Headlines for Friday, March 2, 2012

  • 2YO Graded Stakes Ban Still Being Pursued

    The American Graded Stakes Committee is taking a more realistic approach to implementing a pilot program to ban race-day medication for juvenile graded stakes. It acknowledges regulatory change will take time.

  • Barretts 2-Year-Old Preview Draws Big Crowd

    Two colts previewed in :09 4/5 at the under-tack preview for the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training March 2. The sale is March 5 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park.

  • Castaway

    Southwest Victor Castaway Back to Work

    Castaway, who along with stablemate Secret Circle gave trainer Bob Baffert a sweep of the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) divisions at Oaklawn Park last month, worked a steady five furlongs at Santa Anita March 2.

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    Soldat Makes Return on Turf

    Soldat will make his first start since finishing 11th in last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when he goes to post in a turf allowance race at Gulfstream Park March 4.

  • Justin Shepherd to Miss Rest of Oaklawn Meet

    Jockey Justin Shepherd will miss the remainder of the Oaklawn Park meet after suffering a broken left shoulder and five broken ribs in a riding accident March 1.

  • Hollywood announces stakes schedule

    The 73rd running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup and the Grade 1 American Oaks, which was increased from $250,000 to $400,000, headline a stakes schedule worth more than $6.8 million for the 2012 Spring/Summer meet at Hollywood Park.

  • PA Horse Industry Hopes to Educate Lawmakers

    The Pennsylvania horse racing and breeding industry, which could lose about $70 million a year in gaming revenue under the proposed state budget, has organized a conference geared toward educating lawmakers.

  • The Blue Grass Nominees include Fountain of Youth winner Union Rags

    Blue Grass Attracts 180 Nominees

    Champion Hansen, grade I winner Union Rags, and El Padrino head the list of 3-year-olds nominated to the 88th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

  • 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Stephanie's Kitten is among those nominated to the Central Bank Ashland Stakes.

    Ashland Stakes Attracts 80 Nominees

    Graded stakes winners Grace Hall and Summer Applause are among the 3-year-old fillies nominated to the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland on April 7.

  • Hall of Fame nominees announced

    Five newcomers and five returning finalists comprise the National Museum of Racing's 2012 Hall of Fame ballot. The first-time finalists are trainer Roger Attfield and Thoroughbreds Ashado, Ghostzapper, Housebuster, and Xtra Heat. They join jockeys Calvin Borel, Garrett Gomez, Alex Solis, and John Velazquez, and trainer Robert Wheeler, all of whom were finalists in 2011.

  • Hall of Fame nominees announced

    Five newcomers and five returning finalists comprise the National Museum of Racing's 2012 Hall of Fame ballot. The first-time finalists are trainer Roger Attfield and Thoroughbreds Ashado, Ghostzapper, Housebuster, and Xtra Heat. They join jockeys Calvin Borel, Garrett Gomez, Alex Solis, and John Velazquez, and trainer Robert Wheeler, all of whom were finalists in 2011.

  • California Handle Down Again in 2010-11

    While pari-mutuel handle in California racing continued its free fall during the 2010-11 fiscal year, equine fatalities in the state due to catastrophic racing or training injuries improved during the same period.

  • Evaluating Horse Feet, Legs, and Gaits (AAEP 2011)

    “I challenge you to every day to improve your powers of observation,” began Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky., during the 2011 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Nov. 18-22 in San Antonio, Texas. “Believe half of what you see and everything you understand.&r...