Headlines for Thursday, April 16, 2009

  • Triple Crown Talk: Lexington Analysis

    Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, analyzes the the Coolmore Lexington (gr. II). Plus, join Jason and Double Deuce from The WinnersForum.com for a live chat at noon Eastern on April 18.

  • Philly Phonebet Faces TrackNet Cut-Off

    Customers of Philadelphia Park's advance deposit wagering system may not have access to Pimlico Race Course signals when the Maryland track opens its live meet April 18 as the result of an ongoing dispute with TrackNet Media Group, the head of the content company has confirmed.

  • Trainer Paulo Lobo

    Trainer Paulo Lobo Moving to New York

    Trainer Paulo Lobo, who has done nothing but impress the few times he's raced in New York, will be relocating his stable to Belmont Park from Southern California at the end of this month.

  • THS: Coolmore Lexington (Video)

    Jason, Evan, and the Wizard analyze the Coolmore Lexington (gr. II). Plus, thoughts on the Kentucky Derby field.

  • Garden Cider Sizzles in OBS Show

    Garden Cider, a daughter of Forbidden Apple, zipped an eighth of a mile in :9 3/5 April 16 in Central Florida. The bay filly posted the fastest time for the distance during the second session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Lot 147; filly, Redback - Flames by Blushing Flame, brought the highest price of 210,000 guineas during the second and final session of the Tattersalls Craven breeze up sale.

    Redback Filly Stands Out at Tattersalls

    A daughter of Redback brought the highest price of 210,000 guineas April 16 during the second and final session of the Tattersalls Craven breeze up sale in England. Trainer Tom Tate purchased the 2-year-old filly for Dubai-based owner Jim Hay. Her consignor was Tony and Roger O'Callaghan's Tally-Ho Stud.

  • Chocolate Candy was part of the California contigent that arrived at Churchill Downs on April 16.

    Top West Coast Derby Contenders Arrive

    California stars Pioneerof the Nile and Chocolate Candy, the first two finishers in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4, arrived at Churchill Downs April 16 to prepare for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Big Booster returns to the turf to defend his title in the San Juan Capistrano Invitational 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%3D4240711%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Booster to Defend 'Capistrano Title

    Big Booster returns to the turf to defend his title in the $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) on closing day of the 2008-09 season at Santa Anita April 19.

  • Afternoon Stroll (right) outfights Hot Cha Cha to take the Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland.

    'Stroll Pulls 50-1 Appalachian Upset

    Afternoon Stroll pulled off a 50-1 shocker in the $100,000 Appalachian (gr. IIIT) April 16 on the Keeneland turf, getting up by a nose over Hot Cha Cha in a thrilling photo finish.

  • Charles Town Jockeys Granted Injunction

    Acting on behalf of seven jockeys suspended by Charles Town Races & Slots for allegedly misrepresenting their weights during races at the West Virginia track, the Jockeys' Guild on April 16 reported that a temporary injunction had been granted that permits the riders to continue to ride.

  • 2008 Blue Grass winner Monba returns to Keeneland for the April 19 Ben Ali Stakes. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS648280%2Fphoto%2F4155539%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Former Derby Starters Headline Ben Ali

    A star-studded cast of older horses that includes three former Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starters tops a field of seven in the $150,000 Ben Ali (gr. III), the feature race on Keeneland's April 19 program.

  • The Hialeah Walking Ring, circa 1965.

    Owner: Legislation Key to 'New' Hialeah

    Hialeah Park probably will begin Quarter Horse racing in 2010 only if the Florida Legislature makes three major changes in state racing laws, the track's owner John Brunetti said April 15.

  • THS: Lexington Stakes

    Jason, Evan, and the Wizard analyze the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II). Plus, thoughts on the Kentucky Derby. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

  • Ready's Image to Shuttle to Australia

    Ready's Image, a grade II winner by More Than Ready, will shuttle to the newly-established Lincoln/Walmac Associated Farms at Scone, New South Wales, Australia.

  • Barbaro<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%3D773479%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby Museum to Hold Barbaro Tribute

    On April 26, after the dedication of the Barbaro memorial sculpture at Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum will open a tribute exhibit, Barbaro: The Heart of a Winner.

  • Banned Suffolk Trainers Reinstated

    Three of the five trainers that were banned from Suffolk Downs last fall for violating its zero tolerance policy toward horse slaughter have been reinstated and will be allowed to saddle horses for the East Boston, Mass. track's 2009 season, which runs May 2-Nov. 7.

  • Balance and her first foal, a colt, by A. P. Indy.

    Grade I Winner Balance Foals a Colt

    Balance, a grade I winner and half-sister to unbeaten champion Zenyatta, foaled her first offspring, an A.P. Indy colt, Jan. 18.

  • Trustee Backs Plan for MEC Examiner

    The Office of U.S. Trustee is backing a shareholder's demand to install an independent examiner as an overseer of transactions related to Magna Entertainment Corp.'s bankruptcy reorganization, a move which the horse racing company claims will be detrimental to various interests.

  • Commentator will make his 2009 debut in the inaugural $1 million Charles Town Classic.

    Commentator Back For Another Season

    Tracy Farmer's Commentator drew post 6 and the popular 8-year-old gelding will be the likely favorite when he makes his 2009 debut in the inaugural Charles Town Classic, potentially worth $1 million on April 18.

  • Rachel Alexandra worked 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs on April 16.

    Oaks: Rachel Alexandra Zips Through Work

    Trainer Hal Wiggins was looking for an easy work April 16 at Churchill Downs for L & M Racing's Rachel Alexandra, the likely favorite for the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 1.

  • Papa Clem

    Porter on Pedigrees: Papa Clem

    One of the great uncertainties in evaluating the prospects of this year's Kentucky Derby contenders is weighing all-weather form. And it has been brought into particularly sharp focus by the efforts of two horses that have run behind the West Coast's dominant 3-year-old, Pioneerof the Nile.

  • Calder Race Course

    Calder, Horsemen Reach Purse Agreement

    Calder Race Course announced April 16 that it has signed a 2009 purse contract agreement with the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. The Miami Gardens, Fla., track and its parent, Churchill Downs Inc., reached the agreement with the Florida HBPA on the evening of April 15.

  • Samantha Miss Sets Australasian Mark

    Samantha Miss set an Australasian auction record for a filly off the racetrack when she sold for Aust$3.85 million (approximately $2,774,810 in U.S. funds) April 16 during the final session of the William Inglis & Son Easter broodmare sale.