Thoroughbred trainer Anthony Basile of Lexington, Ky., passed away on Jan. 22 at 82 while wintering in Hallandale, Fla. Basile, who trained for nearly 20 years, primarily for the late Millard A. Waldheim's Bwamazon Farm, campaigned stakes winners Coraggioso, T.V. Commercial and It's Freezing, among others.
The Irish-bred Macaw, often second in major stakes, tries to get back on the winning track at Gulfstream Park Sunday. He heads a field of 13 older horses in the $100,000 Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 3/8 mile on the turf. In an allowance race on the card, promising 3-year-old Stolen Time takes on Frisky Spider.
Juddmonte Farms, Bobby Frankel, Jerry Bailey and Sightseek, each on the verge of winning an Eclipse Award Monday night in Florida, are set to tackle six rivals Sunday in the $250,000 Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Hal Wiggins holds a strong hand in Sunday's $100,000 Tiffany Lass at Fair Grounds, entering a pair of strong contenders in Lotta Kim and All Electric.
Jockey Joe Hampshire reached the 3,000 win mark Friday by booting home two longshots in the final two races of the Laurel Park card.
Badge of Silver, starting for the first time in 10 months, made a triumphant return Friday in the featured $34,000 optional claiming event at Fair Grounds.
Santa Anita stewards have suspended Jockey Patrick Valenzuela's conditional jockey license for an indefinite period of time and his case has been referred to the California Horse Racing Board for further investigation.
- By Victor Ryan
The Illinois Horse Racing Board is scheduled to meet Jan. 29 to decide on a $13-million "recapture" payment to the state's racetracks that would come from the horsemen's purse account.
- By Tom Precious
The New York Racing Association is filing paperwork stating its intent to sue the New York City Off Track Betting Corporation for undercutting simulcasting fees, the latest in a long line of tussles between the two influential industry groups.
Calder Race Course on Jan. 23 announced its stakes schedules for its 2004 Calder and Tropical meets, which run consecutively.
Colonial Downs will run its longest Thoroughbred meet in 2004 based on dates awarded Jan. 21 by the Virginia Racing Commission.
Fond leads a field of 11 in Sunday's $75,000 Busanda Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct at one mile and 70 yards.
Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) winner Lion Heart is scheduled to return to the work tab in about a week, trainer Patrick Biancone said. The son of Tale of the Cat has not worked since his victory in the Futurity on Dec. 20.
Roger Devenport, who campaigned 2001 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Unbridled Elaine, died Dec. 30 at his home in Lexington, Ky. He was 84.
Members of the Louisville, Ky. Metro Planning Commission were expected to discuss possible changes in land-use regulations Jan. 22 that could have far-reaching effects on commercial horse stables in Jefferson County. But instead, planning officials agreed to table discussion of the controversial proposals until a later date.
Brainstorming for ideas to celebrate Oaklawn Park's centennial in 2004, track owner Charles Cella turned into the $6-million man late last summer. At the ripe old age of 67, Cella stunned his colleagues when he said he was going to offer a $5-million bonus to any 3-year-old that swept Oaklawn's Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and then won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). He also raised the purse of the Arkansas Derby to $1 million.
For the second year in a row, Keeneland will not conduct its July select yearling sale, the sale company's officials announced on Friday.
Fred Winters, former president of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, a longtime farm manager at several prominent Lexington-area farms and a partner in Equine Farm Management Inc., was named the Director of Operations of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Jan. 23.
The first reported foal sired by grade I winner Buddha is a filly born Jan. 17 at John Penn's Pennston Farm near Ocala, Fla.
Tommy Scott, a longtime racing official and a member of the Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame, died Jan. 21.
The California Horse Racing Board approved a $1-million distribution of uncollected refunds to the Jockeys' Guild Health and Welfare Fund on Thursday. Additionally, the CHRB gave an update on the progress of its Ad Hoc security committee.
Former trainer Michael Mehlhope died Jan. 20 in Lexington at age 49.
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