Articles posted June 2, 2012

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Bizzy Caroline along in time in Mint Julep

Catesby W. Clay's homebred Bizzy Caroline was a horse for the course at Churchill Downs last year, and the Ken McPeek trainee needed to call on all of her local savvy to catch the front-running Heavenly Landing in Saturday night's Grade 3, $111,000 Mint Julep Handicap. Galvanized at last by Manny Cruz, the 9-5 favorite surged late to thwart the wire-to-wire bid by a neck.

Rothko rolls in Aristides

Padua Stables' homebred Rothko easily proved best under the lights in Saturday's Grade 3, $109,400 Aristides, registering his first stakes win with a 2 1/2-length victory at Churchill Downs. The Steve Asmussen-trained colt scored as the even-money favorite beneath Corey Nakatani.

Island Bound mows them down in Winning Colors

Robert T. Manfuso's Island Bound relished the pace meltdown up front in Saturday night's Grade 3, $110,100 Winning Colors Stakes at Churchill Downs, rallying best of all late to record her first career stakes victory. With new rider Leandro Goncalves aboard, the Ian Wilkes trainee outkicked Beat the Blues and Speedacious to spring a 9-1 upset, paying $21.40, $6.40 and $4.40.

Game on Dude does it easily in Californian

Rebounding from a poor showing in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup, Game on Dude scored an emphatic victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $147,000 Californian at Hollywood Park. Under Chantel Sutherland, the five-year-old Bob Baffert pupil set a moderate pace of :24, :48 1/5 and 1:12, shook loose from closest pursuer Morning Line around the far turn, and drew away to win by 7 1/4 lengths. He completed nine furlongs on the Cushion Track in 1:48.

Kesampour favored over 20 in Prix du Jockey-Club

Sunday's Group 1 Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby) at Chantilly will see a maximum field of 20, with His Highness The Aga Khan looking for an eighth renewal courtesy of the unbeaten Mikel Delzangles-trained Kesampour. Drawn in a favorable post in five down towards the all-important inner rail, the homebred will be joined by the same owner/breeder's Lunayir, who will break from 15 as he bids to provide Alain de Royer-Dupre with a sixth edition.

Belmont contenders gallop in the slop

First on the track at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) during the special time slot set aside for Belmont Stakes contenders, Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another had an easy gallop around the dogs over a sloppy, sealed Belmont Park oval Saturday morning.

Marketing Mix back in form in Nassau

A disappointing fourth in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile last time out, Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix rebounded with a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $344,628 Nassau Stakes at Woodbine. The Tom Proctor filly has now won both of her turf clashes with Inglorious, who wound up fourth after being caught in a pocket.

C C's Pal re-rallies to take Vagrancy

The attempt by Eric Fein's C C's Pal to lull her opposition to sleep in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park looked in the stretch as if was going to backfire. After posting splits of :23 2/5 and :47, slow fractions for a 6 1/2-furlong dash, C C's Pal gave up a short lead to 8-5 favorite Nicole H with yards to go. However, jockey Ramon Dominguez's attempt to handride Nicole H to the finish line itself backfired as C C's Pal re-rallied under the urgings of Junior Alvarado to score by a neck in a time of 1:16 over a fast track. C C's Pal returned $5.70, $2.90 and $2.30 as the 9-5 second choice.

Camelot conquers Derby, boosts Triple Crown hopes

The undefeated Camelot swept to a majestic victory in Saturday's Group 1 Derby at Epsom, giving further substance to dreams of a rare English Triple Crown. Under a coolly confident ride by 19-year-old Joseph O'Brien, son of trainer Aidan O'Brien, the odds-on favorite closed from near the tail of the small field to romp by five lengths.

Belmont announces major stakes probables

Other stakes for Belmont Stakes weekend are beginning to take shape, with the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap headlining Friday's card. The Brooklyn is expected to serve as a Belmont Stakes tryout of sorts for jockey Mario Gutierrez, who is slated to ride Doug O'Neill trainee Boxeur de Rues in the 1 1/2-mile race. Last year's Brooklyn winner, Birdrun is likely to mount a title defense, and is expected to face Arthur's Tale, Balladry, Eldaafer, Eye On Jacob, Golden Gulch, Hailstone, Kentucky Reign, Not Abroad, Praetereo, and Redeemed.

Brothers Wise Dan, Successful Dan might meet in Foster

One would be hard-pressed to find a duo of older males in better form than Morton Fink's homebreds Wise Dan and Successful Dan and it's possible the talented half-brothers could battle for barn bragging rights in the Grade 1, $400,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 16.

Old Friends welcomes Rapid Redux

On Friday, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, hosted a welcome reception and press conference for media and fans to meet new retiree Rapid Redux.

Researchers Evaluate Surgical Outcomes for Headshakers

While headshaking can be a purely behavioral problem in many horses, it can also result from severe facial pain or irritation, possibly due to a nerve disorder. Some headshakers with nerve disorders are euthanized while others undergo a surgical procedure called caudal compression of the infraorbital nerve to relieve the pain. The procedure involves placi...

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