Headlines for Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Wicked Strong flies home to take the Wood Memorial.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3162050773&k=rxX5TkC">Order This Photo</a>

    Wicked Strong Charges to Wood Memorial Score

    From maiden winner to latest addition to the field for the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Centennial Farms' Wicked Strong soared past tiring 8-5 favorite Social Inclusion and runner-up Samraat to win the April 5 Wood Memorial (gr. I).

  • Dads Caps leads them home in the Carter Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3162218820&k=DxG6F28">Order This Photo</a>

    Dads Caps Gets His Due in Carter Upset

    Hard-knocking Dads Caps had been three times the bridesmaid in recent starts, but he broke through at the highest level April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack when stealing the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at odds of 10-1.

  • Rosalind (right) and Room Service finished together in the Ashland at Keeneland.
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    Rosalind, Room Service Dead-Heat in Ashland

    In one of the most thrilling editions of the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I), Rosalind and Room Service hit the wire together for a dead-heat atop the race for 3-year-old fillies April 5 at Keeneland.

  • Nashoba's Gold leaves Diversy Harbor behind to win the Providencia Stakes.

    Nashoba's Gold Turns Tables in Providencia

    Nashoba's Gold turned the tables on Diversy Gold and won the second installment of their budding rivalry in the $150,000 Providencia Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies April 5 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Coup de Grace fights for victory in the Bay Shore Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3162219038&k=w8MvHcW">Order This Photo</a>

    Coup de Grace Finishes Strong in Bay Shore

    A brief player on the Triple Crown trail in Florida earlier this year, Fox Hill Farm's Coup de Grace got back to sprinting and scored a game nose win in the $300,000 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • My Miss Sophia runs away from the competition in the Gazelle Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3162559050&k=Mwx88c4">Order This Photo</a>

    My Miss Sophia Romps in Gazelle

    Mathis Stable's My Miss Sophia rolled to a decisive victory April 5 in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack, stamping her ticket to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Our Caravan rolls to victory in the Calder Derby.

    Calder Derby: Our Caravan Stops Ring Weekend

    Top-of-the-stretch antics cost Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Ring Weekend a possible victory in the $250,000 Calder Derby April 5 at Calder Casino & Race Course, as 5-1 Our Caravan drew off to win by 9 3/4 lengths.

  • Secret Circle faces 5 in the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap.

    Secret Circle Back at Oaklawn for Count Fleet

    Secret Circle, a two-time graded stakes winner at Oaklawn Park as a 3-year-old in 2012, returns to the Hot Springs, Ark., track April 10 as the one to beat in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III).

  • Richard "Dickie" Small with his Breeders' Cup Classic winner Concern

    Trainer Dickie Small Dies at 68

    Richard "Dickie" Small, who trained 1994 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Concern, top 1980s handicap star Broad Brush, and many other stakes winners, died April 4 at his home in Monkton, Md.

  • Starting and Stopping a Mare's Estrous Cycle

    While some breeders are content to let Mother Nature decide when a mare's body is ready for pregnancy, others take a more proactive approach. There are many reasons why an owner might seek closer control over a mare's estrous cycle, ranging from herd synchronization to a desired foaling date to putting a breeding career on hold for a performance c...