Headlines for Wednesday, April 1, 2009

  • Pasar Silbano will be among the contenders in the Providencia 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%3D7618322%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tough to Sort 11 Fillies in Providencia

    Irish-bred import Pasar Silbano, winner of the La Habra Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Santa Anita Park's hillside turf course in her last start Feb. 1, will be among the contenders in the Providencia Stakes (gr. IIT) on April 4.

  • Halo Najib looks for his first graded score in the Potrero Grande Handicap.

    Halo Najib Attempts to Halt Graded Hex

    Winless in 11 previous graded stakes tries, Halo Najib figures to never get a better chance to end the hex than he has in the $150,000 Potrero Grande Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita April 4.

  • Mawing Sustains Compound Leg Fracture

    Jockey Leslie Mawing sustained compound fractures of both the tibia and fibula in his left leg when his mount, Pasta Time, crashed through the inner rail during the stretch run of the seventh race at Golden Gate Fields April 1.

  • Desert Code faces eight at a mile in the Arcadia.<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%3D7756079%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hot Desert Code Tries Longer in Arcadia

    Millionaire Desert Code, winner of both last fall's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and the Daytona Handicap (gr. IIIT) six weeks ago on the hillside turf course, will attempt to stretch out to a mile in the Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita April 4.

  • ALS Claims Trainer Richard Matlow, 66

    Longtime California-based trainer Richard Matlow succumbed to the effects of Amytrophic Lateral Schlerosis (ALS) late on the night of March 30 at his home in Monrovia at the age of 66.

  • Barrier Reef's last race was a victory in the Stymie on February 28.

    Barrier Reef One to Beat in Excelsior

    It's been three up and three down this year at Aqueduct for Barrier Reef headed into Saturday's Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at the New York track.

  • The Pamplemousse will start from the outside in the Santa Anita 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%3D7833331%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    The Pamplemousse On Outside in SA Derby

    Trainer Julio Canani says The Pamplemousse doesn't need the lead to win the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4. After a couple of interesting developments when entries were taken, that theory could be put to the test.

  • Tale of Ekati seeks his third grade I victory and fifth graded stakes score in New York.<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%3D4084409%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Tale of Ekati Seeking More NY Magic

    A field of eight accomplished sprinters, led by multiple graded stakes winner Tale of Ekati, Kodiak Kowboy, and Fabulous Strike, will line up in the starting gate in the $300,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) April 4 at Aqueduct.

  • Santa Anita Handicap winner Einstein<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%3D7865360%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Einstein Winnings in 'Big Cap' Contested

    Purse winnings for the victorious effort of Einstein in the March 7 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) are being contested by former clients of the horse's owners, Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion.

  • Finallymadeit takes on 6 in the Skip Away.

    Finallymadeit Heads Skip Away Field

    The durable and talented Finallymadeit will be making the 42nd start of his racing career and his sixth during the current Gulfstream Park meeting in Florida when he takes on six challengers in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) April 4. He will break from the No. 2 post with Eduardo Nunez, his regular rider, aboard.

  • Spenditallbaby

    Spenditallbaby Euthanized

    California stakes winner Spenditallbaby was euthanized March 30 because of complications from a sesamoid injury.

  • TOBA New Owner Seminar Scheduled

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced April 1 that it will conduct a New Owner Seminar April 30 at the Kentucky Derby Museum, in Louisville, Ky.

  • Average Holds Steady at F-T Texas Sale

    The performance of the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training March 31 exceeded expectations when the average price held steady amidst tumbling figures at juvenile auctions across the country. The sale was held at Lone Star Park.

  • Welker Joins Warrendale Sales Staff

    Bert Welker has joined Kitty Taylor's Warrendale Sales as a bloodstock associate. He previously was the general manager at Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Stardom Bound will be looking for her 6th grade I win in the Ashland.<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%3D7685851%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stardom Bound Looking for Sixth Grade I

    Although champion Stardom Bound is the clear choice for the April 4 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) opening weekend at Keeneland, the daughter of Tapit has her work cut out of for her when facing an accomplished field of eight other females looking to secure a spot in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Calder: No Overlap with Gulfstream Dates

    Calder Race Course March 31 submitted its final filing for 2009-10 racing dates to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, and it confirms earlier reports that Calder will not run head-to-head with nearby Gulfstream Park during that period.

  • Munoz to Handle Velazquez at Keeneland

    Ruben Munoz, agent for jockey Gabriel Saez, will also handle the book for leading rider John Velazquez at the Keeneland meet that begins April 3.

  • Louisiana Derby winner Friesan Fire<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%3D7901224%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Friesan Fire Training Up to the Derby

    Friesan Fire, whose Louisiana Derby (gr. II) romp cemented his status as one of the leading Triple Crown contenders, will most likely not have another race before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Larry Jones said April 1.

  • Michigan ORC Bans Steroids

    Michigan horse racing commissioner Christine C. White April 1 gave notice to the state's horse racing industry that effective immediately, the presence of anabolic steroids will be prohibited in all horses entered to race at any pari-mutuel track in Michigan.

  • IFHA Elects Chairman and Vice Chairmen

    The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities executive council elected the chairman and three vice chairmen for October 2009-October 2012 at a meeting in Paris March 31.

  • MNR HBPA Board Members Reinstated

    The president and two members of the Mountaineer Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association who were suspended March 17 have been reinstated pending an April 8 court hearing.

  • Team Curlin Garners Top NYTWA Honors

    Two-time Eclipse Horse of the Year Curlin and his connections have swept the top awards for 2008, as voted by the members of the New York Turf Writers Association. All of the 2008 award winners will be honored at the 86th annual NYTWA Awards Dinner at the Saratoga National Golf Club Aug. 24.

  • Curlin won the Secretariat Award as New York's Horse of the Year for the second year in a row.<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%3D7564379%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Wins Second Secretariat Award

    Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and his connections have swept the top awards for 2008 as voted by the members of the New York Turf Writers Association.

  • Smooth Air Won the Ohio Derby in 2008.

    Thistledown Suspends Ohio Derby in 2009

    Thistledown, at the suggestion of the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, has suspended the $300,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds. The race was to have its 75th running in 2009.

  • International Equine Disease Report, Fourth Quarter 2008

    The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks: <P>Two cases of contagious equine metritis (CEM) were confirmed in non-Thoroughbred horses in France. As of Feb. 23 the USDA reported 11 non-Thoroughbred stallions positive for (CEM) during the recent outbreak--four in Kentucky, three in I...

  • Michigan Bans Racehorse Steroids

    <P>Michigan Horse Racing Commissioner Christine C. White April 1 gave notice to the state's horse racing industry that effective immediately, the presence of anabolic steroids will be prohibited in all horses entered to race at any pari-mutuel track in Michigan. <P>"Integrity remains our priority," said White. "By incorporating a testing program for ana...

  • Stress Busters

    <DIV class=deck>Our horses' lifestyles, career demands, and the way we manage them can cause more stress than we might expect.</DIV> <P>Sue McDonnell, PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, was preparing a horse for long-distance transport. Getting the horse from her home base at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center to his final destina...