Handicapping

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  • Trinniberg blitzes rivals in Swale

    Shivananda Parbhoo's Trinniberg is a colt to be reckoned with in the major three-year-old sprints later this year after an impressive 2012 debut in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/swale12.pdf">Swale</a> at Gulfstream Park. Making his first start since November and racing without blinkers for the first time, the son of Teuflesberg assumed command at the start, led by a length through splits of :22 3/5 and :45, and exploded through the stretch to win by six lengths under Willie Martinez. Final time for seven furlongs over a fast track was a sharp 1:21 3/5. Trinniberg, sent off at 7-1, returned $17.20, $9.60 and $6.40.

  • Capponi surprises in Maktoum Challenge

    Ahmed Ajtebi picked up the mount as Godolphin's other associated riders piloted more accomplished entrants. Frankie Dettori, who had ridden Capponi in all three of his starts this season, got off to partner Prince Bishop for Saeed bin Suroor, who also sent out Mendip with Kieren Fallon. Al Zarooni saddled two other contenders -- Monterosso, piloted by Mickael Barzalona, and Biondetti, who drew in from the also-eligible list with Silvestre de Sousa. But none of them threatened Capponi.

  • Master of Hounds steals Jebel Hatta

    In the early going, Master of Hounds was tracked by Secrecy, Pisco Sour and Derbaas, and City Style was also well placed in fifth. The same could not be said of several major contenders, including Master of Hounds' stablemates, River Jetez and Mutahadee. Christophe Soumillon, who got off Master of Hounds to ride Mutahadee, anchored him near the tail of the field. River Jetez was almost as far back. Defending Jebel Hatta champion Wigmore Hall was likewise in a poor position, and reigning Duty Free hero Presvis lagged in last after his habitual slow start.

  • Zagora zooms home in Hillsborough

    Zagora was given a textbook ride by regular pilot Javier Castellano. The odds-on choice was reserved in sixth early, six lengths off the pace established by 96-1 longshot Megaspiel through fractions of :23 2/5 and :47 1/5. Unbridled Humor stalked in second, followed by Sea Level Drive and Federation. Zagora commenced her move entering the far turn, cutting her deficit to just 2 1/2 lengths when the leader reached six furlongs in 1:11 2/5.

  • Agave Kiss flies home in Cicada

    Despite an initial early challenge in Saturday's Grade 3, $147,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cicada12.pdf">Cicada Stakes</a>, Agave Kiss easily ran away with the six-furlong contest to move her career record to a perfect four-for-four under jockey Ryan Curatolo. The Rudy Rodriguez trainee was made the 1-4 prohibitive favorite by the betting public and delivered when crossing under the wire three lengths the best.

  • Shackleford targeting Carter

    Preakness winner Shackleford will be among the star studded cast of horses lining up for the Grade 1, $400,000 Carter on Wood Memorial Day at Aqueduct on April 7.

  • Take Charge Indy to scratch from Tampa Bay Derby

    Take Charge Indy, the 3-1 second choice on the morning line for Saturday's Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby, will be scratched from the race and point instead to the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 31. Trainer Pat Byrne confirmed the change in plans to <i>Daily Racing Form</i> on Friday.

  • Van Berg to serve as auctioneer at Perrodin fundraiser

    When the devastating news came out that jockey E.J. &quot;Tee Joe&quot; Perrodin was diagnosed with brain cancer just days after retiring from the saddle -- and that Fair Grounds would be hosting a charitable crawfish boil on March 20 to benefit the popular rider's family -- one of the first people to volunteer his services at the upcoming event was Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, who will be returning to New Orleans that afternoon as an auctioneer.

  • Derby, Oaks advance ticket prices remain the same; walk-up prices increase

    There will be no change in the price of general admission tickets for the 138th runnings of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks if tickets are purchased online and in advance of those events, but the ticket price will be higher for walk-up purchases at admission gates on those respective days.

  • Southwest winners to work for possible Rebel showdown

    With a stable full of Kentucky Derby contenders, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is juggling talented three-year-olds every weekend, but he's counting on the strong performances by Secret Circle and Castaway in their split divisions of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes to help him decide to whether to send them both back for the Grade 2, $500,000 Rebel at Oaklawn Park March 17.

  • The Jockey Club Foundation renamed Safety Net Foundation

    The Jockey Club Foundation, a charitable trust that assists needy individuals throughout the Thoroughbred racing industry, has been renamed <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tjcfoundation.org">The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation</a>, effective immediately.

  • Monmouth, Meadowlands announce racing dates

    Live racing will return to Monmouth Park on May 12, it was announced Thursday by the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NJTHA). With a lease from the New Jersey Sports &amp; Exposition Authority (NJSEA) to the NJTHA expected in early May, the latter will take the operational helm at the historic racetrack for this year's 67th season of racing.

