Headlines for Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Quiet Oasis

    Quiet Oasis Makes Some Noise in Wilshire Win

    Finishing with a flourish, Quiet Oasis produced a 15-1 upset in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) when she swept past pacesetter Briecat in the closing strides for a half-length victory at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Quiet Oasis breaks through in Wilshire

    The Irish-bred Quiet Oasis, who nearly doubled her bankroll to $122,413 from her 8-3-1-1 line, had previously shown glimmers of talent. Originally based with Brian Meehan in England, the daughter of Oasis Dream finished a close fourth in her stakes debut in the Group 3 C.L. Weld Park Stakes and seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

  • Mark Valeski

    Haskin's Derby Trail: Remember Mark Valeski?

    The Kentucky Derby trail and short memories go hand in hand. Remember when Mark Valeski was the next up-and-coming star, grabbing everyone's attention with his gutsy nose defeat to El Padrino in the Risen Star?

  • Jockey Santos Suffers Broken Leg

    Jockey Ademar Santos was taken to a hospital with an apparent broken leg April 29 after his mount in the fifth race at Tampa Bay Downs, Onmyway to Glory, clipped heels and threw him to the turf.

  • Acclamation back in business, eyes Mervyn LeRoy

    After a brief scare Thursday, Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, was declared fit and ready by trainer Don Warren and could run in the Grade 2, $150,000 Mervyn Leroy Handicap Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Mark Valeski's Derby status hinges on Monday work

    Brereton Jones' homebred Mark Valeski galloped 1 1/2 miles Sunday during the Derby and Oaks training period under trainer Larry Jones, who said it's not a given they'll enter the Kentucky Derby unless the Proud Citizen colt impresses in his final breeze Monday.

  • Acclamation

    Acclamation Declared Fit, May Start in LeRoy

    After a brief scare April 26, champion Acclamation was declared fit and ready by trainer Don Warren, who said the 6-year-old could run in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) at Betfair Hollywood Park May 5.

  • Renowned international sire Dynaformer dies

    Known internationally for siring such top-class athletes as Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Barbaro, Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) winner Americain, and $4.7 million-earner Perfect Drift.

  • My Adonis

    My Adonis Still Under Derby Consideration

    My Adonis, currently 22nd on the graded stakes earnings list among horses still under consideration for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at Monmouth Park April 29.

  • Bodemeister drills sharp five furlongs; Pletcher's two go for a spin

    The Empire Maker colt named for trainer Bob Baffert's youngest child -- who in turn is named for American Alpine skiing star Bode Miller -- worked in company with stablemate Jemima's Pearl, who is headed to Friday's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Jemima's Pearl completed her five-eighths in 1:00 2/5.

  • Plum Pretty

    Plum Pretty Confirmed for La Troienne

    Last year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Plum Pretty has been confirmed by owner John Fort as a starter in the La Troienne (gr. II) at Churchill Downs May 4, the same day as this year's Run for the Lilies.

  • Kentucky Derby News Minute 4/29/2012

    Eric Mitchell updates us on track conditions, the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby works for Bodemeister, Optimizer, Jemima's Pearl and Believe You Can.

  • Brown readying new imports for U.S. debuts

    After winning Grade 1 turf races in 2011 with European imports Stacelita and Zagora, trainer Chad Brown is primed to make a similar assault on major grass events in America this year after receiving an influx of talented international runners.

  • Hierro rallies for Derby Trial win

    Stonestreet Stables LLC's Hierro rallied four wide in the stretch to run down favored Paynter to win the 88th running of the Grade 3, $232,600 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/derbytrial12.pdf">Derby Trial</a> by 1 1/2 lengths before a crowd of 26,527 on opening night of Churchill Downs Friday.

  • Believe You Can works towards the Kentucky Oaks.

    Believe You Can Sizzles at Churchill

    Brereton C. Jones' homebred Believe You Can sizzled five furlongs in :58 2/5 over a muddy track at Churchill Downs April 29 as the Proud Citizen filly completed her work for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Grace Hall

    Grace Hall Breezes Half-Mile at Palm Meadows

    Major Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Grace Hall posted her final workout before the Run for the Lilies when she breezed four furlongs in :52:10 over a sloppy track at Palm Meadows Training Center April 29.

  • Kentucky Derby News Minute 4/29/2012

    Eric Mitchell updates us on track conditions, the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby works for Bodemeister, Optimizer, Jemima's Pearl and Believe You Can. Eric also mentions Creative Cause and In Lingerie as well as the work tab for tomorrow.

  • Optimizer at Churchill Downs.
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    Lukas Still Hoping Optimizer Can Draw In

    After watching Optimizer work at Churchill Downs April 29, trainer D. Wayne Lukas expressed confidence in the colt's potential in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Bladder, Urachus, and Umbilicus Problems in Neonatal Foals

    Neonatal foals are small in stature, but they can develop big problems needing immediate veterinary attention. Several of these issues center on the bladder, urachus, and umbilicus, and some are possibly life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated promptly. Robert L. Linford, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at th...