Headlines for Saturday, April 28, 2012

  • Hierro splashes home to win the Derby Trail.

    Hierro Overtakes Paynter in Derby Trial

    Stonestreet Stables' Hierro broke his maiden over the Churchill Downs main track as a juvenile and returned a winner under the Twin Spires April 28 in the $200,000 The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (gr. III).

  • Willa B Awesome guts out nose decision in Gold Rush Day's Melair

    Willa B Awesome might have bypassed on running in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, but the Walther Solis trainee didn't find the $288,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/melair12.pdf">Melair Stakes</a> to be a walk in the park on Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Hudson Landing denies Jeranimo in San Francisco Mile

    Chappell Alpine Farm's Hudson Landing, who had shifted barns five times via the claim box since last July, is unlikely to be moving away from trainer Blaine Wright anytime soon after a half-length victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sanfranmile12.pdf">San Francisco Mile</a> at Golden Gate Fields. Overcoming a wide journey down the backside, the five-year-old gelding caught 2011 Mile runner-up Gallant Son inside the eighth pole and held off a belated rally by 1-2 favorite Jeranimo to register his second stakes win in a time of 1:37 1/5 over good ground. He returned $19.60, $5.20 and $3.80 at odds of 8-1.

  • Hudson Landing grabs the lead in the San Francisco Mile

    Hudson Landing Upsets Jeranimo in SF Mile

    Hudson Landing came from off the pace to post an upset in the $150,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 28, winning his third in a row at Golden Gate Fields since being claimed for $50,000 in February.

  • Endorsement takes the Texas Mile

    Endorsement Puts His Stamp on Texas Mile

    Continuing his comeback from an injury that knocked him off the 2010 Triple Crown trail, Endorsement swept past 11-10 choice Canonize in deep stretch to win the $200,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park April 28.

  • Done Talking posts final major drill for Derby

    Grade 3 Illinois Derby winner Done Talking worked five furlongs at Laurel Park Saturday morning in his final work before next Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

  • Alpha works stiff five furlongs at Belmont

    With an eye on the first Saturday in May, Alpha worked over the Belmont Park training track Saturday morning, turning in a :59 2/5 five-furlong breeze with Rajiv Maragh aboard.

  • To Honor and Serve

    To Honor and Serve Cruises in Westchester

    He only defeated three horses in a scratched-filled edition of the $142,500 Westchester Stakes (gr. III), but To Honor and Serve could not have looked any better in his season debut April 28 at Belmont Park.

  • Endorsement claims Texas Mile

    Endorsement made a name for himself when taking the Grade 3 Sunland Derby by three lengths in 2010 but an injury sidelined the son of Distorted Humor until December 2011. Following three conditioning starts at Gulfstream Park, the Casner Racing colorbearer returned to stakes competition on Saturday and easily went two-for-two against black-type company with a two-length victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/texasmile12.pdf">Texas Mile Stakes</a> at Lone Star Park.

  • To Honor and Serve makes Met Mile statement in Westchester

    Live Oak Plantation's To Honor and Serve coasted in his comeback in Saturday's Grade 3, $142,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/westchester12.pdf"> Westchester Stakes</a> at Belmont Park, stamping himself as the horse to beat in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap over the same mile trip on Memorial Day. Under confident handling by regular rider Jose Lezcano, the 3-5 favorite took over with a minimum of effort turning for home and won easing up by 5 1/4 lengths.

  • Union Rags tops busy Derby worktab in Louisville

    With jockey Julien Leparoux aboard, Union Rags breezed the distance in :59 4/5, third fastest of 53 moves at the distance on the fast main track. The Michael Matz colt posted fractions of :12, :23 3/5 and :47 1/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 4/5.

  • Unbeaten Black Caviar jogs to 20th win

    Australia's unbeaten wonder mare Black Caviar returned from a two-month holiday to dust an overmatched field in Saturday's Group 1 Robert Sangster before a packed house of 30,000 at Morphettville. As her fans waved flags with the color scheme of her silks -- salmon pink and black dots -- the world's best sprinter registered her 20th straight win, breaking the Australasian record for a winning streak at metropolitan (as opposed to bush) tracks.

  • Utopian takes Inglewood

    After tracking a slow pace throughout, Utopian edged Smug in the final strides to win the Grade 3, $98,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/inglewood12.pdf"> Inglewood Handicap</a> Friday evening at Hollywood Park.

  • Keeneland posts record average attendance

    Keeneland's 2012 spring race meeting proved to be an enormously successful finale for President Nick Nicholson, posting several records for attendance and wagering and boasting field sizes that are among the largest in the country. More importantly, it also marked the sixth consecutive spring meeting in which there were no catastrophic breakdowns during racing on Keeneland's all-weather main track.

  • Union Rags&#39; strong five-furlong work at Churchill Downs

    Union Rags Sharp in Final Move for Derby

    Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags turned in a sharp half-mile work April 28 and galloped out so strongly the clockers gave him a five-furlong work in :59 4/5. Jockey Julien Leparoux was aboard the son of Dixie Union.

  • And Why Not fires a bullet at Churchill Downs

    And Why Not Fires Oaks Bullet; 4 Others Work

    Helen Groves' And Why Not fired a :46 4/5 bullet in a half-mile drill at Churchill Downs April 28. The daughter of Street Cry was one of five fillies that worked under the Twin Spires for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Hansen works April 28 at Trackside Training Center

    Hansen Works Easy 5 Furlongs in Company

    Last year's juvenile champion gets in his final drill for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at the Churchill Training Center, working in company with Derby Kitten.

  • Study: Nanoparticles to Deliver Therapy for Heaves in Horses

    Scientists at Ludwig Maximilians University&rsquo;s Department of Veterinary Medicine in Munich, Germany, are applying nanoscale molecule research in human allergy suppression to horses. In a recent study the team designed and administered a nanoparticleto deliver CpG-ODN (an immunostimulating DNA that has been shown to suppress allergies in humans) to ho...