Shared Belief Out With A Non-Displaced Hip Fracture

Shared Belief will be out for an undetermined amount of time with a non-displaced hip fracture

Shared Belief will be out for an undetermined amount of time with a non-displaced hip fracture

By Jim Charvat

A nuclear scan of Shared Belief performed Monday at a clinic near Charles Town revealed a non-displaced fracture in the colt’s right hip.

Jim Rome tweeting that Shared Belief is bright and alert and doing well and that the veterinarians suggest stall rest for the gelded son of Candy Ride. How long is not known and whether the rest is in lieu of any surgery.

Shared Belief stumbled coming out of the gate in Saturday’s Charles Town Classic. He made it to the second turn of the three-turn race before jockey Mike Smith decided he wasn’t traveling well and pulled him up. Rome credited Smith with preventing any further injury.   Read the rest of this entry >>

Indiana Grand Opens Its 2015 Meet Tuesday

Indiana Grand opens its 120-day race meet Tuesday in Shelbyville, Indiana

Indiana Grand opens its 120-day race meet Tuesday in Shelbyville, Indiana

Nine races will kick off the 13th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing Tuesday, April 21 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. A total of eight Thoroughbred races and one Quarter Horse race are scheduled for opening day, which begins at 2:05 p.m.

Indiana Grand will offer a new racing schedule in 2015, conducting racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons beginning at 2:05 p.m. Saturday night racing will begin at 6:05 p.m. and will be highlighted by numerous special events throughout the 120-day race meet, including the 21st running of the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby set for Saturday, July 18. Joining the Derby on the card will be five other stakes races, including the Grade II $200,000-added Indiana Oaks.    Read the rest of this entry >>

Racing UK: Rae Guest Talks About California Chrome

Cal Chrome-newmarket#2Racing UK put together a nice piece featuring Rae Guest, the man overseeing the day-to-day operations of California Chrome while he’s in England.

Click here to view new video of California Chrome

He gives some interesting insight into how he thinks ‘Chrome’ will handle the new surroundings and how the colt has been since arriving from Dubai.

We thought you might enjoy watching it.

 

Lava Man Hall of Fame Bound: Antley, Leatherbury and Xtra Heat Also Get In

Lava Man, winning the Goodwood in 2006, is now in the Hall of Fame

Lava Man, winning the Goodwood in 2006, is now in the Hall of Fame

Former Pacific Classic winner and record setting Cal-bred, Lava Man, has been voted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. Joining Lava Man this year are jockey Chris Antley, trainer King Leatherbury and racehorse Xtra Heat. The electees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion.

Lava Man (Slew City Slew—L’il Ms. Leonard, by Nostalgia’s Star) was bred in California by Lonnie Arterburn, Eve Kuhlmann and Kim Kuhlmann. Arterburn trained Lava Man until he was claimed during his 3-year-old season for $50,000 by trainer Doug O’Neill for STD Racing Stable and partner Jason Wood.

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Santa Anita Concludes Winter Meet With Improved Numbers

Shared Belief's victory over California Chrome was named Top Race of Santa Anita's Winter Meet

Shared Belief’s victory over California Chrome in the G2 San Antonio Stakes was named Top Race of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet

With scintillating performances by top older horse Shared Belief and Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund highlighting a 68-day run that started on Dec. 26, Santa Anita Park’s 2014-15 Winter Meet drew to a close Sunday, with the track posting a three percent increase in overall pari-mutuel handle and a four percent hike in on-track attendance.

Watch it Again: The G2 San Antonio 

With Dortmund, American Pharoah, Firing Line and others leading a talented Santa Anita-based contingent of 3-year-olds into the May 2 Kentucky Derby, expectations are running high, as the $1 million Santa Anita Derby has produced 17 winners of the Run for the Roses, including last year’s winner, California Chrome.

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Gulfstream Park to Begin Summer Meet Saturday, April 25th

Gulfstream Park kicks off its Summer Meet Saturday April 25th

Gulfstream Park kicks off its Summer Meet Saturday April 25th

Gulfstream Park begins it’s summer meet Saturday, April 25th with a record $4.7 million stakes schedule highlighted by the resurrected $1.025 million Summit of Speed, a record $2 million Florida Sire Stakes Series, and an inaugural Sire Stakes for 3-year-old Florida-breds worth $900,000.

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The schedule will feature five graded stakes starting Saturday, April 25 with the Miami Mile (G3) at a mile on the turf.

The Summit of Speed, highlighted by the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2), $250,000 Smile Sprint (G2), $150,000 Carry Back (G3) and $150,000 Azalea (G3), will be run Sunday, July 5. The series, which… Read the rest of this entry >>

Shared Belief Pulled Up in G2 Charles Town Classic; Moreno Wins Race

Shared Belief flies out of California for the first time Wednesday, heading east for the Charles Town Classic

Shared Belief suffered a stifle injury, possibly when he stumbled at the start of  the G2 Charles Town Classic

Update: Sunday morning 4/19/15

According to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Shared Belief woke up this morning with ” a little something bugging him in the right hind” but that he walked sound and “jogged down the road.”

Hollendorfer told DRF.com that they planned to do a full nuclear scan on Shared Belief at a clinic near Charles Town and that, regardless of the results, the colt will get time off.

Watch: Moreno win the Charles Town Classic

Back to our original story 9/18/15:

Moreno won the race but the story was Shared Belief, being pulled up on the backstretch. The 1-5 favorite stumbled out of the gate and was never in contact with the field, Mike Smith finally pulling-up the colt and dismounting. Shared Belief stood on all fours patiently… Read the rest of this entry >>

Hootenanny: B.C Juvenile Turf Winner Cruises in 2015 Debut at Keeneland

Hootenanny crushes a small four horse field in his 2015 debut at Keeneland

Hootenanny crushes a small four horse field in his 2015 debut at Keeneland

Update:

Hootenanny, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner, ran off to an easy victory over a small four horse field in his 2015 debut, an open allowance turf sprint at Keeneland Saturday. Ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Wesley Ward, Hootenanny sat close to the pace, pounced near the top of the lane, grabbed the lead in midstretch and drew off like a 1-9 shot.

But if Bottle Rocket got through on the rail, it may have been a closer race. Instead he was cut off by pace setter Jiggin Witit and lost all chance.

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One Lucky Dane Pulled Up After Workout, Off Derby Trail

One Lucky Dane injured his left leg during a workout Saturday and is off the Derby trail

One Lucky Dane injured his left leg during a workout Saturday and is off the Derby trail

Update:  11:43 PDT

Trainer Bob Baffert reports that x-rays showed the start of a condylar fracture in the left front of One Lucky Dane. He said they will insert two screws to stabilize the fracture and the colt will be out a minimum four months.

 

Back to our Original story by Jim Charvat

We have our first post Derby-preps defection.

Bob Baffert’s hopeful, One Lucky Dane, was pulled up in his work at Santa Anita Saturday… Read the rest of this entry >>

Busy Morning for Derby Horses Across the Country

Carpe Diem gets in his final work at Keeneland before leaving for Churchill Downs

Carpe Diem gets in his final work at Keeneland before leaving for Churchill Downs

By Jim Charvat

It was a busy morning Saturday for Kentucky Derby contenders with nine Derby horses working in five different locations. Some put in official works, others just got outside for some fresh air and a jog.

Carpe Diem worked before an enthusiastic crowd at Keeneland. Track announcer, Kurt Becker tweeted that fans lined up at the rail, snapped pictures and applauded when the Blue Grass winner came out on the track. With Johnny Velazquez aboard, he went 5-furlongs in 1:00.2. He’s expected to leave for Churchill some time this weekend.

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