Horse Racing News by Jay Privman
The raw talent of Bodemeister was too much for his rivals on Saturday in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.
Corporate Jungle, who has blossomed this winter at Gulfstream Park, captured the Grade 3, $100,000 Appleton Stakes on Saturday in his stakes debut.
Take Charge Indy took charge from the start and outgamed a stubborn Reveron through the stretch to post a one-length victory in Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
The number of horses eligible to compete in Thoroughbred racing's coveted and elusive Triple Crown in 2012 has climbed to 418 after 20 promising three-year-olds were made eligible to compete during the late nomination period that concluded on Saturday.
Trainer Bob Baffert had a heart attack early Monday morning in Dubai and is resting comfortably in a hospital there after having stents inserted into two arteries, according to Bernie Schiappa, a co-owner of Game On Dude.
The Grade 2, $150,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for older turf horses, postponed from last Sunday owing to a dire weather forecast, is scheduled to be brought back this Sunday, with Slim Shadey heading up a likely field of six. David Flores has the mount.
In an unexpected development, the producers of the HBO series "Luck," which is set at Santa Anita, announced Wednesday afternoon that production of the show would be discontinued immediately.
Whether trainer John Servis will have his first Kentucky Derby starter since winning the race in 2004 with Smarty Jones could be determined over the next nine days.
One of the reasons Bob Baffert rose so quickly through the ranks of Thoroughbred trainers, all the way to the Hall of Fame, is that he relies so much on instincts.
Ron the Greek, taking advantage of a hot pace that sapped favored Ultimate Eagle, stormed down the center of the track and drew away for a 3 1/2-length victory in the Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap