Headlines for Saturday, April 21, 2012

  • Linda Rice and Cornelio Velasquez in the Winner's Circle after they teamed up to win the 8th race at Aqueduct with Abilio.

    Rice, Velasquez Each Win Four at Aqueduct

    Trainer Linda Rice and jockey Cornelio Velasquez each had four winners on the April 21 card at Aqueduct Racetrack, with Velasquez aboard for three of Rice's victories.

  • Plan capitalizes on ideal trip in Santa Barbara

    By Rock Hard Ten, and out of a daughter of the magnificent Dahlia, Capital Plan is now two-for-two at this 1 1/4-mile trip on the Santa Anita turf. With the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf being held over the same course and distance November 2, the lightly-raced four-year-old could emerge as a contender, if she keeps up the momentum she's begun in the Santa Barbara.

  • Capital Plan and Brice Blanc take the Santa Barbara.

    Capital Plan Clicks in Santa Barbara

    Capital Plan, with a perfect trip under Brice Blanc, registered a 1 1/2-length victory while making her stakes debut in the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf April 21 at Santa Anita Park.

  • She's All In trounces foes in Sixty Sails

    Trainer Donnie Von Hemel and jockey Luis Quinonez, who teamed up to take the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap with Alternation earlier this month, snared another graded stakes triumph Saturday with the five-year-old mare She's All In, who made an emphatic statement in the Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sixtysails12.pdf">Sixty Sails Handicap</a> at Hawthorne. Seizing control at the top of the stretch, She's All In opened up a commanding lead and kept increasing her margin to the finish, crossing the wire 8 3/4 lengths in front. The 5-1 fourth choice in the field of six returned $12.80, $5.60 and $3.20.

  • OBS Spring Sale Kicks Off April 23

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co's spring sale feature nearly 1,200 2-year-olds over its four sessions in Central Florida.

  • All Squared Away lights up Lexington toteboard

    All Squared Away played &quot;bombs away&quot; in Saturday's $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lexington12.pdf">Lexington Stakes</a> at Keeneland, scoring as the 70-1 longest shot in the Grade 3 race. A former claimer making his first start for trainer Wesley Ward, the three-year-old gelding improved significantly upon a well-beaten sixth in the Grade 2 Spiral Stakes to post his initial stakes victory, completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 3/5 on Polytrack.

  • California Flag shows he still has it in San Simeon

    California Flag won the second running of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita back in 2009, and could be heard from again when that Grade 1 race is renewed on November 3 after a visually impressive display in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sansimeon12.pdf">San Simeon Handicap</a>. Showing his fondness for the about 6 1/2-furlong trip down the hillside turf course has not abated with age, the eight-year-old gray gelding made all the running and romped to a convincing 2 1/4-length score under Joe Talamo. Surprisingly overlooked at nearly 6-1, California Flag returned $13.80, $7.80 and $4.40.

  • Went the Day Well clocks three-quarters in company at Keeneland

    Team Valor International and Mark Ford's Went the Day Well continued his preparation for a scheduled start in the 138th Kentucky Derby by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEiGuY_6UPs&feature=youtu.be"> working six furlongs</a> in 1:14 2/5 over the Polytrack at Keeneland Saturday morning.

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    All Squared Away, 70-1, Stuns Lexington

    The longest shot on the board at 70-1, All Squared Away pulled a massive upset in the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (gr. III) when he overtook Hammers Terror late to win by 1 1/2 lengths April 21 at Keeneland.

  • California Flag flies to victory in the San Simeon.

    California Flag Waves Good-Bye in San Simeon

    Looking fresh as a daisy, California Flag humbled his rivals in the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) with a front-running 2 1/4-length victory on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita April 21.

  • The Lumber Guy returns to winner's circle in Jerome

    Barry K. Schwartz's The Lumber Guy suffered his first loss on April 7 when stretching out to 1 1/16 miles in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct, but returned Saturday off the two-week break and cut back to eight furlongs at the Big A to capture the Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jerome12.pdf">Jerome Stakes</a> by 2 3/4 lengths over a tenacious Brigand.

  • Imperial Czar rules in off-the-turf Miami Mile

    When Saturday's $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/miamimile12.pdf">Miami Mile Handicap</a> was moved from the rain-soaked turf at Calder to the sloppy, sealed dirt, it not only lost is Grade 3 status but six runners as well.

  • Trinniberg

    Trinniberg Now Likely For Derby

    Six days after declaring Trinniberg doubtful for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), owner Shivananda Parbhoo has altered course, indicating that he is now likely to send the son of Teuflesberg to Louisville for the May 5 race.

  • Reveron injured, out of Derby

    Stipa Racing Stable Inc.'s Reveron has been withdrawn from Kentucky Derby consideration after a left fore condylar fissure was detected following a one-mile workout in 1:46 over a sloppy track at Calder Saturday morning.

  • Trinniberg changes plans, joins Derby cast

    After previously declaring his multiple Grade 3-winning sprinter Trinniberg doubtful for the Kentucky Derby, owner Shivananda Parbhoo altered course Saturday, indicating that he is now likely to send his son of Teuflesberg to Churchill Downs for the first jewel of the Triple Crown.

  • Done Talking works at Laurel

    Grade 3 Illinois Derby winner Done Talking breezed four furlongs in :49 3/5 at Laurel Park Saturday morning in his penultimate work before the $2 million Kentucky Derby. Regular rider Sheldon Russell was up on the Hamilton Smith trainee, who galloped out five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 over the fast track.

  • Amie's Dini gallops at Churchill, has Sunday breeze planned

    Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield's Amie's Dini, a major contender for the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks, visited the muddy Churchill Downs track on a cold, damp Saturday morning for a 1 7/8-mile gallop during the 15-minute training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders.

  • Done Talking worked 4 furlongs at Laurel Park on April 21.

    Done Talking Breezed at Laurel Park

    Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Done Talking breezed four furlongs at Laurel Park April 21 in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in two weeks.

  • Reveron

    Reveron Injured, Out of Derby Contention

    Stipa Racing Stable's Reveron has been withdrawn from Kentucky Derby (gr. I) consideration after a left fore condylar fissure was detected following a one-mile workout in 1:46 over a sloppy track at Calder April 21.

  • Australia's More Joyous Earns BC Mile Berth

    Trainer Gai Waterhouse won her record equalling seventh BMW Doncaster Mile (Aus-I) when More Joyous prevailed at Royal Randwick April 21 and earned the mare an automatic berth into the BC Mile.

  • Genomic Research for Equine Performance Indicators

    There&#39;s been a lot of excitement about equine genomic research over the past couple years, but horse buyers and breeders are still waiting for practical performance applications. The good news is that a team of French researchers might be hot on the trail to genomic evaluation of performance--even if that trail seems slow and winding--one researcher s...