Smarty Jones isn't John Servis' only starter this weekend. He will send out longshot Pilfer for Friday's Black-Eyed Susan. Bob Baffert's Yearly Report is favored in the nine-furlong race.
The Maryland Jockey Club issued a list of house rules Tuesday for any jockey wishing to wear advertisements in races at Pimlico. Competitors of current sponsors enlisted by Triple Crown Productions and the MJC will not be allowed, which is similar to the rules in place at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Japanese stallion Royal Ski, a U.S. grade I winner before heading overseas, died April 30 at age of 30.
Prominent sports agent and attorney Leigh Steinberg has joined forces with Southern California-based marketing company Jockeys Management Group in trying to acquire advertising and sponsorship deals for jockeys.
There is less than a 50-50 chance that Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico will be run over a wet track, as was the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 1.
- By Tom LaMarra
NTRA Purchasing officially opened its new office in Lexington May 11, a move officials said is a sign of growth for not only the National Thoroughbred Racing Association but the racing and breeding industry at large.
A major corporate tax bill under consideration in the United States Senate includes a few provisions for the pari-mutuel industry, including elimination of the 30% withholding tax on bets made by foreigners.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's grade I winner Silent Sighs will be sidelined for at least the next four months after being diagnosed with bone chips in both front ankles, trainer Julio Canani said. The California-bred filly most recently finished 10th of 11 in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
"The Castle," a prominent structure on Versailles Road in Woodford County, Ky., suffered severe damage Monday night when a fire apparently started around 8 p.m.
Canterbury Park in Minnesota will open May 14 with a 10% increase in purses. The daily average will be $138,000, the highest since the track reopened in 1995.
MI Developments Inc., majority owner of Magna Entertainment Corp., reported a net income of $17.52 million on revenues of $324.93 million for the first three months of 2004.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will conduct its New and Prospective Owners seminar on May 16 at Churchill Downs.
A trio of graded stakes winners highlight the 10-horse field for Friday's $150,000 Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap (gr. III), going 1 1/16 miles at Pimlico Race Course. The field is highlighted by grade I winner Nonsuch Bay and grade II winners Roar Emotion and Smok'n Frolic.
A well-matched field of 3-year-old fillies should make for both competitive betting and racing in the Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III) Friday at Pimlico.
New Zealand Bloodstock's three-day national weanling and broodmare sale ended Tuesday on an upbeat note when 290 broodmares were offered.
The Maryland Jockey Club announced safety and security procedures for Preakness weekend, including the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the May 14 Pimlico Special (gr. I) /Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II). The track will again implement enhanced security procedures for its marquee events, with procedures being very similar to the enhanced procedures employed in 2002 and 2003. All persons and cars will be inspected upon entering.
Mary Lou Whitney has donated an additional $50,000 to help fund the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Secretariat Center at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Champion Kona Gold has returned to trainer Bruce Headley's Santa Anita shedrow where he has taken up his new duties as a stable pony.
Support is building in the Illinois General Assembly for an end-of-session revision of gaming laws that could include slot machines at race tracks.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Regulations that keep a trainer from defrauding an owner are not important enough to be enforced...
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman -- Fletcher was very polished in congratulating Smarty Jones' owners, trainer, and jockey. But his ears had to be ringing from Churchill CEO Tom Meeker's comment that, "The sun wasn't shining too bright in Kentucky today but I have a slight feeling it was shining in Pennsylvania."
Little Matth Man, a New York-bred colt by Matty G. who has not run since finishing seventh in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) on April 10, breezed a half-mile in :47 flat Monday morning at Philadelphia Park.
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