Headlines for Wednesday, April 10, 2013

  • Mizdirection is undefeated in four starts over the hillside turf course at Santa Anita Park.

    Mizdirection Towers Over Las Cienegas Rivals

    Mizdirection, undefeated in four prior starts over the hillside turf course at Santa Anita Park, towers over five other older fillies and mares in the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 13.

  • Perfect Officer won last year's Shakertown by a nose.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1798387319&k=HsPmFhV">Order This Photo</a>

    Perfect Officer Back for More in Shakertown

    David A. Ross Racing Stable's Perfect Officer, a nose winner in last year's Shakertown Stakes (gr.IIIT), faces eight rivals April 13 when he makes his 2013 debut in the 17th running of the $100,000 turf sprint at Keeneland.

  • Rose to Gold splashes to victory in the Fantasy.

    Rose to Gold Keeps Rolling in Fantasy Romp

    Unlikely Rose to Gold stamped her ticket for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with another dominating performance at Oaklawn Park April 10, splashing her way to a front-running 4 1/2-length victory in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes.

  • Fort Larned returns to action in the Oaklawn Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Classic/26128658_j8xsjs#!i=2325558744&k=khNd7p5">Order This Photo</a>

    Fort Larned Set to Go for Oaklawn Handicap

    An unfortunate stumble at the start of the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) last month cost Fort Larned his seasonal debut, but the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner is back in the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II).

  • McGaughey Stable Feeling Energized

    While Shug McGaughey prepares his usual strong string of horses at the Keeneland spring meeting, more than a few of his thoughts are occupied by the stable's big 3-year-old Orb.

  • 2012 Jenny Wiley Stakes winner Daisy Devine is back in 2013.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1794380393&k=SwfBKvT">Order This Photo</a>

    Daisy Devine to Defend Jenny Wiley Title

    Defending Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) winner Daisy Devine is back to protect her title April 13 at Keeneland, but the 5-year-old daughter of Kafwain faces a steep question as she goes up against six stakes winners.

  • Gantry faces 5 in the Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland.

    Gantry Looks to Step Up in Commonwealth

    After finishing second in his two starts this season, Brittlyn Stable's Gantry will try to nail down the fifth stakes victory of his career in the $175,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. III) April 13 at Keeneland.

  • Jockey Joel Rosario<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2434320264&k=wFqhsjd">Order This Photo</a>

    Rosario Picks Up Derby Mount on Orb

    Jockey Joel Rosario has been named to ride Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Orb in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), agent Ron Anderson confirmed April 10.

  • Mario Pino

    Pino to Receive George Woolf Award April 14

    Mario Pino, winner of the 2013 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, will accept the award in a winner's circle ceremony between races April 14 at Santa Anita Park.

  • John Velazquez

    Velazquez Plans Derby Week Return

    Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who was sidelined after an April 7 spill at Aqueduct, hopes to resume riding May 1 -- three days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Graydar

    Graydar Sidelined with Ankle Chip

    Twin Creek Racing Stables' Graydar, back-to-back winner of the Donn Handicap (gr. I) and New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), will be sidelined for about 60 days after undergoing surgery to remove a chip from his left front ankle.

  • Blue Grass Stakes: Norm Casse

    Norm Casse, assistant trainer for Uncaptured and Dynamic Sky, talks about their prospects in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

  • The Paddock at Delaware Park.

    Delaware, Horsemen Agree on 81-Day Meet

    Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said April 10 they have signed a contract for 2013 for 81 days of racing, down from the originally scheduled 100 days.

  • Fastnet Rock Colt Sparks More Fireworks

    A colt by Coolmore Stud's elite sire Fastnet Rock sold for $4 million (US$4,209,200), the second-highest price ever paid for a yearling at auction in Australia, on day two of the Inglis Easter yearling sale.

  • Atlantic City Race Course

    Atlantic City to Usher in NJ Racing Season

    The 2013 Thoroughbred racing season in New Jersey begins April 25 with the first of six days of all-turf racing at Atlantic City Race Course, which officials said has been upgraded a bit in response to requests from patrons.

  • Peter Moody, trainer for Black Caviar.

    Potential Upsetters Await Black Caviar

    Undefeated champion sprinter Black Caviar will have some tough competition April 13 when she bids for her 25th career victory in the $1 million Darley T. J. Smith Stakes (Aus-I) at Royal Randwick in Sydney.

  • Beware of Problems up to Two Weeks after Foaling (AAEP 2012)

    Mares can make the entire birthing process look easy; some mares produce a healthy foal in as few as two hours, and most have a foal by their side within five to six hours. But Ahmed Tibary, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, warns that even though mare and foal might seem fine initially, complica...