From forgotten prospect to the doorstep of greatness, Pleasantly Perfect leads the field as the 6-5 morning favorite in Saturday's 67th running of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).
An all-time North American record Pick Six gross pool of $7,302,848 was reached at Santa Anita Park Wednesday. Three winning tickets were worth more than $1.5 million apiece.
- By Jack Shinar
Santa Anita Park has won a longstanding property dispute with neighboring Santa Anita Fashion Park stemming from the sale of the racetrack to Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment Corporation in 1998.
Azeri breezed five furlongs in :58 3/5 Wednesday at Santa Anita under the watchful eye of owner Michael Paulson.
A full field of 10 sophomores will go to the post in Saturday's $200,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita, including grade I winner Lion Heart, the likely favorite making his first start of the year.
Rock Hard Ten stamped himself as a prime candidate for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 3, rolling to a sharp 1-¾ length victory over Teton Forest in a $53,872 allowance event for 3-year-olds Wednesday at Santa Anita Park.
On Wednesday Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher requested state auditor Crit Luallen to review policies and procedures by the former Kentucky Racing Commission, which he disbanded in January.
Former Canadian cabinet minister and provincial premier Brian Tobin has been appointed chief executive officer of MI Developments Inc., a real estate spin-off of Magna International that holds a controlling interest in Magna Entertainment Corp.
Officials representing the horse industry said Wednesday following a Kentucky House of Representatives Licensing and Occupations committee meeting that full industry support for casino gaming at five racetracks and four off-site locations comes down to cleaning up language in the proposed bill. The bill, which was filed by Democrat Rep. Larry Clark, is expected to be heard in full committee during its March 10 meeting.
Mark Giordano, Joe Pesci and Wesley Ward's Pesci heads a list of 21 nominees for the fifteenth running of the $40,000 Florida Breeders' Distaff Stakes. The race is part of the March 15 OBS Day of Champions.
A new turf race for 3-year-old fillies, the $200,000 Virginia Oaks, highlights a fifteen-race stakes lineup this summer at Virginia's Colonial Downs. All but one of the stakes will be contested over the track's Secretariat turf course.
Tickets to see the Cheltenham Gold Cup are sold out, but if you don't have tickets or can't make it across the water, Aqueduct will offer its fans the opportunity to watch and wager on the race from New York.
European horse buyers will have to begin paying a 5% excise tax on horses they purchase and bring home from the United States as a result of sanctions imposed against the U.S. on Monday by the European Union.
Churchill Downs will add a pair of permanent large-screen video display boards to its infield tote boards in a $1.5 million project designed to enhance the experience of the daily racing fan.
Kentucky stallion Proud Citizen, a grade II winner and a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up, has gotten his first three mares in foal.
Construction on Zia Park Racetrack and Casino in Hobbs, New Mexico can now begin after former Delta Downs owner Shawn Scott filed Monday to have his lawsuit against the racing commission dropped.
The lineup for the March 13 Florida Derby (gr. I) has gained another stakes-winning contender as Tapit's connections have announced they will enter the colt for the race.
Robert and Beverly Lewis' champion Serena's Song produced a Storm Cat colt Feb. 27 at Craig and Polly Bandoroff's Denali Stud near Paris, Ky.
Darley stallion In the Wings, who won the 1990 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) and was a champion in France, was diagnosed with laminitis the past weekend and has been relieved temporarily from stallion duty.
Almost all of the leading contenders for the Visa Triple Crown Challenge, including trainer Nick Zito's highly regarded twosome of Birdstone and Eurosilver, are among 157 nominees to Keeneland's $750,000, Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds will be run on Saturday, April 10, three weeks before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). It will be televised live on NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. (ET).
Prominent handicapper Bud Baedeker, who launched the popular publication Baedeker's Guide in 1938, died Feb. 28 in New York City.
Stakes-placed Special Times has entered stud at Judith Barrett's Godstone Farm near Pine Grove, Pa.
TV Games Network will continue to be distributed on the DISH Network after an agreement was reached on a four-year patent dispute between their parent companies.
To Teras, an unraced 4-year-old son of Unbridled's Song, will enter stud at Mike Weatherly's Weatherly Horse Farms near Mesquite, N.M.
March 3, 1966
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