Articles posted May 12, 2012

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Stay Thirsty return in Belmont overnight stakes

Stay Thirsty, who marked himself one of the leading three-year-olds of 2011 in winning the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga Race Course, will make his four-year-old debut Thursday at Belmont Park in the $90,000 Vanlandingham, a 1 1/16-mile overnight stakes scheduled as the day's third race with an approximate post of 1:54 p.m. (EDT).

Currency Swap, Going to Kukaro capitalize on Peter Pan undercard

Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Currency Swap captured the $83,300 You and I Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday in wire-to-wire fashion. Sent off as the nearly 3-2 favorite, the Teresa Pompay trainee completed the seven-furlong contest in 1:22 2/5, winning by three-quarters of a length over the fast dirt. Jockey Rajiv Maragh was aboard to guide the High Cotton three-year-old to his second stakes victory and first win of 2012.

Mark Valeski captures Peter Pan

Brereton Jones and trainer Larry Jones opted to bypass the Kentucky Derby with dual Grade 2-placed Mark Valeski and the move paid off as the Proud Citizen colt scored his first stakes win in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. Jockey Rosie Napravnik, who piloted the Jones duo's Believe You Can to victory in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, was aboard as Mark Valeski finished nine furlongs on the fast track in 1:48 1/5.

Drill nabs American Act again in Laz Barrera

In a reprise of the Grade 2 San Vicente earlier this year at Santa Anita, Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman's Drill rallied to deny American Act in Saturday's Grade 3, $98,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park. The Bob Baffert trainee thus reaffirmed his status as a seven-furlong specialist, moving his record to three-for-three at that distance.

Romans experienced 'mixed emotions' over Derby weekend

Dale Romans has been training horses for more than 25 years. He has saddled more than 1,500 winners, his runners have earned nearly $70 million and his long list of graded wins include such prestigious races as the Group 1 Dubai World Cup and Preakness Stakes.

Mamma Kimbo fires bullet for Black-Eyed Susan

Peachtree Stable's Mamma Kimbo, undefeated in two starts and winner of the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes in her most recent outing, worked a bullet five furlongs at Churchill Downs in :59 3/5 in preparation for an anticipated start in Friday's Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.

Team O'Neill, Lava Man participate in Preakness 5K

Preakness week unofficially started Saturday morning at Pimlico Race Course with the running of the "Down the Stretch for SGK" Preakness 5K. All 643 runners began the race by breaking off through the starting gate. The entire 3.1 mile race took place on Pimlico property, which included one trip around the dirt course, finishing in the famed Infield.

Black Caviar makes 21

Australian phenom Black Caviar extended her unbeaten sequence to 21 with another risibly easy victory Saturday, cantering home by a measured 1 1/4 lengths in the Group 1 Goodwood at Morphettville. Now the planet's top-ranked sprinter will indeed take on the world in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot June 23.

NETRC Accepts 100th Retired Racehorse

The New England Thoroughbred Retirement Center (NETRC) in Deerfield, N.H., has announced the arrival of its 100th retired racehorse, Alex's Hope. A five-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, standing 17 hands tall, Alex's Hope last raced at Penn National Racecourse in Grantville, Pa., on January 12. He is by the 2002 stallion Afleet Alex and out of the S...

Study Evaluates Injectable Treatment for Tendon Injuries

Research shows a new treatment modality for tendon injuries could improve healing time in horses and help prevent reinjury. Tom Hedman, PhD, a research associate professor at the University of Kentucky's Center for Biomedical Engineering Coldstream Research Campus' Soft-Tissue Matrix Modification Research Laboratory, introduced to the audience an ...

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