Headlines for Wednesday, January 11, 2012

  • Gold Rush Stakes winner Russian Greek is the 122-pound high weight for the California Derby.

    Seven Sophomores Vie in California Derby

    Russian Greek, who overcame a stumble at the start to win the Gold Rush Stakes last month, is the 122-pound high weight for his return to Golden Gate Fields in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 14.

  • Tapizar faces 7, including Prayer for Relief, in the San Fernando.

    Tapizar, Prayer for Relief Clash in 'Fernando

    Last seen running fifth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), Tapizar starts off his 4-year-old campaign against Prayer for Relief in the $150,000 San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 14 at Santa Anita.

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    Flat Out, Teaks North Top Ft. Lauderdale Cast

    The Fort Lauderdale Stakes (gr. IIIT) not only drew a full field, but many of the entrants are recognizable names with both turf and dirt experience. It should make for an interesting race, as a field of 12 will do battle.

  • Jackson Bend

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    Jackson Bend Draws Rail in Hal's Hope

    Jackson Bend, who reignited his career in the second half of 2011, will try to begin his 5-year-old campaign on the right note when he leads a field of nine in the $100,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 14 at Gulfstream.

  • Alluvial to Still Creek in Indiana

    Alluvial, a $600,000 Saratoga sale yearling and a half brother to successful sire Stormy Atlantic, will stand the 2012 breeding season at Tom and Lesalene Pompell's Still Creek Farm near Brookville, Ind.

  • Median Rises at MM Gold Coast Opener

    The Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale opened Jan. 11 in Australia with an increase of 5.3% in median price from a year ago. However, the number sold, gross, and average price for the first session declined.

  • Furosemide, known as Salix or Lasix, will be discussed Jan. 14

    Furosemide Among National HBPA Topics

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will tackle several issues, including governmental affairs, high volume pari-mutuel bettors, and use of furosemide on race day during its convention Jan. 12-16.

  • Dick's Dubai Picks for Jan. 12

    Dick Powell gives his selections for the Jan. 12 at the Dubai Carnival, including round one of the group III Al Maktoum Challenge

  • Rescue Groups Seek Help With Seized Horses

    With the last horses removed from a Louisiana farm after they were discovered to be malnourished, a humane society and equine rescue groups in the state are seeking financial assistance in caring for the seized Thoroughbreds.

  • Gulfstream Park and several large casino companies are among entities that have expressed interest in owning and operating a destination resort.

    Racing, Gaming on Florida Legislative Agenda

    The Florida legislature began a two-month session Jan. 10 with a big part of its focus on a gaming bill that could lead to the first all-games casinos in the state along with other changes that would impact racing.

  • On Fire Baby won two grade II stakes at the 2011 Churchill Downs fall meet, including the Golden Rod (shown).

    On Fire Baby to Tackle Males at Oaklawn

    Anita Cauley's 3-year-old filly On Fire Baby, winner of two grade II stakes at the 2011 Churchill Downs fall meet, is poised to challenge males in the $100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 16 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Managing Neck and Back Pain in Sport Horses

    Your horse has neck and/or back pain. The signs are obvious: sensitivity when grooming and saddling, resistance to rider weight, stiffness and pain when manipulating the neck and back, and a notable decrease in performance. But what is causing the pain, and what can you do about it?