Headlines for Tuesday, May 12, 2009

  • Mine That Bird arrives at Pimlico.

    Mine That Bird Rolls Into Baltimore

    Mine That Bird arrived at Pimlico Tuesday looking to annex the Preakness (gr. I), the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown, after shocking the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands at 50-1.

  • Churchill Dates Cut Approved; 'Crisis' Cited

    Amid considerable discussion about a quickly developing crisis facing the state's racing industry, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission May 12 approved a request from Churchill Downs to eliminate seven racing dates from the current spring meet.

  • Veterinarian Stewart's Suspension Upheld

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously May 12 to adopt the recommended report of a hearing officer in the five-year suspension of veterinarian Dr. Rodney Stewart.

  • Ahmed Zayat, owner of Pioneerof the Nile

    Haskin's Preakness Report: Haywire

    There is no denying that Ahmed Zayat started a firestorm of controversy when he went on HRTV and TVG to announce and then take back his intentions of trying to keep Rachel Alexandra out of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The predicted fallout occurred, but it is now time to cut him some slack.

  • Garrett Gomez is part of the first Jockey Challenge at Pimlico on May 15.

    Pimlico Jockey Challenge Set for Friday

    The top four riders in the country based on earnings, two Hall of Fame jockeys with Preakness (gr. I) victories, another who has won the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, Maryland's all-time winningest rider, and Eclipse Award winners Kent Desormeaux and Garrett Gomez will do battle in the first Jockey Challenge at Pimlico.

  • Papa Clem at Churchill Downs prior to the Derby.

    Papa Clem Turns in Final Preakness Drill

    Papa Clem, the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked a leisurely five furlongs in 1:05 under exercise rider Emundo Cedeno shortly after 7 a.m. (EDT) over a fast Pimlico main track May 12 in his final breeze for the May 16 Preakness (gr. I).

  • Silent Name to Shuttle to Brazil

    Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm announced that grade II winner Silent Name will stand the Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Haras Ponta Pora in Brazil.

  • HealthWatch: Surface Safety and Medication

    3D dynamometric shoe gives insight into the biomechanical effects of diverse surfaces on the entire musculoskeletal system; Nanomedicine is a rapidly expanding field and is anticipated to have a huge impact on equine practice in the not-so-distant future.

  • As Bob Baffert, aboard his pony, looks on, trainer Chip Woolley loads Derby winner Mine That Bird onto his van for the trip of Pimlico.

    Mine That Bird Ships to Pimlico

    A few minutes after 9 a.m. EDT on May 12, Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine's Mine That Bird rolled out of the Churchill Downs barn area headed for Baltimore and the second leg of racing's Triple Crown.

  • Horse Racing Network Sets Preakness Coverage

    The Horse Racing Radio Network will broadcast live from Pimlico Race Course beginning Friday, May 15, and will offer a total of eight hours of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) weekend coverage.

  • Tiznow Colt Tops Barretts Sale; Numbers Dip

    A son of Tiznow sold for $300,000 topped the Barretts 2-year-old sale May 11, as the average fell along the lines of most juvenile sales this winter and spring. Buy-backs and withdrawals of some of the most buzz-worthy horses contributed to the 30.25% decline in average to $37,087.

  • Your Exercising Horse's Upper Airway

    Upper airway problems can ruin a good horse, whether they slow him down or cause airway noise that hurts his show placings. But they haven't always been easy to sort out because the upper airway couldn't be examined under natural exercise conditions (with rider, tack, competitors, etc).