Headlines for Wednesday, December 21, 2011

  • The Factor

    Baffert, Asmussen Carry Heavy Load in Malibu

    There aren't many grade I races in California that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert hasn't won, but the Malibu Stakes is one of them. He'll take a mighty whack this year with four entrants, including The Factor.

  • Ultimate Eagle in the Hollywood Derby.

    Ultimate Eagle Shortens Up for Sir Beaufort

    Ultimate Eagle, winner of the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) in his most recent start, attempts to run his winning streak to five races when he takes on a strong field in the $150,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita.

  • Julian 'Buck' Wheat

    Julian 'Buck' Wheat, Churchill Icon, Dies

    Julian Logan "Buck" Wheat, Churchill Downs' Director of Horsemen's Relations long known as the "Mayor of the Backside" at the home of the Kentucky Derby, died Dec. 21 of complications from injuries suffered in a fall

  • And They're Off: 2011 Offy Awards

    Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman present the prestigious Offy Awards and discuss topics such as the Sock Exchange and John Veitch. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm

  • And They're Off: 2011 Offy Awards

    Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman present the prestigious Offy Awards and discuss topics such as the Sock Exchange and John Veitch.Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm

  • Boys At Tosconova

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    Boys At Tosconova in Gulfstream Allowance

    Boys At Tosconova, winner of last year's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) and second to Uncle Mo in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), continues his comeback in an optional claiming allowance feature at Gulfstream Dec. 23.

  • Repent Returns to CloverLeaf

    Repent, who began his stallion career at John Sykes' CloverLeaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla., will stand in 2012 at CloverLeaf, where he will join his newly retired son, Crown of Thorns, at stud.

  • Rapid Redux racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

    Charles Town to Try Starter Tournament

    Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races will try a promotion that has been successful at other racetracks when it holds a starter allowance tournament scheduled to begin in March 2012.

  • Challenges in Hydrating and Balancing Equine Electrolytes

    Like the old saying goes (or similar to it), you can lead a horse to an electrolyte replacement fluid but you can't make him drink. As most equestrians know, balancing a horse's electrolyte and fluid intake with the sweat they produce during exercise is an ongoing challenge.