Articles posted February 20, 2003

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Santa Anita to Honor Active Threewitt for 92nd Birthday

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."

Fair Grounds Oaks Next for Atlantic Ocean

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.

Meche Returns To Track

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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.

Harlan's Holiday Among 11 Ready for Donn

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.

Kentucky Committee Takes More Time on Gaming Bill

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.

Turfway Park Loses Seventh Consecutive Program

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.

Bush To Head Operations at Churchill

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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.

Longden Services

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Funeral services for Johnny Longden will be held Feb. 24 at the Church of the Good Shepherd

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