Horse Racing News
With Rachel Alexandra pointed to return in next Saturday's New Orleans Ladies, the race is shaping up as an intimate affair, with five fillies or mares likely to run.
A shipper from Florida and a pair of fillies from Southern California have spiced up the Saturday stakes double at Oaklawn, where the Razorback Handicap and the Azeri will be run as preps for next month's Oaklawn Handicap and Apple Blossom Invitational.
Despite winning stakes on turf and dirt and holding his own against the likes of Jackson Bend last year, Bim Bam never really received the respect he deserved coming into his 3-year-old campaign.
The New York stewards have suspended trainer Cody Autrey 30 days and fined him $1,000 for the finding of a banned substance in one of his horses who raced at Aqueduct in December. Autrey has appealed the suspension and was granted a stay.
There is no shortage of big name 3-year-olds stabled at Gulfstream Park this winter. Three of them -- stablemates Noble's Promise and Beautician and Eclipse Award winner She Be Wild -- worked here on a frigid Friday morning.
Eightyfiveinafifty, who imploded as the 1-4 favorite in the Whirlaway Stakes on Feb. 6, returned to the work tab on Thursday, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.03 over the inner track. The move was the fastest of 11 at the distance.
Wall Street Wonder looked like a sprint star in the making when he romped to an 81/2-length victory in the Paumonok Stakes here on Jan. 23.
One would be hard-pressed to find the name of any of the 10 3-year-olds entered in Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on a top 20 list of Kentucky Derby candidates.
Summer Bird, the champion 3-year-old of 2009, has resumed training and jogged Wednesday and Thursday at Oaklawn Park, said his co-owner, K.K. Jayaraman.
Arson Squad, a graded stakes winner who has raced with the likes of Well Armed, Albertus Maximus, and Grasshopper in recent starts, looks for his first win since taking the Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup in October 2008.