Headlines for Saturday, February 25, 2012

  • Isn't He Clever surges to victory in the Borderland Derby.

    Isn't He Clever Feeling at Home in Borderland

    Isn't He Clever happily returned to New Mexico for trainer Henry Dominguez, where he produced a sharp 1 3/4-length tally in the $150,000 Borderland Derby at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino Feb. 25.

  • El Padrino (left) outfinishes Mark Valeski to win the Risen Star.<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%3D9818527%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    El Padrino Edges Mark Valeski in Risen Star

    El Padrino, the highly-touted 3-year-old from the barn of Todd Pletcher, proved he was worthy of the hype Feb. 25 at Fair Grounds when he outdueled Mark Valeski by a nose to win the $300,000 Risen Star (gr. II).

  • The Factor cannot be caught in the San Carlos.

    The Factor Refuses to Fold in San Carlos

    The Factor, making his seasonal debut in the $200,000 San Carlos Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 25, started his 2012 campaign the same way he finished up last year, winning at seven furlongs on Santa Anita's main track.

  • Yara fights off Grace Hall to win the Davona Dale.<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%3D9818526%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Yara, 64-1, Denies Grace Hall in Davona Dale

    Peres International's Yara reclaimed the lead from odds-on favorite Grace Hall at the top of the stretch and held her off to post a shocking 64-1 upset in the $350,000 Davona Dale (gr. II) Feb. 25 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Nates Mineshaft leads the way in the Mineshaft at Fair Grounds.

    Nates Mineshaft Upends Marred Mineshaft

    Nates Mineshaft led all the way in the $120,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) for his first stakes victory in a race marred by the breakdown of favorite Thiskyhasnolimit Feb. 25 at Fair Grounds.

  • Here to Win comes home strong to win The Very One.<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%3D9818525%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Here to Win Last to First in The Very One

    Taking advantage of a heady rail-skimming trip from Joe Bravo, Brazilian-bred Here to Win outkicked Keertana in the stretch for an 11-1 upset in $100,000 The Very One (gr. IIIT) Feb. 25 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Roman Tiger upsets the Tampa Bay Stakes.

    Roman Tiger Claws Way to Tampa Bay Upset

    Roman Tiger snapped a 13-race losing streak when he snuck through along the rail for jockey Angel Serpa to win the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) as a 28-1 shot on the turf Feb. 25.

  • Summer Applause finishes strong to win the Rachel Alexandra Stakes.<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%3D9818545%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Summer Applause Wins Rachel Alexandra Stakes

    Summer Applause bounced back from a loss in her first start of this year when she rallied to win the $194,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Feb. 25.

  • Awesome Maria rolls to victory in the Sabin.<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%3D9818478%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Awesome Maria Dominates Royal Delta in Sabin

    E. Paul Robsham Stables' Awesome Maria, who hadn't raced since last June, destroyed four foes, including champion Royal Delta, to win the $98,000 Sabin Stakes (gr. III) by eight lengths at Gulfstream Park Feb. 25.

  • Trainer Ian Wilkes

    Wilkes Thinks Blinkers Key for Neck 'n Neck

    Neck 'n Neck, reluctant to rally between horses in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) three weeks earlier, will get blinkers for the $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 26 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Judge Lets Parties Intervene in Ohio VLT Case

    A judge issued an order Feb. 24 allowing several gambling interests to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Ohio Roundtable challenging a law allowing Ohio racetracks to install video lottery terminals.

  • Kentucky ADW Tax Bill Passes House

    Legislation that would tax pari-mutuel wagers made by Kentucky residents through advance deposit wagering services passed the House of Representatives by a 79-15 vote Feb. 24.

  • Suture Techniques for Intestines Compared (AAEP 2011)

    Surgeons currently use a number of techniques to suture two pieces of intestine back together during colic surgery, a process referred to as an anastomosis. The seal must be leak-free to avoid complications that can cause future colics or even death, so using the best approach is key. A researcher from Italy recently determined the optimal anastomosis sti...