  • Oaklawn increases purses again

    The good fortune continues at Oaklawn with racing and Instant Racing/gaming both seeing double-digit increases in February and as a result, the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track is announcing the third purse increase of the meet effective with Friday's nine-race card. In addition, the purses for the four remaining Arkansas-bred stakes -- the Rainbow, the Rainbow Miss and both divisions of the Arkansas Breeders' -- will be increased from $50,000 to $60,000.

  • Zenyatta foals Bernardini colt

    Superstar Zenyatta produced her first foal, a bay colt by Bernardini, Thursday evening at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky. Owners Jerry and Ann Moss were on hand to witness the foaling at approximately 10:10 p.m. (EST).

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Inaugural 'Steeplechase Festival at Saratoga' scheduled for September

    The Saratoga Springs community will celebrate its legendary relationship with Thoroughbreds at the inaugural Steeplechase Festival at Saratoga, a day of racing and spirited activities set for September 15. Proceeds from the first annual Steeplechase Festival at Saratoga will benefit both local and equine charities.

  • On Fire Baby, Grace Hall among 94 Kentucky Oaks nominees

    A strong mix of accomplished stars headed by major stakes performers Grace Hall and On Fire Baby and exciting newcomers led by the Bob Baffert-trained trio of Eden's Moon, Princess Arabella and Mamma Kimbo comprise the list of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/2012oaksnoms.pdf">94 three-year-old fillies nominated</a> to compete in the 138th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks on May 4 at Churchill Downs.

  • On Fire Baby seeks sweet score in Honeybee

    On Fire Baby will return to the distaff ranks on Saturday when she faces seven rivals in Oaklawn Park's Grade 3, $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/honeybee12.html"> Honeybee Stakes</a> going 1 1/16 miles. The dual Grade 2 heroine, who is nominated to both the Triple Crown races and Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, could use the race as a springboard to either the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby against the boys or stay with the fillies in the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes.

  • Strong field of six entered for Razorback

    It Happened Again will need to elevate his game if he wants to defend the crown he won last year in the Grade 3, $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/razorback12.html"> Razorback Handicap</a>, but the gelding's new trainer, Chris Richard, thinks he is positioned to pull it off.

  • Camelot heads 143 early entries for Epsom Derby

    Last season's Group 1 Racing Post Trophy winner Camelot heads the 143 three-year-olds going forward for this year's Group Epsom Derby following the first scratchings deadline, details of which were revealed Thursday.

  • Churchill continues 'Pink Out,' welcomes Stand Up To Cancer on Oaks Day

    Churchill Downs Racetrack will be aglow in pink again for the 138th running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks -- America's premier race for three-year-old fillies on May 4 and annual celebration of food, fashion and fun -- as the springtime event welcomes a new beneficiary in Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) to raise vital funds and awareness for cancer research.

  • Heitzmann completes marathon for Remember Me Rescue

    Carmel Heitzmann, once a flight attendant for Emirates Airlines but in more recent times the stable foreman for her trainer-husband Eric Heitzmann at Fair Grounds, successfully completed a journey on foot around the Crescent City last Sunday by finishing the New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in four hours and 32 minutes.

  • Jackson Bend, Mucho Macho Man highlight Gulfstream Park Handicap

    Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gphcp12">Gulfstream Park Handicap </a>lost an expected top contender when Grade 1 winner Boys at Tosconova was not entered, but the one-turn mile event still features a dynamite field of six that includes Jackson Bend and Mucho Macho Man.

  • Baffert duo highlights talent-laden San Felipe

    A field of 10 sophomores has been entered to go 1 1/16 miles in the Grade 2, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sanfelipe12.html">San Felipe Stakes</a> at Santa Anita on Saturday, and trainer Bob Baffert holds a powerful hand in the form of Liaison and Bodemeister.

  • Ever So Lucky, Motor City return in Swale

    Ever So Lucky and Motor City established themselves as three-year-olds to watch at Churchill Downs last fall and both will launch their highly-anticipated sophomore campaigns Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/swale12">Swale Stakes </a>at Gulfstream Park. A total of 10 runners are entered, but the seven-furlong test will be lacking Thunder Moccasin, a good-looking winner of the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes on February 11.

  • Kentucky Derby Report

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  • Tampa Bay Derby attracts a dozen

    A clear second to subsequent Grade 2 Risen Star winner El Padrino in a January 29 allowance at Gulfstream Park, Take Charge Indy could also make a successful jump into the winner's circle against graded company when he takes on 11 rivals in Saturday's Grade 2, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/tamderby12">Tampa Bay Derby</a>.

  • Early entries announced for Two Thousand, One Thousand Guineas

    Entries were unveiled Wednesday for the opening two classics of the 2012 European flat season, the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas and Group 1 One Thousand Guineas, both of which take place on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket during the first weekend in May.

  • Hansen to school at Turfway Park on Friday

    Eclipse champion and Kentucky Derby contender Hansen will school in the paddock at Turfway Park on Friday evening between the 6TH and 7TH races, according to the colt's breeder and majority owner, Dr. Kendall Hansen.

