Headlines for Thursday, April 9, 2009

  • Garrett Gomez can equal a Santa Anita record for most stakes victories by a jockey in a single season if Tuscan Evening takes the Las Cienegas Handicap.

    Gomez After 'Anita Mark in Las Cienegas

    Tuscan Evening, an impressive winner over Santa Anita's hillside turf course in both of her American starts, can provide jockey Garrett Gomez with a record-tying stakes mark at the meet April 12 if she can win the $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT).

  • Blue Grass and Arkansas Derby Analysis

    Triple Crown Talk blog, with host Jason Shandler, analyzes the Blue Grass and the Arkansas Derby. Plus, join Jason for a live chat at noon Eastern on April 11.

  • Informed Decision overtakes Ventura to win the Vinery Madison.<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>

    Madison: Informed Decision Edges Ventura

    George Strawbridge Jr.'s Informed Decision split horses in deep stretch and ran down 2-5 favorite Ventura to win the $300,000 Vinery Madison (gr. I) by a head in thrilling fashion April 9 at Keeneland.

  • Champion Indian Blessing

    'Trials' of Indian Blessing's Brother

    Two-time national champion Indian Blessing has traveled far and wide in adding accomplishment after accomplishment to her vaunted graded-stakes resume. And her lesser-known older brother has had his fair share of journeys, too, though more often due to court-related drama - including a criminal arrest - than for racing glory.

  • THS: Blue Grass Stakes & Arkansas Derby

    Jason, Evan, and the Wizard analyze the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and the Arkansas Derby (gr. II).Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Blue Grass and the Arkansas Derby.

  • Dubai World Cup winner is currently the world's top ranked thoroughbred.

    Well Armed Top-Weighted Dirt Horse

    Well Armed, winner of the world's richest race, the US$6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), on March 28, has his official rating put up 5 pounds, from 119 to 124, making the best dirt horse currently racing.

  • Mafaaz gallops at Keeneland in preparation for the April 11 Blue Grass Stakes.<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%3D7994843%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Blue Grass Notes - April 9

    Shadwell Stable's Mafaaz, who will make his U.S. debut in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 11, visited the starting gate April 9 at Keeneland and then galloped a mile and a quarter under exercise rider Miguel Moya.

  • Pinnacle Announces 2009 Schedule

    Pinnacle Race Course will open for its second season of live Thoroughbred racing on Friday, June 5, with the 82-day meet running through Saturday, Oct. 24.

  • Tommy Thompson of the NTRA at the Churchill Downs safety inspection on April 6.

    Safety Accreditation a Long-Haul Process

    The accreditation of Churchill Downs by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance is being called a major accomplishment by the officials involved, but they also acknowledge it's just the beginning. Safety and integrity standards will change, and compliance will be reviewed at least every two years.

  • Barretts May Sale Has 250 Juveniles

    Barretts has cataloged 250 horses for its May sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction will be held May 11, beginning at 1 p.m. (PDT), in the Hinds Pavilion, which is located on the grounds of Fairplex Park in Southern California.

  • Downey: Can Hold Me Back Repeat?

    At Keeneland, it's often worthwhile to back those with Storm Cat in their pedigree, so Hold Me Back is in focus for the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

  • Randy Hartley

    Owner Not Angry With Mullins

    Florida pinhooker Randy Hartley, who owns an interest in Gato Go Win, said he wasn't angry at trainer Jeff Mullins for an incident that caused the colt to be scratched by stewards from the April 4 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct the same day Mullins sent out I Want Revenge to win the Wood Memorial (gr. I).

  • Wisconsin Governor and NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance
Independent Monitor Tommy Thompson participates in an onsite review at Churchill Downs on April 6.

    Churchill Downs Accredited by Alliance

    At a press conference April 9 at Churchill Downs, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that the Louisville racetrack has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a comprehensive review of racing operations at the facility.

  • Arrowfield Cutting Fees

    Arrowfield has set the trend that is likely to be followed by all other studs this year, with Australia's most expensive stallion Redoute's Choice having a 40% cut in his fee.

  • Old Fashioned (right) attempts to turn the tables against Rebel Stakes winner Win Willy in the Arkansas Derby.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Old Fashioned Blunder

    Starting from the first Derby Dozen, I had Old Fashioned ranked No. 1 for five consecutive weeks, despite many people insisting he hadn't beaten anyone and would not stay the mile and a quarter. Prior to the Rebel, my comment on Derby Dozen concluded with, "Don't expect any fireworks until the Arkansas Derby."

  • Santa Anita Handicap winner Einstein. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS625184%2Fphoto%2F7865360%2F%3Fo%3D11">Order This Photo</a>

    Judge Orders Release of Einstein's Purse

    A Kentucky state judge ordered April 8 that a lien placed on the purse winnings from Einstein's victory in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) be released, and directed the funds be given to a court-appointed receiver overseeing the financial affairs of Midnight Cry Stable, which is operated by recently-convicted disbarred attorneys Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion.