Headlines for Friday, April 25, 2008

  • HRTV's Target Louisville - 4/24 (Video)

    HRTV's originally produced weekly show on top Derby prospects and the road to the Triple Crown. This week's episode includes a recap of the injury report, works by Big Truck and Tale of Ekati, a recap of the Coolmore Lexington, Gary Stevens' thoughts from Kentucky, what makes a good Derby Work, a focus on Bob Black Jack, including an interview with his trainer, James Kasparoff, and Jeff Siegel's Top 10.

  • Rodney Burnett in his specially built wagon pulled by his two Morgan Horses, Jonas and King Regent, stop during a practice run near their Williston, FL Home.

    Paraplegic's Cross-Country Trip

    Longtime racetrack worker and paraplegic Rodney Burnett to make a 2,500-mile cross-country trip to raise awareness and funds for backstretch workers through the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, stem cell research through the Paralysis Project of America, and fund a therapeutic riding center in Ocala, Fla.

  • MEC Eyes Options After Oregon Rejection

    Magna Entertainment Corp. said it is "considering all of its legal options" after the Oregon Racing Commission rejected its request to allow installation of Instant Racing gaming terminals at Portland Meadows April 25.

  • Big Booster returned to the grass to win the marathon San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap.

    A Big Boost From Synthethic Surfaces

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P> Two years ago, Big Booster was a $35,000-$39,000 claimer running at Belmont Park. Today, he has the honor of being a grade II winner, having just taken the San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita Park. The move west and several goes over the synthetic turf reinvigorated Big Booster's racing career.

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    Lava Man's Comeback Tops Gold Rush Card

    The return of three-time Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Lava Man and a 13-horse field in the richest event of the day, the $250,000 Cal National Snow Chief Stakes, highlights the $1.3-million Cal National Gold Rush program at Hollywood Park April 27.

  • The Morning Line Returns for Derby 134

    It's baaaack. Starting Sunday, April 27, and running daily through Kentucky Derby day, May 3, The Morning Line returns to bloodhorse.com. The feature, first unveiled during the 2006 run up to the Kentucky Derby, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the participants and players of Thoroughbred racing during racing's major events.

  • Sanata Anita

    Santa Anita Figs Dip After Messy Start

    Hurt by its early-season cancellation of 11 racing days, Santa Anita concluded its winter/spring meet April 20 with decreases in overall handle and attendance. But officials were breathing a sigh of relief that it wasn't worse.

  • Jockey Mario Pino will be Honorary Postmaster for Preakness 133 Station.

    Alibi Breakfast Award Winners Announced

    Turf writer Sean Clancy, photographer Brandon Benson, columnist Dick Jerardi and sports producer Mike Pupo will be honored by the Maryland Jockey Club with this year's Preakness media awards during the annual Alibi Breakfast May 15 at Pimlico's Terrace Dining Room.

  • Proud Spell&#39;s connections are leaning towards the Oaks rather than the Derby.

    Daily Oaks Notes: April 25

    Awesome Chic, Little Belle, and Pure Clan work, A to the Croft gallops, Proud Spell 95% committed to Oaks.

  • Dancing Forever draws away in the Elkorn under Rene Douglas.

    Dancing Forever Wins Elkhorn by a Length

    Phipps Stable's Dancing Forever came three-wide into the final turn, collared Drilling for Oil mid-stretch, and hit the wire in front to take the Fifth Third Elkhorn (gr. IIT) by a length to close out the Keeneland fall meet stakes program.

  • Street Sense Team to Sign New Derby Book

    The team that won the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with Street Sense will reunite at Churchill Downs, the scene of their stirring victory, for a special book signing April 27

  • The next work for Colonel John, shown in a April 20 work at Santa Anita, will be determined by the weather.

    Daily Derby Notes: April 25

    Trainers watching weather, Colonel John, Denis of Cork, and Gayego gallop, Anak Nakal and Recapturetheglory work.

  • Canterbury Park Live Season Begins May 3

    The 2008 live racing season at Canterbury Park begins May 3, Kentucky Derby day, with an opening day program that will feature nine Thoroughbred races, including the fourth running of the $50,000 Shot of Gold Stakes.

  • Silver Tree has been assigned the high weight in the Fort Marcy Handicap at Aqueduct April 26.

    Silver Tree Heads Fort Marcy

    Although he failed to win his most recent start at Gulfstream Park, Peter Vegso's homebred Silver Tree turned in a solid effort in that April 5 race and has been assigned the high weight in the $100,000 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct April 27, closing day at the New York track.

  • Blue Grass Stakes winner Monba.

    Intense Concentration

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Monba's success could be tied to an intensifying of the influences of La Troienne. The Derby contender's pedigree is rich in the blood of Raise a Native and Buckpasser.

  • Javier Castellano

    Derby Jockey Profile: Javier Castellano

    Javier Castellano buys you a drink, then wraps the glass in a napkin so your hands don't get cold. If you're standing and he's sitting, he jumps up to offer his chair. In the paddock, greeting owners, he doffs his helmet with remarkable chivalry. And he loves puppies and kittens, which has nothing to do with racing, but adds to his delightful personality. We've dubbed him the most charming jockey riding in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Manoel Cruz

    Derby Jockey Profile: Manoel Cruz

    Manoel Cruz has never won a grade I race, and his most significant career victory came in a grade II event with a purse of $200,000. On May 3, he'll tackle the $2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) aboard Smooth Air.

  • Cardinal winner Criminologist takes on four in the Beaugay Handicap.

    Criminologist Heads Small Beaugay Field

    Only four other runners will go up against the Shug McGaughey-trained Criminologist in her second start of the season, but those four have solid credentials and equal chances at taking the $100,000 Beaugay Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct April 26.

  • Edgar Prado

    Prado Meets Pure Clan

    Pure Clan and jockey Edgar Prado met for the first time, while Awesome Chic went for a trip around the Churchill Downs oval, and trainer Dallas Stewart has yet to decide if he will start Honest Pursuit in the Oaks.

  • Breeders' Cup Ticket Procedures Outlined

    Ticket applications for the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships, hosted by Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita Park, will be mailed beginning Thursday, May 1.