Headlines for Saturday, March 31, 2012

  • Grace Hall runs away from competition in the Gulfstream Oaks.

    Grace Hall Gallops Away in Gulfstream Oaks

    Favored Grace Hall stamped herself as the likely favorite for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) when she romped to a 6 1/2-length victory in the $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks (gr. II) March 31 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Take Charge Indy leads all the way to take the Florida Derby.

    Take Charge Indy Pulls Florida Derby Upset

    Take Charge Indy, with Calvin Borel aboard for Pat Byrne, went wire-to-wire in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I), as he outfought 31-1 shot Reveron. Union Rags, the 2-5 favorite, disappointed to finish third March 31.

  • Fort Larned flies home in the Skip Away at Gulfstream.

    Fort Larned Sets Track Record in Skip Away

    Janis Whitham's homebred Fort Larned made his 1 3/16-mile trip at Gulfstream Park March 31 a quick one. He set a track record of 1:53.92 for the distance while cruising to victory in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III).

  • Ramon Dominguez

    Dominguez Expected to Return April 6

    Two-time defending North American Eclipse champion Ramon Dominguez is expected to resume riding April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack, less than three weeks after suffering a separated collarbone during a race.

  • Awesome Maria takes control late to win the Rampart Stakes.

    Awesome Maria Easily Repeats in Rampart

    Sent off as the 1-10 favorite against five overmatched contenders, E. Paul Robsham Stables' Awesome Maria was a comfortable winner of the $150,000 Rampart (gr. III) March 31 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Cirrus des Aigles gets the win in the in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

    Historic Sheema Classic for Female Trainer

    France's Corine Barande-Barbe became the first female trainer to win a race on Dubai World Cup night when Cirrus des Aigles captured the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic Presented By Longines (UAE-I) at Meydan Racecourse.

  • Hansen worked 5 furlongs in :59 4/5 March 31 at Churchill Downs' Trackside training center.

    Hansen Picks Up Training for Blue Grass Start

    Reigning American 2-year-old champion Hansen tuned up for a planned run in the upcoming Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) with a strong five-furlong work in :59 4/5 March 31 at the Churchill Downs Trackside training center.

  • Cityscape and James Doyle dominate the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan.

    Cityscape Romps in Dubai Duty Free

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred Cityscape took over turning for home and burst clear of the field in the stretch en route to a record-setting victory in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) March 31 at Meydan Racecourse.

  • AHP Seeks Participation in Second Equine Industry Survey

    The American Horse Publications (AHP) is seeking horse industry participation in its second Equine Industry Survey to gauge trends in the U.S. equine industry. The AHP Equine Industry Survey is being sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research, Merck Animal Health, and Pfizer Animal Health. The survey was launched in early March, and runs through May 15.

  • Ortensia (far left) passes them all to win the Al Quoz Sprint.

    Aussie Mare Ortensia Scores Al Quoz Sprint

    Ortensia, bred and based in Australia, rallied from last and gobbled up the field from the outside to score the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored by Emirates NBD (UAE-I) March 31 at Meydan Racecourse.

  • Daddy Long Legs and Colm O'Donoghue take the UAE Derby.

    Daddy Long Legs Storms Home in UAE Derby

    Daddy Long Legs held off the late challenges of Yang Tse Kiang and Wrote to win the $2 million UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (UAE-II) at Meydan Racecourse March 31.

  • Effects of Behavior-Modifying Drug Investigated (AAEP 2011)

    "If only he'd stand still and keep quiet!" Many situations faced by horse owners and trainers would be far easier to manage if a temperamental horse would do this, and it might be tempting to initiate long-term sedation when confinement, stall rest, and tractability are necessary. But one veterinarian explained that sometimes the drawbacks o...

  • Dubai Interview - Rocket Man

    Jockey Felix Coetzee describes the stretch run while finishing second aboard Rocket Man during the Golden Shaheen.

  • Dubai Interview - Lucky Nine

    Casper Fownes, trainer for Lucky Nine who finished 3rd in the Golden Shaheen, comments on the race and future plans for Lucky Nine.

  • Dubai Interview - Jakkalberry

    A post race interview with Marco Botti, trainer for Jakkalberry who raced in the Dubai Sheema Classic.