Headlines for Friday, April 25, 2014

  • Quick Casablanca gets up late to win the Last Tycoon.

    Quick Casablanca Posts Last Tycoon Surprise

    Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca landed his first North American win when he overcame a slow start to nip Fire With Fire and favored Rookie Sensation in the $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Santa Anita Park turf.

  • Fairplex Plans to Phase Out Sales, Training

    Over the next several months, the Los Angeles County Fair plans to phase out its racing-related activities at Fairplex Park, chief executive officer James Henwood told the California Horse Racing Board April 25.

  • Sherwood Chillingworth, Oak Tree's executive vice president

    Oak Tree Approved to Operate Pleasanton Meet

    The Oak Tree Racing Association is back in the race business following a 3 1/2-year absence with the approval of its application to conduct the Alameda County Fair meet by the California Horse Racing Board April 25.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Outlines Equine Security Protocols

    Churchill Downs April 25 re-emphasized its annual enhanced security measures for horses competing in the Kentucky Derby and the ongoing safety and integrity measures included in its "Safety from Start to Finish" program.

  • London Bridge won the 2013 Breeders' Cup Marathon.  <br><a target="blank"http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2013-Breeders-Cup/Marathon/33148158_pgQmsx#!i=2877793711&k=6WFWNBg">Order This Photo</a>

    BC Scraps Marathon, Alters Nomination Fees

    Breeders' Cup said April 25 it has scrapped the Breeders' Cup Marathon and has made changes to its foal nomination program, including a 20% drops in the fee charged to register North American foals between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15.

  • Pablo Del Monte

    Pablo Del Monte Works for Possible Derby Run

    Pablo Del Monte, third-place finisher in the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), worked six furlongs at Keeneland April 25 to prepare for a possible start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Danza at Churchill Downs, April 25, 2014. <br><a target="blank"http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-S8KqR4g">Order This Photo</a>

    Pletcher Believes Danza Peaking at Right Time

    While Todd Pletcher often gives his horses more rest between starts than the three weeks afforded his Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Danza before this year's Kentucky Derby, he believes the Street Boss colt can deliver.

  • Nevada Approves Horse of Year Future Wager

    Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan opened as the 4-1 favorite in the first-ever Horse of the Year future bet odds listed April 25 by bookmakers William Hill.

  • Fashion Plate

    Zetcher Hopes for Lilies With Fashion Plate

    In the early morning hours at Santa Anita Park when most Thoroughbred owners are still in their beds, Arnold Zetcher can often be found observing the progress of his horses in training at the Southern California oval.

  • Empress of Midway worked four furlongs in :49 4/5 at Churchill Downs on April 25,2014. <br><a target="blank"http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-ZHdSxF3">Order This Photo</a>

    Pair of Oaks Fillies Work at Churchill Downs

    While no horses being pointed to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) worked at Churchill Downs April 25, a pair of fillies being pointed to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) breezed.

  • Rubiano, son of Ruby Slippers, was named champion sprinter of 1992.

    Ruby Slippers

    Of the two most expensive stallions at stud in North America for 2014, one is out of a mare by Rubiano, and the other is out of a three-quarters sister to Rubiano.