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  • Keeneland Outlines Protocol for 'Shake' Tests

    Officials outlined the protocol for "milkshake" tests at Keeneland during an informational meeting April 6, and also told horsemen to be aware that some feed and supplements could help trigger a higher-than-normal TCO2 reading in a horse's blood.

  • Consolidator looks like the real thing.

    Pedigree Profile: Consolidator

    Take a popular husband and wife who have already known the thrill of owning two Kentucky Derby-Preakness (both gr. I) winners and the agony of two close Belmont (gr. I) defeats. Add one of the most colorful and controversial trainers of modern times, and throw in the hottest commercial sire living. Add a French connection with an international flair, and what do you have?

  • Dan Liebman<br>Executive Editor

    A Breed Apart

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - What does is take to operate a Thoroughbred breeding farm in the height of the breeding season? In this issue of <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, we attempt to show you.

  • For Pete's Sake

    <i>By Joe Hickey</i> - Silky catkins on the willows; daffodils grinning 'neath the windbreak: Derby day is a-coming.

  • Rockport Harbor, left, accompanied by trainer John Servis on pony, at Oaklawn Park Wednesday.

    'Rocky 50-50 for Arkansas Derby; Lexington Stakes More Likely

    Rick Porter, owner of Rockport Harbor, said that although the colt is doing much better after suffering his third setback of the year, he is 50-50 at best to make the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), and that the April 23 Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland appears to be the more likely spot at this time."

  • Farm Managers Asked for Input on Breed Fund

    Jim Gallagher, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, told members of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club April 5 to voice their collective opinion on how the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive monies should be divided.

  • Old Gives Way to New at Evangeline Downs

    Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, the first racino built from scratch, will kick off its first Thoroughbred meet April 7 with record overnight purse distribution and an expanded stakes schedule.

  • English Classic Winner Commanche Run Dead

    Commanche Run, a three-time group I winner who gave jockey Lester Piggott his record-setting 28th English classic win, died in late March at Astley Grange Farm Stud in Leicester County, England.

  • Suffolk Suspends Stakes; No 2005 MassCap

    Suffolk Downs has suspended its open stakes program, including the Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) and the James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap, in order to preserve overnight purses for the 117-day meet that begins April 30.

  • Suffolk Suspends Stakes; No 2005 MassCap

    Suffolk Downs has suspended its open stakes program, including the Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) and the James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap, in order to preserve overnight purses for the 117-day meet that begins April 30.

  • Nine Entered in Illinois Derby

    With few standouts to emerge on the Kentucky Derby trail, a field of nine will be headed to Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) Hawthorne Park to see if they are the next to jump up and make a splash in the 3-year-old division.

  • Juvenile Jailed in Fresno-Area Horse Killings

    A 16-year-old juvenile has been arrested in connection with a series of horse shootings last month that resulted in the deaths of four Thoroughbreds, including two yearlings at Old English Rancho, located in the central California community of Sanger.

  • Sweet Catomine's Owner: Derby or Nothing

    Marty Wygod, owner of Sweet Catomine, said Tuesday on a national teleconference that if his filly does not run in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), she most likely will not ship to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Sweet Catomine is scheduled to face colts this weekend in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

  • Woodbine Looks To Commingle With U.S. Pools

    Woodbine Entertainment Group, owner of Canada's largest racetrack, has filed applications that would allow its customers to place wagers directly into common pools at two tracks in the United States--The Meadowlands in New Jersey, and Calder Race Course in Florida. Similar applications for New York and California are slated to follow, said Steve Mitchell, WEG senior vice president and chief financial officer.

  • Plenty of Pre-Race Action at Keeneland

    There was plenty of pre-race action at Keeneland Race Course Tuesday morning as a handful of potential Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) runners, including a possible Marker's Mark Mile (gr. IT) and Ashland Stakes (gr. I) starter hit the oval. Opening day at Keeneland is April 8.

  • Afleet Alex's Owner Accepts Borislow's Challenge

    Cash is King Stable managing partner Chuck Zacney, co-owner of Afleet Alex, announced Tuesday he has accepted Dan Borislow's $50,000 challenge matching Borislow's Wild Desert against Afleet Alex and Rockport Harbor in a horse-against-horse showdown in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II).

  • High Fly Favorite for Final Pool of Derby Future Wager

    High Fly and Sun King, trained by two-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning trainer Nick Zito, and juvenile filly champion Sweet Catomine are listed among the favorites in a wide open third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens its April 7-10 run Thursday.

  • Sweet Catomine Favored in Final Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool

    Champion 2-year-old filly Sweet Catomine looms as the likely favorite in this week's third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, but fans will have to decide during the April 7-10 pool whether the daughter of Storm Cat will ultimately challenge her fellow fillies in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) or take on males in the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr.I ).

  • NTRA to Offer Spring Pick Three Wager April 9

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will offer a national pick three wager "the NTRA Spring Pick 3" on three of the nationally televised races airing live April 9 on NBC from 4-6 p.m.

  • Charlotte Weber, right, and Eric Hamelback, left, owner and general manager, respectively, of Live Oak Stud, with Florida Derby winner High Fly.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: 'Z Troop' Marches On

    Nick Zito's Run For the Roses Regiment continued its assault on Churchill Downs this past weekend, as High Fly and Noble Causeway finished one-two in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I) on April 2, giving Zito five top Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders for five different owners.

