Headlines for Wednesday, March 7, 2012

  • Zagora won Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 4.

    Zagora, Denomination Meet in Hillsborough

    Grade I winner Zagora, second in last year's Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) to Denomination in a tight finish, will attempt to turn the tables in 2012 when the two mares meet again in the grass event at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • The Eighth Pole Earns Boston Institute Award

    Needy racetrack workers in New England will soon get a leg up from a locally-based charitable organization that has selected the region's backstretch assistance program for an award that comes with a sizable gift.

  • Heitzmann completes marathon for Remember Me Rescue

    Carmel Heitzmann, once a flight attendant for Emirates Airlines but in more recent times the stable foreman for her trainer-husband Eric Heitzmann at Fair Grounds, successfully completed a journey on foot around the Crescent City last Sunday by finishing the New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in four hours and 32 minutes.

  • Jackson Bend, Mucho Macho Man highlight Gulfstream Park Handicap

    Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gphcp12">Gulfstream Park Handicap </a>lost an expected top contender when Grade 1 winner Boys at Tosconova was not entered, but the one-turn mile event still features a dynamite field of six that includes Jackson Bend and Mucho Macho Man.

  • Baffert duo highlights talent-laden San Felipe

    A field of 10 sophomores has been entered to go 1 1/16 miles in the Grade 2, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sanfelipe12.html">San Felipe Stakes</a> at Santa Anita on Saturday, and trainer Bob Baffert holds a powerful hand in the form of Liaison and Bodemeister.

  • Ever So Lucky, Motor City return in Swale

    Ever So Lucky and Motor City established themselves as three-year-olds to watch at Churchill Downs last fall and both will launch their highly-anticipated sophomore campaigns Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/swale12">Swale Stakes </a>at Gulfstream Park. A total of 10 runners are entered, but the seven-furlong test will be lacking Thunder Moccasin, a good-looking winner of the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes on February 11.

  • Creative Cause is one of 2 grade I winners in the San Felipe.

    San Felipe Attracts Balanced Field of 10

    Though it experienced two substantial losses in the past few days, Santa Anita's field for the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 10 could still be the most competitive of the young 2012 Triple Crown season.

  • Kentucky Derby Report

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  • Tampa Bay Derby attracts a dozen

    A clear second to subsequent Grade 2 Risen Star winner El Padrino in a January 29 allowance at Gulfstream Park, Take Charge Indy could also make a successful jump into the winner's circle against graded company when he takes on 11 rivals in Saturday's Grade 2, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/tamderby12">Tampa Bay Derby</a>.

  • Ever So Lucky faces 9 in the Swale at Gulfstream Park.

    Ever So Lucky Ready in Time for Swale

    If Jonathan Sheppard could ever get Ever So Lucky started, he might find out if the colt is a legitimate Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender. Hopefully, he will finally get a chance March 10 in the $150,000 Swale (gr. III).

  • And They're Off: The Tornado Edition

    Steve and Lenny interview Dr. Kendall Hansen, owner/breeder for Hansen, examine how last year's Kentucky Derby contenders are doing this year and revisit the Stone Age.

  • Early entries announced for Two Thousand, One Thousand Guineas

    Entries were unveiled Wednesday for the opening two classics of the 2012 European flat season, the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas and Group 1 One Thousand Guineas, both of which take place on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket during the first weekend in May.

  • Kentucky Oaks Day to Benefit Cancer Research

    Churchill Downs Racetrack announced that Stand Up To Cancer ("SU2C") will be the beneficiary of a fund-raising effort conducted as part of the 138th running of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on Friday, May 4.

  • And They're Off: The Tornado Edition

    Steve and Lenny interview Dr Kendall Hansen, owner/breeder of Hansen, examine how last year's Kentucky Derby contenders are doing this year, and revisit the Stone Age. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm.

  • Night School to Preview Dubai Super Saturday

    The Dubai Super Saturday card from Meydan Racecourse will be the first "Big Event" seminar offered as part of "Night School," the racing industry's national online fan education program.

  • Hansen to school at Turfway Park on Friday

    Eclipse champion and Kentucky Derby contender Hansen will school in the paddock at Turfway Park on Friday evening between the 6TH and 7TH races, according to the colt's breeder and majority owner, Dr. Kendall Hansen.

  • Dick's Dubai Picks for March 10

    Dick Powell gives his selections for the March 10 Super Saturday program at the Dubai Carnival, which includes the Jebel Hatta (UAE-IT) and the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (UAE-I), and the Dubai City of Gold (UAE-IIT).

  • Hansen

    Hansen Back in KY, Will School at Turfway

    Eclipse Award champion and recent Gotham (gr. III) winner Hansen will school in the paddock at Turfway Park March 9 between the sixth and seventh races,

  • Running for Remember Me Rescue

    After a near-death experience last year, horsewoman Carmel Heitzman decided to run the Mardi Gras Marathon and raised more than $8,500 for Remember Me Rescue.

  • Larry Collmus

    Collmus to Call Charles Town Classic

    Larry Collmus, NBC's voice of the Triple Crown as well the regular announcer at Gulfstream and Monmouth Park, will be the voice of the $1 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 14.

  • Mendip in the 2011 Maktoum Challenge.

    Maktoum Challenge Round 3 Draws 14

    A field of 14 will go to the post in the $400,000 Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 3 Sponsored by Emirates (UAE-I), one of two newlyelevated group I races that anchor a superb seven-race card at Meydan Racecourse March 10.

  • Santa Anita Notebook

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  • Dexamethasone Use in Broodmares at Breeding Time (AAEP 2011)

    There are upsides and downsides to administering dexamethasone, just as there are with most drugs. For instance, dexamethasone is a potent anti-inflammatory but can cause life-threatening laminitis in some cases. And while dexamethasone can be used successfully to treat mating-induced inflammation of the uterus (endometritis), some veterinarians believe i...