Headlines for Monday, April 6, 2009

  • Vallenzeri brings $1.9 million during the first session of the Keeneland 2-year-old sale.

    Vallenzeri Sold for $1.9 Million

    Trainer Bob Baffert, acting on behalf of Kaleem Shah, purchased Vallenzeri for $1.9 million early in the opening session of the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training April 6.

  • KHRC Panel Approves Helmet Regulation

    A committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a proposed regulation that would mandate safety helmets be worn by all licensed personnel--including exercise riders and trainers during morning training times--at all of the state's tracks.

  • Quality Road

    Quality Road Quarter Crack Not Serious

    Foot specialist Ian McKinlay, who was in the news last year dealing with Big Brown's quarter crack prior to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is back on the Triple Crown trail once again, treating a lesser quarter crack suffered by Quality Road in the Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Jeff Mullins

    Mullins: NY Incident 'Honest Mistake'

    On April 6, two days after Gato Go Win was scratched from the Bay Shore Stakes (gr.III) at Aqueduct because the horse's trainer, Jeff Mullins, was observed administrating an orally-injected substance to his horse in the detention barn, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board said the "matter is still in the hands" of the Aqueduct stewards.

  • Guild Assembly Hooks Up With Symposium

    The Jockeys' Guild will move its annual assembly to Arizona this year, becoming part of the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing & Gaming held in Tucson each December, Guild national manager Terry Meyocks said April 6.

  • Gulfstream Park allowance winner Theregoesjojo was one of several Blue Grass hopefuls to workout at Keeneland on April 6.

    Blue Grass Contenders in Final Workouts

    With a light, cold drizzle falling, Patena put in his final major preparation for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:00 on April 6, with jockey Robby Albarado up.

  • Sky Mesa Returned to Breeding

    Sky Mesa, who underwent two colic-related surgeries in mid-February, returned to the breeding shed April 6 at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Pfizer Contributes to NTRA Safety Effort

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced April 6 that the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance has received a contribution of $50,000 from Pfizer Animal Health.

  • Keeneland April: More of the Same?

    Keeneland's April auction is the year's fifth and final major sale of 2-year-olds in training. The results for the previous auctions have been sobering, and most consignors are expecting to have a tough time again getting the prices they want for their horses April 6 and 7 in Lexington.

  • Encosta de Lago Colt Leads Inglis Sale

    The number of horses bringing seven-figure prices rose to a sale total of six as the William Inglis & Son Easter yearling auction continued for a second day in Australia April 6.

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    Ky. Derby Trail: Coast Clash Looms Big

    It's not quite the Sunshine Millions, but this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is looking like a regional battle between California- and Florida-based horses, who at this point appear on their way to occupying the top four favorite roles in the Run for the Roses.

  • OBS Spring Sale Has 1,389 Juveniles

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. has cataloged 1,389 horses for the spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, which will be held April 20-23 in Central Florida. Each session will start at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).