Headlines for Thursday, April 25, 2013

  • Hip No. 1002, a gray/roan colt by Street Sense topped the final session, bringing $425,000.

    OBS Spring Sale Wraps Up Record Four-Day Run

    Officials of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. understandably exhausted a thesaurus full of superlatives in describing this week's OBS Spring Sale in Ocala, Fla. which concluded its four-day run on April 25.

  • Northern Passion makes his first 2013 start in the Whimsical Stakes.

    Northern Passion Starts Season in Whimsical

    Absent since a runner-up effort in last spring's Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser, Northern Passion returns in the $150,000 Whimsical Stakes (Can-III) April 28, the first graded stakes of the 2013 season at Woodbine.

  • Rumor That Stronach is Buying Calder Denied

    Gulfstream Park officials said April 25 that there is no truth to rumors that its parent The Stronach Group has reached an agreement to buy Calder Casino & Race Course from its parent Churchill Downs Inc.

  • TCI: Kentucky Derby 139 Preview - 04/25/2013

    After a week of seeing many of the Derby contenders train at Churchill, the TCI boys opine on the condition and training of the top contenders. Watch it. Comment.

  • Strathnaver and Joel Rosario take the Bewitch Stakes on the turf at Keeneland.

    Streaking Rosario, Strathnaver Take Bewitch

    On the day he broke the Keeneland record for most wins in a single spring meet, jockey Joel Rosario guided 18-1 shot Strathnaver to victory in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 25 on the turf.

  • TCI: Kentucky Derby 139 Preview - 04/25/2013

    After a week of seeing many of the Derby contenders train at Churchill, the TCI boys opine on the condition and training of the top contenders. Watch it. Comment.

  • Halo Dolly seeks her first victory of the year in the Wilshire Handicap.

    Halo Dolly Returns to Hollywood in Wilshire

    Grade II winner Halo Dolly looks for her first victory of the year while carrying top weight of 120 pounds in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 28, the first graded stakes of the Betfair Hollywood Park meet.

  • Juvenile Behavior: Beautiful Dancer Prevails

    In the second-to-last juvenile filly race of the Keeneland spring meeting, Beautiful Dancer opened a clear advantage in deep stretch in her debut April 25 and had just enough to hold off a late charge from Maria Maria.

  • That Handicapping Show - Derby Trial Stakes 2013

    Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs. On last week's show, Frank hit a $92 exacta with the Illinois Derby! Next week, That Handicapping Show will be on location at Churchill Downs. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Derby Trial Stakes.

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    Oaks, Derby Forecast: Cloudy but No Rain

    The long-range forecast in Louisville, Ky., calls for balmy temperatures and mostly sunny skies leading up to the May 4 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and although Derby Day could be mostly cloudy, rain is not anticipated.

  • AAEP, AHC Partner to Prevent Equine Disease Outbreaks

    When a horse contracts a disease, the owner or caretaker usually focuses solely on getting the horse healthy again and protecting others on the farm from illness. But in reality, certain ailments could have community-, region-, and even industry-wide effects. For instance, an equine viral arteritis or contagious equine metritis outbreak could shutter the ...

  • 'Wild Card' Derby Trial Not A Misnomer

    The makeup of the grade III Derby Trial presents several interesting scenarios that could impact the makeup of the Kentucky Derby field.

  • New Weight Loss Program for EMS Horses a Welcomed Success

    One of the first steps to helping an obese horse drop a few pounds is recognizing that he's overweight in the first place. The next step? Implementing a diet program. But that hasn't always been as easy as it seems, as few tried and true weight loss programs for horses exist. British researchers recently tested a weight loss plan designed specific...

  • Adam's Turf - Arson Squad and Michael Blowen

    Adam Spradling records Arson Squad visiting Keeneland with Michael Blown to teach fans about Old Friends and Thoroughbred aftercare. Read the full blog feature here.