Headlines for Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Chips All In

    Chips All In Back to Defend San Simeon Title

    Chips All In defends his San Simeon Stakes (gr. IIT) title April 13 at Santa Anita Park in his season debut over the hillside turf course, facing nine opponents in the $100,000 event at about 6 1/2 furlongs.

  • Stormy Lucy

    Santa Barbara Pits Stormy Lucy, Customer Base

    Stormy Lucy, sold privately since her recent win in the Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT), returns to action for her new connections in the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 13 on the Santa Anita Park turf.

  • Lemon Drop Dream wins the 2014 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap.

    Lemon Drop Dream Bursts to Count Fleet Upset

    Lemon Drop Dream, tracking a blistering pace into the stretch, charged home to register a well-timed victory in the $294,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) in his graded stakes debut April 10 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs to Increase Takeout Rates

    In what it says is an effort to maintain daily purses and its stakes schedule, Churchill Downs plans to increase its takeout rate on win, place, and show bets as well as exotic wagers in 2014.

  • Sweet Whiskey won the 2014 Old Hat Stakes. <br><a target="blank"http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3005304950&k=9JPH6zc">Order This Photo</a>

    Pletcher Has Strong Pair for Beaumont

    Alto Racing's Sweet Whiskey, who launched her 2014 campaign with a victory in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) leads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies entered in the April 13 Beaumont Stakes (gr. II).

  • Breeders' Cup Unveils 2014 Event Logo

    The Breeders' Cup has released the official event logo for the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita Park Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Arcadia, Calif.

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    Fever Knocks Lea Out of Charles Town Classic

    Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Lea, who was expected to race in the upcoming Charles Town Classic (gr. II), spiked a fever the week of April 7 and will miss a couple weeks of training, according to trainer Bill Mott.

  • Bayern

    Bayern Takes Oaklawn Spin for Arkansas Derby

    Leading Arkansas Derby (gr. I) contender Bayern got his first feel for the Oaklawn Park racing strip the morning of April 10 after arriving a day earlier with the contingent of California horses competing this weekend.

  • Gantry <br><a target="blank"http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2937099568&k=wkGJqBj">Order This Photo</a>

    Gantry, Havelock Headline Shakertown Stakes

    The Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland April 12 drew a field of 13 turf sprinters headed by the always reliable Gantry, who has not finished worse than second in his last eight starts, and defending winner Havelock.

  • Hold Me Back Sires First Winner

    Truth in the Lies became the first winner for dual graded stakes victor Hold Me Back when the juvenile filly captured her career debut in the first race at Pimlico Race Course April 10.

  • That Handicapping Show: Blue Grass Stakes

    Claire Novak and Frank Angst are on location at Keeneland this week to handicap the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Blue Grass Stakes.

  • Virginia HBPA Circles Wagons in Stalemate

    In a letter sent to its members this month, the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association seeks to strengthen support for its organization, which is in a stalemate with Colonial Downs on race dates.

  • Fastnet Rock Colt Tops Closing Day at Inglis

    A Fastnet Rock colt sold to trainer Gerald Ryan for the highest price of $1.3 million ($1,224,972 in United States funds) April 10 before the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale closed its three-day run in Sydney.

  • Dr. Mick Peterson

    Peterson: Be Proactive on Surface Maintenance

    Consistent, regular maintenance and the sharing of information among superintendents are paramount to having quality, safe racing surfaces, said Dr. Mick Peterson, executive director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory.

  • Is Bobby's Kitten Ready to Roar?

    Will Bobby's Kitten stamp himself as a Kentucky Derby contender with a strong showing in the Blue Grass Stakes?