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Red Sailed into the Sunset
Examining the family of Red Sunset for a look at why Thoroughbred families die.

Nyquist Wraps up Serious Derby Preparations
While he took slightly different approaches with the two horses, trainer Doug O'Neill is as pleased with Nyquist going into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as he was with I'll Have Another, who won the 2012 edition of the Louisville classic.

Triple Crown Training: American Cleopatra
Act IV, Presented by Fasig-Tipton: Meet American Cleopatra, the sister of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah currently in training at McKathan Brothers Training Center. More at

That Handicapping Show Kentucky Derby Preview
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr take a look at the Kentucky Derby field as we head into the final week. Claire is also joined by a very special guest! Sponsored by Equibase

Team Pharoah to Receive Preakness Merit Award
The Maryland Jockey Club April 29 said it will honor Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza?the connections of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah?with the Preakness Special Award of Merit May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast.

TCA Announces April Award of Merit Winners
The April winners are ReRun, Inc., Equine Encore Foundation, and the Foxie G Foundation. Each of the organizations is involved in Thoroughbred re-homing or retirement.

Scuderi Finds Success With Seeking the Silver
More than 24 hours after Paulassilverlining won her second graded stakes, the Distaff (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 17, owner and breeder Vincent Scuderi was still beaming.

Rodriguez to Ship Large String to Laurel
New York-based trainer Rudy Rodriguez plans to keep a large string of horses in Maryland this summer and visited Laurel Park the week of April 24 to check out his new surroundings.

Preparations Continue for Oaks Hopefuls
Several contenders for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) turned in works over a fast Churchill Downs main track April 29.

Outwork, Destin Turn in Final Derby Breezes
Pletcher said he is in a good place with his contenders coming into the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Olorda Front-Running Winner of Bewitch
German-bred Olorda has found new life racing on the lead, as evidenced by a gate-to-wire win the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 29, closing day of the spring meet at Keeneland.

NTRA Reports Positive Net Revenues
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced April 28 its board of directors had approved the association?s audited financial results for the fiscal year concluding Jan. 31, 2016, which showed positive net revenues.

Mohaymen Sitting on Go for Kentucky Derby
Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Mohaymen was clocked in splits of :12 3/5, :23 4/5, :and 35 2/5, with a five-furlong gallop out in 1:00 4/5. Shagaf also worked for Shadwell and trainer Chad Brown.

Le Havre colt a Guineas sale pinhook coup
A son of Le Havre stole the show late in the day April 29 at the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-up Sale at Park Paddocks, going to Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock for 300,000 guineas (US$ 460,310).

Laoban Works Toward Preakness ... or Derby
Trainer Eric Guillot was pleased with the morning performance by McCormick Racing and Southern Equine Stable's Laoban April 29 at Keeneland, as the grade III-placed Uncle Mo colt breezed six furlongs in 1:12 on a fast track under jockey Paco Lopez.

Lady Shipman Returns to U.S. In License Fee
Seven-time stakes winner Lady Shipman will look to build on her impressive resume when she headlines a field of seven in the $100,000 License Fee Stakes May 1 at Belmont Park.

Keeneland Ends With Handle, Attendance Gains
Keeneland concluded its spring meeting April 29 and reported gains in attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering.

Internet Poker Bill Advances in California
A bill that would legalize online poker, and also send $60 million a year in subsidies to the horse racing industry in California, passed unanimously through a state assembly committee April 27.

Horse Caucus Takes Testimony on Drug Bill
Members of the Congressional Horse Caucus April 28 discussed the pros and cons of legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication policy, testing, and enforcement.

Former Trainer Luby Dies at 71
Former trainer and Santa Anita Park stall manager Donn Luby died in his sleep April 26 from complications of cancer at the Life Care Center in Bridgeton, Mo. He was 71.

First Winner for Empire Way
Empire Way got his first winner April 29 when his son Dutt Bart, out of Applaud Dubai, by Essence of Dubai, won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Los Alamitos Race Course in his first start by 2 1/4 lengths.

First Winner for Caleb's Posse at Gulfstream
I Shod the Sheriff wins first time out gate to wire.

Fans Can Vote for Venezia Award Recipient
The Mike Venezia Memorial Award is presented each year to a jockey who demonstrates the extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship that defined its namesake, who won over 2,300 races.

Duley to be Honored for Preakness Photo
Jim Duley has been named recipient of the Jerry Frutkoff Memorial Award sponsored by Nikon, to be presented Thursday, May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course.

Delaware Park Names New Track Superintendent
Wilson begins his duties as the new track superintendent in early May, shortly before Delaware Park begins its 79th season of racing.

CDI Reports Productive First Quarter
In advance of what it anticipates will be another successful Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, Churchill Downs Inc. April 28 reported net income of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2016.

Busy Work Tab at Churchill for Derby Horses
With rain in the forecast for the weekend, many trainers of contenders for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) opted to get in their final works Friday, April 29, at Churchill Downs.

Ben's Cat Set for 10-Year-Old Debut
Ben Cat's is being pointed for the May 20 Jim McKay Turf Sprint, a race he's won four times, after his comeback in the Laurel Park allowance.

Belmont Re-accredited By Safety Alliance
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Belmont Park has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. The track kicks off its spring/summer meet April 29.

3 Kentucky Derby Longshots to Consider
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes three Kentucky Derby longshots.


Thoroughbred Jockeys' Leaderboard: Mount Earnings
1.   Javier Castellano $5,852,791
2.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. $5,567,715
3.   Jose L. Ortiz $5,498,689
4.   John Velazquez $4,816,579
5.   Forent Geroux $4,277,634
6.   Ricardo Santana, Jr. $4,078,009
7.   Luis Saez $3,885,081
8.   Kenrick Carmouche $3,597,086
9.   Rafael Bejarano $3,450,843
10.   Mario Gutierrez $3,427,623
As of 04/29/16
Thoroughbred Jockeys' Leaderboard: Wins
1.   Jose L. Ortiz 114
2.   Javier Castellano 108
3.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. 101
4.   Antonio Gallardo 95
5.   Albin Jimenez 90
6.   Russell Baze 88
7.   Florent Geroux 83
8.   Luis Saez 81
9.   Ricardo Santana, Jr. 80
10.   Daniel Centeno 79
As of 04/29/16
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Mount Earnings
1.   Rodrigo Vallejo $855,642
2.   Omar Reyes $594,468
3.   Agustin Silva $563,355
4.   Ricky Ramirez $491,636
5.   Ivan Carnero* $405,541
6.   Salvador Martinez $389,829
7.   Christian Esqueda $377,406
8.   Francisco Ramirez $374,550
9.   Raul Ramirez, Jr. $368,627
10.   Eduwin Lujan $363,014
As of 04/18/16
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Wins
1.   Rodrigo Vallejo 48
2.   Omar Reyes 38
3.   Eddi Emanuel Martinez* 31
4.   Antonio Alberto 28
5.   Cesar De Alba 26
6.   Luis A, Guerrero 26
7.   Jesus Ayala Rios* 25
8.   Agustin Silva 24
9.   Ivan Carnero* 24
10.   Christian Esqueda 24
As of 04/18/16

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