Headlines for Saturday, May 12, 2012

  • Stoney Fleece Prevails in Alcatraz Nail-Biter

    After battling with favored Chips All In for the lead all the way around, Stoney Fleece overcame a two-length disadvantage at mid-stretch to get up in the final bob of the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes on the turf at Golden Gate.

  • Ponzi Scheme won the Decathlon Stakes on opening day at Monmouth Park.

    Monmouth Starts Well Despite Decathlon Spill

    Blue skies and balmy temperatures greeted a new era at Monmouth Park May 12 when the track opened its 67th season of Thoroughbred racing with increases in attendance and wagering over last year.

  • 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/youandistakes12.pdf">You and I Stakes</a> 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/peterpan12.pdf">Peter Pan Stakes</a> 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.

  • Strait of Dover runs away with the Marine Stakes at Woodbine.

    Strait of Dover Sailing into Queen's Plate

    Strait of Dover, whose career has taken off since arriving in trainer Daniel Vella's barn at Woodbine, emerged as an early Queen's Plate favorite with his 6 1/2-length romp in the $156,206 Marine Stakes May 12.

  • 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lazbarrera12.pdf">Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes</a> 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.

  • Mark Valeski and Rosie Napravnik are in command in the Peter Pan.

    Mark Valeski Rewards Jones in Peter Pan

    Following a bullet work May 7, trainer Larry Jones had Mark Valeski ready to go in the Peter Pan. After a stalking trip while wide into the lane he put away pacesetter Right to Vote for his first stakes victory May 12.

  • Drill puts American Act away late to win the Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes.

    Drill Nails American Act for Laz Barrera Win

    Drill remained perfect in three tries at seven furlongs when he rallied between horses in deep stretch to defeat pacesetter American Act by a half-length in the $98,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. III) May 12.

  • 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.

  • Street Boss records first North American winner

    First-time starter Aberfoyle Mill scored a front-running victory in Woodbine's 1ST race on Saturday, becoming the first North American winner sired by multiple Grade 1 star Street Boss.

  • 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 &quot;Down the Stretch for SGK&quot; 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.

  • Barretts Juvenile Sale Kicks Off May 14

    Coming off three consecutive 2-year-old auctions with increases in average, Barretts Equine Limited will offer a catalog of 116, plus eight supplemental entries for its May 14 2-year-old sale in Pomona, Calif.

  • 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&#39;s Hope. A five-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, standing 17 hands tall, Alex&#39;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&#39;s Center for Biomedical Engineering Coldstream Research Campus&#39; Soft-Tissue Matrix Modification Research Laboratory, introduced to the audience an ...

  • Black Caviar cruises in the  Goodwood Stakes for win number 21.

    Black Caviar Wins Again; Royal Ascot Next

    Undefeated Black Caviar racked up victory number 21 in the group I Goodwood Stakes at Morphettville in Adelaide, Australia, May 12, and will head to Great Britain in three weeks to prepare for the Royal Ascot meet.