Headlines for Saturday, April 23, 2011

  • R Heat Lightning, Kathmanblu Drill in Slop

    R Heat Lightning, the likely Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) favorite, and Kathmanblu braved a steady rain and sloppy track conditions at Churchill Downs to put in timed workouts just after the track maintenance break April 23.

  • Animal Kingdom working at Keeneland on April 23.

    Animal Kingdom Work Not Ideal

    Animal Kingdom's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) work at Keeneland April 23 'didn't go as planned' in the eyes of trainer Graham Motion, as the colt was clocked in 1:02.80 for five furlongs.

  • Nahem Notches Sentimental Win in Snow Chief

    Nahem, under strong handling from Victor Espinoza struck, the lead in deep stretch and held off Woodmans Luck for a head victory in the $150,000 Snow Chief Stakes on the California Gold Rush card at Hollywood Park April 23.

  • Pants On Fire wins the 2011 Louisiana Derby.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Pre-Derby Awards

    Before we get really perplexed and befuddled by the morass of statistics, opinions, and rumors, here is one person's opinion of the best of what we have and what we've seen, broke down by categories.

  • Thiskyhasnolimit outfinishes Gladding to win the Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.

    Thiskyhasnolimit All In for Texas Mile Win

    Favored Thiskyhasnolimit prevailed in a terrific stretch duel with Gladding to win the $200,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) by a half-length at Lone Star Park April 23 for his first graded stakes triumph since 2009.

  • Wildcat Marie pulls away to victory in the Whimsical.

    Wildcat Marie Wires Woodbine's Whimsical

    Wildcat Marie, making her seasonal debut, spoiled the return of champion Canadian sprinter Indian Apple Is at Woodbine April 23 when she led from gate to wire in the $162,933 Whimsical Stakes (Can-III) on the Polytrack.

  • Derby Kitten flies home under Julien Leparoux to win the Coolmore Lexington.<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%3D9500908%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Derby Kitten Pulls Lexington Upset

    Derby Kitten capped a big day for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, as the homebred 3-year-old got up in the late stages to win the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) April 23 on a stormy day at Keeneland.

  • Adios Charlie fights back to win the Jerome.<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%3D9500907%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Adios Charlie Waves Goodbye in Jerome

    Adios Charlie, passed in the stretch by Justin Phillip, re-broke along the inside to win the $150,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. II) going away on a sloppy track at rainy Aqueduct April 23.

  • Exhi and Javier Castellano take the Ben Ali at Keeneland.<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%3D9500899%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Exhi Makes Easy Work of Ben Ali

    Wertheimer and Frere's Kentucky homebred Exhi had no problem returning from his six-month layoff, as he took a short field wire-to-wire in the $150,000 Ben Ali (gr. III) April 23 for his second graded stakes win at Keeneland.

  • Calder, Horsemen Still Negotiating on ADWs

    As it prepares to open its race meet April 25, Calder Casino & Race Course as of April 22 did not have a contract for Advance Deposit Wagering with the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

  • Belmont Park

    Belmont Meet Begins April 29

    April 29 kicks off Belmont Park's 56-day spring/summer meet, which is highlighted by the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the oldest and longest leg of the Triple Crown.