Headlines for Wednesday, March 18, 2009

  • The Hialeah Walking Ring, circa 1965.

    Hialeah OK'd for Quarter Horse Racing

    Hialeah Park received a Quarter Horse permit from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering on March 17, with an apparent mandate to begin that racing by March 17, 2010.

  • The Pamplemousse took the Sham in his most recent start.<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%3D7833329%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    The Pamplemousse in Sharp 'Anita Drill

    The Pamplemousse, prepping for the April 4 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and a showdown with Pioneerof the Nile, worked five furlongs on Pro-Ride March 18 in :59 4/5 under regular rider Alex Solis.

  • Jockey Anisete Leon Gets First U.S. Win

    Jockey Anisete Leon, a veteran jockey from the Dominican Republic, recorded his first U.S. victory March 18 at Golden Gate Fields when he guided Archie T to a three-length victory in the sixth race.

  • Multiple graded stakes winner Spring House leads the field for the San Luis Rey 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%3D5636563%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    San Luis Rey Distance Fits Spring House

    Multiple graded stakes winner Spring House, who snapped out of his recent slump with a repeat victory in the San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT) last month, returns in almost identical conditions for the $150,000 San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita March 21.

  • El Kingdom; Hip #383; colt; El Prado - Rabiadella by Dynaformer was the top-seller, bringing $450,000.

    OBS March Sale Gross Declines 38%

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. closed out the two-day run of its March select juvenile auction with a bang as an El Prado colt named El Kingdom brought the sale's most expensive price of $450,000 March 18.

  • Royale Michele, who took the Barbara Fritchie Handicap in her last start, takes on 5 in the Distaff Handicap.

    Fritchie Winner Tries Aqueduct's Distaff

    Royale Michele, the Mountaineer Park shipper who won the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) in a 10-1 surprise in her last start, takes on a small but tough field in Aqueduct's $150,000 Distaff Handicap March 21.

  • Fitz Just Right Tops Bourbonette Field

    West Point Thoroughbreds' Fitz Just Right tops a field of 10 3-year-old fillies hoping to grab their first graded earnings and make a late splash on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) trail in the $150,000 Bourbonette Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park.

  • Presious Passion took the Mac Diarmida in his last start.<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%3D7790279%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Presious Passion Set for Pan American

    Hot off his win in the Mac Diarmida (gr. IIT) one month ago, Presious Passion is back to defend his title in the $150,000 Pan American Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park grass course March 21.

  • Mafaaz's win in at Kempton Park earns him a guaranteed spot in the Kentucky Derby.

    Mafaaz Earns Berth in Kentucky Derby

    Sheikh Hamdan's Mafaaz held off a trio of horses at the wire to win the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes at England's Kempton Park March 18 and earned an automatic berth in the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 2.

  • Bittel Road is the morning line co-favorite for the March 21 Lane's End Stakes.

    'Bernie, Bittel Road Lane's End Choices

    Because of successful juvenile campaigns, West Side Bernie and Bittel Road both already have enough graded earnings to ensure themselves a spot in the starting gate for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2. But the connections of each colt will now get to see if they have legitimate contenders in their barns when they go to post in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) March 21 at Turfway Park.

  • Arcangues won the 1993 Breeders' Cup Classic

    Arcangues, BC Classic Winner, Dead

    Arcangues, who won the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at 133-1, has been euthanized in Japan because of complications from founder. He had been sent to Japan from the United States for stallion duty in 1995.

  • El Kingdom; Hip #383; colt; El Prado - Rabiadella by Dynaformer sold for $450,000 during the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    El Prado Colt Sells for $450,000 at OBS

    Saying he had found the equine equivalent of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball star LeBron James, trainer Eddie Plesa paid $450,000 for an El Prado colt March 18 during the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. As of early afternoon, the price was the highest of the auction, topping the $425,000 Indian Charlieâ€"Hollywood and Wine filly that sold March 17

  • KY Equine Career Fair Scheduled

    The University of Kentucky Equine Initiative will hold a career fair March 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Seay Auditorium in the Agricultural Science North building on the UK campus.

  • 'Big Four' Post Mixed Oregon ADW Numbers

    Even though TVG, TwinsSpires.com, and XpressBet.com enjoyed handle growth in 2008, total wagers processed by advance deposit wagering entities through hubs in Oregon decreased for the first time this decade, though the numbers are skewed by actions related to another member of the "Big Four," Youbet.com.

  • Mulligan Conscious; Talks to Wife

    Leprechaun Racing's Mike Mulligan, who suffered a fractured skull in a fall following the March 3 Fasig-Tipton Florida March select sale of 2-year-olds in training, is fully conscious and spoke to his wife on the phone March 18 during the second and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • 'Hostile Takeover' of MNR HBPA Alleged

    The president and two members of the Mountaineer Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association board of directors have been suspended in what some members are calling a "hostile takeover" of the organization.

  • Live Telecast of Lane's End on ESPN2

    Live coverage of the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park will be featured on the first of four "NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby" programs March 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.

  • Mike Mulligan

    Consignors Pitch In to Help Mulligans

    As Leprechaun Racing's Mike Mulligan recuperated from a fractured skull in a South Florida hospital, his friends and associates in the Thoroughbred business reached out to offer support. Participants in the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training wore green rubber bracelets decorated with shamrocks and pitched in to help Mulligan's wife, Britt, at the Leprechaun consignment. They also held a prayer service prior to the March 17 opening session of the auction.

  • Trainer Jorge Periban

    Trainer Jorge Periban's journey from stooping for tickets to top trainer.

  • Jibboom

    Grade II Winner Jibboom Retired

    Jibboom, a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf for Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, has been retired from racing because of a suspensory injury.

  • HRTV to Broadcast Charles Town Racing

    Charles Town Races & Slots and HRTV have reached an agreement to allow the West Virginia track's races to be shown live on the racing network beginning March 18. It's the first time racing from Charles Town will receive daily in-home television coverage.