California-based trainer Jeff Mullins says he will not alter plans to participate in the March 29 Dubai World Cup card at Nad al Sheba racecourse in the United Arab Emirates despite a travel warning issued by the State Department to U.S. citizens currently in or traveling to that country.
Keeneland received approximately 1,500 nominations for its September yearling sale by its first deadline.
- By Tom LaMarra
Kentucky officials will consider regulations for use of shock-wave therapy in racehorses and also whether money for equine drug research should be spent on establishing threshold levels and withdrawal times for permitted medications.
Cynthia Phipps' homebred Lead Kindly Light died Feb. 28 at age 20 from complications while foaling a Quiet American filly.
Badge of Silver, who suffered his first career loss when sixth behind Peace Rules in Sunday's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, will undergo throat surgery in the next few days to correct a breathing problem, according to published reports.
Despite his "bounce" in the Louisiana Derby, Kafwain remains on top the list of leading Kentucky Derby candidates compiled by Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse magazine.
The spring racing season at Aqueduct officially kicks off today, with a 1 p.m. post. One of the highlights of opening weekend is Sunday's Gotham Stakes (gr. III), which will be televised live during ESPN2's 90-minute telecast beginning at 4:30 p.m. Usually run at a mile on the main track, the Gotham will be run at a mile and 70 yards on the inner track.
When Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2003 Kentucky Derby Future Wager open its four-day run Thursday, it will include eight Derby contenders that were not among the individual horses in February's first of three futures pools.
Mister Jolie, sire of four stakes winners, died Feb. 8 from a ruptured aorta while covering his first mare of the season at Peter Rosbeck's Hidden Point Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Making hay while Azeri works toward her return, Starrer wins her third graded stakes in a row by taking the Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita.
Tour of the Cat defeats Burning Roma following a protracted stretch duel in the Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Handicap.
Peace Rules jumps into the Kentucky Derby picture with a convincing win in Louisiana.
Country music legend Willie Nelson will perform at Lone Star Park April 4, following the night's racing program. Post time is 6:35 p.m., with the concert beginning immediately after the final race. The concert will be free with $3 general admission to the track and $10 after 9 p.m.
Michael Pegram's champion Silverbulletday produced her second foal, a Storm Cat filly.
A full sister to grade I winner Riskaverse was foaled March 8 at Catherine Parke's Valkyre Stud
Racetrack officials from the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries will gather in Hollywood, Fla., March 12-14 for a joint meeting of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, Harness Tracks of America, and Racetracks of Canada.
Sea of Secrets hits big with first 2-year-olds as one colt sells for a record $2.7-million and another brings $250,000.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Can Seabiscuit's long coattails help pull B. Wayne Hughes into the Kentucky Derby winner's circle?
By Kimberly S. Herbert -- We don't have to forget the horses in our quest to keep the business alive and well.
California graded stakes winner Lil Sister Stich has been retired.
While organizers insist that the $6-million Dubai World Cup and other graded races at Nad al Sheba Racecourse will be held March 29 despite the possibility of a war between the U. S. and Iraq, the number of American horses that will participate in the program continues to decline.
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