Headlines for Saturday, April 26, 2008

  • Askim Wins the Maryland Hunt Cup

    Irv Naylor's Askim took the lead between the last two fences, and then withstood a final rally from Coal Dust to win the 112th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup timber stakes April 26.

  • Apache Cat takes the T. J. Smith Stakes under Corey Brown.

    Apache Cat Pounces in the T.J. Smith

    Apache Cat takes the group I T.J. Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick over fellow group-I winners Takeover Target and Magnus, thus stamping his ticket to England's Royal Ascot in May.

  • Surf Cat overtakes Desert Code to win the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap for the second time in the past three years.

    Surf Cat Gets Up in Mervyn LeRoy

    Multiple grade II winner Surf Cat teamed with Alex Solis to win the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) for the second time in the past three years April 26 at Hollywood Park.

  • Sebring pulls away in the Sires' Produce Stakes.

    Sebring Scores in the Sires' Produce

    One week after his Golden Slipper victory, Sebring wins the Sire's Produce Stakes, the second leg of the 2-year-old Australian Triple Crown. He will contest the one-mile Champagne Stakes May 3 in an attempt to sweep the series.

  • Bold Chieftain Chugs to Bay Meadows 'Cap

    Heavily favored Bold Chieftain, ridden by Russell Baze, took command with a furlong to go and edged away from pacesetting Our Partner for a driving two-length victory in the $124,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap at the San Mateo track April 26.

  • Monterey Jazz Knows Tune in Texas Mile

    Southern California invader Monterey Jazz led the $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) procession nearly every step of the way to register an eight-length laugher over five overmatched foes at Lone Star Park April 26.

  • Peppers Pride cruises to win number 16 in the Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap.

    Peppers Pride Equals Mark With Number 16

    Undefeated Peppers Pride equaled Thoroughbred racing's record of 16 consecutive victories when she came from off the pace to win the $75,000 Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park and Casino in Farmington, N.M., April 26.

  • Sporting Art rallies to win the Calder Derby.

    Clement Takes Two on Calder Derby Day

    Trainer Christophe Clement took two of four stakes events on the card during Calder Race Course's inaugural Turf Million day, including the $400,000 Calder Derby (gr. IIIT) with Jon and Sarah Kelly's 3-year-old Sporting Art.

  • Jockey Willie Martinez had five wins at Tampa Bay Downs April 26.

    First Win for Kifer; Martinez Collects 5

    Jockey Willie Martinez recorded five wins at Tampa Bay Downs April 26 and apprentice rider Carie Kifer celebrated her first trip to the winner circle when she guided Nav Quatorze to victory in the opening race.

  • Macho Again powers to victory in the Derby Trial.

    Macho Again Overpowers Derby Trial

    West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again had the determination to overcome four graded stakes winners, plus four others, when he powered to the lead in the $115,200 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs April 26.

  • Criminologist overtakes All Is Vanity in the Beaugay.
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    Criminologist Steals Beaugay in Stretch

    Last after a half-mile, Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable's Criminologist began her assault on the lead into the final turn and needed only half the stretch to strike the front, as the 5-year-old mare won by a measured half-length under John Velazquez in the $100,000 Beaugay Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 26 on the Aqueduct turf.

  • Garrett Gomez

    Derby Jockey Profile: Garrett Gomez

    With a nationwide network of top clients and an agent who keeps him on the country's best horses, Garrett "Go-Go" Gomez used up enough frequent flier miles last year to earn him plenty of free trips to Louisville. Now the key is finding a winner in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • HRTV's Target Louisville - 4/26 (Video)

    HRTV's originally produced show on the Derby contenders. The show moves to Louisville and begins airing daily. Today's episode includes the news of the day, a report on the works from the week, and an Oaks update.

  • David Flores

    Derby Jockey Profile: David Flores

    David Flores has been around the block a time or two, but he has yet to find his way to the Kentucky Derby winner's circle. This year, he has two potential mounts in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Alcibiades winner Country Star continues to prepare for a start in the Kentucky Oaks.

    Daily Oaks Notes: April 26

    A to the Croft and Country Star Work, Eight Belles and Proud Spell to work Sunday, Bsharpsonata gallops.

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    Harlem Rocker Defeats J Be K in Withers

    Stronach Stables' homebred Harlem Rocker caught pacesetter J Be K in mid-stretch and drew clear for a convincing 2 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) April 26 on the Aqueduct dirt, staying undefeated in three starts.

  • Colonel John grazing with trainer Eoin Harty.

    Daily Derby Notes: April 26

    Big Brown to ship Monday, Big Truck and Tale of Ekati arrive, Gayego Works, Smooth Air fights Fever, Monba and Cowboy Cal work at Keeneland, Colonel John gallops.

  • Nom Du Jeu draws off in the Australian Derby under Jeff Lloyd.

    New Zealand-Breds Score in Aussie Derby

    The introduction of shuttlers and the vast improvement in the breeding industry in New Zealand over the past 10 years are starting to pay big dividends for the Kiwis now. This was showcased on a heavy turf track at Royal Randwick in Sydney April 26, when two Kiwi-bred and -trained horses ran first and second in the Aus$1.8 million (U.S $1.7 million) group I David Jones AJC Australian Derby.

  • Triple Honour carries Glen Boss to his fifth Doncaster victory.

    Boss Back From Hong Kong for Another Win

    Glen Boss by name and certainly boss of the group I Doncaster Handicap by nature as the champion rider, who now lives in Hong Kong, swept away his fifth Doncaster with a faultless display aboard the brilliant 3-year-old Triple Honour at Royal Randwick April 26.

  • Arkansas Derby winner Gayego working at Churchill Downs on April 26.

    Lobo, Smith Fly in for Gayego Work

    Trainer Paulo Lobo and jockey Mike Smith flew to Louisville, Ky., from California April 26 for the final work by Gayego before the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

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    Monba, Cowboy Cal Work at Keeneland

    Before the running of last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Keeneland Race Course was overrun with trainers whose potential contenders were squeezing in final works prior to shipping up to Churchill Downs. This year, Todd Pletcher cut a lonely figure along the rail at the Lexington oval as he sent Behindatthebar to gallop and then watched Monba and Cowboy Cal complete their final preparations April 26.

  • Smooth Air with trainer Bennie Stutts on April 26.

    Smooth Air's Derby Start in Jeopardy

    Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air spiked a slight fever Thursday that prevented his going to the track for a scheduled gallop in preparation for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Target Louisville 4/26 Part 3

    Oaks update including works from Pure clan and A to the Croft. Plus, Gary Stevens' thoughts on key works.