Headlines for Monday, April 7, 2008

  • MTR Gaming Touts 2008 as Better Year

    In an April 7 conference call where an executive announced an end to a workers' strike at its signature racino, MTR Gaming Group also claimed its 2007 financial performance was a product of a four-year business plan to diversify and strengthen the company.

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    Ky. Derby Trail: Tale of the Colonel

    Well, we're down to our final two major preps, the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) and Arkansas Derby (gr. II), with the Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) and Holy Bull (gr. III) thrown in for good measure. The question right now is: what did we learn from last Saturday's preps?

  • Ron Ellis will be the trainer for Hisbiscus Stable's California string of horses.

    Hibiscus Stables to Add West Coast

    Hibiscus Stables has announced an agreement with Ron Ellis to train its California-based horses as part of its West Coast expansion.

  • Lone Star Park

    Leary to Head Lone Star Communications

    Dan Leary has been named director of communications for Lone Star Park in Texas. Leary has nearly three decades of sports public relations experience, including 14 years in the Thoroughbred racing industry at six different racetracks.

  • Indiana Derby (gr. III) winner Zanjero is training at Keeneland.

    Zanjero, Grasshopper, Kip Deville Work

    Winchell Thoroughbreds graded stakes winner Zanjero worked five furlongs at Keeneland in 1:00.60 for trainer Steve Asmussen, Monday, April 7

  • Gerard Melancon

    Inside Track: Record Smasher

    <i>By Gary McMillen</i> - Records are made to be broken. Yada, yada, yada. You never hear anybody say that records are made to be smashed.

  • Pyro works under the lights at Keeneland on April 7.

    Pyro in Final Blue Grass Tuneup

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Pyro turned in his final major prep for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) by working a half-mile in :50.60 early Monday morning at Keeneland.

  • Moscow Ballet dead at age 26

    Moscow Ballet Dies at Age 26

    Moscow Ballet, among the leading sires in California, died April 4 at John Harris' farm near Coalinga, California.

  • Ohio Groups Launch Equine Coalition

    The Ohio horse industry has officially launched the Ohio Equine Industry Coalition, which is designed to find solutions to what it calls an "economic crisis" for the industry.

  • Lava Man is scheduled to make his 2008 debut in the $150,000 Khaled Stakes April 27 at Hollywood Park.

    Lava Man on Schedule for Khaled Stakes

    Lava Man, who worked six furlongs under regular exercise rider Tony Romero in 1:14 2/5 at Hollywood Park April 5, is "on target" to make his 2008 debut in the $150,000 Khaled Stakes April 27, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Arneault Plans to Exit MTR Gaming

    MTR Gaming in its annual report said it lost $11.4 million in 2007 and announced Ted Arneault will step down as chairman and chief executive officer at the end of the year.

  • NBC Adds to Derby Broadcast

    NBC Sports announced April 7 it has added 30 minutes of coverage to its broadcast of the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) from Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3.