James Tafel's Lakenheath, coming off a half-length victory over Bala in the Truly Bound Handicap Jan. 3, heads a field of nine in Saturday's $150,000 Chou Croute Handicap for older fillies and mares at Fair Grounds.
Santa Anita will honor the legendary trainer Noble Threewitt for his 92nd birthday in a special winners' circle ceremony on Saturday. One of the celebrants will be fellow trainer Leonard Dorfman, a friend and peer of Threewitt's for 55 years. Dorfman turns 81 on June 23. The duo often is seen together. They are racing's "Sunshine Boys."
The decision by Kent Desormeaux to move his tack to Keeneland for the 15-day meet that runs April 4-25 was not made in haste.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Atlantic Ocean will make her next start in the Mar. 8 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), trainer Bob Baffert said on Thursday. The daughter of Stormy Atlantic will be heading to the Big Easy with stablemate Kafwain, who is set to start in the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) the following day.
B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout, a well-bred 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy who has shown rapid development in his brief career, earned a shot in stakes company for the first time with his convincing allowance win at Santa Anita Thursday, trainer Ron Ellis said.
Debonair Joe, who in only 3 1/2 months went from being a $12,500 claimer to a grade I stakes winner, will run in the $100,000 Ken Maddy Sprint at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Defending champion Crafty Shaw heads a field of 10 for Saturday's featured $100,000 Essex Handicap (gr. III), the first hundred-grand stakes of the 2003 season at Oaklawn Park.
New York stallion Claramount, a three-time champion in the Empire State, died Feb. 17 of a ruptured aorta
Jockey Donnie Meche will return to the saddle Feb. 22 at Fair Grounds for the first time since being suspended by the stewards at Delta Downs for six months. Meche was allowed to return to the track after receiving an injunction in a civil district court on Feb. 19.
Starlight Stable's Harlan's Holiday, who already owns one career Grade 1 victory at Gulfstream Park, here, will try and match his victory in last year's Florida Derby against ten rivals in Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles.
An upgrade and purse increase to the Delaware Handicap highlights the $4.1 million stakes schedule at Delaware Park this year.
Loose Wire, a New York Broodmare of the Year, died Feb. 18 of hemorrhaging at Kinloch Farm near New Woodstock, N.Y.
- By Tom LaMarra
Kentucky racetrack operators made their case Feb. 21 for the right to operate electronic gaming devices, but the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee postponed action on the legislation pending review of how the state's share of revenue would be spent.
- By Tom LaMarra
Turfway Park canceled its seventh straight racing program Feb. 21, and the forecast for the weekend indicated the weather may continue to be unkind to the Northern Kentucky racetrack. Meanwhile, the track said it plans to add Monday racing in March to make up for lost days.
C.T. Stable's Super Fuse returns to Aqueduct in search of his fourth stakes win in five starts Saturday in the $75,000 Best Turn Stakes (gr. III).
Saint's Honor, who won the 2000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II), will enter stud at Connie Mack Guidry's Cajun Oaks Farm near Lake Charles, La.
Robert Berentsen's Wild Phantom, an 11-year-old son of Wild Again out of the Blade mare Bonnie Blade, will stand at Dr. Richard Mays' Key to the Hills Farm near Boerne, Texas
The Thoroughbred industry is getting a lot of free publicity from ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale.
Churchill Downs has announced new duties for several staff members as the track works to meet the demands of the quickening pace of its historic $121 million Master Plan renovation.
The late Seattle Slew, who impregnated four of the nine mares bred to him last year in his final season at stud, has sired his last offspring, a filly born Feb. 19
Three pieces of legislation that would directly impact Indiana's horse racing industry are making their way through the General Assembly.
Youbet.com has received an additional $2 million in funding from private investors through the sale of interest-bearing notes.
Funeral services for Johnny Longden will be held Feb. 24 at the Church of the Good Shepherd
Adelaide's Magic Millions contained a record high Danehill colt at $260,000, but the second-tier yearling sale returned reduced figures on the previous year.
Peachtree Stable's Invisible Ink, runner-up in the 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will stand at Jim and Sheila DiMare's Rising Hill Farm in Ocala, Fla.
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