Headlines for Thursday, March 8, 2012

  • Garrett Gomez

    Gomez Returning to Action This Weekend

    Jockey Garrett Gomez will return from the sidelines at Santa Anita this weekend, beginning March 9 with a first-time starter in the third race and concluding March 10 with San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) entrant Tiz Point.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    Cuomo: New York is 'In Denial' About Casinos

    The governor of New York is still not ready to divulge where he thinks new casinos should be located in the state, but said people are in a "state of denial" if they think casino gambling does not already exist in New York.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Inaugural 'Steeplechase Festival at Saratoga' scheduled for September

    The Saratoga Springs community will celebrate its legendary relationship with Thoroughbreds at the inaugural Steeplechase Festival at Saratoga, a day of racing and spirited activities set for September 15. Proceeds from the first annual Steeplechase Festival at Saratoga will benefit both local and equine charities.

  • On Fire Baby, Grace Hall among 94 Kentucky Oaks nominees

    A strong mix of accomplished stars headed by major stakes performers Grace Hall and On Fire Baby and exciting newcomers led by the Bob Baffert-trained trio of Eden's Moon, Princess Arabella and Mamma Kimbo comprise the list of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/2012oaksnoms.pdf">94 three-year-old fillies nominated</a> to compete in the 138th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks on May 4 at Churchill Downs.

  • On Fire Baby seeks sweet score in Honeybee

    On Fire Baby will return to the distaff ranks on Saturday when she faces seven rivals in Oaklawn Park's Grade 3, $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/honeybee12.html"> Honeybee Stakes</a> going 1 1/16 miles. The dual Grade 2 heroine, who is nominated to both the Triple Crown races and Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, could use the race as a springboard to either the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby against the boys or stay with the fillies in the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes.

  • Arienza

    Arienza, Daughter of Azeri, Retired

    Arienza, a regally bred filly out of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, has been retired from racing and has been moved to Lexington with plans to be bred to a yet to be determined stallion.

  • Strong field of six entered for Razorback

    It Happened Again will need to elevate his game if he wants to defend the crown he won last year in the Grade 3, $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/razorback12.html"> Razorback Handicap</a>, but the gelding's new trainer, Chris Richard, thinks he is positioned to pull it off.

  • THS: San Felipe Stakes

    Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra handicap the Tampa Bay Derby and San Felipe Stakes.

  • John Ward

    New Duties Await Veteran Trainer John Ward

    After 40 years as a trainer, John Ward is in the final days of overseeing his stable of horses at Gulfstream Park as he prepares to assume his new duties as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission April 1.

  • Monmouth Seeks Approval for 75 Racing Dates

    Monmouth Park, expected to be under lease to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, proposes to begin its live meet May 12 and offer 75 days of racing, 10 of them all-turf programs at Meadowlands.

  • Camelot heads 143 early entries for Epsom Derby

    Last season's Group 1 Racing Post Trophy winner Camelot heads the 143 three-year-olds going forward for this year's Group Epsom Derby following the first scratchings deadline, details of which were revealed Thursday.

  • THS: San Felipe Stakes

    Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra handicap the Tampa Bay Derby and San Felipe Stakes. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the San Felipe Stakes and the Tampa Bay Derby.

  • Video: Curlin's Two-Year-Olds in Action

    Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who stands at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm, will have his first 2-year-olds race this year. Here are some of his 2-year-olds in action in Florida.

  • March 31 Secretariat Event May Be Moved

    Organizers of a March 31 event to celebrate the birthday of legendary Secretariat and the 40th anniversary of Riva Ridge's Kentucky Derby Kentucky are scrambling to find a new location after The Meadow Event Place closed.

  • Curlin's Two-Year-Olds in Action

    Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who stands at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., will have his first 2-year-olds race this year. Here are some of his 2-year-olds in action in Florida with comments from their connections.

  • Creative Cause the Pick in San Felipe

    You could say that no race so far this year will weed out so many potentially serious Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders as the grade II San Felipe -- but that's not necessarily the case.

  • Churchill continues 'Pink Out,' welcomes Stand Up To Cancer on Oaks Day

    Churchill Downs Racetrack will be aglow in pink again for the 138th running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks -- America's premier race for three-year-old fillies on May 4 and annual celebration of food, fashion and fun -- as the springtime event welcomes a new beneficiary in Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) to raise vital funds and awareness for cancer research.

  • MRI for Localized Fetlock Lameness Diagnosis

    Your performance horse is lame, and while your veterinarian has narrowed the problem down to the animal&#39;s fetlock, no abnormalities are visible on radiographs (X rays). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has long been used as a diagnostic tool for lameness and performance issues in horses, and your vet says that&#39;s an option. Could that modality help...