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  • Indiana Thoroughbred Season Kicks Off at 'Downs'

    Thoroughbred racing returns to Indiana April 15 when Indiana Downs hosts the first of 48 cards that will comprise its 2005 race meet. The Shelbyville racetrack will conduct live racing Tuesdays through Saturdays through June 18, a change from the 2004 schedule aimed at maximizing simulcast handle.

  • Gulfstream Apprentice Arce Gets First Win

    Apprentice jockey Josue' Arce, 19, a native of Puerto Rico, visited the winner's circle for the first time in his life at Gulfstream Wednesday, one year after arriving in South Florida in pursuit of a career as a jockey.

  • Pimlico Spring Meet Begins April 20

    Live racing on the Maryland circuit shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course April 20 for the spring meet. The headline event of the eight-week stand is the 130th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the middle jewel of the VISA Triple Crown, on May 21.

  • Valenzuela to Ride 'Model in Kentucky Oaks

    Naveed Chowhan's Runway Model, second by 10 ½ lengths to Sis City in Saturday's Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, will carry Southern California's leading jockey, Patrick Valenzuela when she heads postward next in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Madcap Escapade takes Vinery Madison on a rain-soaked afternoon at Keeneland.

    Madcap Escapade Splashes Home in Vinery Madison

    Bruce Lunsford's heavily favored Madcap Escapade stalked the early pace of the seven-furlong Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland Race Course before sweeping around the turn to grab Wednesday's $200,000 feature. Jerry Bailey was aboard for a muddy trip in 1:23.33 after quick early fractions of :21.59 and :43.75.

  • Emirates Airline to Sponsor Two Breeders' Cup Races

    The Breeders' Cup announced a major sponsorship deal Wednesday, with Emirates Airline stepping forward to become the first company to lend its name to two of the eight World Thoroughbred Championship events.

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Horses

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy might be most easily recognized as the technology used to treat the "bends" or decompression sickness in divers.

  • Blues and Royals moves to head of the class with UAE Derby win.

    Pedigree Profile: Blues and Royals

    It is a long way in distance from Dubai to Churchill Downs. And it is a long way in time since a horse from the line of Man o' War took the Derby roses, the last being War Admiral in 1937. But if a fleet bay colt named Blues and Royals has his way, both long journeys will end in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners' circle on May 7.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Stacked Deck

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Only one trainer in the modern era of Thoroughbred racing--D. Wayne Lukas--has started more horses in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) than Nick Zito. Beginning with Thirty Six Red in 1990, Zito has sent 14 horses postward in the Run for the Roses. Two of them have won: Strike the Gold in 1991 and Go for Gin in 1994. He's sitting in the catbird seat with as many as five potential contenders for the 2005 Kentucky Derby.

  • Triple Threat

    <i>By John Angelo</i> - My wife, Lorrie, and I have danced the same dance every spring for the decade we've been together. She discovers me late one night with the VCR remote in hand watching "The Life and Times of Secretariat" or "Jewels of the Triple Crown."

  • New York Gov. George Pataki.

    Pataki Approves VLT Bill More Beneficial to Tracks

    A measure to increase the share of video lottery terminal revenue for New York racetracks, as well as jump-start the long-stalled VLT casinos at Aqueduct and Yonkers Raceway, has been given final approval by Gov. George Pataki.

  • Planning Board Postpones Fair Grounds Vote

    The New Orleans Planning Commission has postponed for a month a decision on a proposal by Churchill Downs Inc. to install up to 700 slot machines at Fair Grounds.

  • Canadian Broodmare of the Year Primarily Dead

    Primarily, the 2000 Canadian Broodmare of the Year, died March 30 in a field from injuries sustained in a fall at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Versailles, Ky.

  • Marty Wygod, owner of Sweet Catomine.

    Wygod Denies CHRB Charges

    Embattled owner Marty Wygod fired back Tuesday at the complaints filed against him by the California Horse Racing Board concerning events around Sweet Catomine's run in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) last Saturday.

  • Turfway Park Meet Results Mixed

    Turfway Park closed its four-month Winter/Spring Meet April 7 with mixed results, as on-track handle held steady but off-track wagering slipped compared to the same period last year.

