Headlines for Sunday, April 19, 2009

  • Midships had the lead at every call in the San Juan Capistrano. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F69713%2Fphoto%2F8020757%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Midships Cruises in San Juan Capistrano

    Everything went right for front-running Midships in the $196,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) as he held sway over the up-against-it Spring House on a warm closing day afternoon April 19 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Hollywood Park opens for its 70th racing season on April 22.

    Hollywood Park Opens 70th Year April 22

    Rafael Bejarano, winner of the last six major Southern California riding titles, has the mount on Backbackbackgone as Hollywood Park's 70th spring/summer meet opens April 22 with the $70,000-added Harry Henson Stakes.

  • Parading was a convincing winner of the Ben Ali.

    Parading Leads Ben Ali Procession

    Stuck wide on the backstretch of the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III), jockey Kent Desormeaux took a chance when he encouraged Parading to take control over his pace rivals heading into the final turn. The decision paid off when Parading ran away in upper stretch on the way to his first graded stakes victory April 19 at wet and windy Keeneland.

  • Kentucky Derby: Graded Stakes Earnings

    Updated: April 28, 2009 <br>The field for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, to be run on May 2, 2009 at Churchill Downs, is limited to 20 horses. If more than 20 are entered, preference will be given to entrants based on earnings in graded stakes races.

  • No Equal for Unrivaled in Japanese 2,000

    Unrivaled took command of the $2.3 million Satsuki Sho (Japanese Two Thousand Guineas) at the top of the stretch and held off a late charge from Triumph March to win by 1 1/2 lengths before 71,201 at Nakayama Racecourse April 19.

  • Friesan Fire in the stretch of his one-mile workout at Keeneland April 19.

    Friesan Fire Works at Keeneland

    On April 19, as light rain fell, Friesan Fire posted his final work at Keeneland before he heads to Churchill Downs for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Papa Clem worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs on April 19.

    Papa Clem Breezes Easy Five Furlongs

    Bo Hirsch's homebred Papa Clem, winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. II), breezed an easy five furlongs in the rain April 19 in his first serious training move over the track at Churchill Downs.

  • Garrett Gomez

    Gomez to Ride Pioneerof the Nile

    In a decision they agonized over for weeks, jockey Garrett Gomez and agent Ron Anderson finally have decided to stick with Pioneerof the Nile as their Kentucky Derby (gr. I) mount.

  • Jeff Mullins

    Trainer Mullins Suspended Seven Days

    Trainer Jeff Mullins has been suspended seven days, beginning May 3, and fined $2,500 by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for an incident in the Aqueduct security barn April 4. The stewards released the ruling April 19, following a telephone hearing with Mullins April 16.

  • Western Pride Sires First Winner

    Grade II winner Western Pride sired his first winner when his daughter Straight Western won April 17 at Turf Paradise.