Headlines for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Itsmyluckyday makes his second start of 2014 in the Best of the Rest Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2337245250&k=LTKGMKL">Order This Photo</a>

    Itsmyluckyday Heads Best of the Rest Stakes

    While preparing 2013 Preakness (gr. I) runner-up Itsmyluckyday for a start in the $75,000 Best of the Rest Stakes to be run April 26 at Gulfstream, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. revisited last year's Triple Crown experience.

  • Spring in the Air will make her 2014 debut in the Whimsical Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2130893527&k=K2P4Rkz">Order This Photo</a>

    Spring in the Air Back to Sprint in Whimsical

    The last time John Oxley's Spring in the Air dropped back to a sprint after a series of two-turn races, she won the seven-furlong Fury Stakes at Woodbine. She'll make her 2014 debut in the six-furlong Whimsical April 26.

  • Summer Hit is one of three for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the San Francisco Mile.

    Summer Hit Tops Hollendorfer Trio in SF Mile

    Jerry Hollendorfer has a trio of older runners set to go in the San Franciso Mile (gr. IIIT) April 26, led by Summer Hit, as the Hall of Fame trainer attempts to win Northern California's top grass race for the third time.

  • CDI Reports Slight First Quarter Loss

    Churchill Downs Inc. reported April 23 that the racetrack and gaming company's revenues increased $19.4 million to total a record $167.3 million during the first three months of 2014.

  • Gary Player

    Gary Player to Speak at Owners Conference

    Gary Player, a legend in the golfing world and a longtime Thoroughbred owner, breeder, and advocate of Thoroughbred aftercare, will deliver the keynote address when OwnerView, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

  • Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes Winner Hansel

    The Blood-Horse catches up with 26-year-old Hansel, who won champion 3-year-old male in 1991. Hansel defeated Strike the Gold by a head in the Belmont Stakes. Read more in the April 26, 2014 issue of The Blood-Horse. View Hansel Slideshow

  • General a Rod went five furlongs in 1:03 2/5 April 23.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-2n3547T">Order This Photo</a>

    Slow Five-Furlong Move for General a Rod

    In preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), grade I-placed General a Rod completed a leisurely five-furlong breeze in 1:03 2/5 on April 23 at Churchill Downs.

  • Ria Antonia at Churchill Downs.

    Ria Antonia, Napravnik Aboard, Breezes

    With jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard, Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Ria Antonia breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 3/5 at Churchill Downs April 23 as she continues to prep for the May 2 race.

  • Hoppertunity breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 on April 23.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-zqGVvTk">Order This Photo</a>

    Rebel Winner Hoppertunity Works at Churchill

    Grade II winner Hoppertunity breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 April 23 at Churchill Downs as the son of Any Given Saturday prepares for a start in the upcoming Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • For all Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day's accomplishments on the racetrack, his personal testimony is the greatest legacy he’ll leave behind.

    Day By Day

    Jockey Pat Day reached the pinnacle of the sport during his 30-plus-year career – but for all his accomplishments on the racetrack, including a victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, he is best-known for his personal testimony.

  • Surgically Treating 'Kissing Spines' in the Standing Horse

    A kiss is typically synonymous with romance and affection. But when it's your horse's spine that's doing the kissing, it's also synonymous with pain and poor performance. "Kissing spines" is traditionally treated surgically under general anesthesia, which carries its own risks, ranging from the dangers of recovery to death. But t...