Headlines for Friday, April 24, 2009

  • Wait a While

    Wait a While Disqualified from BC Third Place

    California stewards have ordered a redistribution of Wait a While's share of the 2008 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) purse and disqualified her from third to last.

  • Quality Road

    Quality Road Treated, Jerkens Optimistic

    Trainer Jimmy Jerkens expressed optimism on the afternoon of April 24 that Quality Road, a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), would be able to make the May 2 classic after noted hoof specialist Ian McKinlay treated a second quarter crack in the colt's right-front hoof at Belmont Park.

  • Spice Route shows the way in the Elkhorn.

    Spice Route Finds His Way in Elkhorn

    Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield dominated the closing day feature at Keeneland, as his foreign-bred charges Spice Route and Musketier ran one-two in the $200,000 Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) April 24 on the Haggin turf course.

  • MEC Seeks Court Help to Keep Breeders' Cup

    Magna Entertainment Corp. is asking a Delaware bankruptcy judge to approve an agreement to keep this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park even if the California track ends up in the hands of a new owner.

  • RCI Recognizes Underwood, Bonnie

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International has named Kentucky Horse Racing Commission executive director Lisa Underwood the winner of its Len Foote Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to horse racing. The award is given each year to the executive director who best demonstrates the attributes of leadership and achievement.

  • Fitz Just Right

    Oaks: Fitz Just Right Out With Ankle Chip

    Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Fitz Just Right's chances of capturing the lilies came to a halt when a chip was discovered in her right front ankle following a half-mile workout the morning of April 24 at Keeneland.

  • Smooth Air has been scratched from the Texas Mile after a bout with colic.

    Colic Forces Smooth Air to Miss Texas Mile

    Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air, the likely favorite for the $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park on April 25, has been scratched from the race after a bout with colic, it was confirmed on April 24.

  • RCI Rule Toughens Trainer Suspensions

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International has approved changes to existing model rules that crack down on suspended trainers transferring horses to family members or close associates during their time of suspension, and require trainers to request split samples of TCO2 testing at the original time of testing.

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    Quality Road's Derby Status in Doubt

    Edward Evans' Quality Road, one of the favorites for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has developed another quarter-crack, this one on the inside of his right-front hoof, putting his status for the Run for the Roses in question.

  • Past Derby Winners: Grindstone

    One of the closest Kentucky Derby finishes came in 1996, when Grindstone nipped Cavonnier at the wire. Grindstone today stands at the Young family's Overbrook Farm. Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

  • Summer Bird Works 6fs in 1:15 4/5

    Summer Bird worked six furlongs in 1:15 4/5 the morning of April 24 at Churchill Downs in preparation for a run at the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

  • Changes Ahead for Drug-Testing Protocol

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is developing protocol designed to streamline and improve equine drug-testing in the United States. And it is taking a few pages from a 1991 study that didn't gain any traction in the racing industry when it was released.

  • Derby Workouts, Schedules

    Concise, collated Kentucky Derby workouts and workout schedules, horse by horse, are set out through April 24.

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

    Papa Clem Carries On Family Name

    The Hirsch family is one of California's most prominent in the Thoroughbred business, and Papa Clem, named after the late Clement Hirsch, will carry on that rich tradition in the May 2 Run for the Roses.