Articles posted April 4, 2008

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Hendricks Faces Acepromazine Complaint

Hendricks Faces Acepromazine Complaint

Dan Hendricks faces a complaint from the California Horse Racing Board alleging that a horse in the trainer's care, Lotacat, tested in excess for the allowable level for a metabolite of acepromazine, a commonly used tranquilizer in horses. A hearing is scheduled April 13 at Santa Anita.

Eight Belles Faces Three in Fantasy

Eight Belles Faces Three in Fantasy

Though Larry Jones was tempted to run his ultra-talented 3-year-old filly Eight Belles against the boys in the $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) April 12, the trainer has decided to take the safer route, and instead will line up the daughter of Unbridled's Song in the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) April 6 at Oaklawn Park.

'Brown' Drawing Big Bandwagon

'Brown' Drawing Big Bandwagon


Where have we seen this before? A modestly-bred Danzig-line horse, after leading throughout to score a devastating win in a grade I classic trial on his second start of the year, becomes a favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Most Lesions Don't Affect Performance

Researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia have found that the majority of lesions found radiographically in sale yearlings have no effect on their racetrack performance when they are 2 and 3 years old.

Keeneland Trustee Buddy Bishop Dead

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Keeneland Trustee Buddy Bishop Dead

Keeneland trustee William T. "Buddy" Bishop III, whose lifelong service to the track also included positions as director, secretary, and counsel, died Thursday at his home.

HRTV's Target Louisville - 4/03 (Video)

HRTV's Target Louisville - 4/03 (Video)

HRTV's originally produced weekly show on top Derby prospects and the road to the Triple Crown. This week's episode includes an update on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, a recap of the Florida Derby, an interview with Eoin Harty, trainer of Colonel John; and previews of the Wood Memorial, Illinois Derby, and Santa Anita Derby.

NYRA, Jockey Club to Host Belmont Bash

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NYRA, Jockey Club to Host Belmont Bash

The "Rags to Riches Belmont Bash," hosted by the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club, will be held June 5 at the Clubhouse at Meadowbrook Pointe in Westbury, N.Y. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Belmont Child Care Association. Tickets are $250.

New Zealand Tests Imports for Equine Flu

MAF Biosecurity New Zealand is retesting samples taken from horses imported directly from the United States to the Karaka quarantine facility due to conflicting test results that indicate the presence of equine influenza, the Sportsman of Australia has reported.

Downey: War Pass Could Give 'Em the Slip

Before I looked twice at the past performances, I was concerned that trainer Nick Zito ordered the final Wood Memorial workout for War Pass nine days before the grade I race. But then I realized the trainer was following a pattern familiar to him and his horse.

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