Headlines for Friday, April 30, 2010

  • 2010 Kentucky Oaks Wrap

    Ron Mitchell recaps Kentucky Oaks Day 2010, including Blind Luck's exciting finish.Presented by Taylor Made Stallions.

  • 2010 Kentucky Oaks Wrap

    Ron Mitchell recaps Kentucky Oaks Day 2010, including Blind Luck's exciting finish.

  • Le Grand Cru pulls away in the Westchester. <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%3D8937389%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Jerkens Gets 6th Westchester as Belmont Opens

    Allen Jerkens got the 2010 Belmont Park spring meet off to a flying start when his 27-1 shot Le Grand Cru edged away in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $100,000 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) on opening day April 30.

  • Doubles Partner bounds away from the field in the American Turf 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%3D8937304%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Doubles Partner Dazzles in American Turf Win

    WinStar Farm's Doubles Partner rebounded from an eighth-place finish in the March 27 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II), posting an authoritative win in the American Turf (gr. II) on the Kentucky Oaks day undercard.

  • Vance Suspension Reduced to 60 Days

    Louisiana trainer Terry Vance had a suspension reduced from six months to 60 days because the classification of the drug found in his horse had been reduced from Class 2 to the less potent Class 3.

  • Joel Ammerman of the National Weather Service delivers the updated weather forecast.

    Derby Forecast Improves; Officials Convene

    In the event of inclement weather for the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Churchill Downs personnel, as well as safety officials from the Louisville, Ky., area, are prepared to take precautions.

  • Arson Squad power home in the Alysheba 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%3D8937241%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Arson Squad Defeats Solid Alysheba Field

    Jay Em Ess Stable's Arson Squad took over at the top of the lane and bounded home for his second straight graded stakes score in the $169,650 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) April 30 at Churchill Downs.

  • Silver Timber sets a course record in the Churchill Downs Turf Sprint.<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%3D8937231%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Silver Timber Scorches Churchill Turf

    Sent off as the 5-2 favorite, Silver Timber made his move leaving the turn and continued on to set a course record in the Churchill Downs Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) on the Kentucky Oaks card.

  • Churchill May Cancel May 1 Workouts

    With a forecast of rain overnight and heavy thunderstorms in Louisville, Ky., there is a possibility that training at Churchill Downs will be canceled May 1, according to track superintendent Butch Lehr.

  • Unrivaled Belle outfinishes Rachel Alexandra La Troienne.

    Unrivaled Belle Shocks Rachel in La Troienne

    For the second time in seven weeks, 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra lost a stretch duel when Unrivaled Belle outfought her to win the $400,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs April 30.

  • Conference Attendees Discuss Drug Testing

    Attorneys arguing about drug testing policies and procedures may differ in their opinions about the applications of such high-profile systems, but they agree that the landscape in which they work has changed.

  • Racing Industry Gets Congressional Inquiry

    U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield requested detailed answers on the progress of drug testing and monitoring and racetrack safety from industry leaders.

  • Churchill Preparing for Large Oaks Day Crowd

    On the morning April 30, all the elements were coming together for two storms: the perfect storm that could result in a record crowd for the Kentucky Oaks and the heavy thunderstorms that are forecast for Kentucky Derby Day.

  • Trainer Alexis Barba

    Alexis Barba: Looking at 'Lucky' Again

    Trainer Alexis Barba is looking at lucky, in more ways than one. Her colt, Make Music for Me, who has been close to Lookin At Lucky three times, will get another shot in the Kentucky Derby.

  • NY Casino Net Winnings Top $1 Billion

    Racetrack casino gambling in New York grew in all but one facility in the past year, as the net winnings of the racinos topped $1 billion for the first time since slots were permitted in the state in 2001.