Headlines for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

  • Orientate Colt Leads OBS Spring Sale Session

    Buoyed by a new sale topper and momentum from a robust juvenile market, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s Spring Sale continued its record pace on April 25 in Ocala, Fla.

  • Orientate colt brings $450,000 at OBS

    Hip No. 731, a colt by Orientate consigned by Eddie Woods, agent, went to Hill N Dale Bloodstock for $450,000 to top Wednesday's third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2012 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. The dark bay or brown colt, whose eighth in :10 flat was co-fastest at the distance at Thursday's Under Tack session, is out of Mir Cat (Tale of the Cat), a half-sister to stakes-placed Runnin Ute (Gone West).

  • Aqueduct Notebook

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  • Liaison works, Isn't He Clever to skip Derby

    Liaison worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 under Shaun Bridgmohan after the renovation break on a sunny and mild Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs. The main track was labeled good.

  • Dullahan

    5% of Dullahan's Derby Earnings to Rider Fund

    The partners in Iowa-based Donegal Racing, owners of Kentucky Derby contender Dullahan, along with Prairie Meadows, announced April 25 a major contribution aimed at supporting disabled jockeys.

  • Derby Trial tops Churchill spring meet opener

    Paynter, who finished fourth in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby in just his second start, and the undefeated Bourbon Courage headline a field of 11 entered for the Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/derbytrial12">Derby Trial</a> at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

  • Oaks hopeful Colonial Empress breezes half-mile

    Bluegrass Hall's Colonial Empress clocked a half-mile in :48 2/5 after the renovation break on Wednesday at Churchill Downs over a track labeled as good. With jockey Ramon Vazquez aboard and working on her own, the Empire Maker filly posted fractions of :12 and :24 in the move that was the third fastest of 35 at the distance.

  • Instant Racing Machines at Kentucky Downs.

    KY Court to Act Quickly on Instant Racing

    The Kentucky Court of Appeals is expected to issue an opinion on the challenge to Instant Racing machines in four to six weeks, one of three judges said April 25 after hearing oral arguments on the issue.

  • Paynter faces 10 in the Derby Trial.

    Paynter Headlines Derby Trial at Churchill

    Led by Zayat Stable's talented but lightly raced Paynter, a field of 11 sophomores was entered in the $200,000 The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (gr. III) on opening night of the Churchill Downs spring meet April 28.

  • Third annual Taste of Derby showcases 19 award-winning chefs

    The hottest new Kentucky Derby party continues to heat up as 19 top international chefs announce their menu offerings and wine pairings for the third annual Taste of Derby, the official Kentucky Derby Party of Churchill Downs. At this celebration of cuisine and racing on May 3, eve of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, guests will mingle with horse racing and Hollywood celebrities while savoring exquisite cuisine and delectable wines from racing destinations across the country as internationally-renowned chefs serve samples of their regional specialties.

  • Keeneland to host equestrian networking reception

    A Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) networking reception designed to enhance the lines of communication between Thoroughbred racing and competitive equestrian sports will be held April 27 at Keeneland Race Course.

  • Southern Equine buys interest in Bodemeister

    A minority interest in probable Kentucky Derby favorite Bodemeister has been sold to Mike and Tiffany Moreno of Southern Equine Stable, according to various reports.

  • To Honor and Serve starts season in Westchester

    To Honor and Serve, who at times showed himself to be among the leading three-year-olds in the country last season, kicks off his four-year-old campaign Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/westchester12"> Westchester</a> at Belmont Park, a one-mile prep for the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day.

  • International entries for Royal Ascot declared

    Black Caviar, with the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes her most likely target, headlines entries from 11 countries for Royal Ascot's Group 1 races and she could lead a female Australian team unprecedented in strength including her stablemate King's Rose, Ortensia and Australia's champion miler, More Joyous.

  • Guineas fields pared down after scratch deadline

    Group 1 Racing Post Trophy third Fencing is on schedule to make the line-up for the Group 1, £350,000 Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket on May 5 despite missing an intended reappearance at the Craven meeting last week.