Headlines for Wednesday, February 22, 2012

  • Santa Anita to Maintain Four-Day Race Week

    Satisfied with its performance so far, Santa Anita Park announced Feb. 22 that it had received permission from the California Horse Racing Board to not add Wednesdays to its current live race schedule during March and April.

  • 2011 sprint champion Amazombie takes on The Factor in the San Carlos.
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    San Carlos Matches Amazombie, The Factor

    In spite of a small field, a dandy match-up between 2011 national male sprint champion Amazombie and two-time grade I winner The Factor is set for the $200,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 25.

  • Champion Royal Delta faces Awesome Maria in the Sabin.

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    Royal Delta Faces Awesome Maria in Sabin

    More than three months after winning the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) and locking up champion 3-year-old filly honors, Royal Delta will begin her 2012 season in the Sabin Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 25 at Gulfstream.

  • Fed Biz

    Fed Biz, Liaison Turn in Easy Works

    When one sees a six-furlong work in 1:16 and a mile work in 1:43, the last trainer that comes to mind is Bob Baffert. But those were the respective works Feb. 22 for the Baffert-trained Derby hopefuls Fed Biz and Liaison.

  • Dick's Dubai Picks for Feb. 23

    Dick Powell gives his selections for the Feb. 23 program at the Dubai Carnival, which includes the 1 3/16-mile UAE Oaks (UAE-III) on the Tapeta main track and the Meydan Classic at one mile on turf.

  • Gov. Steve Beshear and Sen. Damon Thayer at the hearing to discuss the expanded gaming bill.

    KY Senate Panel Approves Expanded Gaming Bill

    An amended bill that would authorize a constitutional amendment on allowing up to seven casinos in Kentucky was approved Feb. 22 by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government and will be sent to the full Senate.

  • Isn't He Clever returns to New Mexico for the Borderland Derby.

    Isn't He Clever Favored in Borderland Derby

    Isn't He Clever, returning to New Mexico after a fourth-place finish in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita earlier this month, heads a field of seven entered for Sunland Park's $150,000 Borderland Derby.

  • Sunland Hosts Fundraiser for Jacky Martin

    Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino is hosting a Jacky Martin fundraiser now through Feb. 26 to support efforts in assisting the legendary seven-time All American Futurity-winning rider with his rehabilitation progress.

  • Gamilati in the UAE 1000 Guineas

    Field of Six Set for UAE Oaks

    A field of six fillies will go to the post in the $250,000 UAE Oaks Sponsored by The Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (UAE-III) at Meydan Racecourse Feb. 23.

  • Weed of the Month: Yew, Taxus

    <div class="figure figureleft"> <p> <img alt="Taxus" src="http://www.thehorse.com/images/content/Taxus.jpg" style="width: 210px" /></p> <p class="centered" style="width: 210px"> <small>Yew, <i>Taxus</i></small></p> </div> <p> <strong>Common name:</strong>Yew, <i>Taxus</i><br /> <strong>Scientific name:</strong><em>Taxus</em> species</p> <...

  • Thunder Moccasin

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    Super Shopper Starlight Has Basket of 3YOs

    When Starlight Racing needs to replenish its stable of runners, its buying team heads to the yearling auctions. The venture's efforts at the sales are paying off handsomely this year with several promising 3-year-olds.

  • Groups Ask to Intervene in Ohio VLT Lawsuit

    Representatives of several Ohio gambling operations testified Feb. 21 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court seeking permission to intervene in a lawsuit brought by the Ohio Roundtable.

  • Manuka Honey for Healing Horse Wounds (AAEP 2011)

    With the popularity of natural treatments on the rise, it&rsquo;s no surprise that manuka honey&mdash;which is produced by bees&mdash;visiting the manuka bush found exclusively in New Zealand, has gained a good deal of attention. Vendors claim that it has antibacterial wound-healing properties in humans and in experimental animals.