Headlines for Monday, April 23, 2012

  • OBS Opening Session Posts Solid Gains

    A Medaglia d'Oro filly sold for $400,000, topping a successful opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co's. April Spring Sale of 2-year-olds April 23.

  • Dominguez on Hansen, Bejarano on El Padrino

    Significant Kentucky Derby riding assignments were announced on Monday, with <i>Daily Racing Form</i> reporting that Ramon Dominguez has decided to stick with champion Hansen, and that Rafael Bejarano will ride El Padrino in Derby 138.

  • Havre de Grace

    Havre de Grace Retired With Ankle Injury

    Owner Rick Porter posted on his Fox Hill Farm website April 23 that 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace has been retired after an injury was detected in her right front ankle following a workout at Churchill Downs April 22.

  • Asmussen trio get in pre-Derby works

    Daddy Nose Best, undefeated in two starts this year with victories in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby and Grade 3 Sunland Derby, breezed six furlongs on the fast main track at Churchill Downs Monday morning prior to the renovation break in 1:14 for trainer Steve Asmussen.

  • Believe You Can works at Churchill Downs.

    Believe You Can Posts Bullet Churchill Work

    Brereton Jones' homebred filly Believe You Can, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) in her most recent start, posted a bullet five-furlong workout, covering the distance in :59 over a fast track the morning of April 22.

  • John Velazquez (right) is congratulated by Angel Cordero Jr, after moving into the No. 2 spot among the all-time leading jockeys at Saratoga Race Course.

    Velazquez: Cordero Will Be 'Ecstatic'

    While he is proud to be among the four inductees into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in the class of 2012, jockey John Velazquez said the honor will mean even more to Angel Cordero Jr.

  • Classic Equine Offering Triple Crown Contest

    Classic Equine Equipment of Fredericktown, Mo., is sponsoring a Triple Crown Fantasy Contest that will award $2,500 in Classic Equine-manufactured products to the winner.

  • Hollywood kicks off 73rd spring/summer meet

    Hollywood Park will kick off its 73rd spring/summer meet on Thursday, and fans will notice something new right away. With Betfair securing naming rights for five years, the Inglewood, California, track is dubbed Betfair Hollywood Park (track code BHP).

  • Believe You Can fires bullet for Oaks

    Brereton Jones' Believe You Can, winner of the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks in her most recent start, worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 over a fast track Monday morning under jockey Rosie Napravnik. The daughter of Proud Citizen worked during the post-renovation break, 8:30-8:45 a.m. (EDT) training session reserved for candidates for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

  • Blige to sing National Anthem at Derby

    Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist Mary J. Blige will sing the National Anthem prior to the 138th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs.

  • Congress Sets Hearing on Horse Racing

    A subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will conduct a hearing on health and safety issues in horse racing April 30 in Pennsylvania, according to an April 23 notice.

  • Total handle up at Santa Anita winter/spring meet

    Santa Anita Park, which will host the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on November 2-3, capped its 75th winter/spring season on Sunday with gains in on-track attendance, handle and overall pari-mutuel handle.

  • Ghostzapper leads Hall of Fame inductees

    Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year, jockey John Velazquez and trainers Roger Attfield and Robert Wheeler have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. They were elected in the contemporary category by the 183 members of the Hall of Fame voting panel.

  • Mark Valeski

    Mark Valeski Works Sharp 5 Furlongs for Derby

    Brereton Jones' Mark Valeski, runner-up in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), drilled five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 23 for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Updated Graded Earnings Chart--Jockeys Added

    Chart of contenders for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), ranked by earnings in graded stakes that are used to determine 20-horse starting field.

  • Understanding Breeding Soundness Exams for Stallions

    Before breeding a stallion, there&#39;s one crucial step that should be performed: the breeding soundness examination. According to one veterinarian, this relatively simple evaluation can give stallion managers a good look at an animal&#39;s breeding potential before he even hits the breeding shed. Unfortunately, he added, this step is often overlooked.&n...