Headlines for Wednesday, April 18, 2012

  • Vamo a Galupiar won the Santa Ana by a half-length on March 25.

    Vamo a Galupiar Seeks Double in Santa Barbara

    Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale looks to get the final weekend of the Santa Anita season off to a strong start when he saddles Santa Ana Stakes winner Vamo a Galupiar in the Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) April 21.

  • California Flag returns in the San Simeon

    San Simeon Marks Return of California Flag

    On the sidelines since last fall's Breeder's Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT), California Flag returns to head a field of eight in the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap (gr. 11T) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita Park April 21.

  • Keyed Entry, Wildcat Heir 2YOs Work Fast

    A Keyed Entry filly and a Wildcat Heir colt named Spare No Expense were among the standouts April 18 during the second session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Churchill Downs launches 2012 Derby mobile app

    Churchill Downs has launched an enhanced free Kentucky Derby 138 mobile application for select smartphones and tablets that run the iPhone and Android operating systems.

  • Jones trio of Derby weekend runners head to the track

    The Larry Jones-trained trio of Havre de Grace, Mark Valeski and Believe You Can arrived at Barn 35 at Churchill Downs in good order at 5 p.m. (EST) Tuesday night and all three visited the track Wednesday morning to gallop a mile.

  • Lukas still hoping Optimizer makes Derby field

    Bluegrass Hall LLC's homebred Optimizer, most recently ninth in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, is still being pointed to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, according to trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

  • Castaway needs Lexington win to make Derby field

    While trainer Bob Baffert has yet to fully commit Castaway to the Kentucky Derby on May 5, the white-haired conditioner has given every indication the Street Sense colt will wheel back off the two-week break if he captures Saturday's 31st running of the Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lexingtonstakes12.html"> Lexington Stakes</a> at Keeneland.

  • Aqueduct Notebook

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">AQUEDUCT NOTEBOOK </font> </b></i>

  • Kentucky Derby Report

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">KENTUCKY DERBY REPORT</font></b></i>

  • Bob Baffert has Stirred Up and Brigand in the Jerome.

    Baffert Sends Out Two in Aqueduct's Jerome

    The Jerome drew a field of seven, four of them entering off failed Derby prep efforts. Trainer Bob Baffert, a two-time winner of this event, will send out of a pair including Sunland Derby third-place finisher Stirred Up.

  • Arena Elvira tries to extend her winning streak to six in the Sixty Sails Handicap.

    Arena Elvira After 6th in Row in Sixty Sails

    Arena Elvira looks to extend her winning streak to six races in a row when she faces a solid field of older fillies and mares in the $200,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course April 21.

  • St. John's River prepares for La Troienne return

    Dede McGehee's St. John's River, who was narrowly defeated by Plum Pretty in last year's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, is being pointed to a return to the races after an eighth-month layoff in the Grade 2, $300,000 La Troienne, which is to be run on the Kentucky Oaks Day undercard on May 4.

  • Arena Elvira enters Sixty Sails on long winning streak

    Already blessed with the presence of champion Royal Delta in his barn, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott also has another nice older mare in Arena Elvria, who will seek her sixth consecutive victory Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sixtysails12">Sixty Sails Handicap</a> at Hawthorne.

  • And They're Off: End of the Derby Trail

    Lenny and Steve discuss TailGate, Bodemeister, Dullahan, and the Derby picture.View And They're Off LIVE, in person, on Wednesday, May 2nd next to the Churchill Downs paddock! The show will be filmed in front of a live audience and you will get a chance to win a free hat from Darby Dan Farm.Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm

  • Baffert duo face The Lumber Guy in Jerome

    After landing a one-two punch in last week's Grade 1 Arkansas Derby with Bodemeister and Secret Circle, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will attempt to do the same in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jerome12">Jerome</a> at Aqueduct with California shippers Stirred Up and Brigand. The one-mile Jerome, which will be run for the 142nd time, is the final graded stakes of the Aqueduct spring meet as racing in New York shifts to Belmont Park next weekend.

  • Southwest winner Castaway faces 10 in the Coolmore Lexington.

    Lexington: Castaway Trying to Find a Way In

    Bob Baffert trainee Castaway is the most likely of the 11 horses entered in the April 21 Coolmore Lexington (gr. III) that, should he win, could find himself in the starting gate on May 5 at Churchill Downs.

  • Fantasy stable game to feature top British races

    QIPCO British Champions Series, the <i>Daily Telegraph</i> and <i>Racing Post</i> have launched a brand new, free-to-enter fantasy game, with players having the opportunity to score points across all 35 races in the 2012 Series.

  • Nicholson stepping down as Keeneland president

    Keeneland President and CEO Nick Nicholson on Wednesday announced that effective September 1, he will retire from Keeneland Association after nearly 13 years at the helm. Bill Thomason, currently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has been selected by the Keeneland Trustees as successor to Nicholson.

  • Horse Industry Impacted by Changes to H-2B Visa Program

    On February 21, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule concerning the H-2B temporary guest worker program. This new rule, which will go into effect on April 23, will make significant changes to the way the H-2B program operates for all employers including those in the horse industry.

  • Understanding Breeding Soundness Exams for Mares

    Making an informed decision to breed a mare is an exciting time in an owner&#39;s life. There are so many things to do: pick a stallion, prepare a foaling location, and dream big about the foal&#39;s potential, to name a few. But the first thing on the list should be to have a veterinarian perform a breeding soundness examination on the mare.