Oaklawn Park track officials announced that the Essex Handicap (gr. III), for 3-year-olds and upwards at 1 1/16 mile, scheduled for Feb. 22, will be contested for a purse of $100,000 guaranteed.
Noches de Rosa, a 5-year-old Chilean-bred mare, recorded her first North American victory Friday, capturing the featured $81,800 Reloy Handicap at Santa Anita Park by one length.
Trainer Wesley Ward replaced Jorge Chavez with Julie Krone aboard Runnin' On Nitro in Saturday's San Vicente Stakes (Gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who portrays the late George Woolf in the upcoming Universal film, "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," will resume riding at Santa Anita on Feb. 14.
Team Valor and Margaux Farm of Midway, Ky., have purchased 75 percent of San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) winner Omega Code for $1.1 million, Team Valor president Barry Irwin said Friday.
Bob Baffert still had no word Friday on when undefeated 2002 Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Vindication would make his 3-year-old debut, but the trainer did say that the $2.15 million son of Seattle Slew would have two races before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 3.
Congaree won his last two races by a combined margin of 11 ½ lengths, but trainer Bob Baffert doesn't think they were the horse's best efforts. That should raise concern for Congaree's five rivals in Sunday's $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita for older horses at 1 1/8 miles.
Ten Cents a Shine, sharpening for a possible run in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) Feb. 15, rallied on the outside with jockey Jerry Bailey aboard to finish in a dead heat with Senor Swinger and rider Edgar Prado in the featured $36,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park Friday.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is scheduled to meet Feb. 4 in Atlanta, Ga., to hammer out details of its structure and further develop its policy statement.
February promises to provide a great deal of excitement, with the eagerly-awaited debuts of 2-year-old champion Vindication, Sky Mesa, Empire Maker, and Kafwain.
Champion Vindication continues at the top of the list of leading Kentucky Derby contenders compiled by Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse.
The third foal from the last crop of Seattle Slew was born the night of Jan. 30 at Summer Wind Farm
The abortion rate in Central Kentucky is up significantly from a year ago. But scientists aren't sure why there has been an increase.
Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying, the regally-bred filly who was named champion 2-year-old female of 2002, could make her 3-year-old debut in the $100,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park on March 14.
A flurry of applications for both Thoroughbred and harness licenses in Pennsylvania has been called a "gold rush" by newly elected Governor Ed Rendell.
The New York Racing Association announced it has entered into a three-year facility management agreement with Tishman Real Estate Management Co. for NYRA's Aqueduct Race Course in Ozone Park, Queens, N.Y.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) is working in conjunction with the University of Kentucky, horsemen, and veterinarians to develop a computer program that would help the equine industry detect health problems like mare reproductive loss syndrome more rapidly.
Robert Kulina, Monmouth Park's and Meadowlands general manager and vice president of Thoroughbred Racing, will be honored at the 67th New Jersey Sports Writers Association Banquet on Feb. 2 for "Distinguished Service to Thoroughbred Racing."
According to a report in the Daily Herald, Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossois was honored as Arlington Heights' "Business Leader of the Year" Thursday night for his role in hosting the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Turfway Park isn't being sarcastic. It's just trying to have a little fun, and maybe introduce some people to pari-mutuel wagering.
Dogwood Stables' Smok'n Frolic has returned to the Palm Meadows training center after a successful trip to Santa Anita where she won the Sunshine Millions $750,000 Vessels Stallion Farm Sunshine Millions Distaff on Jan. 25.
Sweetrickydancer puts a four-race streak that includes two straight stakes scores on the line and is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream on Saturday. The race for 3-year-old fillies is at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
For the first time in its 39-year history, Evangeline Downs will conduct a 2-year-olds in-training sale on March 16.
Zelda Cohen, whose late husband Ben Cohen owned Pimlico with his brother Herman, died Jan. 24
Two of the highest-priced broodmares at the Keeneland November sale, Flat Fleet Feet and Ela Athena, produced offspring
Gov. Robert Ehrlich of Maryland introduced a bill Thursday that would allow for 10,500 slot machines to be installed at racetracks in the state. Track operators would receive about 25% of slot revenue -- which is projected to be $1.6 billion by 2006 -- and horsemen would receive 8%.
Five-year-old Alystar Slew, an unraced son of Seattle Slew, will stand at Castle Peak Farm near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada