Headlines for Wednesday, March 11, 2009

  • And They're Off: Derby Contest (Video)

    In this episode, Lenny and Steve discuss the upcoming Derby preps, including the Louisiana Derby, the San Felipe, and the Rebel, Bob Baffert's Hall of Fame quest, and Helen Pitts and Einstein. Plus, win a Backside Tour Derby Week, with the Derby Contest!

  • And They're Off: Derby Contest

    Lenny and Steve discuss the upcoming Derby preps, including the Louisiana Derby, the San Felipe, and the Rebel, Bob Baffert's Hall of Fame quest, and Helen Pitts and Einstein. Plus, win a Backside Tour Derby Week, with the Derby Contest! View the complete And They're Off Derby Contest Rules.

  • Santa Maria winner Santa Teresita takes on Life Is Sweet and 5 other in the Santa Margarita.<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%3D7752599%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Santa Teresita to Tackle Life Is Sweet

    Santa Teresita, surprise winner of the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) at odds of 13-1 one month ago, figures to be a considerably shorter price when she takes on six older fillies and mares in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) March 14.

  • NY Officials Scramble for Aqueduct Bids

    As state officials in New York scrambled to re-group following the collapse of the Delaware North plan to build a casino at Aqueduct racetrack, at least one of the former bidding groups said it would be interested in making a new bid on the long-stalled project.

  • Pioneerof the Nile faces 6 in the San Felipe.

    Pioneerof the Nile Strong 'Felipe Choice

    Pioneerof the Nile, heading into the $200,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 14 as the West Coast's top Triple Crown contender, takes on an ambitious group of six up-and-coming colts at Santa Anita.

  • Churchill to Benefit Charity on Oaks Day

    Churchill Downs, host of the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, have announced a partnership to raise funds to aid in breast cancer awareness and research.

  • Smooth Air won the 2008 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS628937%2Fphoto%2F3215411%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Smooth Air Set Up Well For Gulf 'Cap

    If his last race is any indication, Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air should be set up for a big run in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) on March 14 at Gulfstream Park, a race that has been shortened from 1 3/16 miles to one mile this season.

  • Big Drama is now off the Kentucky Derby Trail.

    Wagering Suspended on Big Drama in KDFW

    Harold Queen's Big Drama, who won the Delta Jackpot (gr. III) and swept the Florida Stallion Stakes series last year at Calder Race Course, is no longer being pointed toward the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and wagering on the colt has been suspended for Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens its four-day run March 12.

  • Casinos Versus Racetrack Slots in Ohio

    In anticipation of a push by a consortium for casino gambling in Ohio's four largest cities, the Ohio State Racing Commission is formulating its own legislative proposal for video lottery terminals at the state's seven racetracks.

  • Denise's Gift

    Inside Track: Gift of the Heart

    Even though Iain Holmes didn't pioneer the concept of using a Thoroughbred racehorse's name to raise awareness for a cause, the fact he's used that platform to promote the act of saving lives via organ donations still deserves some accolades.

  • OTOBA Names 2008 Oregon Champions

    Ex Mountain Cop was named 2008 Oregon Horse of the Year and champion older male at the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association's Annual Awards Banquet March 7 at Portland Meadows.

  • Aqueduct video gaming legislation was approved eight years ago.

    NY Breeders: Expedite Aqueduct VLT Plan

    The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, disturbed by a delay in a plan for thousands of video lottery terminals at Aqueduct, called the situation "inexplicable" and said Gov. David Paterson should put the project on "war footing."

  • DRF, NYRA Host Hirsch Tribute Service

    The Daily Racing Form, together with the New York Racing Association, invites family, horsemen, media, and friends to remember and celebrate the life of turf writer Joe Hirsch during Belmont Stakes Week. The tribute service will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 5 at Belmont Park in the North Shore Terrace (4th floor Clubhouse level).

  • The Edwin Gregson Foundation will honor Mike Pegram at a dinner on March 13.

    Gregson Foundation to Honor Mike Pegram

    Thoroughbred owner Mike Pegram will be honored at a dinner presented by the Edwin Gregson Foundation, which helps provide college scholarships to the children of backstretch workers.

  • Dreaming of Anna

    Dreaming of Anna in Foal to Street Cry

    Dreaming of Anna, Eclipse champion and winner of the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) has been confirmed in foal to Street Cry, according to Three Chimneys Farm.

  • Tiznow

    Tiznow Colt Tops Barretts Sale

    A son of Horse of the Year Tiznow brought $650,000 to top the Barretts sale March 10 at the Hinds Pavilion in Pomona, Calif. Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables purchased the colt on a telephone bid from the Wavertree Stables consignment

  • Catastrophic Injuries Spike at Turfway

    <P>After going a month with no fatalities, Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky was the site of five catastrophic injuries during an eight-day period in February, according to state veterinarian Bryce Peckham, DVM. <P>During his monthly report March 10 to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Peckham said the fatalities occurred between Feb. 13 and Feb. 21...