Headlines for Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • Amazombie takes on 8 in the Potrero Grande Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

    Champ Amazombie Heads Potrero Grande Field

    Amazombie, last year's Eclipse Award winner as the nation's outstanding sprinter, looks to get his 2012 going in the same direction when he meets eight rivals in the $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes (gr. II) April 7.

  • Calibrachoa defeated Caleb's Posse by a neck in the Tom Fool March 3.

    Calibrachoa Faces Terrific Trio in Carter

    Nearly unbeatable at Aqueduct Racetrack, Calibrachoa will attempt to extend his dominance when he takes on a field that includes Caleb's Posse, Shackleford, and Jackson Bend in the $400,000 Carter Handicap April 7.

  • Stephanie's Kitten won the 2011 Darley Alcibiades Stakes, at the 1 1/16-mile Ashland distance.

    Stephanie's Kitten Headlines Ashland

    Stephanie's Kitten, a leading juvenile filly last year on both the main track and the turf, heads a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland April 7.

  • Havre De Grace

    Havre de Grace Tops 'Racing Festival' Noms

    Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace tops the list of horses nominated to the stakes extravaganza that, along with the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), comprise the "Racing Festival of the South" at Oaklawn Park April 11-14.

  • Dale Romans

    Irwin, Romans to Discuss Triple Crown

    Team Valor International CEO Barry Irwin and trainer Dale Romans are among the scheduled participants in an April 17 panel discussion hosted by the University of Kentucky's Horse Racing Club.

  • Purses, Handle Show Solid March Gains

    Purses and pari-mutuel handle on Thoroughbred races continued a solid rebound in March with a slight increase in race days, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase.

  • Woodbine Racetrack

    Worries Ahead as 2012 Woodbine Season Begins

    A 167-day meet at Woodbine in Ontario, Canada, is set to begin April 6, but the lingering slots-at-racetracks issue could make the 2012 meet the last one of its kind.

  • Mark Valeski (left) finished 1/2 length behind Hero of Order in the Louisiana Derby.

    Jones: Mark Valeski Still on Derby Trail

    Trainer Larry Jones said April 4 that despite rumors that Mark Valeski came out of the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) with lameness, the horse is doing fine and is still being pointed toward the Kentucky Derby.

  • Gross Increases at Goffs Ready to Run Sale

    The Goffs ready to run sale at Kempton in Ireland April 3 enjoyed a 10% increase in gross from a year ago and had a clearance rate of 83%. But the average price and median price declined 6.8% and 10%, respectively.

  • Pletcher's Derby Madness Number One Seeds

    Tuesday in a national conference call, trainer Todd Pletcher was asked to name the figurative four number one seeds on the Kentucky Derby Trail, and he didn't hesitate with his answer.

  • Understanding Equine Sleep Deprivation

    Today's culture fuels busy lifestyles with dwindling opportunities to sleep, so it should come as no surprise that a 2011 Center for Disease Control study estimated more than one third of American adults suffer from sleep deprivation. But did you know horses can suffer sleep deprivation as well? At the 2012 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 19-...