's' Colt Is An Easter Star

    Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager John Ferguson and Bob Ingham locked horns Tuesday during the third session of the Inglis Easter national yearling sale in Australia, and the battle produced a stunner. Ferguson was the winner, landing a Redoute's Choice colt for Aust$2.5 million (approximately $2.1 million in U.S. funds).

  • Roar of the Tiger

    Roar of the Tiger's First Winner

    Roar of the Tiger, a full brother to prominent sire Giant's Causeway, came through with his first winner April 16.

  • Reliving a Classic Rivalry: Part 1 of 4

    Recorded in 2008, Jockeys Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez look back on the rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar. Part 1 of 4: Jockeys Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez recall the beginnings of their friendship and the 2-year-old seasons of Affirmed and Alydar. A four part series: Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 1 Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 2 Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 3 Reliving a Classic Rivalry Part 4