Headlines for Tuesday, March 24, 2009

  • Gulfstream Park

    Florida Bill Calls for Gaming Expansion

    The chairman of an important Florida Senate committee March 24 introduced a bill that would allow Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course to have blackjack and baccarat, while permitting the Seminole Tribe of Florida to keep those two games and add roulette and crap tables at its casinos.

  • Dunkirk may get a rabbit in the Florida Derby.<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%3D7783562%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dunkirk May Get Rabbit in Fla. Derby

    As intriguing as the Florida Derby (gr.I) already looks to be, it became even more intriguing when Todd Pletcher, trainer of Dunkirk, said Tuesday he is "strongly considering" running the maiden Europe as a rabbit, in order to prevent Quality Road from getting loose on an easy lead.

  • Storm Mesa winning the San Clemente 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%3D5277160%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Storm Mesa Retired

    Storm Mesa, a grade II-winning daughter of Sky Mesa, has been retired from racing because of a fractured sesamoid in her right front leg.

  • Lime Rickey (far left) was a close second to El Crespo (white blinkers) in the Palm Beach Stakes.

    Turf Specialist Lime Rickey to Wood

    Dogwood Stable's Lime Rickey, graded stakes-placed on the turf, will attempt to get on the Kentucky Derby trail when he tries the dirt for the first time in the grade I, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4.

  • Niconero worked March 24 to prepare for the Dubai Duty Free.

    Niconero Looking for Duty Free Victory

    Jockey Craig Williams partnered Niconero in his work the morning of March 24 to prepare for the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) and reported the 7-year-old was in good shape.

  • Front House Ready for Sheema Classic

    Mike De Kock, who won the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) last year with Sun Classique, has a strong chance of repeating the trick in this year running.

  • Indian Blessing shown working on March 23 in Dubai.

    A Little Barn Time for Indian Blessing

    Following her half-mile workout March 23, two-time champion Indian Blessing walked the quarantine barn area Tuesday morning in preparation for the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I), Sponsored by Gulf News, Saturday night at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai.

  • Informed galloping on March 24 in preparation for the Godolphin Mile.

    Informed Clear Choice in Godolphin Mile

    One of the big hopes for the Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) is American challenger Informed, who made a dramatic entrance on to the Nad Al Sheba track the morning of March 24, performing a series of almost Lipizzaner-like leaps before spurting into his 1 1/2-mile gallop.

  • Albertus Maximus gallops in preparation for the Dubai World Cup.

    Albertus Maximus Gallops at Nad Al Sheba

    Standing at the backstretch rail the morning of March 24 at Nad al Sheba in Dubai, assistant trainer Trish McLaughlin watched Albertus Maximus virtually soar past her while pulling against exercise rider Rob Massey in an impressive show of contained strength and speed.

  • George Salmond

    Inside Track: Quarter Century of Quality

    Job security is a two way street. It's a continual dance of give and take. In the transient labor pool of American race tracks, finding good help on the backstretch is like catching fire-flies in a bottle.

  • Perfect Drift during his retirement ceremony at Turfway Park in Sept., 2008.

    Perfect Drift to Reside at Derby Museum

    Perfect Drift, the gelding who earned more than $4 million and finished third in the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is scheduled to arrive in Louisville on March 24 and become a seasonal resident at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs.

  • Indiana Downs Ups the Ante, Competition

    More competition for Kentucky racing will come April 20 when Indiana Downs begins a 62-day meet featuring purse increases for most overnight races and an expanded stakes schedule worth more than $1 million.

  • Will Derby '09 Be Another Trend-Breaker?

    They say in the markets, or used to say it anyway, that the trend is your friend. Not always so in the Kentucky Derby, however. Will this be yet another year for a Kentucky Derby barrier to fall? Let's take a look at the past, which is known, and the future, which is unknowable. As the clock tower at The Curragh says, "Time Reveals All."