A $30,000 wager on the mutuel field – all 3-year-olds other than the 23 assigned to the pool – by an unidentified patron enlivened the early minutes of the first of four days of betting in Pool 1 of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Major renovations to five Del Mar barns as well as upgrades and expansions to its grandstand are underway, with the improvements expected in time for the start of the 2004 racing season on July 21.
Efforts to bring 5,000 electronic pull-tab machines to Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs and two simulcast wagering facilities were defeated Feb. 12 in the Indiana General Assembly.
Julie Krone, citing body soreness from her first day of riding Wednesday after an absence of nearly two months, canceled her scheduled commitments on Thursday.
In a racing oddity, there were 18 claims for five of the six starters in Wednesday's first race at Santa Anita, a $20,000 claiming event at 1 1/16 miles.
John Longden would have been 97 on Saturday. The legendary jockey died on his birthday last year. Santa Anita will honor Longden's memory Saturday by naming a race for him and hosting friends and members of his family.
- By Tom Precious
Racetracks in New York would be permitted to have full Las Vegas-style casinos under new state legislation that also calls for a constitutional amendment to permit non-Indian casinos in the Catskills and Western New York.
Graded stakes winner Wynn Dot Comma will get a sharp challenge from a couple of Todd Pletcher-trained rivals, Deputy Storm and Limehouse, in the 51st running of the $150,000 Hutcheson (gr. II) Saturday, a seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.
Saturday's Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. II) is an appropriate one for Valentine's Day. It features seven 3-year-old fillies, and one amorous exacta hunch bet.
Saturday's Fountain of Youth (gr. I) and Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) and Sunday's Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) are only some of important 3-year-old races this weekend, along with allowance races featuring Birdstone, Value Plus, and Shaniko.
Fasig-Tipton will conduct its Kentucky July select yearling sale on Monday and Tuesday, July 19 and 20, two days earlier than its previously scheduled dates.
Evening Attire rarely ventures away from New York, so when he does it's safe to say that he is ready to run and is expected to be the overwhelming favorite in Saturday's $150,000 John B. Campbell Breeders' Cup Handicap at Laurel Park.
Read the Footnotes, winner of the Nashua (gr. III) and Remsen Stakes (gr. II), makes his 3-year-old debut in Saturday's $250,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), where he takes on Calder-based stakes horses Second of June, Silver Wagon, Sir Oscar, and Broadway View.
Turfway Park has cancelled live racing for tonight, Thursday, February 12, again citing track conditions compromised by continued thawing. The track remains open for its regular simulcast schedule.
A private funeral for bloodstock agent Joss Collins will be held Feb. 18, followed by a public service at St. Mary's Church in Newmarket, England at 2:30 p.m. the same day.
Victory Moon, winner of both the UAE 2,000 Guineas and Derby in 2003, returned to the scene of his greatest triumphs when winning the second round of the Maktoum Challenge (UAE-III) at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday night.
In an effort to make sure that all wagers are placed in the same manner, Oaklawn Jockey Club has moved to eliminate "batch" technology being employed by several off-shore wagering locations.
The Baltimore Planning Commission Wednesday granted its approval to the proposed expansion of Pimlico Race Course into an "entertainment destination" facility, though plans for a hotel on the site were turned down.
Youbet.com reported Thursday the fourth quarter of 2003 provided the eight straight quarter of net revenue growth for the company, though it continues to operate at a loss. Youbet also generated year-over-year increases in handle, net revenue, and earnings before taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA).
Stakes winner Media Starguest has been relocated to Larry and Wayland Smalley's C & S Stables near Chelsea, Okla.
Stakes winner Pauly Boy, a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Wild Gold, will stand at KNAC Place near Salt Lake City, Utah.
Gov. Kathleen Blanco has replaced Albert Stall Sr. as the chairman of the Louisiana Racing Commission. New Orleans attorney Bob Wright replaced Stall, who has been a commission member for 26 of the past 32 years, serving 18 years as chairman.
Two 3-year-olds trained by Nick Zito top the list of leading contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in the first installment of Derby Watch, by Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse.
The first of three future wagers conducted by Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) will be held this week. from noon eastern time on Thursday until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Officials representing the Kentucky horse industry agreed Wednesday to proposed alternative gaming legislation that would put casinos at four racetracks and four other non-racetrack facilities in the state.
Two months ago Lucky Owners beat some of the world's best in the Hong Kong Mile (HK-I). On Sunday, his attention shifts to putting his Sha Tin-based peers to task in the HK$8 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Mile (HK-I).
Julie Krone resumed her riding career Wednesday after an absence of nearly two months but did not win a race in three attempts. In the feature, Singletary won the $71,350 Thunder Road Handicap.
"Respiratory disease is the second-leading cause of lost training in the Thoroughbred racehorse, second only to musculoskeletal injuries," said Jeff Blea, DVM, of the Southern California Equine Foundation in Arcadia, Calif., during the 2003 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention. "Endoscopy of the upper respiratory tract pl...
Results of a study from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center suggest that there is a high chance that a horse can return to racing after surgery for laryngeal hemiplegia (partial or complete paralysis of the larynx, also called roaring) or arytenoid chondritis (inflammation of the arytenoid cartilages resulting in paralysis). Presented b...
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