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  • Florent Geroux Wins Five on Friday Fair Grounds Card
    Jockey Florent Geroux scored five victories March 16 on Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots' nine-race program.
  • Graded Stakes Winner Avery Island Out 90 Days
    Godolphin's homebred multiple graded stakes winner Avery Island will be sidelined for 90 days, officially taking him out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), the organization announced March 16.
  • Three Things to Watch: Can Solomini Step Forward?
    As the Road to the Kentucky Derby heats up, each week will take a look at three things to watch from the 3-year-old division as it heads into the weekend's prep races.
  • Grade 1 Winner Ralis Returns to Training
    Reddam Racing's homebred grade 1 winner Ralis, who was retired from racing in February of 2017 because of a tendon injury, has returned to training at Santa Anita Park.
  • Dream Tree Off Kentucky Oaks Trail
    Phoenix Thoroughbreds' undefeated 3-year-old filly Dream Tree has been taken off the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) trail, trainer Bob Baffert said March 16.
  • Mena Sidelined Indefinitely After Fair Grounds Spill
    Jockey Miguel Mena will be out indefinitely after sustaining a compound fracture of his right ankle and a broken heel as a result of a three-horse spill March 15, his agent, Richie Price, confirmed.
  • Baltas Sends Out Three for Santa Ana Stakes
    Trainer Richard Baltas has all his bases covered in the $200,000 Santa Anita Stakes (G2T) March 18 at Santa Anita Park.
  • Jockeys Clark, Mena Hospitalized After Spill
    A three-horse spill during the eighth race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots March 15 injured a pair of jockeys.
  • Baffert Pair Entered for Pasadena Stakes
    Two highly regarded colts from the barn of trainer Bob Baffert are entered for the $200,000 Pasadena Stakes scheduled for March 17 at Santa Anita Park, but they likely won't meet on the track unless the race is washed off the turf.
  • Forever Unbridled Posts Final Local Breeze Before Dubai
    In her final breeze at Fair Grounds in preparation for the March 31 $10 million Dubai World Cup, reigning champion older mare Forever Unbridled drilled five furlongs in :59 3/5 March 15.
  • Prominent Owner Tom Benson Dies
    Tom Benson, a Louisiana sports icon who took his football and his basketball with a healthy side of horse racing, died March 15 at Oschner Medical Center in Jefferson, La., with his wife Gayle Marie Benson at his side. He was 90.
  • Streamline Out to Defend Home Turf in Azeri Stakes
    When the Streamline starts in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 17, it will mark her 11th consecutive start in Oaklawn's two-turn series of stakes races for older fillies and mares.
  • Trainer Bruce Headley Recovering From Brain Bleed
    Although he was rushed to Arcadia Methodist Hospital the morning of March 9 with what was diagnosed as a brain bleed, 84-year-old veteran trainer Bruce Headley is on the mend, according to his daughter, trainer Karen Headley.
  • NYRA Launches Starter Loyalty Program
    The New York Racing Association is poised to implement a loyalty program that will award added purse money for each runner in a non-maiden race making five or more starts at NYRA tracks in a one-year period.
  • Gun Runner, Winx Lead World's Best Racehorse Rankings
    Two familiar names find themselves tied atop the first edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2018.
  • Hong Kong Locals Turn Out for Derby
    Despite the proliferation of group 1 races at Sha Tin Racecourse, the BMW Hong Kong Derby is the high point of the season for locals and sometimes a pathway to the top levels for upwardly mobile horses.
  • Santa Margarita Draws 10 in Unique Bella's Absence
    The whole complexion of the $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (G1) March 17 at Santa Anita Park changed with one defection.
  • Jordan's Henny No Secret For Inside Information
    A 59-1 stakes winner last time out, Jordan's Henny won't be able to sneak up on the bettors in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2) March 17 at Gulfstream Park.
  • Hazit, Ride a Comet Headline Jeff Ruby at Turfway
    Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has made John Oxley's Ride a Comet and Hazit, who races for Eclipse Thoroughbreds and Coolmore partners, 5-1 co-favorites on the morning line for the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) March 17 at Turfway Park.
  • Unique Bella Aims for Apple Blossom
    A combination of a slight illness and some poor weather has forced Unique Bella's connections to alter their plans, and now the champion daughter of Tapit is penciled in to make her first start outside of California in the Apple Blossom Stakes (G1).
  • Solomini Set for Seasonal Debut in Rebel Stakes
    Solomini will aim to make his season debut the latest example of his afternoon aptitude when he faces 10 challengers in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park March 17.
  • Richardson Gamble With Mucho Macho Man Colt Pays Off
    Texas-based Richardson Bloodstock made a major pinhooking score at the Ocala Breeders' Sales March 2-year-olds in training sale, selling a Mucho Macho Man colt for $575,000 to OXO Equine.
  • Avery Island Injured, Questionable for Kentucky Derby
    Godolphin's homebred multiple graded stakes winner Avery Island has been sidelined and will be shipped to Lexington March 13 to be further evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital after emerging lame from a workout.
  • Connections of Tampa Bay Derby Horses Consider Options
    Trainer Rodolphe Brisset will talk to WinStar Farm president Elliott Walden and representatives of Quip's other owners, China Horse Club International and SF Racing, to determine how best to get to Louisville.
  • Justify Tops Individual Choices in Derby Future Wager
    Eight weeks in advance of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI), the pari-mutuel field of "All Other 3-Year-Olds" closed as the 4-1 favorite in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). 

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