Horse Racing News
Kelly Breen likes how everything is shaping up for his multiple-stakes-winning filly Bickersons entering Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Cicada at Aqueduct. Everything, that is, except the forecast.
Ramon Dominguez said it doesn't feel all that long ago when he won his 1,000th career race. It was actually Oct. 8, 2001.
After running in nothing but Grade 1 stakes since last summer, Beautician will take a meaningful class drop Saturday when she starts her season in the Grade 3, $125,000 Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
At first glance, Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Inside Information at Gulfstream Park looks like a rematch among Kays and Jays, Tar Heel Mom, and Warbling, who were the first three across the wire here last month in the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie.
The Kentucky Derby is seven weeks away, but horseplayers will get a sneak peek at three of its highest-profile candidates when Lookin At Lucky, the champion 2-year-old of 2009, and Dublin and Noble's Promise meet Saturday in the Rebel at Oaklawn Park.
Conveyance already has won the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, and Lookin At Lucky was to go off favored in the Rebel Stakes there Saturday.
Soaring Empire, an impressive seven-furlong allowance winner here earlier in the meet, has tossed his hat in the ring for next Saturday's Grade 1 Florida Derby, said trainer Cam Gambolati.
Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta lead the list of 45 fillies and mares that have been nominated to the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Invitational at Oaklawn Park on April 9. If the two champions run in the mile and a eighth race, the purse will be worth $5 million.
Interactif, third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf last November, is among seven 3-year-olds entered in the $150,000 San Felipe Stakes on Saturday.
Claire Novak: Saturday's preps key to possible Rachel Alexandra-Zenyatta showdown in Oaklawn Park's Apple Blossom Handicap
This Saturday, in the 25 minutes it takes put on two races from paddock to finish line, Charles Cella will get the answer he's been looking for.