Headlines for Thursday, April 1, 2010

  • Free Flying Soul seeks her first graded win in the Las Flores.

    Las Flores: Free Flying Soul Finds Good Spot

    After placing twice in grade I stakes in a three-month span, Free Flying Soul appears well-spotted to earn her first graded win in the $100,000 Las Flores Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita on Easter Sunday April 4.

  • Quality Road won the Donn on February 6. <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%3D8781830%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Gets Back to Work in Florida

    Edward P. Evans' 4-year-old Quality Road breezed an easy three furlongs in :38 4/5 April 1 at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher in his first recorded workout since drawing off to a decisive victory in the Donn Handicap.

  • Budgetary Woes and Date Cuts Continue in MI

    The Michigan Gaming and Control Board, which announced in early March that it would trim the state's horse racing dates by more than half, has just dealt another blow to the local Thoroughbred industry.

  • Peppers Pride<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%3D7859862%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Peppers Pride Bred to Distorted Humor

    Peppers Pride, who holds the modern-day American record for consecutive wins, was bred March 27 to WinStar stallion Distorted Humor.

  • Raise the Bridle finished first in the Borderland Derby at Sunland Park, but was disqualified and placed second.

    Six Added to Triple Crown Nomination List

    Six horses have been added to the list of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds eligible to compete in the 2010 Triple Crown after their owners paid a required $6,000 fee during the late nominating period ending March 27.

  • Downey: A Play Against Wood Memorial Chalk

    Any horse moving on to the Kentucky Derby from the Grade I Wood Memorial will be deprived of competing against a large field on Saturday. Aside from that, this could turn into a rider's race and odd things could happen.

  • THS: Wood Memorial

    Jason, Tom, and Les Instone of twinspires.com preview the Wood Memorial (gr. I), the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and the Illinois Derby (gr. III).

  • THS: Wood Memorial

    Jason, Tom, and Les Instone of twinspires.com preview the Wood Memorial (gr. I), the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and the Illinois Derby (gr. III). Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Wood Memorial.

  • WV Court Refuses to Hear Exclusion Appeals

    The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals refused March 30 to hear petitions by the West Virginia Racing Commission and three individuals who have been barred from Charles Town Races & Slots.

  • The Pope Whitepaper

    Fred Pope says International racing is waiting on North America.

  • Timber Reserve<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%3D2174429%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Familiar Rivals Hook Up Again in Skip Away

    Jay Em Ess Stable's 7-year-old gelding Arson Squad and Circle E Racing and partners' 6-year-old Timber Reserve will meet for the third time in the $125,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III), the April 3 feature at Gulfstream Park.

  • Allergy, Parasite Link Investigated

    Horses with allergic diseases such as recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) have might also have fewer parasites, according to recent research. A new study suggests that genetics might be the primary explanation for this phenomenon.