Jockey Garrett Gomez, a Santa Anita visitor Thursday who hasn't ridden since late last year, said he plans to take care of some personal matters and lose some weight before resuming his riding career before the current meet ends on April 20.
Veteran jockey Danny Sorenson, 45, suffered a fracture at the base of his neck when his mount, Kifissos, broke down and fell past midstretch in Thursday's seventh race at Santa Anita.
Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor appears to have all options covered for the way Saturday's Group I Dubai World Cup will be run. Now it is a question of whether Moon Ballad and Grandera have what it takes to secure the stable their fourth win in the race.
Drawn perfectly in post 3 and gaining the weight advantage while taking on males, the outstanding mare Ipi Tombe should be the strongest favorite in the history of the $2 million Group I Dubai Duty Free, over 1,777 meters, at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday night.
The withdrawal of America's outstanding mare Xtra Heat makes the $2 million Group I Dubai Golden Shaheen wide open.
Godolphin's exciting new recruit Sulamani will carry the stable's hopes in reversing a frustrating recent run in the $2 million Group I Dubai Sheema Classic.
Inamorato will be strongly favored to win the fourth Group II UAE Derby for Godolphin in as many years. The 3-year-old's performance will be measured with his potential for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Queen's Plate winterbook favorite Wando, makes his 2003 debut in Sunday's $161,100 Achievement Stakes at Woodbine, the first major race on the road to the Canada's premier race.
Aqueduct Park will not allow smoking anywhere within its building beginning Sunday in order to comply with the New York City "Smoke-Free Air Act."
Irving and Marjorie Cowan's Triple Crown hopeful Ministers Wild Cat worked seven furlongs in 1:27 1/5 with new jockey Victor Espinoza in the irons at Hollywood Park Friday morning.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Kafwain was disqualified from his second-place finish in the March 9 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds because he raced with an excessive amount of the bronchodilator clenbuterol. Trainer Bob Baffert did not appeal so Kafwain could make his next racing engagement, but he has called for uniformity in medication rules.
Churchill Downs has announced that it will continue the enhanced hospitality and security procedures adopted for the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks for this year's running of the "Run for the Roses" and its sister race.
An e-mail circulated to farm managers in the Central Kentucky area warns of shifting weather patterns for the coming weekend.
The catalogue for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April sale of 2-year-olds in training is slightly larger than it was a year ago.
Sunland Park's inaugural WinStar Derby, with the attractive scent of a $500,000 purse, has drawn a field of eight 3-year-olds to the New Mexico track just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
Happyanunoit, purchased by Newsells Park Stud for $1.4 million at last year's Keeneland November sale, produced her first foal, a Giant's Causeway filly, at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. She will be bred back to Danehill.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association NTRA announced March 29 the board members for the NTRA Political Action Committee (PAC).
The heirs of Henryk de Kwiatkowski are committed to carrying on historic Calumet Farm as a Thoroughbred operation, according to Calumet's general manager, Tony Cissell.
Below are Dubai World Cup prices according to William Hill in Britain as of the morning of March 28:
Call Me Lefty, winner of two Texas Stallion stakes, was voted horse of the meet for the 2002/03 Sam Houston Race Park meeting. The 3-year-old Texas-bred is owned and bred by the Christine S. Moore Family Limited Partnership and is trained by Tommie Morgan. He was also named top 3-year-old of the meet.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club released its 2003 stakes schedule, and for the third year in a row, will offer 27 added-money events. The 43-day stand -- opening July 23 and running through Sept. 10 -- will be the track's 64th season of Thoroughbred racing. All told, the 27 stakes will be worth $6,125,000.
The heat is on in Dubai. It can be felt not just from the baking sun that beats through the hazy skyline, but among the trainers who have produced the strongest ever numerical raiding party for Saturday's $15.2 million World Cup meeting.
Xtra Heat has been ruled out of Saturday's $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen after she was found cast in her stall. She was taken to the Dubai Equine Hospital for examination, but was declared unable to run.
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