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Who Will Win the Derby Trial?
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Derby Trial Stakes.

That Handicapping Show: Derby Trial Stakes
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the Derby Trial Stakes that may hold a few Preakness contenders. Claire picked the winner of the Illinois Derby last week.

Tamarando Tries Turf in Snow Chief Stakes
Although his Derby Trail run ended with disappointment, grade I winner Tamarando has a chance to claim a lucrative consolation prize as the likely favorite in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes April 26 at Santa Anita Park.

TOBA Seminar
Trainers, owners, bloodstock agents and other Thoroughbred industry experts offered insights into ownership and training.

Stars of the Oaks: Blind Luck
The Blood-Horse and Glenye Cain Oakford catch up with 2010 Kentucky Oaks winner Blind Luck. Learn about life at Hill 'n' Dale Farm and view her Oaks race replay!

Spring in the Air Back to Sprint in Whimsical
The last time John Oxley's Spring in the Air dropped back to a sprint after a series of two-turn races, she won the seven-furlong Fury Stakes at Woodbine. She'll make her 2014 debut in the six-furlong Whimsical April 26.

Social Inclusion Breezes, Preakness Targeted
The Pioneerof the Nile colt breezed three furlongs in a swift :34.41 before galloping out four furlongs in :45 3/5 at Gulfstream Park April 24.

Seven Derby Hopefuls Bred Outside Kentucky
Likely Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite California Chrome will try to become the first California-bred to win the Louisville classic since Decidedly in 1962, but six other Derby hopefuls were also foaled outside of Kentucky.

Retired Racehorse Training Project Expands
Retired Racehorse Training Project, a charitable organization, announced the week of April 21 that its name will shrink while its work expands.

Redvers Buys Filly for DBS Breeze Sale Record
A filly by Darley sire Exceed And Excel brought a sale record price at the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales breeze-up auction April 24.

Records Fall at 'Phenomenal' OBS Spring Sale
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. closed out its spring sale of 2-year-olds in training with gusto April 24, establishing sale records for gross, average, and median price for the second straight year.

Proctor Sends Out Sharp Pair in Wilshire 'Cap
Trainer Tom Proctor heads into the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 27 on turf at Santa Anita Park with a pair of sharp recent allowance winners in Theatre Star and Premier Steps.

NBC Sports Group to Air Derby, Triple Crown
NBC Sports Group announced April 24 the schedule for its record 15 1/2 hours of programming for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the rest of its Triple Crown coverage.

Los Alamitos Derby to Carry $1 Million Bonus
Los Alamitos Racing Association, in partnership with the California-based insurance brokerage firm Bolton & Company, will offer a $1 million bonus tied to the new $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) July 5.

Light on 2-Year-Olds? Blame the Weather
A look at 2-year-old racing, stabling changes because of a surface change, and a strong program with Polytrack.

KY Oaks-Bound Fillies Work at Churchill
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I)-bound fillies Unbridled Forever, Sugar Shock, Aurelia's Belle, and Room Service all posted workouts at Churchill Downs the morning of April 24 in preparation for the "Run for the Lilies."

Itsmyluckyday Heads Best of the Rest Stakes
While preparing 2013 Preakness (gr. I) runner-up Itsmyluckyday for a start in the $75,000 Best of the Rest Stakes to be run April 26 at Gulfstream, trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. revisited last year's Triple Crown experience.

Inimitable Romanee Earns Upset Nod in Bewitch
Inimitable Romanee, given a patient ride by Alan Garcia, got up at the wire on the far outside to nip Aigue Marine for a 14-1 surprise in the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 24 on the Keeneland turf.

Genting Americas Bids for NY Casino License
Genting Americas said April 23 it is jumping into the increasingly crowded field to try to win a license to open a full-scale casino resort in New York state.

Debunking the Curse of Apollo?
How does racing at age 2 impact a horse's chances in the Kentucky Derby?

