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Comebacking Wicked Halo Tops Matareya in Matron

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Wicked Halo was back in the winner's circle after an impressive victory in the March 31 inaugural six-furlong $250,000 Matron Stakes.

Albaugh Stable Doubles Its Pleasure in Grade 1 Preps

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
On April 1, Jason Loutsch and Dennis Albaugh will be in different parts of the racing world, each watching one of their 3-year-olds in a major grade 1 Kentucky Derby (G1) prep.

Derby-Winning Jockey Elliott Notches 5,500th Victory

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
There are very few, if any, athletes still at the top of their game at the age of 58, but veteran jockey Stewart Elliott has shown, year after year, that age is just a number.

Selman, Davis Join Ed Brown Scholars-Fellows Program

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
The Ed Brown Society has announced the second cohort of 1/ST interns placed through the Ed Brown Scholars-Fellows program. The interns for the 1/ST Spring 2023 cohort are Zaharia Selman and Shaska Davis.

Kimura to Team With Mandarin Hero in Santa Anita Derby

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
Japanese import Mandarin Hero, who has traveled to the U.S. to race in the April 8 Santa Anita Derby (G1), arrived his barn at Santa Anita March 31 after spending the previous two days at a quarantine facility near Los Angeles International Airport.

Kentucky Tracks Excited to Offer Sports Wagering

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
The new Turfway Park features a spectacular sports bar with plenty of televisions and a ticker that constantly updates sports scores. It was built with an eye toward Kentucky some day approving sports wagering. That day arrived March 30.

Judge Sides With OHBPA in $2.7M Belterra VLT Dispute

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
In a March 30 ruling, a federal judge granted a motion for summary judgment "for conversion and unjust enrichment" in the Ohio HBPA's long-running lawsuit over gaming revenues with the operators of Belterra Park.

Nature Strip, Giga Kick Meet Again in TJ Smith

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
World-class sprinter Nature Strip is set to produce a big performance as he bids to score a fourth consecutive success in the April 1 TJ Smith Stakes (G1) according to his managing owner Rod Lyons.

Osaka Hai Has Familiar Names but a History of Upsets

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
While there are some familiar names in the April 2 Osaka Hai, history teaches it pays to look beyond the marquee in this event.

Heating Up on the Triple Crown Trail

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
Profiles of Derma Sotogake, Kingsbarns, and Two Phil's

Fletcher is Derby Dreaming in Home State of Arkansas

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
Frank Fletcher still has Derby fever, but it's not the Kentucky kind.

First Captain Set for 5-Year-Old Debut in Ghostzapper

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm, Bobby Flay, and Woodford Racing's multiple graded stakes winner First Captain, unraced since late October, is set to make his 5-year-old debut in the April 1 $150,000 Ghostzapper Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Rebel Runners Aim for Better Outcome in Arkansas Derby

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
Two Rebel Stakes (G2) participants that came up just short in the 1 1/16-mile race Feb. 25 at Oaklawn Park are looking for a change in fortune April 1 in the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1).

Keeneland's 15-Day Spring Meet Begins April 7

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
The Spring Meet will present 19 stakes, including five grade 1s.

Du Jour, Earls Rock Meet Again in American Stakes

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
Fresh off what appeared to be the best race of his career, Du Jour retains the riding services of European legend Frankie Dettori and heads a field of six older horses going one mile on turf in the $100,000 American Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.

HIWU Calls Attention to Dietary Supplement Regulations

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
HIWU advises that a positive test from the presence of a prohibited substance in a supplement, whether or not it was properly labeled, will be prosecuted by HIWU as ADMC Program violations.

Kathleen O. Returns to New York for Top Flight

Blood-Horse - 42 min 51 sec ago
Winngate Stables’ dual graded-stakes winner Kathleen O. will make the second start of her 4-year-old campaign April 2 in the $100,000 Top Flight Stakes, a 1 1/8 main track test for older fillies and mares at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Wicked Halo Storms To Matron S. Win At Oaklawn

Thoroughbred Daily News - 2 hours 48 min ago

Despite inclement weather in the Hot Springs area on Friday afternoon, Wicked Halo (Gun Runner) returned to action off the break and won the inaugural running of the Matron S. over a wet track with Tyler Gaffalione in-town to ride for the weekend. The 4-year-old filly was making her first start of the year for trainer Steve Asmussen after she ran third in the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Keeneland Nov. 5.

