Headlines for Wednesday, April 22, 2009

  • Stormy Atlantic Filly Brings $170,000

    A Stormy Atlantic filly was the highest-priced horse sold April 22 during the third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring juvenile auction in Central Florida. Consigned by Randy Miles, as agent, she brought $170,000 from Roger Dreyer.

  • Siren Lure will try to go over the $1 million mark in career earnings in the San Francisco Mile.

    Siren Lure After Milestone in SF Mile

    Grade I winner Siren Lure brings a three-race winning streak into the $300,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIT), where he'll be looking to go over the $1 million mark in career earnings April 25 at Golden Gate Fields.

  • This Ones for Phil is the lone graded stakes winner in the Withers field.<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%3D7535422%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Preakness Hopefuls Do Battle in Withers

    This Ones for Phil, Mr. Fantasy and Just a Coincidence - all on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) trail earlier this season - top a field of seven 3-year-olds in the $150,000 Withers (gr. III) April 25 at Aqueduct. The $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is now the primary goal for each of them.

  • Criticism is the 121-pound high weight in the La Prevoyante 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%3D7794246%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Two Graded Turf Events Top Calder Card

    Criticism, winner of two grade III stakes in her four American starts, is the 121-pound highweight in the $150,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIT), the first of two turf stakes events on the opening Saturday of the spring/summer meet at Calder Race Course April 25.

  • Dixieland Stakes winner Silver City faces 7 in the Derby Trial.

    Derby Trial Kicks Off Churchill Meet

    Although the 2008 Derby Trial included four graded stakes winners and this year's field is without any, the historic dirt sprint is loaded with promising, but unproven 3-year-old colts that will likely be heard from as the season wears on.

  • Go Between won the 2008 Pacific Classic.<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%3D5654970%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pacific Classic Now on Labor Day Weekend

    The $1-million, grade I Pacific Classic will be repositioned to Labor Day weekend as the highlight of the 70th season of racing at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, which will offer 31 stakes with purses totaling nearly $7 million. The meet begins Wednesday, July 22 and runs through Wednesday, Sept. 9.

  • 2008 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Vertigineux

    Zenyatta's Dam Voted Top Mare

    Vertigineux, dam of champion Zenyatta, was voted top broodmare by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders board of directors. Also honored were the breeders of the 2008 Kentucky-bred champions.

  • Youbet Regains Calder Signal

    Youbet.com will carry the Calder Race Course signal for the live meet beginning April 24, saying the move is another building block on "continued cooperation" between parent company Churchill Downs Inc. and the advance deposit wagering entity.

  • Hold Me Back at Keeneland

    WinStar Prepares For Busy Week

    WinStar Farm's Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) and second in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), is scheduled to leave Keeneland on April 24 for Churchill Downs in preparation for his next start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Rachel Alexandra

    Oaks: Fillies Prepare for Final Works

    L and M Partners' Rachel Alexandra continued to show her readiness for the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by galloping a mile and a half under stout restraint from exercise rider Rudy Gallegos at Churchill Downs April 22.

  • Dogs' Plight a Lesson for Horse Racing?

    As the Thoroughbred industry seeks to build on and create new programs to deal with horses that can no longer race, it could learn lessons from Greyhound racing, which has a history of successful adoption programs and first-hand knowledge of the power of animal-rights groups.

  • 'Integrity Void' Strikes Nerve -- Again

    Simmering concerns over wagering security in the pari-mutuel industry flared up again April 21 with a strong call for independent monitoring and an end to the practice of "past-posting" -- making bets after races begin.

  • Ohio Derby May Not Be Dead for 2009

    Host track Thistledown, the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and the Ohio State Racing Commission are discussing ways to restore the grade II Ohio Derby in 2009, officials said April 21.