Horse Racing News
Trainer Bruce Levine has all but ruled out any chance of making the Grade 1 Florida Derby here on March 20 with Buddy's Saint and will now focus on using the Grade 1 Wood Memorial two weeks later at Aqueduct for his 3-year-old's final Kentucky Derby prep.
Presious Passion has already received his invitation to the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic.
Jockey Martin Garcia has seen enough.
Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra was back at work Wednesday morning at Fair Grounds, where she breezed six furlongs in 1:14, her longest work of 2010, and another significant step toward her intended comeback race on March 13 in New Orleans.
There were only two questions for the average racing fan to ask last Saturday in the wake of Caracortado's upset victory under jockey Paul Atkinson in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.
While many of the leading Kentucky Derby candidates stabled in south Florida ran here Saturday afternoon, another member of that elite group, Noble's Promise, did his major work earlier that morning.
Zenyatta breezed six furlongs in 1:14 at Hollywood Park on Thursday, leaving trainer John Shirreffs with glowing compliments about the condition of his unbeaten champion.
The Louisiana Handicap on Jan. 23 essentially ended about 24.60 seconds after it began. That was the posted first quarter-mile split in the 1 1/16-mile dirt race, and out on the track, Friesan Fire was loping along by his lonesome.
There was a spring in the step of trainer Jonathan Sheppard in the Gulfstream Park stable area on Friday morning.
The Safety and Integrity Alliance of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has accredited Golden Gate Fields in Northern California, the organization announced on Thursday.