Headlines for Friday, March 9, 2012

  • Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg

    Van Berg to Assist in Fundraiser for Perrodin

    When the devastating news concerning the health issues of recently retired jockey E.J. Perrodin became public, Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg was one of the first people to volunteer his help.

  • Take Charge Indy to scratch from Tampa Bay Derby

    Take Charge Indy, the 3-1 second choice on the morning line for Saturday's Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby, will be scratched from the race and point instead to the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 31. Trainer Pat Byrne confirmed the change in plans to <i>Daily Racing Form</i> on Friday.

  • Van Berg to serve as auctioneer at Perrodin fundraiser

    When the devastating news came out that jockey E.J. &quot;Tee Joe&quot; Perrodin was diagnosed with brain cancer just days after retiring from the saddle -- and that Fair Grounds would be hosting a charitable crawfish boil on March 20 to benefit the popular rider's family -- one of the first people to volunteer his services at the upcoming event was Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, who will be returning to New Orleans that afternoon as an auctioneer.

  • Derby, Oaks advance ticket prices remain the same; walk-up prices increase

    There will be no change in the price of general admission tickets for the 138th runnings of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks if tickets are purchased online and in advance of those events, but the ticket price will be higher for walk-up purchases at admission gates on those respective days.

  • First Mare Checks in Foal to American Lion

    American Lion, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Tiznow, had his first mare pronounced in foal. Casner Racing's 5-year-old stallion is standing his first season at stud at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm in Lexington.

  • Walk-Up Derby, Oaks Ticket Prices Increased

    Churchill Downs announced March 9 it will increase walk-up general admission prices for this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks, but will keep prices unchanged for online and advance sales.

  • Southwest winners to work for possible Rebel showdown

    With a stable full of Kentucky Derby contenders, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is juggling talented three-year-olds every weekend, but he's counting on the strong performances by Secret Circle and Castaway in their split divisions of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes to help him decide to whether to send them both back for the Grade 2, $500,000 Rebel at Oaklawn Park March 17.

  • The Jockey Club Renames its Foundation

    The Jockey Club Foundation, a charitable trust that assists individuals in the Thoroughbred community, announced it has has been renamed The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, effective immediately.

  • The Jockey Club Foundation renamed Safety Net Foundation

    The Jockey Club Foundation, a charitable trust that assists needy individuals throughout the Thoroughbred racing industry, has been renamed <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tjcfoundation.org">The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation</a>, effective immediately.

  • Monmouth, Meadowlands announce racing dates

    Live racing will return to Monmouth Park on May 12, it was announced Thursday by the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NJTHA). With a lease from the New Jersey Sports &amp; Exposition Authority (NJSEA) to the NJTHA expected in early May, the latter will take the operational helm at the historic racetrack for this year's 67th season of racing.

  • Oaklawn increases purses again

    The good fortune continues at Oaklawn with racing and Instant Racing/gaming both seeing double-digit increases in February and as a result, the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track is announcing the third purse increase of the meet effective with Friday's nine-race card. In addition, the purses for the four remaining Arkansas-bred stakes -- the Rainbow, the Rainbow Miss and both divisions of the Arkansas Breeders' -- will be increased from $50,000 to $60,000.

  • Zenyatta foals Bernardini colt

    Superstar Zenyatta produced her first foal, a bay colt by Bernardini, Thursday evening at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky. Owners Jerry and Ann Moss were on hand to witness the foaling at approximately 10:10 p.m. (EST).

  • Palm Beach: How Great Is Dullahan?

    Paddy O'Prado won the grade III Palm Beach Stakes in 2010, but last year Joes Blazing Aaron came away with the win. He went on to finish sixth in the grade I Toyota Blue Grass and has lost seven straight races.

  • New Test for Horses with Retained Testicles (AAEP 2011)

    Ridgling, crypt, cryptorchid. Call it what you want, but a horse with one or two testes that have not descended into the scrotum can present a diagnostic challenge. Anthony Claes, DVM, Dipl. ACT, a graduate student at the University of Kentucky&#39;s Gluck Equine Research Center, discussed a new way to diagnose cryptorchidism during the 2011 American Asso...

  • Horse Vaccines in 2012: Where We Stand

    As winter ends and spring begins, most horse owners start thinking about vaccinations. Which ones should my horse receive? How often should he be vaccinated? Does he need any risk-based vaccines? Confused? Don&#39;t worry. One equine veterinarian and researcher distilled the broad topic of vaccinations down at the 2012 Western Veterinary Conference, held ...