Prior to that, the classy sprinter strung together a number of stakes victories starting as a juvenile in the GII Adirondack S. at Saratoga Aug. 8 of that year. As a 3-year-old, Wicked Halo won four in-a-row starting at Churchill Downs June 12 in the Leslie's Lady Overnight S. and then in the Tepin S. July 2. She then stepped up to declare victory in the GII Prioress S. at Saratoga Sept. 2 and in the GII Lexus Raven Run S. Oct. 22.

After a trio of scratches, the even-money favorite in this comeback spot was content to settle in third, as Pretty Birdie (Bird Song) and I'm the Boss of Me (Midshipman) tore through the early fractions at :21.15 for the first quarter mile. Around the far turn as rival on the tote Matareya (Pioneerof the Nile) hugged the fence, the gray filly took the overland route and down the lane challenged the 3-2 shot to her outside. With a powerful late kick, she passed the Brad Cox trainee to win by 1 3/4 length.

“Talented group of mares and the exciting part is for her to come back running that fast,” said Steve Asmussen. “She finished off the year in spectacular fashion. I think she had four stakes wins and then was third in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. She got a little break off that. For her to come back and beat a filly the quality of Matayera in such a competitive fashion is very exciting.”

The winner's dam Just Wicked out of Wicked Deed (Harlan's Holiday), also successful in the Adirondack S. in Saratoga Springs, is a full-sister to GSW My Miss Lilly. Wicked Halo is bred on the same Gun Runner and Tapit cross as GISW Society and MGSP Red Route One, who will contest the GI Arkansas Derby on Saturday. Recent siblings include a 3-year-old full-brother named Wicked Again, a yearling full-sister and her dam just foaled another colt by Gun Runner.

MATRON S., $250,000, Oaklawn, 3-31, 4yo/up, f/m, 6f,
1:09.31, my.
1–WICKED HALO, 117, f, 4, Gun Runner–Just Wicked (GSW,
   $208,460), by Tapit. O/B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY);
T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Tyler Gaffalione. $162,500. Lifetime
Record: MGSW, 12-7-0-4, $1,032,700.
2–Matareya, 117, f, 4, Pioneerof the Nile–Innovative Idea, by
Bernardini. O/B-Godolphin (KY); T-Brad H. Cox. $50,000.
3–I'm the Boss of Me, 117, m, 5, Midshipman–Glory Park, by
Deputy Commander. ($47,000 Ylg '19 KEESEP). O-Danny
Brown, Charis Brenneman and Greg Compton; B-Edward A.
Seltzer (KY); T-Greg Compton. $25,000.
Margins: 3/4, 6 3/4, 12HF. Odds: 1.00, 1.50, 12.60.
Also Ran: Pretty Birdie. Scratched: Dealing Justice,
Samurai Charm, Teddy's Barino.
Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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Federal Judge in Texas Delays ADMC Thirty Days

Thoroughbred Daily News - 3 hours 14 min ago

A federal judge in Texas has issued a 30-day waiting period before the rules of HISA's Anti-Doping Medication and Control (ADMC) can take effect. Those rules went into effect Monday, Mar. 27.

During the month of April, therefore, HISA will turn back the job of collecting samples and testing back to the states, said Lisa Lazarus on a Friday night media call.

The ruling, issued Friday, was the latest in a long back-and-forth bitter struggle between pro-HISA and anti-HISA forces.

The ruling, issued Friday by the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division, was issued in response to a motion filed by the National HBPA arguing that the rule violated a provision of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), which governs the process by which federal agencies develop and issue regulations. It includes requirements for publishing notices of proposed and final rulemaking in the Federal Register, and provides opportunities for the public to comment on notices of proposed rulemaking. The APA requires most rules to have a 30-day delayed effective date. The judge in the case only partially agreed.

