Headlines for Friday, May 4, 2012

  • 2012 Kentucky Oaks Wrap

    Eric Mitchell recaps Kentucky Oaks Day for 2012, highlighted by the victory by Believe You Can and Rosie Napravnik in the Kentucky Oaks. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • 2012 Kentucky Oaks Day Wrap

    Eric Mitchell recaps Kentucky Oaks Day for 2012, highlighted by the victory by Believe You Can and Rosie Napravnik in the Kentucky Oaks. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • Contested romps in Eight Belles

    The two wagering favorites dominated Friday's Grade 3, $110,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/eightbelles12.pdf">Eight Belles</a> for three-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs, with even-money choice Contested taking over from pacesetter Good Deed at the three-sixteenths pole and drawing away to win by 4 3/4 lengths. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and campaigned by his wife, Jill, Contested returned $4.20, $3 and $2.80.

  • Silver Max wires American Turf

    Fresh off a dominating, wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland, Mark Bacon and Dana Wells' Silver Max dished out the same treatment to his rivals in Friday's Grade 2, $238,200 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/amturf12.pdf">American Turf</a> at Churchill Downs. The biggest difference was the winning rider. With Robby Albarado off his mounts after reportedly being arrested Friday morning for domestic violence, Rafael Bejarano picked up the mount and gave him a textbook ride.

  • Stephanie's Kitten sets stakes record in Edgewood, eyes Royal Ascot

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Stephanie's Kitten pounced to a stakes record-setting victory in Friday's $184,800 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/edgewood12.pdf">Edgewood Stakes</a> at Churchill Downs, setting her up for a bold assault on the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot June 22. The winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf over the same course last November, the even-money favorite completed 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf in 1:40.94, best in 27 runnings of the Edgewood.

  • What It's Like to be a Derby Horse Vet

    Dr. Foster Northrop, racetrack practitioner and AAEP member, describes the care vets give Derby and Oaks horses, along with what it's like to be a Derby horse vet.

  • Dan successful over Fort Larned in Alysheba

    Stakes records continued to fall at Churchill Downs Friday as Mort Fink's homebred Successful Dan was timed in 1:41 in winning the Grade 2, $337,800 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/alysheba12.pdf">Alysheba</a> for older horses. Not only was it the fastest time achieved in the nine-year history of the event, but it also bested the previous track-record time of 1:41 1/5 set by Brass Hat in 2007.

  • Sanchez one to watch at upcoming Arlington meet

    Chicagoland racing fans who annually enjoy the Arlington experience may be unfamiliar with the name of jockey Jeffrey Sanchez, but the 26-year-old native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has rapidly made a strong, positive impression among the nation's more discerning horsemen on other major league circuits.

  • Successful Dan flies home to win the Alysheba in record time.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1828943254&amp;k=Wx3hSjv&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Successful Dan Sizzles in Alysheba Win

    Successful Dan took advantage of a contested early pace and wore down the leaders to set a new Churchill Downs 1 1/16 mile track record while winning the $337,800 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) May 4.

  • The rains came to Churchill Downs on Oaks Day.

    Approaching Storm Delays Action at Churchill

    The infield at Churchill Downs was in the process of being evacuated and the American Turf (gr. IIT) delayed for at least 45 minutes as a strong line of storms approached Louisville, Ky., from the west at about 4:30 p.m. EDT.

  • NYRA Fires Hayward, Kehoe Amid Probe

    The New York Racing Association has fired president Charles Hayward May 4 following revelations he may have known the racing group was violating state law by not lowering takeouts on exotic wagers.

  • Stephanie&#39;s Kitten sets a new stakes record in the Edgewood.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1828917017&amp;k=rJcbWdq&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Edgewood: Stephanie's Kitten Sets Stakes Mark

    Last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) winner Stephanie's Kitten returned to the Churchill Downs turf course and put in another dominating performance, setting a stakes record in the Edgewood Stakes.

  • Juanita provides 16-1 upset in La Troienne

    William S. and Graydon Patterson's Juanita kept pace with 2-5 favorite Plum Pretty on the front end of Friday's Grade 2, $327,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/latroienne12.pdf">La Troienne Stakes</a> at Churchill Downs before putting that rival away and just holding for the win as St. John's River came with a game late rally in the final strides. Sent off the 16-1 fifth pick, the Mineshaft filly ran 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:42 4/5 to pay $35.40, $13.20 and $5.

  • David Parrish of Indian Creek Dies

    David C. Parrish Jr., an important player in the horse business and insurance business in Central Kentucky, died May 2 in Paris, Ky., because of complications from Parkinson's disease.

  • Contested impresses in the Eight Belles.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1828804271&amp;k=SF5c3qR&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Contested Shows Promise in Eight Belles Romp

    The promising filly Contested disposed of pacesetter Good Deed near mid-stretch and cruised to victory in the $110,000 Eight Belles (gr. III), her stakes debut for trainer Bob Baffert May 4 at Churchill Downs.

  • One Thousand Guineas attracts field of 18

    The Group 1, £376,500 One Thousand Guineas, run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket Sunday, has attracted 18 runners. The final field for the first fillies' classic of the season includes the well supported ante-post favorite Maybe, who rounded off an unbeaten juvenile campaign with a smooth victory in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes in August. The daughter of Galileo and her stablemate Homecoming Queen, who won the Leopardstown One Thousand Guineas Trial in April, will be bidding to give their trainer Aidan O'Brien a second success in the race after Virginia Waters' runaway victory in 2005.

  • Daddy Long Legs at Churchill Downs

    T. J. Comerford, asst. to trainer Aidan O'Brien, discusses Daddy Long Legs' first appearance ar Churchill Downs after clearing quarantine.

  • Trainer Dale Romans and owner  Jim Culver

    Romans, Culver Talk Racehorse Ownership

    Trainer Dale Romans and owner Jim Culver discussed Thoroughbred ownership and the relationship between owners and trainers during a seminar hosted by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association May 3.

  • U.S. Wagering Fell 7% in April

    Impacted partly by the decision of Gulfstream Park to alter its 2011-12 schedule, wagering on United States racing fell 7% in April, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators.

  • Creative Cause&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2012-Triple-Crown/Works/22611108_LR3wcn#!i=1827793064&amp;k=R3QjZ5T&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Trainer: No Plans to Scratch Creative Cause

    As the rumor mill, fueled by Twitter reports, swirled around Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender Creative Cause the morning of May 4, trainer Mike Harrington said there were no plans to scratch the colt.

  • Speedy Broadway's Alibi Ready for Lilies

    The daughter of Vindication, who is the co-second choice in the Oaks at 4-1, has developed fast and furious in the last few weeks, enough to convince her connections she's ready to reach for the Lilies.

  • What It's Like to be a Derby Horse Vet

    Dr. Foster Northrop, racetrack practitioner and AAEP member, describes the care vets give Derby and Oaks horses, along with what it's like to be a Derby horse vet.

  • Bodemeister&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2012-Triple-Crown/Works/22611108_LR3wcn#!i=1827137704&amp;k=z2sbPDp&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Derby Has Consistent, Well-Matched Field

    There is no true standout in the 2012 Kentucky Derby, but despite it being a wide-open affair, that shouldn't be mistaken for inconsistency. A record nine Derby starters return from last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

  • Daddy Long Legs at Churchill Downs

    T. J. Comerford, asst. to trainer Aidan O'Brien, discusses Daddy Long Legs' first appearance ar Churchill Downs after clearing quarantine.