Headlines for Thursday, December 20, 2012

  • Kentucky Derby 2013: Top 20

    This will be the first of six (monthly) editions of my top 20 contenders for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

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    My Miss Aurelia Works Half-Mile for La Brea

    Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic runner-up My Miss Aurelia worked a half mile in :48 3/5 on Santa Anita's fast main track on the morning of Dec. 20 in preparation for next week's La Brea Stakes (gr. I) at seven furlongs.

  • Chamberlain Bridge

    Fair Grounds Hosts 'Super Santa Saturday'

    Chamberlain Bridge and Daisy Devine are the stars of the show in a pair of $75,000 stakes events at Fair Race Course & Slots on "Super Santa Saturday" Dec. 22.

  • Gary Stevens

    Stevens Dashes Comeback Speculation

    Gary Stevens dashed speculation Dec. 20 that he would resume his Hall of Fame riding career after an absence of seven years.

  • Empire Way

    Empire Way, Swiss Yodeler to Lovacres Ranch

    Empire Way, a grade II stakes-placed full brother to two-time Breeders' Cup winner Royal Delta, and veteran California stallion Swiss Yodeler will stand in 2013 at Terry Lovingier's Lovacres Ranch near Warner Springs, Calif.

  • Dates Set for 2013 Derby, Oaks Future Wagers

    Churchill Downs has established dates for three wagering pools for its Kentucky Derby Future Wager and a single pool for its Kentucky Oaks Future Wager in 2013.

  • THS: 2-Year-Old Review

    Tom and Pete look at the performance of 2-year-olds in 2012 and discuss who holds promise for a shot at the Triple Crown.

  • USA Equestrian Awards Second Round of Grants

    USA Equestrian Trust has awarded $95,000 in grants to help fund four more equine projects as part of a historic year of grant-giving for the foundation. The awards come on top of nearly $240,000 awarded in May.

  • More Funds Available for Maryland-Breds

    The Maryland Horse Breeders Association Dec. 20 noted increased financial opportunities for state-bred winners because of a new racing agreement and projected increases in revenue from video lottery terminals.

  • Female Equine Embryo Survival Studied

    Researchers know that many mammals can adjust the ratio of male and female young depending on the surrounding conditions at the time of conception but how precisely this is accomplished remains a matter for debate. A recent study carried out with equine embryos by Christine Aurich, DVM, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna,...

  • Genetic Basis of Osteochondritis Dissecans Probed

    For a Thoroughbred the road to the racetrack is sometimes a rocky one, wrought with physical challenges such as the musculoskeletal condition osteochondrosis (OC). But recently, English researchers have taken a step forward in understanding a potential genetic component of OC.