Headlines for Thursday, April 3, 2008

  • Santa Anita Handicap winner Heatseeker heads to Arkansas for the Oaklawn Handicap.<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%3D3724186%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Heatseeker Ventures East for Oaklawn H.

    After gaining national prominence with his late-running victory in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) nearly five weeks ago, Heatseeker is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) April 5.

  • Magna Graduate, shown winning the 2007 Excelsior, looks to break a seven-racing losing streak in this year's version.<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%3D979269%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Magna Graduate Returns to Excelsior

    Elisabeth Alexander's Magna Graduate, winner of last year's $200,000 Excelsior Handicap (gr. III), will look to break a seven-racing losing streak when he returns to the 1 1/8-mile event at Aqueduct April 5.

  • War Pass heads a field of 10 in the $750,000 Wood Memorial.<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%3D3670138%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    War Pass Has Questions to Answer in Wood

    Nick Zito has not lost faith in War Pass. True, the colt has questions to answer after finishing last as the 1-20 choice in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III). But the trainer saw his 2007 juvenile champ at his best during a five-race winning streak that carried over into this season, and he's hoping that side is revealed again when the son of Cherokee Run heads a field of 10 in Aqueduct's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I).

  • J Be K Turns Back For Bay Shore

    Zayat Stables' J Be K is no longer on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) trail, but the lightly-raced 3-year-old will try to score his first graded stakes victory April 5 when he takes on seven sprinters in the $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

  • Undefeated Bustin Stones recently won the General George (gr.II) at Laurel Park Feb. 18.

    East Meets West in Carter Handicap

    Bustin Stones and Spring at Last, two horses at the top of their game, meet in an East vs. West showdown in the $300,000 Carter Handicap (gr.I) at Aqueduct April 5.

  • War Pass has drawn post position number five in the $750,000 Wood Memorial.<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%3D3670138%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    War Pass Draws Post Five in Wood

    Robert LaPenta's War Pass has drawn post position number five in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I), an April 5 prep for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) that has drawn a field of 10 3-year-old contenders.

  • Curlin arrives at Belmont Park.

    Curlin Ships Back to Belmont from Dubai

    Fresh off his impressive victory in the March 29 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin shipped into Belmont Park April 2 to begin his quarantine period after spending the past several weeks in Dubai.

  • Dr. Steve Allday addressed the April 2 Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club meeting at Keeneland.

    Allday Addresses Farm Managers' Club

    Dr. Steve Allday urged small breeding operations to create and maintain lines of communication with racetrack practitioners in comments made during the April 2 Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club meeting at Keeneland.

  • Fountain of Youth winner Cool Coal Man is scheduled to start next in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 12.<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%3D3670147%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cool Coal Man Sharp in Churchill Work

    Robert LaPenta's Cool Coal Man, a major contender for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), prepped for a planned run in the April 12 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland with a sharp half-mile work at Churchill Downs April 3.

  • NBC Airs Derby Preps

    NBC will present live coverage of a pair of grade I preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when it airs the Santa Anita Derby and Wood Memorial live Saturday, April 5, from 5-6 p.m. ET.

  • Downey Profile: Atoned the Real Appeal

    In the Grade II Illinois Derby, Denis of Cork won't get the dream trip he had in the Grade III Southwest Stakes. And his plans have been changed twice since that race. So will he come through in Chicago on Saturday?

  • Momentum

    Momentum's First Winner

    Momentum, a California grade III winner, was represented by his first winner when his daughter Aromatica won March 28.