Articles posted January 7, 2005

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Sweet Catomine Set to Go, Rain or Shine

Sweet Catomine, the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) champion, makes her much-anticipated 3-year-old debut in Sunday's $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.

Churchill Purses to Top $10 Million in 2005

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With the doubling of the purse for the 131st running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) to $2 million, the total value of purses in Churchill Downs' 2005 schedule of stakes races will reach a record $10 million.

Prairie Meadows, Polk County Team for Disaster Relief

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Prairie Meadows and the Polk County Board of Supervisors joined efforts to pledge up to $100,000 in matching funds to the Southeast Asia Relief Fund through the American Red Cross and challenged the community to join in the effort.

Ticker Tape Deal Falls Through

The pending deal to sell Ticker Tape, a finalist for an Eclipse Award as top female turf horse for 2004, has fallen through, according to one of her owners, Jim Ford.

Clock Stopper and Gold Storm Battle in Colonel Power

Stakes winners Clock Stopper and Gold Storm highlight a field of six sprinters pointed toward Sunday's $60,000 Colonel Power Handicap, going six-furlongs at Fair Grounds. The two runners last met at Lone Star Park in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), where Clock Stopper finished sixth and Gold Storm finished ninth.

Pat Valenzuela's Suspension Overturned by CHRB

The California Horse Racing Board Friday cleared the way for jockey Pat Valenzuela to regain his riding license when it voted to adopt the ruling of an administrative law judge that overruled a board of stewards' suspension of the rider.

Charles Town HBPA Has New Contract

The Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association announced Jan. 7 it has signed a new contract with Penn National Gaming Inc., owner of Charles Town Races & Slots, which increases the number of live racing dates per year.

Lou-Roe Farm Lands Alex's Pal, Successful Appeal's Half-Brother

Alex's Pal, a half-brother to the 2004 leading first-crop sire Successful Appeal, will stand the 2005 breeding season at Lou Gurino's Lou-Roe Farm near Morriston, Fla. His fee will be $2,500 live foal. Alex's Pal is from the first crop of 2001 leading freshman sire Valid Expectations, who like Successful Appeal, is a son of Valid Appeal.

Racing Reality Series Premieres Jan. 10

If you can't relate to eating bugs on some island you can't pronounce or selling chocolate bars on the street in order to win a high-powered job with Donald Trump, there finally is a reality TV series you can relate to, and that is "American Dream Derby," which premieres Monday Jan. 10 on the Game Show Network.

Retired Trainer Sylvia Bishop Dead

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Sylvia Bishop, the first female African-American licensed to train Thoroughbreds in the U.S., died Dec. 27 in Ranson, W.Va., following a short illness.

Lane's End Employee Brenda Linville Dead

Brenda Linville, a secretary in the stallion division at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., died Jan. 5 of pancreatic cancer at a Lexington hospital.

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