Headlines for Wednesday, April 29, 2009

  • Past Derby Winners: Giacomo

    To say 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo was a surprise winner of the Kentucky Derby would be an understatement since he generated a $102.60 win pay-off at odds of 50-1, the second largest ever in Derby history. He also gave veteran jockey Mike Smith his first Derby win in 12 tries, and made owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs’ first Kentucky Derby start a winning one. He now stands at Adena Farm in Paris, Ky.Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

  • D. Wayne Lukas Interview

    Lenny Shulman interviews four-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who will saddle Flying Private in this year's Kentucky Derby.

  • Informed Decision won the Vinery Madison in her most recent start.<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%3D7994838%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Informed Decision Faces Deep Humana Field

    Informed Decision, coming off a thrilling victory over Ventura in the Madison Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, will bring a three-race winning streak into the $300,000 Humana Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 2.

  • Chris McCarron (left) and Jack Van Berg reminisce at the Memorial Service for Alysheba.

    Alysheba Remembered at Memorial Service

    Preston Madden, who bred Alysheba, called the 1988 Horse of Year and racing Hall of Fame member "a gift from heaven" during a memorial service for the pensioned stallion at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington April 29.

  • C.S. Silk is seeking her first win since taking the Arlington-Washington Lassie last September.

    Eight Belles Stakes Draws a Field of 10

    A field of 10 was drawn for the $100,000 Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) to be held on May 2 at Churchill Downs, a race for 3-year-old fillies renamed for last year's ill-fated Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up.

  • Ballymore Lady won the grade III Endeavor Stakes in February.

    Talented Older Females Set for Turf Mile

    A seasoned and accomplished field of older females is set for the May 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs, in which graded stakes winners Ballymore Lady, Dawn After Dawn, and Elusive Lady appear to be in top form.

  • Bribon powers home in the Westchester.<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%3D8053125%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bribon Gets Grade With Westchester Surge

    Favored Bribon used a huge sweeping move on the turn to open a big lead in the stretch en route to his first graded stakes win in the $110,000 Westchester (gr. III) April 29 as Belmont Park opened its 2009 spring/summer meet.

  • The two-tiered Kentucky Derby post position draw that has been used from 1998 through 2009 (shown) has been discontinued.

    I Want Revenge: Post 13, Derby Favorite

    I Want Revenge, runaway winner of the Gotham Stakes (gr. I) and a determined victor in the April 4 Wood Memorial (gr. I), has been made the 3-1 morning line favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The son of Stephen Got Even will break from post 13 in a full field of 20.

  • NY Official: Racetracks Hurt Racinos' Profit

    New York's lottery director caused a bit of a stir this week when he suggested to state lawmakers that racetracks are a drag on the profitability of their racino operations - leading to less money going to the state's education budget.

  • Einstein will attempt to make history by becoming the first repeat winner of the Woodford Reserve Turf 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%3D7865360%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Einstein Shoots For Woodford Reserve Repeat

    Remarkable 7-year-old horse Einstein, a graded stakes winner on dirt, turf and synthetics, will attempt to make history by becoming the first repeat winner of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) on May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • Musket Man at Churchill Downs<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%3D8040104%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Vic Carlson: The Man Behind the Musket

    Owner Vic Carlson leaned against the wall of Barn 41 April 29 at Churchill Downs waiting for his Musket Man to head to the track for his morning gallop. The one-time high school athletic director turned money-machine magnate has been to the Kentucky Derby before, but not with some skin in the game.

  • Florida-bred Advice is the only 2009 Kentucky Derby entrant bred outside of Kentucky.

    Kentucky-breds a Runaway Success

    There's a saying that a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner can come from anywhere. But that saying has more to do with where a horse prepped for the Run for the Roses than with its birthplace.

  • Calif. Committee OKs Wagering Oversight Bill

    A bill requiring independent oversight of all pari-mutuel horse race wagering in California was unanimously approved by the state senate's committee on governmental organization April 28.

  • Hollywood Officials Undecided on Next Move

    Whether Hollywood Park's cancellation of its April 30 card due to insufficient entries will require a move to a four-day week is something track officials aren't ready to discuss. The cancellation resulted when attempts on both April 26 and April 28 to fill the Thursday card failed to yield enough entries to conduct racing.

  • Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

    Decision Looms on Special Session in KY

    A decision on whether to call a special legislative session -- one that could include alternative gaming and relief for the horse industry -- will be made in a few weeks, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said April 29.

  • Kentucky Derby News Minute - 04/29/09

    Lenny Shulman covers the news of the day, including the finalizing of the Derby field, the arrival of Dunkirk, and Zenyatta on track. Stay tuned throughout the week for the latest from Churchill Downs.

  • Justwhistledixie has won her last five races.<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%3D7956369%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Oaks: Finley Has No Concerns About Rachel

    Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds is looking forward to simply enjoying the ride in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). And even though the pressure will be high on his filly Justwhistledixie, who will try to measure up against the heavy morning line favorite Rachel Alexandra, Finley is refusing to let himself get anxious about something he can't control.

  • Bill Introduced to Eliminate Withholding Tax

    A bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives April 28 that would eliminate the automatic 25% federal withholding on pari-mutuel winnings of $5,000 or more for bets that carry odds of 300-1 or higher.

  • Encosta de Lago to Stand for $220,000

    Coolmore Australia has announced service fees for the 2009 season, headed by Encosta de Lago, who will stand at a reduced fee of $220,000.

  • Trainer Nick Zito has decided to run Nowhere to Hide in the Kentucky Derby.

    Nowhere to Hide: We're In!

    Trainer Nick Zito said the defection of Win Willy led him to decide to enter My Meadowview Farm's Nowhere to Hide in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Deadline Approaches on Florida Gaming Issues

    The Florida Legislature will end its annual regular session May 1, and as of April 28 the House and Senate had not resolved major gaming issues including whether the Seminole Tribe of Florida should be able to keep blackjack and baccarat tables at its casinos.

  • Win Willy, seen here on April 27, will not run in the Kentucky Derby.

    Win Willy Out of Kentucky Derby

    Win Willy, fourth-place finisher in the Arkansas Derby, was declared out of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) by trainer Mac Robertson the morning of April 29, hours before entries were to be taken.

  • Trainers' Dinner Full of Good Humor

    Hall of Fame trainers D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert kicked off the annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' trainers' dinner April 28 with humor and vivacity, and that attitude lasted throughout the evening.