Headlines for Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • Kentucky Derby Report

    <p align="center"><b><font face="Arial" size="2">MAY 4, 2012</font></b></p> <p>by James Scully</p> <p>Saturday's Kentucky Derby has a pair of top contenders in Bodemeister and Union Rags, but I've never seen a Kentucky Derby field so deep with viable win options. A compelling case can probably be made for half the field.</p> <p>I've identified eight logical win candidates (in alphabetical order) -- Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Dullahan, Gemologist, Hansen, I'll Have Another, Take Charge Indy and Union Rags -- and could've included Alpha and Daddy Nose Best in the mix as well.</p> <p>With such a competitive field, the post position draw was critical and I felt Bodemeister (post 6) and Union Rags (post 4) were hurt by the draw. </p> <b> <p>Bodemeister</b> excelled from post 11 against a soft field in the Arkansas Derby, earning the top last-race BRIS Speed rating (105), but he's an inexperienced colt who was late to develop and probably needed an outside post to have his best c

  • Kentucky Derby Analysis - Exceed the Speed

    With so much speed entered in this year's Kentucky Derby, you have to consider that stalkers, and closers who sit just off the pace this year could pull out a victory.

  • THS: The Kentucky Derby

    Jason and Tom give their picks for the 138th Kentucky Derby. Sponsored by TVG. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Kentucky Oaks, and the Kentucky Derby.

  • Homeister happy to be back

    Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. may be a new name on the Arlington racing program this summer, but she's hardly a new name to racing fans around the nation.

  • Kentucky Derby TSI

    <i> <b><font face="Arial" size="4">KENTUCKY DERBY THEY SAID IT</font></b></i>

  • Dynaformer

    Dynaformer's Memorial - Sandy Hatfield

    Three Chimneys' stallion manager Sandy Hatfield at Dynaformer's memorial service May 3, 2012. You may need to turn your volume up slightly once the video begins.

  • Phillips Named to Kentucky Racing Commission

    Darby Dan Farms owner John Phillips has been appointed to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as a replacement for John Ward Jr., who recently was hired as executive director of the regulatory agency.

  • Dynaformer's Memorial - Sandy Hatfield

    Three Chimneys' stallion manager Sandy Hatfield at Dynaformer's memorial service May 3, 2012. You may need to turn your volume up slightly once the video begins.

  • Hansen

    Maker Envisions Perfect Trip for Hansen

    Trainer Mike Maker thinks Hansen will be in an ideal tactical position for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), sitting just off Trinniberg and Bodemeister in the early stages.

  • Ky Derby Interview: Kent Desormeaux

    Kent Desormeaux talks about his Derby mount, Dullahan, including how to pronounce his name. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • Eighteen stand their ground for Guineas

    The waiting and anticipation is now almost over with the first classic of England's 2012 Flat turf season, Saturday's Group 1, £376,500 Two Thousand Guineas on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket. Final declarations were made Thursday morning, and 18 colts are set to go to post in the famous mile contest.

  • Senorita Fillies Seek Initial Stakes Victory

    Second in last month's Providencia Stakes (gr. IIT), Byrama is one seven sophomore fillies seeking a first stakes tally in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf May 5 at BetfairHollywood Park.

  • New York Attorney General Sues TRF

    New York's attorney general is accusing current and former directors of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation of driving the group into financial insolvency and causing harm, and death, of some horses under their care.

  • Get Stormy faces difficult task to repeat in Turf Classic

    Get Stormy failed to turn an uncontested lead into a repeat victory in the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland three weeks ago, but will have an opportunity to make amends in his title defense of Saturday's Grade 1 $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. The nine-furlong grass test, the traditional race before the Kentucky Derby, highlights a blockbuster Derby Day undercard that includes four other graded stakes.

  • Sprint champions featured in Derby undercard dashes

    Sassy Image won numerous battles in the race for champion female sprinter honors in 2011, but ultimately lost the war when Musical Romance was awarded top honors after winning the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint in Sassy Image's absence. The two will square off for a second time in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs over seven furlongs.

  • WV Court: Ejection Appeals Can Be Heard

    A West Virginia circuit court judge has rejected an attempt by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to keep the West Virginia Racing Commission from holding hearings for individuals who want to appeal ejections.

  • Equine Gait Abnormalities as a Diagnostic Tool

    Some gait abnormalities are obvious, while others are hardly noticeable. Either way, they can indicate a variety of equine disorders. At the 2012 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 19-23 in Las Vegas, Nev., one veterinarian discussed how some gait abnormalities can point to specific health problems.