Headlines for Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Riposte won the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last June.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2586534230&k=TQNzFLw">Order This Photo</a>

    Riposte Heads Solid Hillsborough Field

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred Riposte heads a field of nine in pursuit of her first graded stakes victory stateside in the $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes (gr. IIIT) March 8 at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Sweet Reason was a winner in her first race of 2014.
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    Sweet Reason Comes Back a Winner

    Treadway Racing Stable's Sweet Reason, winner of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course last summer, made a successful return to the races March 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack in the featured eighth race.

  • Hip No. 139, a bay colt by first-crop sire Midshipman, worked an eighth of a mile in :9 4/5.

    Midshipman Colt Posts Fastest Ocala Drill

    Heavy fog and chilly temperatures greeted prospective buyers attending the first of two under tack previews for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s selected sale of 2-year-olds in training at Ocala Training Center March 7.

  • Alysheba (right) defeated Ferdinand by 1/2 length in the 1988 Santa Anita Handicap.

    Big 'Cap Seems Like Olden Days

    The Santa Anita Handicap became the West Coast's most prestigious racing event by consistently bringing out the best people and horses. The race's history has been dotted with gritty campaigners who just don't give up.

  • A Racing Weekend of Stars

    If you're the type who thinks that racing needs its stars to keep racing to increase interest, then this is the Saturday for you!

  • Haskin: 'Horseplayers' and Pioneer Days

    'Horseplayers,' mainly Team Rotondo (Peter Rotondo Sr. and Jr. and Lew Davis), brings me back to a time long ago in my life; a time of smoke-filled busses and a cacophony of thick Brooklyn accents moaning.

  • First Northern Winner for Southwestern Heat

    By winning a quarter-mile race at Sunland Park March 1, Zuellas Heat became the first 2-year-old winner of 2014 and first Northern Hemisphere winner for freshman sire Southwestern Heat, a son of 2001 champion filly Xtra Heat.

  • CHRB Begins Cobalt Testing

    The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has started evaluating cobalt levels in racehorses competing at tracks in that state and in certain necropsy scenarios, according to a March 4 memo from CHRB Equine Medical Director Rick Arthur, DVM.

  • KEEP Opposes Open-Ended Gambling Measure

    A proposed constitutional amendment that would give the Kentucky General Assembly the power to authorize any and all forms of gambling has met with opposition from the Kentucky Equine Education Project.