Headlines for Thursday, April 11, 2013

  • Vuitton nips Beat the Blues by a nose to win the Carousel Stakes.

    Vuitton Bags Carousel for Red-Hot Asmussen

    Vuitton came from well off the pace to edge favored Beat the Blues by a nose in the $100,000 Carousel Stakes at Oaklawn Park April 11, capping a sensational afternoon for trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.

  • NYRA Not Close to Naming McClain's Successor

    Six weeks after the official start of the search for a chief executive officer for the New York Racing Association, chairman David Skorton indicated that the board is not close to naming Ellen McClain's successor.

  • TCI: Arkansas Derby & Blue Grass Stakes

    Jon & Joel recap last weekend's Wood Memorial & Santa Anita Derby. They also break down Saturday's final round of major Kentucky Derby preps - the Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes.

  • Jay Robbins leads Tiznow to the Winner's Circle after his second Breeders' Cup Classic win in 2001.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/Classics/Classic-Photos/22651042_hrMBZZ#!i=2452652614&k=MHzXwGn">Order This Photo</a>

    Jay Robbins, Trainer of Tiznow, Retires

    Jay Robbins, the only trainer to win consecutive runnings of the Breeders' Cup Classic(gr. I), has announced his retirement after more than four decades.

  • Justice Dept. Cracks Down on Sports Gambling

    Pari-mutuel wagering, one of the few forms of Internet gambling allowed in the U.S., may face a little less illegal competition after a crackdown on an allegedly illegal $1 billion sports bookmaking enterprise.

  • CHRB Renews Racing Injury Prevention Program

    The California Horse Racing Board April 11 approved an allocation of $2.85 million over the next three years for continuation of its racing injury prevention program with the University of California-Davis.

  • TCI: Arkansas Derby & Blue Grass Stakes Preview

    Jon & Joel recap last weekend's Wood Memorial & Santa Anita Derby. They also break down Saturday's final round of major Kentucky Derby preps - the Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes.

  • Renee's Titan takes on 10 in the Beaumont Stakes.

    Renee's Titan Takes Aim at Beaumont Stakes

    Last year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winning connections will try to recreate some more magic in the blue grass when Zillah Reddam's Renee's Titan starts in the Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland.

  • Horse of the Year Wise Dan makes his 2013 debut in the Maker's 46 Mile.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Mile/26128708_Rzcb63#!i=2194067782&k=GbNqMRD">Order This Photo</a>

    Wise Dan Returns in Maker's 46 Mile

    Morton Fink's reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan makes his 2013 debut for trainer Charlie LoPresti in the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland April 12, with only four contenders willing to face him.

  • KHRC to Review Rodriguez License Application

    Kentucky will not immediately approve the license application of trainer Rudy Rodriguez, who is pointing Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Vyjack to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 4 at Churchill Downs.

  • Woodbine Race Course

    Woodbine Lowers Takeout Rate on Win Bets

    Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced it is lowering the takeout on win wagers to 14.95% for the 133-day Thoroughbred meet at Woodbine that begins April 20.

  • Ontario Panel Wants Probe of Slots Decision

    Members of the Ontario Public Accounts Committee passed a binding motion April 10 that calls for the Auditor General's office to investigate cancellation of the slots-at-racetracks program.

  • Flashpoint is one of two in the Count Fleet Sprint for trainer for Steve Asmussen.

    Gentlemen's Bet to Ante Up in Count Fleet

    Lightly raced and undefeated Gentlemen's Bet will add some intrigue when he faces several tough competitors in the $250,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park April 13.

  • That Handicapping Show - Blue Grass Stakes 2013

    Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk are on location at Keeneland to handicap the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and Arkansas Derby (gr. I). Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Blue Grass.

  • First Winner for Freshman Sire Idiot Proof

    Freshman sire Idiot Proof was represented by his first winner March 18 when the 2-year-old filly On Autopilot won the first race at Mexico's Hipodromo de las Americas.

  • Lot 131, a Redoute's Choice half brother to Black Caviar sold for $5 million ($5,238,006 U.S.) at the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale.

    Nine Seven-Figure Horses Boost Inglis Sale

    The three-day first session of the Inglis Easter yearling sale concluded April 11 with healthy increases in the three primary market indicators, boosted by a Australasian record-smashing half brother to Black Caviar.

  • Ultrasonography to Diagnose Equine Lung Problems (AAEP 2012)

    Ultrasound is a noninvasive tool veterinarians can use to diagnose myriad medical maladies, including those affecting either the lungs or the space around the lungs. Although practitioners perform thoracic ultrasound exams in referral settings routinely, they can also conduct these efficiently and effectively in an ambulatory setting, explained Virginia B...