Headlines for Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Chitu wins the Sunland Derby.

    Chitu Cuts Loose for Sunland Derby Triumph

    Favored Chitu put away stablemate Midnight Hawk in the drive for the wire as trainer Bob Baffert accounted for the first two finishers in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) March 23 in New Mexico.

  • After the Wire: Spiral Stakes and We Miss Artie

    Evan Hammonds recaps the exciting finish of the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. The Spiral Stakes is a Kentucky Derby prep race with the top finishers earning points to the Kentucky Derby.

  • Michael Ritvo wins his first race aboard Little Daniella.

    Michael Ritvo Notches First Win at Gulfstream

    Riding in only his second race, apprentice jockey Michael Ritvo notched his first victory by guiding Little Daniella to a front-running tally in the second race at Gulfstream Park March 23, a $25,000 maiden claiming event.

  • Cal Expo Gains Extra Week of Summer Racing

    Cal Expo won a tussle to gain an extra week on the summer fair racing calendar beginning in July 2015 after several months of debate when the California Horse Racing Board approved the dates plan.

  • Honor Code
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    Injury Knocks Honor Code Off Derby Trail

    Remsen Stakes (gr. II) winner Honor Code will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after a slight tear in his right hind upper suspensory was detected morning the morning of March 23.

  • Scott Blasi

    Report: Blasi No Longer Working for Asmussen

    Scott Blasi, the assistant trainer to Steve Asmussen, has been relieved of his duties pending an examination of documents and videos released by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which alleges animal abuse.

  • Could a Supplement Ease the Effects of Tying Up?

    Tying-up, or exertional rhabdomyolysis, is a frustrating problem that sport and racehorse trainers try diligently to prevent. Fortunately, there's some good news: Japanese researchers recently tested a supplement designed to alleviate both tying-up episodes and the muscle damage, with positive results.