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  • Coa Walks 'Miraculously' Out of Hospital

    After a Feb. 18 spill, Coa was completely paralyzed from the neck down. Quick action by surgeons and Coa's positive attitude led to a recover his neurosurgeons are calling 'miraculous.'

  • Distorted Humor Colt Tops Craven Sale

    A Kentucky-bred Distorted Humor colt topped the Tattersalls Craven breeze-up sale, commanding 320,000 guineas (approximately $546,525 in U.S. funds) on the second and final day of the auction in England.

  • TOBA Latest Group to Support Medication Ban

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association said April 14 it supports the recent proposal by the Association of Racing Commissioners International to develop a plan to eliminate the use of race-day medication.

  • Is Suffolk Partnership Sign Gaming Will Pass?

    Suffolk Downs has entered into what it terms a "strategic alliance" with Caesars Entertainment to bolster its chances of developing a destination resort casino should Massachusetts approved expanded gambling.

  • Biancone Hopes Wait's Over for Belle Watling

    Chilean Horse of the Year Belle Watling brings plenty of international flavor to the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 15, and trainer Patrick Biancone hopes it's the right time for her to show her true ability.

  • Sweet Goodbye finished 2nd in the 2010 Sugar Maple.

    Sweet Goodbye to Try Again in Sugar Maple

    William Harris' Sweet Goodbye, 11-for-20 lifetime and five-for-six at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, on April 16 will seek to capture what eluded her last year -- victory in the $250,000 Sugar Maple Stakes.

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    Dutrow Horse to Remain in Vinery Madison

    A judge has issued a temporary restraining order enjoining the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission from enforcing a license denial to trainer Rick Dutrow so that the horse Amen Hallelujah can compete in the Vinery Madison.

  • How to Bet: A Beginner's Guide

    Placing a bet on a thoroughbred horse race can sometimes seem like a daunting task. How do you figure out which horse to bet on? And once you do decide on a horse, what kind of wager should you make? Let The Blood-Horse, and help you with handicapping and betting your next race.

  • TVG's Late DDouble Show Back at Keeneland

    TVG's innovative Late DDouble show, which boosted handle in the late double wagering pool in its inaugural season in 2010, returns April 15 from Keeneland. The show will feature the Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IT).

  • Nicole H is the morning-line favorite in the Distaff Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Short Field for Distaff Handicap

    Led by 8-5 morning-line favorite Nicole H, a field of only five filly and mare sprinters will line up for the $150,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. II) April 16 at Aqueduct.

  • Dick's Picks: Blue Grass Is One Tough Race

    The evolution of the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass has resulted in quite a few turf horses coming this year, something that surely wasn't expected back when Keeneland switched from dirt to Polytrack.

  • THS: Arkansas Derby 2011

    Jason, Tom and Tim handicap the Arkansas Derby, Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, and a brief mention of the Charlestown Classic. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Arkansas Derby.

  • Santiva is the 3-1 morning-line choice in a wide-open Blue Grass.

    All 12 Can Make a Case in Blue Grass

    On paper, a decent case can be made for all dozen 3-year-olds entered in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), possibly opening the door for yet another outsider to jump into the Triple Crown mix.

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    Midnight Interlude is Late-Hour Derby Hopeful

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter<br />Another Danzig-line runner enters the 2011 Kentucky Derby picture as the previously unheralded Midnight Interlude annexes the Santa Anita Derby and looks toward Churchill Downs.

  • My Bashert Sizzles in OBS Under Tack Show

    My Bashert, a filly by With Distinction, worked a quarter mile in :20 3/5 April 13, posting the fastest time for the distance during the second session of the under tack show for the OBS spring juvenile sale.

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    Cozi Rosie Heads Well-Matched Santa Barbara

    Cozi Rosie is the 121-pound high weight in the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita April 16 following a terrific return to action in winning after an absence of nearly nine months.

  • Hollywood to Offer Pick 5 With 14% Takeout

    After receiving approval from the California Horse Racing Board and the Thoroughbred Owners of California, Hollywood Park will offer a reduced takeout Pick 5 on its wagering menu when the Spring/Summer meet begins April 21.

  • Eibar Coa

    Coa Will Leave Hospital on Thursday

    Jockey Eibar Coa, who suffered a severe spinal injury Feb. 18 in a spill at Gulfstream Park, will be discharged from Memorial Regional Hospital South on April 14, according to hospital spokesperson Marla Oxenhandler.

  • Compari makes his first start of 2011 in the San Simeon.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Grade II Winner Compari Returns in San Simeon

    On the sidelines since fading to fifth in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) last summer, Compari returns to action in the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Santa Anita hillside turf course April 16.

  • Game On Dude is 2 for 2 in 2011.

    Game On Dude Faces Nine in Loaded CT Classic

    An intriguing field of 10 head by Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Game On Dude has been entered for the $1 million Charles Town Classic (gr. III), the first graded stakes in the almost 80-year history of Charles Town.

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    Full Field for Keeneland's Jenny Wiley

    Grade I winner Gypsy's Warning will make her season debut as the 123-pound high weight in a full field of fillies and mares shooting for the $200,000 Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT) April 16 at Keeneland.