Headlines for Wednesday, April 23, 2008

  • Del Mar Adds Three New Board Members

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has added three new members to its board of directors and announced Betty L. Mabee, a board member since 2002, will now serve in the role of director emeritus.

  • Higher Purses, Twlight Racing at Suffolk

    Suffolk Downs will conduct Friday twilight racing in the months of June, July, and August, the track announced as it introduced its complete racing schedule and several other initiatives for the 2008 live racing season, which begins May 3.

  • Rags to Riches grazing at Ashford Stud.

    Hangin' at Home With Rags to Riches

    One year ago, Rags to Riches was a superstar on the racetrack and the favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Today, she is an expectant mother spending her retirement days at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

  • Diamond Diva finishes strong to take the Wilshire on opening day at Hollywood Park.

    Diamond Diva Sparkles in Hollywood Debut

    British import Diamond Diva overcame her outside post position to register a sharp win from off the pace in the $110,800 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) at one mile on opening day of the Hollywood Park spring/summer meet.

  • Kentucky Derby: Graded Stakes Earnings

    The field for the 134th running of the $2-million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Saturday, May 3, at Churchill Downs is limited to 20 horses. Here is a look at graded stakes earnings for Kentucky Derby 134 nominees through April 23, 2008.

  • Hollywood Park

    Final Season for Hollywood Park?

    Hollywood Park may be celebrating its 70th anniversary season, but the question remains, will the Southern California track be around in 2009 for its 71st? "I just don't know -- nobody knows," said F. Jack Liebau, Hollywood Park president, on opening day, April 23.

  • Brass Hat will make the 24th start of his career in the Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland April 25.

    Brass Hat Faces Full Elkhorn Field

    Fred Bradley's homebred Brass Hat will make the 24th start of his career in the $200,000 Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland April 25, but he'll be up against a field of established turf contenders like morning line favorite Stream of Gold, second choice True Cause, Drilling for Oil, Dancing Forever, and Transduction Gold.

  • Undefeated Peppers Pride will go for her record-tying 16th consecutive victory in the Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap.

    Going for Record, Peppers Pride Faces 8

    Undefeated Peppers Pride will go for her record-tying 16th consecutive victory when she takes on eight fellow New Mexico-bred fillies and mares April 26 in the $75,000 Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap at SunRay Park and Casino in Farmington, NM.

  • Edgar Prado

    Prado Hospitalized, Released After Spill

    Edgar Prado was hospitalized, but quickly released April 23 following a spill at Keeneland Race Course. The Peruvian jockey, who will ride Adriano in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) for trainer H. Graham Motion, had been aboard another Motion trainee in the seventh race at the Lexington oval when the accident occurred.

  • Ramon Dominguez

    Derby Jockey Profile: Ramon Dominguez

    In 2006, Ramon Dominguez rode Bluegrass Cat to a second-place finish behind Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). He was close enough to practically taste the victory, and this year he's chasing it with renewed determination aboard the Todd Pletcher-trained Monba, his fifth Derby contender.

  • Robby Albarado

    Derby Jockey Profile: Robby Albarado

    In spite of his affinity for Louisville, Robby Albarado is missing a victory in the race that makes that city famous. He'll be chasing that win in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) aboard the Steve Asmussen-trained Z Fortune, while making his 10th start in the race May 3.

  • Suffolk to Offer Twilight Racing in 2008

    Suffolk Downs will conduct Friday twilight racing in the months of June, July and August, the track announced April 23, as it introduced its complete racing schedule and several other initiatives for the 2008 live racing season, which runs May 3 through Nov. 8.

  • Davona Dale winner Bsharpsonata worked this morning 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%3D3741923%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Camacho Confident in Bsharpsonata

    Jockey Eric Camacho was in Louisville April 23 to work Cloverleaf Farm's Bsharpsonata, from the Tim Salzman stable, one of the favorites in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. The daughter of Pulpit was sharp in her five-furlong breeze, stopping the clock in :59.80, the third fastest drill of the morning at the famed Kentucky oval.

  • Jockey Reunion Saturday at Bay Meadows

    Bay Meadows Race Course, whose final spring meeting ends next month, is hosting a reunion of retired jockeys and other racing personnel during its April 26 racing program, which is headlined by the $125,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap.

  • Daily Oaks Notes: April 23

    Bsharpsonata, Golden Doc A work together, Highest Class and Honest Pursuit still possible for Oaks, A to the Croft, Awesome Chic, and Pure Clan Gallop.

  • Sporting Art and Flying Dismount, shown finishing 1-2 in the Palm Beach, meet again in the Calder 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%3D4008355%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stablemates Meet Again in Calder Derby

    Jon and Sarah Kelly's Sporting Art and Peachtree Stable's Flying Dismount, the one-two finishers in the March 29 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT), will meet again April 26 in the $400,000 Calder Derby (gr. IIIT), as the rivals top a full field of 3-year-olds on the Calder Race Course turf.

  • Guild Plan Submitted; Gertmenian Out

    Two days after the Jockeys' Guild filed a formal plan of reorganization in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the U.S. Trustee overseeing the action dropped the group's former national manager Wayne Gertmenian from the unsecured creditors committee.

  • Santa Anita Derby winner Colonel John galloped today at Churchill Downs.

    Daily Derby Notes: April 23

    Pyro jogs a mile, Smooth Air jogs 2 miles, change in work plans for Recapturetheglory, Tale of Ekati works at Keeneland

  • Better Than Honour, the dam of Belmont winner Rags to Riches (shown, blue silks) was named Top Kentucky Broodmare for 2007.<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>

    Better Than Honour Tops in Kentucky

    The board of directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) honored the breeders of the 2007 Kentucky-bred champions and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) leaders at its annual luncheon April 23 at Keeneland.

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  • Jody Phillips of Darby Dan Farm Dead

    Joan "Jody" Phillips, whose father started prominent Darby Dan Farm, died April 21 at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Atlantic City will not send out the simulcast signal of their six-day live meet, which begins April 23.

    No Simulcasts for Atlantic City

    Atlantic City Race Course, which opened April 23 for six days of all-turf racing, will not send out the simulcast signal of its live meet due to a disagreement with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

  • Dubai Special Part 2

    Part 2 of 4: Beyond the race track, experience the culture of Dubai.