Headlines for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

  • One who should not have trouble with the distance is 2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon winner Eldaafer.

    Eight Get Distance Test in Tokyo City Cup

    With the 2012 Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) set for Santa Anita this fall, the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup (gr. III) is as good a place as any to find out which local horses can get the distance.

  • Eight set for Sunland Derby

    With its lucrative $800,000 purse, the Grade 3 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sunlandderby12">Sunland Derby</a> is an attractive prep race for Kentucky Derby hopefuls lacking graded earnings, and three-year-olds from the barns of notable trainers Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher and Steve Asmussen have shipped into the New Mexico track this year in search of a guaranteed berth to the Run for Roses. The 1 1/8-mile race gained notoriety in 2009 when producing Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

  • Purses for Oaklawn 'Cap, Count Fleet Sprint raised

    Oaklawn Park, which has already announced three purse increases this meet, is increasing the purses of the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap and Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap by $50,000, bringing the April 14 events to $400,000 and $250,000, respectively. Additionally, the track will offer a participation bonus for the fourth consecutive year on all non-stakes races that attract more than eight wagering interests for the final three weeks of the season (March 29 ? April 14).

  • Kentucky Derby Report

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  • Pletcher looking for third win in Spiral

    Trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the Spiral Stakes in 2001 with Balto Star and in 2005 with Flower Alley when it was a Grade 2, will be looking for his third win in the now Grade 3 race when he sends out the uncoupled duo of Heavy Breathing and Holiday Promise on Saturday at Turfway Park.

  • Castaway is one of two entrants in the Sunland Derby for trainer Bob Baffert.

    Top Barns to Battle in Sunland Derby

    One need only scan the names of multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainers Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, and Steve Asmussen to realize that in 2012, New Mexico's $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) has come of age.

  • Gemologist confirmed for Wood Memorial

    WinStar Farm's undefeated Gemologist is headed to Aqueduct for next month's Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed by phone Wednesday morning.

  • Ramon Dominguez

    Dominguez Expected to Miss Two Weeks

    Leading New York rider Ramon Dominguez, diagnosed with a dislocated collarbone after a nasty fall March 18 at Aqueduct, could be healed in time to ride Hansen in the Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial April 7.

  • Kris Is It Dies After Foaling

    Dr. Janis Kengis' Kris Is It, dam of two stakes-placed runners, died March 19 at Nandi Veterinary Clinic near New Freedom, Pa., from a ruptured uterine artery while delivering a Tale of the Cat filly.

  • Arlington announces overnight stakes

    A schedule of 11 overnight stakes races worth an aggregate $725,000 for the 2012 meet was announced Wednesday by Arlington Park Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Chris Polzin.

  • Equine NSAID Use: Indications and Complications

    Many equine caretakers have given or received these suggestions time and time again: &quot;Just give him some Bute,&quot; or &quot;a little Banamine should do the trick.&quot; While the use of these medications&mdash;both non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs&mdash;are indicated in some cases, it&#39;s not uncommon for the substances to be over...