Gary Tanaka's grade I winner Passinetti has returned to trainer Ben Cecil's Santa Anita base after several months at a nearby farm and will aim at a defense of his title in the $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IT) at the end of the meeting on Apr. 18.
Just how far will a rider go to get the chance to defeat Canadian Triple Crown-winning jockey Patrick Husbands? If you're Richard Dos Ramos, the answer is great lengths, plus a few thousand miles.
Trainer James DiVito will send 3-year-old gelding Coach Jimi Lee in search of his third straight win while taking on some of the best sprinters in the country in Saturday's $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Irvin Wiemer and John McLane's Something Ventured will look to stay perfect at Gulfstream Park when she races as the co-highweight in the $100,000 Honey Fox Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the turf at 1 1/16 miles.
Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap winner Stormy Roman will likely skip Sunday's $150,000 Appleton Handicap (gr. III), according to trainer Tim Hills, but is still very much pointing toward Sunshine Millions Day and a date in the $500,000 Franks Farms Turf January 24.
- By Victor Ryan
The latest in a growing number of simulcast contract disputes has led the New York Racing Association and Magna Entertainment Corp. to cease doing business with Tampa Bay Downs.
The seasonal debut of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) champion Cajun Beat and the first $100,000 guaranteed pick three pool in racing history highlights Saturday's opening day program at Gulfstream Park.
Live racing went on at Philadelphia Park as scheduled Dec. 30 even though management and jockeys are still at odds over how the riders are paid.
Obligato, a 20-year-old son of Northern Dancer, will be relocated to Al Martin's Tomorrow Bloodstock near Thompson Ridge, N.Y.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- An organized visit to Frankfort on Feb. 3 is strongly urged to let the horse industry's voice be heard...
By Tim Smith -- We'll remember 2003 for its highlights, but right now it's time to hazard some predictions for 2004...
Magna Entertainment Corp. initiated restrictions upon or pulled its live racing signals from most account-wagering services effective Dec. 26, and at least one operator isn't happy about the developments.
Sunday Silence, who defied belief when he topped the $50 million mark in year-end progeny earnings in Japan in 1999, did it again in 2003. This time with an unheard figure of $77,852,691
Grade II winners Posse and Zavata, whose stallion plans were announced during the second half of 2003, closed out their racing careers in the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) on opening day at Santa Anita. Best of the Rest, who also will enter stud, might race once more.
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