Headlines for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

  • All Blue Grass (Almost) All the Time

    The focus has shifted at Keeneland, as it usually does during the second week of April, to the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and the Kentucky Derby hopefuls who will emerge from that event.

  • Bobby's Kitten is the 3-1 favorite on the morning line for the Bluegrass Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2815276253&k=x46BVh5">Order This Photo</a>

    Bobby's Kitten Favored in Blue Grass Stakes

    The $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) drew an overflow field for its 90th renewal to be run April 12 at Keeneland, with Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Bobby's Kitten favored at 3-1 from post 5.

  • Laugh Track has four victories from six starts on Polytrack.

    Laugh Track Set to Scream in Commonwealth

    Laugh Track, who has failed to duplicate his second-place finish in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) in two subsequent starts, returns to his favorite surface in the Commonwealth Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland April 12.

  • Nine 3-year-old colts were entered in the Arkansas Derby.

    Arkansas Derby Invader Bayern Meets Tapiture

    Tapiture, Strong Mandate, and Ride On Curlin butt heads once more at Oaklawn Park in the The $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 12, and they'll be joined by another new shooter from the Bob Baffert barn in Bayern.

  • Centre Court won the 2013 Jenny Wiley Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2455324228&k=69pQKfC">Order This Photo</a>

    Centre Court to Defend Jenny Wiley Title

    G. Watts Humphrey's 5-year-old mare Centre Court will attempt become only the second repeat winner of the Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland when she takes on nine rivals in the 1 1/16-mile turf race April 12.

  • Dr. Charles Fager, Horse's Namesake, Dies

    Dr. Charles Fager, the world-renowned neurosurgeon who saved the life of John Nerud and for whom the immortal Dr. Fager was named, died peacefully at his Boston suburb home April 8. He was 90.

  • NTRA Safety Alliance Re-Accredits Woodbine

    Woodbine has earned re-accreditation for its Thoroughbred operations from the the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance, the NTRA announced April 9.

  • Ned Bonnie: Why I'm Joining WHOA

    Kentucky attorney Ned Bonnie, member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, lays out his argument for joining the Water Hay Oats Alliance and for supporting federal oversight of medication use in horse racing.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Meet Handle Averages $8.3 Million

    Even though it faced new weekend competition from nearby Calder Casino & Race Course, Gulfstream Park came close to its record for average daily all-sources handle during its 2013-14 winter meet that ended April 6.