Headlines for Thursday, April 18, 2013

  • Sky Kingdom won the Tokyo City Cup last month on the dirt.

    Sky Kingdom Tries Turf in San Juan Capistrano

    Sky Kingdom showed his staying ability with an easy win in the Tokyo City Cup last month, so now's the time to find out if he can transfer that same success to the turf in the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap April 21.

  • Lot #148, an Elusive Quality colt, sold for 760,000 guineas (US$1,215,999) at the Tattersalls Craven sale.

    Elusive Quality Colt Sold for Record Price

    A Kentucky-bred Elusive Quality colt sold for 760,000 guineas (US$1,215,999), a European record for a breeze-up horse, at the second and final session of the Tattersalls Craven sale April 18 in Newmarket.

  • Unbelievable (left) gets up late to win the Appalachian Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2464518886&k=XwXK9wj">Order This Photo</a>

    Rosario Completes 'Dream' Day in Appalachian

    Aptly named Unbelievable Dream gave jockey Joel Rosario a remarkable fifth win at Keeneland April 18 when she charged from off the pace to capture the grade III Appalachian Stakes Presented by Japan Racing Association.

  • Itsmyluckyday breezed a mile in 1:43 1/5 April 18 at Calder.

    Itsmyluckyday Breezes a Mile at Calder

    Itsmyluckyday breezed a mile in 1:43 1/5 April 18 at Calder Casino & Race Course in his next to last work before shipping to Kentucky for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • TCI: Kentucky Derby Preview - 04/18/2013

    With all of the final major preps in the books, the TCI boys review the likely field and solidify a Top 10 heading into the critical final two weeks of training at Churchill Downs.

  • Successful Dan returns in the Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland.
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    Successful Dan Faces Six in Ben Ali Return

    There was a time when "the other Dan" was Wise Dan, who went on to become Horse of the Year. On April 21 fans will witness the return of the original, Successful Dan, in the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland.

  • TCI: Kentucky Derby Preview - 04/18/2013

    With all of the final major preps in the books, the TCI boys review the likely field and solidify a Top 10 heading into the critical final two weeks of training at Churchill Downs.

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    Wise Dan Exits 2013 Debut Well, Foster Next

    Five days after reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan won the Maker's 46 Mile (gr. IT) in his 2013 debut, trainer Charlie LoPresti confirmed the June 15 Stephen Foster (gr. I) as his likely next target.

  • Half Sister to Monterosso Stars at Inglis

    The three-day Inglis Australian Easter broodmare sale concluded April 18 with a half sister to 2012 Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Monterosso selling for the final day's top price of Aus$180,000 (185,503).

  • In 2008, Tin Cup Chalice became the first, and so far only, horse to sweep the Big Apple Triple.

    Big Apple Triple to Carry $250,000 Bonus

    A $250,000 bonus will be awarded to the connections of a horse that sweeps this year's Big Apple Triple, a series of races for New York-bred 3-year-olds at Belmont Park, Finger Lakes Racetrack, and Saratoga Race Course.

  • Coolmore Lexington, Illinois Derby Selections

    The major Kentucky Derby by Yum! Brands preps are finished, but there's still some good 3-year-old racing out there. Let's take a look at the Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes and the Grade III Illinois Derby.

  • W.C. 'Mike' Freeman Dies, Trained Shuvee

    Freeman began training in the 1950's and had many top horses such as Bukhar, Gala Performance, Hodges Bay, Cold Comfort, Show Off, and Understudy. But his best horse by far was Mrs. Whitney Stone's Hall of Fame filly Shuvee.