Golden Eagle Farm's Snow Chief Stakes winner Chief Planner worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 handily over a fast main track at Santa Anita Friday. Regular rider Dana Barnes was in the irons for the move, which was sixth fastest of 24 who went five panels on the morning.
The blue colors of Godolphin Racing are back in Southern California. Trainer Eoin Harty has entrusted 44 of the Maktoum Family's runners to the care of his new assistant, Alex Hassinger.
The post Ginger Gold drew for Sunday's $172,950 George C. Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine doesn't suggest it, but trainer Sid Attard is hoping for a little luck when the champion grey makes her return to racing.
Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Speightstown, making his first appearance in more than 21 months, upset Breeders' Cup Classic champion Volponi by a long neck in Friday's $56,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.
William S. Farish's Midway Road is scheduled for a Monday breeze at Churchill Downs that could help trainer Neil Howard to decide whether the colt will be a definite starter in the Preakness (gr. I) May 17.
The 4-year-old half-brother to Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide is scheduled to test his talent under the famed Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in an allowance race on Sunday's Mother's Day racing card.
- By Tom Precious
The New York Racing Association cannot proceed with its video lottery terminal program unless it strikes a deal with its horsemen to reduce the revenue-sharing for purses in the later years of the program, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said.
HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will offer a steady stream of live coverage from Pimlico Race Course next week in advance of the May 13 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
- By Victor Ryan
Officials for the Jockeys' Guild indicated Friday the controversy surrounding the Guild patch worn by the jockeys in the Kentucky Derby is without merit and the action will be defended.
Undefeated Vindication, last year's champion 2-year-old male, has returned to light training, according to his owners.
Multiple graded stakes winner Carson Hollow will carry highweight in the $150,000 Genuine Risk Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Belmont Park
TV Games Network has reached agreements with two cable television services that will carry the 24-hour horseracing and interactive wagering network.
Buddy Gil, who finished sixth in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is recovering from a May 7 surgery in which two bone chips were removed, one from his right knee, and one from his left ankle.
D. Wayne Lukas has enlisted the aid of longtime partner, Gary Stevens, in his effort to derail the Visa Triple Crown bid of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide in next week's Preakness.
Average household viewership of the lineup of Visa Triple Crown programming presented by the ESPN networks during the 2003 Kentucky Derby week rose sharply over the previous year's totals according to data supplied by Nielsen Media Research.
A major hurdle blocking the potential growth of international simulcasting was cleared on Thursday night when the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved by a 12-9 vote a major tax-cut bill that includes a provision eliminating a burdensome 30% withholding tax on winning pari-mutuel wagers placed by foreigners through U.S. pools.
Jules, whose millionaire son Peace Rules ran third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), died May 8 in Brazil
Catherine Wills' and Peter Karches' Dynever has been installed as the 7/5 favorite for Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) over nine furlongs.
Iflookscouldkill, a daughter of Wild Escapade, worked an eighth of a mile in :10.1 Thursday, posting the fastest time for the distance during the first session of the under tack show for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The ownership of Meadowbrook of Ocala Jockey Club contemplated the end of its commercial stallion operation May 8 while state fire officials completed their on-site investigation of the May 6 blaze that destroyed the farm's stallion barn and killed five resident sires.
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