After HISA was found unconstitutional by the Fifth Circuit Court, the group went back to the Federal Trade Commission to amend language that addressed that court's concerns.

“When Congress changes a statute in response to a court's opinion, the result is usually a second wave of litigation: Was the attempted remedy sufficient? What new arguments arise?” wrote the court. “But those larger questions are not yet before the Court. Currently, the plaintiffs make a narrow procedural claim that a new anti-doping rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act because not enough time passed between when the rule was published as final and when the rule took effect. When an agency issues a substantive rule—the type of rule that controls our behavior—it must ordinarily wait 30 days between when the final rule is issued and when it takes effect. This ensures that regulated parties have the time to challenge the rule's validity or bring themselves into compliance. But the anti-doping rule took effect the same day that it was published as final. As a result, the rule issued in violation of the APA, so the plaintiffs—and everyone else—will get their 30 days. The Court enjoins implementation or enforcement of the anti-doping rule until May 1, 2023.”

But the court only addressed that 30-day rule required by the APA, and not the HBPA's larger claims that HISA remains unconstitutional despite the added language.

“Plaintiffs' only new argument is that section 553(d), absent good cause, requires an agency rule to take effect 30 days after the final rule is published. In the interest of judicial economy—and because the plaintiffs only seek emergency relief as to the anti-doping rule—the Court will limit its analysis to the sole issue at hand: whether the FTC failed to comply with section 553's required 30-day waiting period and, if so, whether the plaintiffs are entitled to equitable relief,” the ruling reads.

“We launched Monday, for the most part things ran really smoothly,” said Lazarus. “We collected about 700 tests over the course of the week, obviously we're disappointed by the decision out of the Lubbock court, but it has to do with the FTC process, it's not strictly related to HISA. As a result, we're going to suspend operations for a few days, and get ready to go again on May 1, and hand it over back to the states to essentially run the programs. We're providing all the assistance we can to the states while respecting the federal order.”

The National HBPA issued a statement about the ruling Friday night.

“We are very pleased that the National HBPA has defeated HISA in the courts yet again,” said National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback. “It was reckless and irresponsible of the Authority and the FTC to rush to implement these brand-new rules this weekend. Horsemen need time, and we were glad to stand for them once again. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that HISA was unconstitutional in our lawsuit before, and we expect they will do so again.”

HISA's outside counsel John Roach pointed out that states covered by HISA were using the same drug collectors they had been using before Mar. 27, and that they thought the confusion would be limited.

Lazarus said that HISA had considered and rejected the idea of trying to get the 30-day injunction overturned. “Ultimately we're here to serve the industry, and at this point it just creates chaos,” she said. “At this point, it's just 30 days, so we can plan for that, communicate that. So in weighing all the interests, we thought it was best to accept the decision, communicate it, plan for it and use this 30 days to continue to improve our processes. The ruling does make it clear that as of May 1, we're operational again. But I can take a 30-day break better than I can take real questions as to the validity.”

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1/ST Internships for Ed Brown Fellow and Scholar

Thoroughbred Daily News - 5 hours 13 min ago

The second round of 1/ST interns placed through the Ed Brown Scholars-Fellows program will be Zaharia Selman and Shaska Davis. The two will spend the next 10 weeks at Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, and Pimlico Race Course.

Ed Brown Fellow Selman graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia last year with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.

Ed Brown Scholar Davis will graduate this summer from Kentucky State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.

“We are very excited to embark upon year two of our groundbreaking partnership with 1/ST and to facilitate this tremendous opportunity for Zaharia and Shaska, as they undoubtedly gain professional experience that will place them on the pathway to successful careers in the Thoroughbred industry,” said Ed Brown Society Chairman Greg Harbut.

The Ed Brown Society, founded in 2020, celebrates the rich history of African-Americans in the Thoroughbred industry and creates opportunities for young people of color that will qualify them for professional careers in the industry. 1/ST became the first member of the Ed Brown Partnership in January 2022.

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