Headlines for Friday, April 20, 2012

  • Pachattach (left) outfinishes Kathmanblu to win the Doubledogdare at Keeneland.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1804183652&k=rFtWWqD">Order This Photo</a>

    Pachattack Denies Kathmanblu, Leparoux

    On a day that belonged the Julien Leparoux, it was Rajiv Maragh that was able to narrowly outduel his fellow rider in the Keeneland feature, as Pachattack defeated Kathmanblu by a neck in the $100,000 Doubledogdare.

  • Juvenile Maiden Turf Sprints Set at Hollywood

    Betfair Hollywood Park will offer some maiden allowance turf sprints for 2-year-olds in June and July, Martin Panza, racing secretary and vice president-racing, announced April 20.

  • Pachattack outduels Kathmanblu to take Doubledogdare

    Friday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/doubledogdare12.pdf"> Doubledogdare Stakes</a> turned into a battle royale down the lane at Keeneland as Pachattack and Kathmanblu hooked up rounding the turn to duel all the way to the wire. Making her first start since being purchased by Flaxman Holdings for $1.2 million at Fasig-Tipton's November Sale last year, Pachattack began earning back her sell price when gutting out the neck victory under jockey Rajiv Maragh.

  • Union Rags gets in work at Keeneland

    Rather than worry about the prospects of a cold, damp weekend in Kentucky, trainer Michael Matz opted to work Kentucky Derby contender Union Rags on Friday morning at Keeneland.

  • Oaks hopefuls out in force on Friday

    On Fire Baby, a leading contender for the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks, breezed seven furlongs on the fast main track at Churchill Downs Friday morning in 1:26 4/5 for trainer Gary Hartlage.

  • Alpha

    Alpha Back on Schedule for Derby Start

    After a brief setback due to a laceration sustained in the Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I), Alpha is back on schedule for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • NHC purse to be guaranteed minimum of $1.5 million

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Friday that the purse for January's 14th annual <i>Daily Racing Form</i>/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) at Treasure Island Las Vegas has been guaranteed at a minimum of $1.5 million.

  • Ontario Racing Lobbying in Advance of Vote

    The future of the Ontario horse racing industry could be placed in serious peril April 24, when a vote on the 2012 Ontario provincial budget is scheduled.

  • Bret Calhoun

    Calhoun Records Win No. 2,000

    Trainer Bret Calhoun won the 2,000th race of his career April 19 at Lone Star Park when Forty Winks won a claiming race under Clifton Berry.