Headlines for Thursday, March 4, 2010

  • California Racing Gets Some Encouragement

    Struggling as it never has before, the California horse racing industry went to the State Capitol in Sacramento March 4 looking for some answers. And surprisingly, racing seemed to get a warm reception.

  • Gone Astray makes his 2010 debut in the Razorback.

    Gone Astray Sets Sights on Razorback

    Gone Astray will make his season debut March 6 in the $150,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park and face a good field that includes 8-year-old Jonesboro, who won the 1 1/16-mile event back in 2008.

  • NYRA Cuts $1.4 Million from Stakes Purses

    The New York Racing Association, which announced it would cut $4.3 million in stakes purses from last year, has slashed around $1.4 million from its stakes program for the upcoming Belmont and Saratoga meets.

  • Gitano Hernando has a legitimate chance to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

    Gitano Hernando a Star on the Rise

    With a victory in the 2009 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) already in the books, Gitano Hernando now has a legitimate chance to win the world's richest race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 27 at Meydan Racecourse.

  • Fairbanks Sires First Foal

    The first foal by grade II winner Fairbanks is a colt born Jan. 27 at Northview PA near Peach Bottom, Pa.

  • THS: Gotham Stakes & Palm Beach

    Jason, Suzanne, and Tim Holland of twinspires.com preview the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) and the Palm Beach Stakes (gr. III). Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Gotham.

  • HRTV's Inside Information: Swale

    HRTV's Inside Information relays the compelling and tragic story of 1984 Kentucky Derby winner, Swale. For more of HRTV's Inside Information, visit HRTV.com.

  • Trainer Bob Baffert saddles the likely favorite for the Sham, The Program.

    Baffert Doubles Up in Rescheduled Sham

    Eight of the original 10 entrants for Santa Anita's Sham Stakes (gr. III), a useful prep for next month's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), remained part of the lineup when the entries were taken for the March 6 makeup date.

  • Oaklawn Announces Purse Increases

    Increases include a $500 increase for claiming races, and $2,000 for maiden special weight and allowance events. No purse at Oaklawn will be less than $15,500 for the remainder of the 2010 meet.

  • Mendip drew away impressively under Frankie Dettori to post an easy victory at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

    Vale of York Fifth in Al Bastakiya

    Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Vale of York made a disappointing 3-year-old debut March 4 in Dubai, as he was rank in the early part of the Al Bastakiya Stakes and then flattened out to finish fifth.

  • Desert Warrior to Swifty in Indiana

    Desert Warrior, a multiple graded stakes-placed son of Deputy Minister, has been purchased by Randy Haffner for stallion duty at Don and Dana Myers' Swifty Farms near Seymour, Ind.

  • Plans to Aid KY Horse Industry in the Works

    Yet another bill authorizing gaming at racetracks has been introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly. With less than a month to go in the session, no action has been taken on any gaming-related legislation.

  • Backtalk

    Backtalk Looks to Follow Smarty's Hoofprints

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Brent Fernung stands to go down in history as a three-time purchaser of "Derby dams" if Backtalk's impressive style carries him to a win on the first Saturday in May.

  • ASPCA Provides Thoroughbred Retirement Grants

    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has unveiled a new initiative that will aid in the retirement of Thoroughbred racehorses. Six equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country were selected to take up the challenge of saving more Thoroughbreds than ever before.