Headlines for Sunday, April 27, 2008

  • Colonel John during his April 27 work at Churchill Downs.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: California Comets

    With each day, more and more questions are being answered. We now know Colonel John at least can work like the dickens on dirt; we know that Proud Spell will run in the Oaks, letting Bob Black Jack in the Derby; we know that Smooth Air is feeling fine again; and we know that Gayego is looking and training awesome.

  • Spenditallbaby was one of several upset winners on the April 27 Cal Gold Rush card at Hollywood Park.

    Maiden Harlene Leads Gold Rush Upsets

    The maiden Harlene, sent off at odds of 33-1, picked a good spot to break through with his first win in seven starts, winning the $250,000 Cal National Snow Chief by a neck at Hollywood Park April 27. The Snow Chief was the most lucrative stakes on the $1.3 million Gold Rush program

  • Adriano was one of several Derby hopefuls to work out at Churchill Downs Sunday morning.

    Daily Derby Notes: April 27

    Colonel John posts bullet five furlongs; Adriano, Bill Mott duo of Derby contenders also post workouts.

  • Duke of Marmalade Rules Prix Ganay

    Perennial bridesmaid Duke of Marmalade finally broke through for his first stakes victory, capturing the Prix Ganay (Fr-I) at Longchamp April 27 by a determined half-length over Saddex. The race marked the first group I race of the European flat season.

  • HRTV's Target Louisville - 4/27 (Video)

    HRTV's originally produced show on the Derby contenders. The show moves to Louisville and airs daily from Churchill Downs. Today's episode includes the news of the day, a report on the works from Sunday, and an update on the Derby status of the fillies trained by Larry Jones.

  • Mr. Wolverine scores a 1 3/4-length victory in the TVG Khaled Stakes at Hollywood Park April 27.

    Mr. Wolverine Crashes Lava Man's Party

    Mr. Wolverine spoiled the return of California star Lava Man in the $150,000 TVG Khaled Stakes April 27, getting control at the eighth pole and ambling to a 1 3/4-length victory at Hollywood Park.

  • Recapturetheglory, shown during a recent workout at Churchill Downs

    De Merics Rooting for Recapturetheglory

    Nick and Jaqui de Meric will have a special rooting interest in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Recapturetheglory, who will be running for the roses May 3 at Churchill Downs after capturing the Illinois Derby (gr. II) by four lengths, is a graduate of the couple's Florida-based pinhooking program.

  • Silver Tree glides to victory in the Fort Marcy (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct.

    8-Year-Old Silver Tree Takes Fort Marcy

    Peter Vegso's resilient 8-year-old homebred Silver Tree returned to the winner's circle for the first time since last August, stalking the pace and then pulling away in the stretch to win the $100,000 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) by 1 1/2 lengths April 27 on the Aqueduct turf.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen Aims for Sixth Ky. Stakes Win

    The Kentucky Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds has been the exclusive property of trainer Steve Asmussen for the past five years. Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Merkel will attempt to run the string to six May 1, when he faces seven foes in the $150,000, five-furlong race. A son of Forest Wildcat, Merkel will break from the rail under Shaun Bridgmohan. Asmussen scored in this race with Posse (2002), Cuvee (2003), Lunarpal (2004), Datrick (2006), and Rated Fiesty (2007), with all but Cuvee being owned by Heiligbrodt.

  • Dan Hendricks

    Hendricks Fined in Acepromazine Case

    Santa Anita stewards fined trainer Dan Hendricks $3,000 while staying a 30-day suspension as a result of a medication violation for acepromazine. Beau Greeley faces a California Horse Racing Board complaint as well.

  • Archipenko Overpowers HK's QE II Cup

    Archipenko produced an imposing stretch run under Kevin Shea to mow down his rivals in the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) for trainer Mike de Kock before 48,459 at Sha Tin April 27.

  • Good Ba Ba First Home, First 'In'

    John Yuen's 6-year-old gelding Good Ba Ba solidified his reputation as the top miler in the Far East Sunday by capturing the HK$1-million Champions Mile (HK-I) at Sha Tin and becomes the first horse to qualify for the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships through the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge series.

  • Colonel John turned in a sizzling five furlong work at Churchill Downs April 27.

    Colonel John Fires off :57 4/5 Work

    WinStar Farm's Colonel John, one of the favorites for Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), solidified his status with a scintillating five-furlong bullet work over the main track at Churchill Downs Sunday morning.

  • Court Vision gets in a five furlong work at Churchill Downs April 27.

    Mott Horses on Track

    Concerned about forecasts for rain in upcoming days, trainer Bill Mott worked his two contenders for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Sunday, April 27.

  • Adriano worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs April 27.

    Adriano Drills 5Fs in 1:00 4/5

    Adriano worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Sunday morning in preparation for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The striking chestnut son of A.P. Indy got the distance in 1:00 4/5 under exercise rider Xavier Aizpuru.

  • Smooth Air returned to the track April 27 after missing two days of training due to a fever.

    Smooth Air Back on the Track

    Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air and 70-year-old trainer Bennie Stutts saw things return to normal Sunday, April 27, at Churchill Downs, including the colt's temperature, appetite and morning regimen.

  • Proud Spell will run in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs.

    Proud Spell to Oaks Only

    Former Kentucky Gov. Brereton C. Jones said April 27 that Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner Proud Spell would be pointed only to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and not the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Sebring takes the Golden Slipper.

    Sebring is an Aussie Star in the Making

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P>Sebring, who is being called the best Austrailian juvenile in many years, is keeping the momentum rolling for sire More Than Ready. The Vinery stallion is proving to be a solid sire in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

  • Sunday Morning Line: Twice on Sunday

    Mike Barnes is a big LSU fan. He can't help but hide it. The exercise rider's helmet has the distinctive "LSU" logo that adorns the Tiger's football helmets. "I bleed purple and gold," the Louisiana native says. "I've been a fan since birth."