Articles posted April 27, 2004

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Services Set for Jockey Agent James McGrath

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James Michael McGrath, a veteran jockey agent whose clients included Hall of Fame riders Braulio Baeza and Angel Cordero Jr. passed away Monday after a lengthy illness. He was 76 years old.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Day of Reckoning Draws Near

The works have all but wound down, there's one more day of anxiety left for Bob Baffert before he and Jerry Bailey are officially united, and only Tapit remains of those missing in action. Starting tomorrow, the focus will be on gallops, as well as a pair of blowouts, to see just who's looking super out there.

Who Has the Edge in the Edgewood?

Not every 3-year-old filly racing on April 30 will be running for the lilies. Twelve sophomore fillies are entered for the $100,000 Edgewood Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs, which will be contested over 8 1/2 furlongs on the turf.

Stars Are Aligned for 130th Kentucky Oaks

Many expected the field for this year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to be be among the most accomplished in years, and with six grade I winners filling the entry box for the 1 1/8-mile contest Tuesday morning, that opinion may have been confirmed.

Testify Ready to Stand Up In Aegon Turf Sprint

If there is a horse for the course, then Testify is the horse for the course and for the race when it comes to the $100,000 Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. IIII). The 7-year-old gelding is shooting for his second win in the five-furlong race on Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard.

Mediation in Ohio Breed Dispute Remains a No-Go

A stalemate between Thoroughbred and Standardbred horsemen in Ohio continued when the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association declined a proposal by the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to submit to mediation to resolve financial issues tied to state law.

Dust at the Downs

By Ray Paulick -- Rather than focus on inconveniences, Derbygoers should take a look at what will be the finished product...

Derby Doings

By Evan I. Hammonds -- This year, there is one absolute. For the first time since 1956, the Kentucky Derby will be run without the presence of Joe Hirsch.

Gainesway Stallion Irish River Dies

Pensioned stallion Irish River died April 26 in his paddock at Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington. The 28-year-old classic-winning son of classic winner Riverman stood all but one of his seasons at stud at the Lexington nursery.

Youbet.com Turns Profitable in First Quarter

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Youbet.com turned a profit for the first time in its history during the first quarter of 2004. The account-wagering company, which lost $1.2 million during the first quarter of 2003, had a net profit of $15,111 during this year's corresponding session.

Daily Racing Form May Be Sold

Alpine Capital Bank, which purchased Daily Racing Form for $40 million in 1999, may be close to selling the 110-year-old daily to The Wicks Group for a reported $60 million.

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