  • Australian Broodmare Sale Sets Records for Gross, Average

    The Australian William Inglis & Son broodmare sale ended on a high note Tuesday, with records for gross revenue and average price from the big catalogue. Seems there are a lot of buyers out there keen to breed now.

  • Kingmambo Still Undergoing Treatment

    Prominent stallion Kingmambo, who has been sidelined from stallion duty primarily because of an arthritic condition in his lower neck, will need additional treatment and more time off.

  • Churchill Lifts Ban on Florida Horses; Some Restrictions Remain

    Churchill Downs has ended its halt to shipments of horses from three Florida facilities where possible cases of the equine bacterial disease strangles had been reported, although restrictions remain for horses that have been housed in quarantined or restricted barns at those tracks and training centers.

  • P Val to Ride Wild Desert in Ark. Derby; Owner to Offer Challenge

    Patrick Valenzuela has been named to ride Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Wild Desert in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), majority owner Dan Borislow said Monday. If Wild Desert runs well enough at Oaklawn to merit a trip to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Valenzuela will remain aboard.

  • FTBOA Hosts Round Table on Strangles

    Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association officials said they are satisfied the strangles situation is being properly handled in Florida.

  • NTRA Promotion Mails $2.2 Million in Vouchers

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced today that vouchers worth a total $2.2 million, including a $1 million grand prize, have been mailed to more than 420,000 consumers as part of next week's NTRA Mystery Mutuel Voucher promotion. The vouchers are redeemable for cash April 9 at participating racetracks and OTBs. The voucher giveaway is the NTRA's 10th such promotion since August 2000.

  • Wire Me Collect Filly Tops Evangeline Downs Sale

    Gays Dream Girl, a daughter of the Clever Trick stallion Wire Me Collect, brought $44,000 to top the Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino 2-year-olds in training and paddock sale Sunday in Louisiana.

  • 'Rocky Has Blood Clot; Nominated to Lexington Stakes

    Trainer John Servis made a phone call Monday morning, a phone call he didn't really want to make. Servis called the Keeneland racing office to nominate Rockport Harbor to the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) scheduled for April 23 at the Lexington, Ky. track.

  • Sun King Has First Work at Churchill Downs

    Tracy Farmer's Sun King, winner of both his starts this year including the Tampa Bay Derby, breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 at Churchill Downs Monday in preparation for the April 16 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).

  • Keeneland to Offer Ten-Cent Superfecta Wager

    Bettors will be able to wager as little as 10 cents on superfectas during the upcoming Keeneland spring race meeting that opens April 8. The dime option will be available on all races in which a superfecta wager is offered. Previously, Keeneland's superfecta minimum was $1.

  • Mare in Foal to Redoute's Choice Tops Australian Sale's Second Day

    When is it all going to stop? Day two of the Australian William Inglis & Son broodmare sale came and went with another 196 moms passing through the ring. And once again the "Wonder from Down Under" -- the incomparable Redoute's Choice -- stamped himself all over it.

  • Down Home Boy Sets Pace for Texas Auction

    Down Home Boy, a son of <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1403432&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Valid Expectations</a>, breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 Sunday at Lone Star Park in preparation for the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Harvard Avenue and jockey Garrett Gomez come from behind to win the Potrero Grande Breeders&#39; Cup Handicap, Sunday at Santa Anita.

    O'Neill's Run Continues With Harvard Avenue

    Stablemate Perfect Moon ensured a blazing pace and late charging Harvard Avenue took care of the rest, winning the $200,000 Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for sprinters and capping a four-stakes weekend for hot trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Sweet Catomine gets in final work before Santa Anita Derby.

    Sweet Catomine Works Smoothly for SA Derby

    Champion Sweet Catomine was put through her final prep before she faces the boys for the first time in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), topping a Southen California work tab that included several of her rivals.

  • Lukas Pair Records Sharp Churchill Drills

    Consolidator, Going Wild and Bellamy Road – all considered to be major contenders for the $2 million Kentucky Derby (gr. I) – turned in sharp workouts on Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for their final preps for the 131st renewal of the "Run for the Roses" on May 7.

  • NY Detention Barn Plan Gets Mixed Reaction

    New York Racing Association officials are scrambling to finalize particulars for a detention barn, promised in time for the opening of the Belmont Spring meeting on May 4. Meanwhile, the reaction among horsemen has been mixed, with concerns over the inconvenience to trainers, staff, and horses.

  • Cee's Irish Gets Green in Sunland Oaks

    Merv Griffin's versatile Cee's Irish, ridden by Corey Nakatani, pulled away from her rivals at the head of the stretch in winning the $259,000 WinStar Sunland Oaks Saturday in virtually gate-to-wire fashion.

  • Sur La Tete Holds On in Carolina Cup 'Chase

    Kinross Farm's Sur La Tete took the lead on the final turn and held off a furious rally from Hirapour to win the $50,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup (NSA-III) at Springdale Race Course Saturday.

  • High Fly, with Jerry Bailey, wins Florida Derby.

    High Fly Ends Zito's Florida Derby Drought

    Blanked with his 16 previous starters, trainer Nick Zito finally won the Florida Derby (gr. I) when his heavily favored High Fly rolled to a confident victory for Jerry Bailey Saturday at Gulfstream Park.