Headlines for Friday, April 6, 2012

  • Silver Max and Robby Albarado dominate the Transylvania Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1782652609&k=LBtJPXS">Order This Photo</a>

    Silver Max Leaves Transylvania Rivals Behind

    Silver Max, allowed to clear the field early, left his rivals in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) behind leaving the turn and romped to his first graded stakes win on opening day of the Keeneland spring meet.

  • Florida Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. Wins 2,000th

    Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. reached a career milestone at Gulfstream Park April 6 with his 2,000th trip to the winner's circle after saddling Salt Water Cowboy for a victory in the fourth race.

  • Amie's Dini won the Martha Washington Stakes in February at Oaklawn.

    Shippers Invade for Oaklawn's Fantasy

    With expected favorite On Fire Baby skipping the race, Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, and Bill Mott have entered some improving fillies in the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park April 11.

  • Strub winner Ultimate Eagle is among those expected to run in the 2012 Charles Town Classic.

    Full Field Looms for $1M Charles Town Classic

    It appears the $1 million Charles Town Classic, which ended up being a key race in the older horse division last year, will attract a full field of 10 for its fourth running April 14 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

  • Davona Dale winner Yara

    Yara Still Pointed Toward Kentucky Oaks

    Yara, upset winner of the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) earlier this year, is being pointed toward the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) following her fifth-place finish in last week's Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II).

  • THS: Santa Anita Derby 2012

    Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra handicap the Santa Anita Derby and Wood Memorial this week. Sponsored by TVGDownload Brisnet Past Performances for the Santa Anita Derby and the Wood Memorial.

  • Gulfstream Park to Hold Quarter Horse Race

    Gulfstream Park has scheduled a Quarter Horse race for April 8, and is doing that in what the track's president and general manager Timothy Ritvo said is an effort to make sure that it can retain its permit for such racing.

  • Never Retreat

    Never Retreat Canada's Horse of the Year

    Team Block's Never Retreat narrowly beat out a pair of 3-year old champions in Inglorious and Pender Harbour to be named Canada's Horse of the Year for 2011 at the 37th Sovereign Awards.

  • THS: The Santa Anita Derby

    Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra handicap the Santa Anita Derby and Wood Memorial this week. Sponsored by TVG

  • UK Researcher Studying "Easy-Keeper" Horses

    Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is a devastating disease characterized by the three main features of obesity (cresty neck and fat deposits are characteristic), insulin resistance, and laminitis. Certain breeds or individual horses and more than often middle-aged horses are predisposed to EMS, and are often referred to as "easy keepers."

  • Restricted Equine Diets and Wood Shaving Consumption

    Obesity among equines seems to be a ubiquitous problem that leaves many owners seeking a weight loss program for their horse or pony. When it comes to devising a weight loss program, some caretakers turn to restricting the animal's caloric intake; however, one research team found that it's important to consider all possible materials that might be...