  • Santa Anita Notebook

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  • Jordan, Bush promoted at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs Racetrack has looked within its organization to fill a pair of key positions on its team by naming Ryan Jordan to the post of General Manager and promoting Greg Bush to Vice President, Operations at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby.

  • Aqueduct Notebook

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  • Havre de Grace works in company with Joyful Victory

    Twelve days in advance of her 2012 debut in the $150,000 New Orleans Ladies on March 17, reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace worked six furlongs in company with stablemate Joyful Victory in 1:11 2/5, breezing, at Fair Grounds on Monday morning.

  • Out of Bounds off Derby trail with condylar fracture

    Grade 3 Sham Stakes hero Out of Bounds, who fired a bullet work at Hollywood Park on Monday, exited the impressive move with an injury that has knocked him off the Triple Crown trail, <i>Daily Racing Form</i> reports.

  • Hansen to train at Turfway for Wood

    The 2011 juvenile champion emerged from Aqueduct Racetrack's 1 1/16-mile Gotham in good order, said trainer Michael Maker's assistant, Nelson Donis.

  • Soldat returns triumphant on Gulfstream turf

    Soldat continued the recent trend of 2011 Kentucky Derby runners making a big impression in their four-year-old debuts. Derby hero Animal Kingdom captured a similar Gulfstream turf test on February 19; Derby runner-up Nehro crushed an optional claimer at Fair Grounds February 25; Derby third Mucho Macho Man beat subsequent Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap winner Ron the Greek in the January 28 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic; and Pants on Fire just romped in an optional claimer at Gulfstream on Saturday.

  • Amie's Dini blazes bullet in advance of Honeybee

    Martha Washington Stakes winner Amie's Dini showed she's ready for a showdown in the Grade 3, $125,000 Honeybee Stakes with fellow top filly On Fire Baby with a quick half-mile breeze Sunday at Oaklawn Park.

  • I'll Have Another blitzes six furlongs in 1:10

    With jockey Mario Gutierrez in the irons, I'll Have Another was on the muscle while ambling and jogging alongside Lava Man. The popular 11-year-old gelding, a two-time winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in his glory days, escorted his young companion until the time came for him to break away for his work.

  • Willyconker turns the tables to conquer Kilroe

    Unlike the Arcadia, where Willyconker rallied too late, the Irish-bred gelding enjoyed a better tactical position for new rider Joel Rosario. Jimmy Simms carved out splits of :23, :46 4/5 and 1:10 3/5, with Compari in close attendance, and Willyconker well placed in third. Jeranimo was anchored in midpack, but Mr. Commons was unhurried near the tail of the field.

  • Ron the Greek conquers Big 'Cap

    Wachtel Stable, Brous Stable and breeder Jack T. Hammer's Ron the Greek bided his time as 2-1 favorite Ultimate Eagle set suicidal fractions on the front end of Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bigcap12.pdf">Santa Anita Handicap</a> before putting in a furious rally down the center of the track to take the prestigious event by 3 1/2 lengths.

  • Eden's Moon survives objection for Las Virgenes win

    Eden's Moon was an easy winner of Saturday's $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lasvirgenes12.pdf">Las Virgenes Stakes</a> at Santa Anita Park, but the talented bay miss had to survive an objection lodged by runner-up Reneesgotzip's trainer before she could give owner Kaleem Shah his first Grade 1 victory.

  • State of Play guts out Battaglia win

    A smart ride and grit at the wire made Team Valor International's State of Play best by a head in Saturday's $75,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/johnbattaglia12.pdf"> John Battaglia Memorial Stakes</a> at Turfway Park. The Graham Motion trainee ran 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack in 1:46 2/5 to return to the winner's circle under jockey Victor Lebron.

  • Doubles Partner aces Canadian Turf off layoff

    Doubles Partner had not raced since his third-place finish in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day. The Grade 2 veteran was dispatched as the 7-2 third choice, with Juddmonte's French Group 1 winner Mutual Trust garnering second choice status at 3-1.

  • Hansen rebounds with strong Gotham win

    Any suggestion that Hansen was a mere a one-dimensional speedball proved unfounded in Saturday's Grade 3, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gotham12.pdf">Gotham</a> at Aqueduct, as last year's juvenile colt champion overcame an outside post, a wide journey into the clubhouse turn, and having a little dirt kicked in his face for the first time to register an emphatic three-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile inner dirt event.

  • Calibrachoa hangs on over Caleb's Posse in Tom Fool

    Despite possessing a perfect four-for-four mark over Aqueduct's inner dirt leading into Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/tomfool12.pdf">Tom Fool Handicap</a>, Mike Repole's Calibrachoa was let go at a nifty 7-2 going up against the likes of multiple Grade 1 winner Caleb's Posse and the imposing stakes newbie Emcee. Calibrachoa's loyal backers were rewarded when the five-year-old earned his second consecutive Tom Fool triumph, gutting out a neck victory over a fast-charging Caleb's Posse in the six-furlong contest over a tiring surface labeled good.