Headlines for Friday, April 3, 2009

  • Quality Road

    Quality Road Still Tops KDFW at Midpoint

    Edward P. Evans' Quality Road, winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) for his third victory in four career races, remained the favorite to win the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 2 as the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager reached its midway point on the evening of April 3.

  • MEC OK'd for Additional Interim Funding

    Magna Entertainment Corp. received an additional $2.5 million in interim financing to continue its operations through the initial stages of its bankruptcy reorganization April 3 after apparent agreements were reached with some of its objecting creditors

  • HRTV: Pursuit of the Crown April 3

    Featuring previews of the Santa Anita Derby (including words from Bob Baffert and Julio Canani), Wood Memorial, and Illinois Derby, and recaps of the Florida Derby and the UAE Derby. Plus, updates on Charitable Man and Dunkirk.

  • All eyes will be on Rachel Alexandra in the Fantasy.<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%3D7976425%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra Faces Four in Fantasy

    Rachel Alexandra, expected to be among the favorites for next month's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), drew the rail against four opponents in the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park April 5.

  • Stormalory gets by Smart Bid and Florentino to take the Transylvania.<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%3D7976841%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Transylvania: Stormalory Shows Turf Form

    Confirming Bill Mott's suspicions that he was a natural turf horse, Darley Stable's Stormalory came from off the pace to take the $150,000 Central Bank Transylvania (gr. IIIT), the opening day feature at Keeneland on April 3.

  • The rest will be chasing High Resolve in the Las Flores.<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%3D7535420%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Six to Chase High Resolve in Las Flores

    The first four finishers in last month's Honest Lady Stakes will all have the unenviable task of trying to catch the speedy filly High Resolve in the $100,000 Las Flores Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita April 5.

  • Hip#23; colt, Songandaprayer - Beach Bunny by Storm Bird, worked the fastest eighth of a mile (:9 4/5) during the under tack show for the Keeneland juvenile auction.

    Songandaprayer Colt Shines at Keeneland

    In what has been a tough, grin-and-bear-it kind of year for sellers of 2-year-olds, Mike Akers of Dapple Bloodstock got a break from the bad news April 2 in Lexington. A son of Songandaprayer, which Dapple had purchased for $110,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Easter Fall yearling sale, turned in the fastest work at an eighth of a mile during the under tack show for the Keeneland juvenile auction. The dark bay or brown colt covered the distance in :9 4/5 over Keeneland's Polytrack surface.

  • Lucky J. H.

    Grade III Winner Lucky J.H. Retired

    Lucky J.H., a graded stakes winner of 8 of 20 starts, with earnings of $632,065, has been retired to the place of his birth, his owner/breeder John Harris's Harris Farm near Coalinga, Calif.

  • Turfway Park

    Sharp Declines Reported at Turfway

    Turfway Park ended its 2009 winter/spring meet with double-digit declines in handle and purses paid, and a significant drop in field size compared to the same period in 2008. The 2009 meet began Jan. 1 and ended April 2.

  • Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes winner Mafaaz is coming to America.

    Mafaaz Headed for U.S. April 4

    Peter Shoemark, racing office manager for John Gosden Racing, said that Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes winner Mafaaz was scheduled to depart England early the morning of April 4 with a scheduled arrival in Wilmington, Del., at 9:55 a.m.

  • AHC's Congressional Ride-In Scheduled

    The American Horse Council is holding its annual Congressional Ride-In June 17, in Washington, DC. The Ride-In will take place as part of the AHC National Issues Forum, which will focus on "The Welfare of the Horse" this year. All interested members of the horse community are encouraged to participate.

  • Churchill Downs

    Inspection Team to Review Churchill

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Churchill Downs will be the first U.S. racetrack reviewed by an inspection team as part of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance accreditation process. The inspection visit will begin Monday, April 6.

  • UC Davis Horse Barn

    The history and functions of the UC Davis Horse Barn, which has changed from a carriage house, to a remount station for the cavalry, to today's use as an educational center for equine reproduction and management.Also included is the story of the Thoroughbred stallion Gunrock, who became the official mascot of the university.

  • Broodmare Weekend in Indy Dead

    Weekend in Indy, dam of graded stakes winners Any Given Saturday and Bohemian Lady, died in mid-January from foaling complications.

  • The Santa Anita Derby should set Chocolate Candy up perfectly for the Kentucky Derby.

    Ky. Derby Trail: The Key Word is Prep

    Saturday's big three Kentucky Derby preps should be pretty formful, with one or two standouts in each race. But, there's a lot more to these races than who is going to win. While they are all prestigious events, let's not forget the fact that they are indeed preps.

  • Quality Road is favored by the fans in pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.<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%3D7964933%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Favored in Future Wager

    Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Quality Road justified his status as the morning line choice for the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ("KDFW") when racing fans across North America made the Jimmy Jerkens-trained colt a tepid 5-1 favorite during the April 2 opening day of betting in the four-day pool.