  • Toyota Blue Grass Stakes Post Position Draw Moved Inside

    Keeneland has moved Wednesday's post position draw for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), to be contested over 1 1/8 miles Saturday, from the paddock to inside the sales pavilion due to expected inclement weather.

  • Mr Sword Tunes Up for Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

    Mr Sword tuned up for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland with a five-furlong breeze Tuesday morning over the Central Kentucky oval. The Jennifer Pedersen-trainee got the distance in :57 4/5.

  • In the Gold Heads Small Beaumont Field

    In the Gold, who just missed in her last start and before that ran into the buzz saw known as Sis City, should be the favorite in a short field Thursday in Keeneland's Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II).

  • NTRA's Van Clief and Avioli to Address Kentucky Farm Managers

    National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Commissioner D.G.Van Clief Jr. will address the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club's (KTFMC) monthly meeting May 3 at the Crowne Plaza in Lexington. In addition to an update from Van Clief on the NTRA, Greg Avioli will discuss racing industry legislation.

  • Giant's Causeway's Fee Upped to $200,000

    Giant's Causeway, whose son Noble Causeway is one of the top Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders, has had his stud fee boosted to $200,000 from $150,000.

  • ReRun Art Show and Benefit Auction to be Held May 5-8

    ReRun announces the 2005 Equine Art Classic Gallery Show and ReRun Benefit Art Auction to be held at The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Louisville, Ky., May 5 -May 8. The auction will open at 10 a.m. May 5.

  • &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004&quot;target=&quot;_blank;&quot;&gt;Bellamy Road&lt;/a&gt;, impressive in Wood Memorial victory.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: A Road Less Traveled

    There was no one on Bellamy Road (also known as the Aqueduct stretch on Saturday) except one lone traveler who cruised along in isolated splendor as if out for an afternoon joy ride. But the Wood Memorial (gr. I) was not the only big race last weekend, despite what one may think of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

  • CHRB Files Complaints Against Owner, Van Driver

    The California Horse Racing Board filed complaints Monday against Martin J. Wygod, the owner of Sweet Catomine, and a racehorse transport driver after determining the champion filly was falsely identified to the stable gate guard as a "pony" when she left Santa Anita at 3 a.m. April 4 for special medical treatment and again when she returned to the stable area the following night.

  • Sweet Catomine, will now be trained by John Shirreffs.

    Sweet Catomine, Other Wygod Horses Sent to Trainer Shirreffs

    In continuing fallout from the weekend loss by champion Sweet Catomine in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), four or five horses previously trained by Julio Canani for owners Marty and Pam Wygod are being transferred to trainer John Shirreffs.

  • Groom Elite Program to be Offered in Kentucky

    This spring, Churchill Downs and the Klein Family Learning Center/WinStar Library and Classrooms (Learning Center) will offer The Groom Elite ™ Program, which has never been offered in Kentucky. The program, which can host 30 grooms at a time, will begin May 10. The program is free to students and is sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

  • TVG, NTRA, and Race for Education Team Up for Internship Program

    Television Games Network (TVG), the Race For Education and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) have joined forces to offer a three-month summer internship with TVG's Production Department in Los Angeles for a college junior or senior (as of Fall 2005) studying broadcasting or journalism.

  • Sis City is strong favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks.

    Sis City Shoots to Top of Oaks Odds at 5-2

    A 10 ½-length romp in Saturday's Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland made Sis City a strong 5-2 favorite to win the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on May 6 in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager that closed on Sunday evening.

  • &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004&quot;target=&quot;_blank;&quot;&gt;Runaway Wood Memorial winner Bellamy Road is favorite in final pool.&lt;/a&gt;

    Bellamy Road Made 3-1 Favorite for Roses

    On the strength of his 17 1/2-length victory in Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road emerged from a record-smashing third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager as a strong 3-1 favorite to win the famed "Run for the Roses" on May 7.

  • Elusive Diva and jockey Patrick Valenzuela take the Las Cienagas Handicap.

    'Diva Proves Elusive Las Cienegas Target

    Elusive Diva won her second stakes on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita this meeting, shooting through an opening at the head of the stretch and drawing off to a four-length victory in the $111,100 Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT) in stakes-record time.