Headlines for Saturday, March 10, 2012

  • On Fire Baby battles to Honeybee victory

    Anita Cauley's homebred On Fire Baby was sent off the 2-5 favorite in Saturday's Grade 3, $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/honeybee12.pdf">Honeybee Stakes</a> at Oaklawn Park, but the gray miss had to work for the win as 3-1 second choice Amie's Dini refused to yield in the lane. It was only nearing the wire that On Fire Baby managed to pull away, posting a two-length victory under jockey Joe Johnson to return $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10 to her backers.

  • Creative Cause masters Bode in San Felipe

    The San Felipe was widely viewed as the deepest Derby prep race so far this season. Despite the withdrawal of Out of Bounds, who is sidelined by a fractured ankle, and Fed Biz, who had a minor hiccup but is still on the trail, the 1 1/16-mile test lured a terrific group of classic hopefuls.

  • Alternation repels Tapizar in Razorback

    Pin Oak Stable's homebred Alternation continued his progression toward the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap with a wire-to-wire score in Saturday's Grade 3, $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/razorback12.pdf">Razorback Handicap</a> at Oaklawn Park.

  • Creative Cause fights off Bodemeister to win the San Felipe Stakes.

    Creative Cause Takes Big Step in San Felipe

    Creative Cause established himself as the favorite for the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) when he came from off the pace to defeat favored Bodemeister in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. I) March 10 at Santa Anita.

  • Prospective gamely scores in Tampa Bay Derby

    Prospective made his move to the lead on the far turn, was headed in midstretch by a surging Golden Ticket, then came back again to prevail in Saturday's Grade 2, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/tbderby12.pdf">Tampa Bay Derby</a>. Winner of the Grade 3 Grey Stakes at two and second in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes in his previous start, the Mark Casse-trained colt likely guaranteed himself a spot in the Kentucky Derby field by increasing his graded earnings to $365,452.

  • Video: Zenyatta and her Foal

    Zenyatta and her first foal, a colt by Bernardini born on March 8, 2012, at Lane's End Farm, with comments from her owners Jerry and Ann Moss. Courtesy of HRTV/Jerry and Ann Moss

  • Vexor, Big Blue Nation entered on OBS Day of Champions

    Gold Mark Farm's Grade 2 Nashua Stakes winner Vexor makes his three-year-old debut in the $50,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/obssprintc&g12.html">OBS Sprint Stakes</a> as OBS holds its 23rd annual Day of Champions race card on Monday.

  • Mikhail Glinka snaps losing streak in Dubai City of Gold

    Mikhail Glinka foreshadowed what Master of Hounds would accomplish two races later in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta. Interestingly, both had been stablemates under the tutelage of Aidan O'Brien, and neither had managed to win since the summer of 2010. Mikhail Glinka last visited the winner's circle after a photo-finish score in the Group 3 Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot.

  • Trinniberg blitzes rivals in Swale

    Shivananda Parbhoo's Trinniberg is a colt to be reckoned with in the major three-year-old sprints later this year after an impressive 2012 debut in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/swale12.pdf">Swale</a> at Gulfstream Park. Making his first start since November and racing without blinkers for the first time, the son of Teuflesberg assumed command at the start, led by a length through splits of :22 3/5 and :45, and exploded through the stretch to win by six lengths under Willie Martinez. Final time for seven furlongs over a fast track was a sharp 1:21 3/5. Trinniberg, sent off at 7-1, returned $17.20, $9.60 and $6.40.

  • Capponi surprises in Maktoum Challenge

    Ahmed Ajtebi picked up the mount as Godolphin's other associated riders piloted more accomplished entrants. Frankie Dettori, who had ridden Capponi in all three of his starts this season, got off to partner Prince Bishop for Saeed bin Suroor, who also sent out Mendip with Kieren Fallon. Al Zarooni saddled two other contenders -- Monterosso, piloted by Mickael Barzalona, and Biondetti, who drew in from the also-eligible list with Silvestre de Sousa. But none of them threatened Capponi.

  • Master of Hounds steals Jebel Hatta

    In the early going, Master of Hounds was tracked by Secrecy, Pisco Sour and Derbaas, and City Style was also well placed in fifth. The same could not be said of several major contenders, including Master of Hounds' stablemates, River Jetez and Mutahadee. Christophe Soumillon, who got off Master of Hounds to ride Mutahadee, anchored him near the tail of the field. River Jetez was almost as far back. Defending Jebel Hatta champion Wigmore Hall was likewise in a poor position, and reigning Duty Free hero Presvis lagged in last after his habitual slow start.

  • Zagora zooms home in Hillsborough

    Zagora was given a textbook ride by regular pilot Javier Castellano. The odds-on choice was reserved in sixth early, six lengths off the pace established by 96-1 longshot Megaspiel through fractions of :23 2/5 and :47 1/5. Unbridled Humor stalked in second, followed by Sea Level Drive and Federation. Zagora commenced her move entering the far turn, cutting her deficit to just 2 1/2 lengths when the leader reached six furlongs in 1:11 2/5.

  • On Fire Baby pulls away late to win the Honeybee Stakes.

    On Fire Baby Shows Her Spark in Honeybee

    Odds-on choice On Fire Baby won the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) by two lengths at Oaklawn Park March 10, setting up an interesting decision for trainer Gary Hartlage and owner/breeder Anita Cauley.

  • Agave Kiss flies home in Cicada

    Despite an initial early challenge in Saturday's Grade 3, $147,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cicada12.pdf">Cicada Stakes</a>, Agave Kiss easily ran away with the six-furlong contest to move her career record to a perfect four-for-four under jockey Ryan Curatolo. The Rudy Rodriguez trainee was made the 1-4 prohibitive favorite by the betting public and delivered when crossing under the wire three lengths the best.

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    Animal Kingdom in Easy Turf Workout

    Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom worked an easy five-eighths of a mile on turf in 1:04 4/5 at Palm Meadows Training Center March 10 as he preps for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on March 31.

  • Shackleford targeting Carter

    Preakness winner Shackleford will be among the star studded cast of horses lining up for the Grade 1, $400,000 Carter on Wood Memorial Day at Aqueduct on April 7.

  • Hansen schooling at Turfway Park on March 9.

    Owner Reaffirms Wood Memorial for Hansen

    Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Hansen wrapped up his week at Turfway Park with a paddock appearance the evening of March 9, but his majority owner reaffirmed that the colt will run next in New York, not Kentucky.

  • New Treatment for Mare Endometritis Examined (AAEP 2011)

    We&#39;d all like to think that a mare&#39;s womb is a warm, dark, nurturing environment perfect for transforming a small fertilized egg into a healthy foal in 340 days. According to equine reproductive specialists, however, uteri can be lined with bacterial &quot;biofilm&quot; containing millions of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a glutinous, jellylike...

  • Zenyatta and Her Foal

    Zenyatta and her first foal, a colt by Bernardini born on March 8, 2012, at Lane's End Farm, with comments from her owners Jerry and Ann Moss. Courtesy of HRTV/Jerry and Ann Moss