Headlines for Thursday, March 22, 2012

  • Garrett Gomez

    Gomez Back in Saddle at Santa Anita

    Two time Eclipse Award winning jockey Garrett Gomez, in his second comeback attempt since fracturing his left heel in a paddock mishap Jan. 8, piloted Kelly Leak to a second-place finish in Santa Anita's fifth race.

  • Paco Lopez Released From Hospital

    Jockey Paco Lopez, who broke his collarbone and suffered six fractured ribs March 17 in a spill at Gulfstream Park, was released from Memorial Regional Hospital March 22.

  • Cambina takes on 10 in the Santa Ana Stakes on March 25.

    Added Ground May Help Cambina in Santa Ana

    A little extra distance could be just what grade I winner Cambina needs when she takes on a well-matched field of older fillies and mares in the $150,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf March 25.

  • Panel to Investigate Aqueduct Breakdowns

    Leading veterinarians and a Hall of Fame jockey will be among those studying the 20 fatal breakdowns of horses racing at Aqueduct Racetrack since December, New York officials announced March 22.

  • Hansen

    Change of Plans: Hansen to Blue Grass

    Just when we thought we had the key matchups for final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) preps all figured out, a couple major curveballs from two of the top contenders were thrown March 22.

  • THS: The Sunland Derby

    Jason and Tom preview the Sunland Derby, and comment on the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.

  • THS: The Sunland Derby

    Jason and Tom preview the Sunland Derby, and comment on the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Sunland Derby.

  • Delta Downs Closes With Handle Increases

    Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel concluded its 2011-2012 Thoroughbred season the night of March 17. The 88-day meeting produced record wagering amounts in several categories as well as sizable increases in handle.

  • Fair Grounds March 22 Racing Card Canceled

    The March 22 live racing program at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has been canceled due to torrential rain. The state and track stewards made the final decision in consultation with Fair Grounds officials at 10:30 a.m.

  • Triple Crown late nomination deadline looming

    Thoroughbred owners and trainers who wish to make their late-blooming three-year-olds eligible to compete in the 2012 Triple Crown series of classic American races have until Saturday to add their horses to the roster of late nominations to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

  • Data Reveal Three-Year Fatality Rates

    An analysis of data collected by The Jockey Club over a three-year period shows the race-related fatal injury rate was 1.91 per 1,000 starts during the period, falling from 1.98 per 1,000 starts in 2009 to 1.88 in 2011.

  • Breeders' Cup Expands Challenge Series to 73

    The Breeders' Cup announced March 22 that the 2012 Breeders' Cup Challenge series will consist of 73 automatic qualifying races into the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Equine Head Flexion and Airway Inflammation (AAEP 2011)

    Sure, you can watch an exercising horse’s airways with an endoscope while he’s on a treadmill, but this technique does not account for travel over varying terrain or for the influences of rider intervention on his respiratory efficiency. At the 2011 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Nov. 18-22 in San Antonio, Texas,...

  • Game On Dude

    American Horses Land Safely in Dubai

    America's contenders for the $27 million Dubai World Cup program, including champion Royal Delta and multiple grade I winner Game On Dude, have landed safely in Dubai and are in good health after the long flight from Florida.