Horse Racing News
Recent Grade 1 winners Hymn Book and Ron the Greek head a strong field of eight for the $400,000 Oaklawn Handicap April 14 at Oaklawn Park.
Patrick Valenzuela has announced his latest comeback through agent Tom Knust, saying he plans to return to race riding at Betfair Hollywood Park April 26.
Groupie Doll, who barely missed in the Lexus Raven Run last fall at Keeneland, broke through in a big way April 12 when she returned to Lexington to win the $300,000 Vinery Madison by three lengths.
Trainer Bob Baffert looks to continue his strong run of recent success at Oaklawn Park when he saddles Bodemeister and Secret Circle, the morning line favorites for the $1 million Arkansas Derby April 14.
Hansen is the top draw among a field of 13 entered in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, but the popular near-white colt faces strong competition as many in the field have something to prove.
New owner with deep pockets raises hopes as spring meet commences
Hronis Racing's Lady of Shamrock turned on the afterburners through the stretch of Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Providencia at Santa Anita.
Done Talking likely punched his Kentucky Derby ticket with an upset in Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has reached 5,000 career victories, winning aboard Amazombie in the $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes at Santa Anita.
Jackson Bend, the longest shot in the field, held off a flying even-money choice Caleb's Posse by a nose in the final strides to prevail in the $400,000 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack April 7.