Headlines for Saturday, March 23, 2013

  • Sky Kingdom leaves the others behind in the Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita.

    Sky Kingdom Reigns Supreme in Tokyo City Cup

    Sky Kingdom, on the comeback trail for trainer Bob Baffert, spurted away from challenger Oilisblackgold in the stretch to easily record his first stakes victory in the marathon Tokyo City Cup (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Black Onyx and Joe Bravo take the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes.

    Black Onyx in Derby Picture After Spiral Win

    Sterling Racing's Black Onyx ran his way into the picture for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a 1 1/2-length victory in the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes at Turfway March 23.

  • Silsita (outside) just gets up over Marathon Lady to win the Fathead Bourbonette Oaks.

    Silsita Just Up in Bourbonette Nail-Biter

    Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Tanourin Stable's Silsita upset heavily favored Pure Fun and survived a stretch duel with 31-1 shot Marathon Lady to take the $100,000 Fathead Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park March 23.

  • Last Gunfighter gets up late to win the Excelsior Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2422047614&k=6Xbb7n3">Order This Photo</a>

    Last Gunfighter Draws Clear in Excelsior

    Last Gunfighter overcame a troubled start and came through on the rail to win the $150,000 Excelsior Stakes (gr. III) March 23 at Aqueduct, while 2011 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Ruler On Ice finished fifth.

  • Crop Report comes on late to win the Team Valor Rushaway Stakes.

    Crop Report Takes Rushaway for Race Sponsor

    Team Valor International's Crop Report, third in his United States debut in February, found the Polytrack at Turfway Park to his liking with a last-to-first victory in the $75,000 Team Valor Rushaway Stakes March 23.

  • Optimism Reigns at Fasig-Tipton Sale Monday

    Move aside college hoops. The Thoroughbred industry has experienced its own run of March Madness this month with the 2-year-olds in training sales thriving in a booming juvenile market.

  • Oaklawn Approved for 57-Day Meet in 2014

    The Arkansas Racing Commission unanimously approved a 57-day race meet for Oaklawn Park in 2014. The Hot Springs track will run from Jan. 10 through April 12 next year.

  • Gulfstream's Racing Secretary to Step Down

    Dan Bork, who has served as racing secretary at Gulfstream Park for the past four years, will leave at the conclusion of the meet. Jeffrey Noe, who has been an assistant racing secretary at Calder, will replace him.

  • Pierro, Appearance, Foreteller Win at Sydney

    Australian champion Pierro held back charging stablemate More Joyous to capture the $350,000 Canterbury Stakes (Aus-I), one of three group I races at Rosehill Gardens March 23, opening day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

  • Blood Collection Tube Size and CO2 Concentration (AAEP 2012)

    Veterinarians screen racehorses regularly for evidence of performance enhancers, aiming to use sample collection methods that yield accurate and consistent results. Blood-draw supplies vary among veterinarians, however, and could conceivably impact test results, so a Purdue University research team recently evaluated how such variables impact a common mea...