Headlines for Thursday, March 26, 2009

  • Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, said Mr. Fantasy will not run in the Wood Memorial.

    Mr. Fantasy Out of Wood; Withers Next

    Mr. Fantasy, third in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III), will not run in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) as originally planned, and will point for the one-mile Withers Stakes (gr. III) April 25, said Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds

  • THS: Florida Derby (Video)

    Jason, Tom, Evan, and the Wizard take on the Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park on March 28.

  • Arizona Phenom Carlsbad in Santa Paula

    Unbeaten Carlsbad, an Arizona-bred filly who won the first four starts of her career by an astounding combined margin of more than 50 lengths, should get her first real test in the $100,000 Santa Paula Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita March 29.

  • Florida Slots Amendment Suit Dismissed

    An almost five-year-old lawsuit over how Florida voters were allowed to decide if slot machines could be legal at certain state pari-mutuel facilities has been jointly dismissed, according to court records.

  • THS: Florida Derby

    Jason, Tom, Evan, and the Wizard take on the Florida Derby (gr. I).Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Florida Derby.

  • Gotham winner I Want Revenge heads the probable list for the Wood on April 4.<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%3D7872257%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Wood Field Beginning to Take Shape

    The top three finishers from the Gotham Stakes (gr. III), headed by runaway winner I Want Revenge, are among the probable starters for the 85th running of the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles at Aqueduct on April 4.

  • One Caroline tries to remain undefeated in the Rampart Stakes.<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%3D7785921%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    One Caroline Looks to Stay Unbeaten

    G. Watts Humphrey's undefeated filly One Caroline shoots for her fifth win in as many starts when she takes on six fillies and mares in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (gr. II) March 29 at Gulfstream Park.

  • On The Mend: Mike Mulligan

    Florida horseman Mike Mulligan continues to make very satisfactory progress from an incident in South Florida March 3, which resulted in a fractured skull and subsequent surgery.

  • TOBA Launches Drug Testing Webcast

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced March 26 that it has launched a new webcast entitled "Recent Advances and New Innovations in Equine Drug Testing."

  • Champion Good Night Shirt makes his 2009 debut in the Carolina Cup.

    Good Night Shirt Makes 2009 Debut

    The battle lines drawn last fall will play out again March 28 at the 77th annual Carolina Cup Races, when two-time steeplechase champion Good Night Shirt and speedball Preemptive Strike renew a budding rivalry in the day's featured $75,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup (NSA-II).

  • Ciaran Dunne

    Dunne Good; Wavertree Tops Two 2yo Sales

    Even though the market for 2-year-olds in training has been tough, Ciaran and Amy Dunne of Florida-based Wavertree Stables have two big reasons to celebrate. Wavertree-consigned horses topped both the Fasig-Tipton Florida select auction and the Barretts March sale.

  • My Pal Charlie won the 2008 Super Derby.

    Super Derby Purse Boosted to $750,000

    Louisiana Downs announced March 26 that the purse for the 30th renewal of the grade II Super Derby on Sept. 19 has been hiked to $750,000.

  • Magna Will Not File 2008 Annual Report

    Magna Entertainment Corp. announced March 26 that it will not be filing its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2008, nor will it be filing quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the Canadian securities regulators during the period it continues to operate its business as a debtor in possession under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

  • New Post Time at Keeneland

    Keeneland has announced that post time for the first race will be 1:05 p.m. (ET) during its April 3-24 spring meet. Post time has previously been 1:10 p.m.

  • Buddy's Humor took the off-the-turf Pan American, which remains a grade III.<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%3D7930022%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pan American Reinstated as Grade III

    In accord with American Graded Stakes Committee policy, the March 21 renewal of the Pan American Stakes (gr. IIIT), scheduled for the Gulfstream Park turf course, but switched to the main track, was automatically downgraded from a grade III to ungraded status and was conducted as an ungraded stakes race.

  • Sky Mesa Still Sidelined

    Sky Mesa, who was hoped to be back breeding around March 20 after two operations related to colic, remains on the sidelines at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Hold Me Back

    Mahubah's Corner: Hold Me Back

    With his victory March 21 in the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II), WinStar Farm's homebred Hold Me Back answered one big question but raised three more. Whether he has the class to be competitive with this year's better 3-year-olds is no longer in doubt.

  • Belmont Bash to Benefit Equine Research

    The Belmont Bash, hosted by the New York Racing Association, and The Jockey Club, will be held June 4 at The Clubhouse at Meadowbrook Pointe in Westbury, N.Y.

  • Dunkirk: Divergent Points of View

    The fact that we may all look at the same information and come away with different impressions is honed to a fine point with the impending start of Dunkirk in the Grade I Florida Derby.

  • Indian Blessing is the lone filly in the Golden Shaheen.

    Indian Blessing Faces Males, 12 Post

    Not only will American champion Indian Blessing have to defeat males for the first time in her career if she is to win the Dubai Golden Shaheen, she will have to overcome the far outside post in the field of 12 in her initial try at a straightaway 1,200 meters (about 6 furlongs).

  • Informed at Nad al Sheba

    Behavior Modification Works for Informed

    Informed, continuing to improve his behavior during his morning exercise, galloped without incident at Nad al Sheba under exercise rider Tony Romero in preparation for the March 28 Godolphin Mile (UAE-II).

  • Hypbaric gets in some work at Nad al Sheba March 23.

    Hyperbaric, Kip Deville Ready for Race

    Trainer Julio Canani said he was completely surprised to awake Thursday morning and see rain outside his hotel window. Canani would prefer firm footing for the March 28 Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) on turf but was philosophical about the potential for a course with give to it.

  • Purple Moon training at Nad al Sheba on March 24

    Rain Could Impact Sheema Classic Outcome

    Jamie Spencer rates his Dubai Sheema Classic mount Purple Moon as having "a good each-way chance" but stressed that any more rain would dampen his enthusiasm. Dubai was saturated Wednesday (March 25) night and Thursday morning.

  • Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of Albertus Maximus

    McLaughlin Not Worried About Distance

    As a steady rain fell on Nad Al Sheba on Thursday morning, March 26, Dubai World Cup favorite Albertus Maximus continued to display bold eagerness, pulling on exercise rider Rob Massey as he galloped strongly around the track under the watchful eyes of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

  • Square Eddie won the 2008 Breeders' Futurity, when it was sponsored by Lane's End.<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%3D6182741%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Keeneland Race Loses Sponsor Lane's End

    After 12 years of sponsoring the Breeders' Futurity Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, William S. Farish's Lane's End has relinquished its support of the $500,000 event. The 1 1/16-mile Futurity for 2-year-olds is run in early October and had been sponsored by the farm since 1997.

  • Entomologists: Control Caterpillars Now

    Eastern tent caterpillars have begun hatching in Central Kentucky, and their population numbers are trending up, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has reported.