Day By Day
Jockey Pat Day reached the pinnacle of the sport during his 30-plus-year career, but for all his accomplishments on the racetrack, including a victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, he is best-known for his personal testimony.

Curlin, Bernardini Colts Top OBS Spring Sale
A pair of regally-bred colts by Curlin and Bernardini garnered the most attention at the third session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 23, each selling for $700,000.

Cloud Hanging Over Suffolk as Meet Nears
As Suffolk Downs prepares to open its 2014 meet May 3, a heavy cloud of uncertainty about the future of live racing hangs over the sole surviving Thoroughbred racetrack in New England.

Champion Steeplechaser Flatterer Dies at 35
Flatterer, a four-time champion Steeplechase horse and at 35, the oldest living Eclipse Award winner and Thoroughbred Hall of Famer, died April 24 at owner Bill Pape's My Way Farm near Unionville, Pa.

Cairo Prince Scheduled for Ankle Surgery
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin reports that Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Cairo Prince is slated to undergo surgery April 25 in Lexington and could return for a late summer/early autumn campaign.

CDI: Next Gaming Push in KY Likely for 2016
Churchill Downs Inc., which spent $600,000 in the first quarter of this year on another failed bid for casino gambling in Kentucky, believes the next opportunity to makes its case will come in 2016.

Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Expands
The Breeders' Cup Challenge series this year will consist of 73 automatic qualifying races into the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup World Championships, with 46 challenge races to be held in the U.S. and Canada.

Baffert Duo Has Derby Trial as Backup Plan
As usual, trainer Bob Baffert has the racing world hanging on his every move leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), even as he enters horses in the April 26 Derby Trial (gr. III).

Arizona Bill Legalizing ADW Sent to Governor
A bill that would allow legal advance deposit wagering in Arizona beat the legislative deadline in the early morning hours April 24 and has been sent to Gov. Jan Brewer for her signature.

40-Day Santa Anita Spring Meet Starts Friday
Santa Anita Park's first-ever spring meeting will get underway Friday, April 25, when the track will present an eight-race program with a twilight first post time of 3 p.m. PDT.

Jockeys' Leaderboard: Mount Earnings
1.   Javier Castellano $5,811,631
2.   Mike Smith $4,910,521
3.   Joel Rosario $4,707,067
4.   Rafael Bejarano $4,296,394
5.   Rosie Napravnik $4,169,134
6.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. $3,988,021
7.   Jose L. Ortiz $3,960,143
8.   Luis Saez $3,280,577
9.   Victor Espinoza* $3,110,398
10.   Corey Nakatani $2,977,101
As of 04/21/14
*non-Member
 
 
Jockeys' Leaderboard: Wins
1.   Javier Castellano 119
2.   Russell Baze 116
3.   Rosie Napravnik 92
4.   Antonio Gallardo 92
5.   Rafael Bejarano 87
6.   Ronnie Allen, Jr.* 86
7.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. 84
8.   Edgard Zayas 83
9.   Edgar Paucar* 81
10.   Trevor McCarthy* 79
As of 04/21/14
*non-Member
 
 
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Mount Earnings
1.   Omar Reyes $639,195
2.   Esgar Ramirez $638,329
3.   Jessie Lavario* $587,508
4.   Larry Gamez* $582,352
5.   G. R. Carter $534,061
6.   Jaime Parga Leos* $530,122
7.   Jimmy Dean Brooks $462,092
8.   Sergio Becerra* $448,679
9.   Alonso Rivera* $422,107
10.   Berkley Packer $400,021
As of 04/21/14
*non-Member
 
 
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Wins
1.   Jessie Levario* 45
2.   Omar Reyes 39
3.   John Hamilton 38
4.   Esgar Ramirez 32
5.   Alfonso Lujan 32
6.   Danny Lavergne 31
7.   Martin Rubalcava 29
8.   Cruz Mendez 29
9.   Donald Watson* 28
10.   David A. Alvarez* 27
As of 04/21/14
*non-Member
 
 

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