Headlines for Sunday, April 6, 2008

  • Eight Belles was the 5-1 favorite at the April 6 close of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool 3.<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%3D3918868%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Eight Belles Narrow Oaks Future Favorite

    Fox Hill Farms' Eight Belles, who made the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park her fourth consecutive victory, emerged as a narrow favorite as the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager concluded April 6.

  • Big Brown (3-1) Tops Final Derby Pool

    Unbeaten Big Brown, the dominating winner of last week's Florida Derby (gr. I), took on the look of the ultimate favorite for the $2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when he finished as a solid 3-1 choice in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2008 Derby Future Wager.

  • Tiz Elemental (right) wins the Las Flores Handicap(gr. III) April 6 at Santa Anita, her fourth consecutive victory.

    'Tiz' Sisters Score Rare Stakes Double

    Favored Tiz Elemental made a successful graded stakes debut in the $150,000 Las Flores Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita April 6. One race later, her full sister, Tiz a Blend, also won a stakes for the same connections -- owner/breeder Warren Williamson and red-hot trainer Carla Gaines. Gaines has won with 11 of her last 15 starters.

  • Eight Belles won her third consecutive stakes in the Fantasy (gr. II) April 6 at Oaklawn.

    Fantasy: Eight Belles Scores Another Win

    Eight Belles continued her quest to become the best 3-year-old filly in the nation, as the daughter of Unbridled's Song overcame a poor start to win by three-quarters of a length in the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) April 6 at Oaklawn Park, her third consecutive stakes triumph.

  • Big Brown is undefeated going into next month's Kentucky Derby (gr. I). <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%3D4021954%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown No Big Deal As a Sale Horse

    Undefeated Big Brown is a big deal on this year's Triple Crown trail following his March 29 Florida Derby (gr. I) triumph. But when he was younger, the strapping bay colt was overshadowed by horses with fancier pedigrees that sold for higher prices.

  • Keep Laughing (inside, white silks) hangs on over Hatta Fort to take the Lafayette at Keeneland April 6.

    Keep Laughing May Be Preakness Bound

    Vision Racing's Keep Laughing made a successful leap from the maiden ranks to stakes winner, holding off Hatta Fort by a nose to take the $110,300 Lafayette April 6 at Keeneland, and in the process may have stamped his ticket to the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Bob Black Jack's owners are considering running the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). <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%3D3399818%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby Try 'An Option' for Bob Black Jack

    Colonel John was all set to run for the roses the morning after his late-running victory in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), but the trainer for the runner-up, the persevering Bob Black Jack, plans to weigh his options.

  • Tropical Park Derby (gr. IIIT) winner Cowboy Cal is being pointed to the April 12 Blue Grass (gr. I).

    Pletcher Works Pair For Blue Grass

    Trainer Todd Pletcher was at Keeneland April 6 for the first time during the spring meet to oversee his horses stabled here, including the 3-year-olds Cowboy Cal and Monba. Both colts worked before sunrise, Monba in company with Ready's Image at about 6:15 a.m., and Cowboy Cal some 45 minutes later.

  • Scrappy Roo won the John B. Connally Turf Cup (gr. IIIT).

    Scrappy Roo Won't Be Denied in Connally

    Texas bred Scrappy Roo held off the rallying Going Ballistic by a head in the $168,500 John B. Connally Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) on closing night at Sam Houston State Park April 5, earning his fifth consecutive victory.