Headlines for Thursday, April 19, 2012

  • Will NYRA Casino Revenues Last?

    The New York Racing Association took in $22.1 million in gross revenues during the first three months of the year from its new Aqueduct casino. But the question for NYRA is simple: will it last?

  • Bourbon Bay faces 5 in the San Juan Capistrano Handicap.

    Bourbon Bay Pick in San Juan Capistrano

    Bourbon Bay will start as an overwhelming favorite in the marathon $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IIT) as the curtain comes down on Santa Anita Park for the 75th season April 22.

  • I'll Have Another, Take Charge Indy breeze for Derby

    I'll Have Another, who established himself as a top Kentucky Derby contender with a game win over Creative Cause in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, breezed six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 over the Hollywood Park's Cushion Track Thursday morning.

  • Dayatthespa enjoys uncontested lead in Appalachian

    The Chad Brown trainee had both tactical and recency advantages over Somali Lemonade, the 8-5 second choice, who had not run since her sixth in the November 4 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Dayatthespa had likewise run below par in that same Breeders' Cup race, finishing ninth on unsuitably rain-softened ground, but had the benefit of two strong stakes wins under her belt this campaign.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Wise Dan returns in Ben Ali

    Wise Dan concluded 2011 in smashing fashion, posting big wins in the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes and Grade 1 Clark Handicap, and the Charles Lopresti-trained gelding will look to make it three straight when opening his five-year-old season in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/benali12">Ben Ali Stakes </a>at Keeneland. The versatile chestnut tops a field of seven in the 1 1/8-mile test over the Polytrack.

  • Princess Arabella retired with injury

    Peachtree Stable's undefeated Princess Arabella, who would have been a major contender in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, has been retired due to injury. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert revealed the news on HRTV Thursday.

  • Secret Circle out of Derby

    Grade 2 Rebel Stakes winner Secret Circle is out of the Kentucky Derby with a sesamoid injury, according to the <i>Blood-Horse</i>. The Bob Baffert pupil was most recently a distant runner-up to stablemate Bodemeister in last Saturday's Grade 1 Arkansas Derby.

  • Prospective galloped 1 1/2 miles at Churchill Downs on April 19.

    April 19 Kentucky Derby Notes

    A number of contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) continued their preparations April 19 at Churchill Downs.

  • Former steward, racing official Hamilton dies at 76

    Richard L. Hamilton, a former steward and longtime racing official for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), died Wednesday night at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, New York after suffering a heart attack. He was 76 years old.

  • Richard L. Hamilton

    Former NYRA Racing Official Hamilton Dies

    Richard L. Hamilton, a former steward and longtime racing official for the New York Racing Association, died April 18 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, N.Y., after suffering a heart attack. He was 76.

  • New Format Boosts Easter Broodmare Sale

    The William Inglis & Son Easter broodmare sale ended April 19 in Sydney in Australia with positive results and feedback for its new format.

  • Secret Circle

    Injured Secret Circle Out of Derby

    Four-time stakes winner Secret Circle, most recently runner-up to stablemate Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), will miss up to four months with a sesamoid injury, co-owner Mike Pegram confirmed April 19.

  • Princess Arabella

    Undefeated Princess Arabella Retired

    Undefeated Princess Arabella, decisive winner of the Sunland Park Oaks, will not advance to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). The daughter of Any Given Saturday will instead be retired, according to trainer Bob Baffert.

  • THS: Coolmore Lexington Stakes 2012

    Tom and Jason handicap the Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland this week. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

  • Six Horses Involved in Van Accident

    Six Thoroughbreds that were traveling by van from Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida to Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland April 18 were involved in an accident along Interstate 95 in Colleton County, S.C.

  • Mother Nature Provides Boost to Oaklawn

    Unlike 2011, when the meet was hampered by inclement weather, Oaklawn Park raced seven more days this year, resulting in increases in total purses, attendance, and handle, while daily averages declined in each category.

  • Derby, Oaks Mobile Application Launched

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

  • Evidence-Based Equine Sarcoid Treatments Reviewed

    Despite the numerous treatment choices available for equine sarcoids, no modality is 100% effective in producing a cure. So which of the numerous treatment options should veterinarians use to treat this common equine tumor? The answer depends on a number of factors, and at the 2012 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 19-23 in Las Vegas, Nev., one res...