Gary Tanaka's grade I winner Passinetti is back in training after a second lengthy layoff and the 9-year-old gelding is less than two weeks away from racing, according to trainer Ben Cecil.
Take a speedy grade I winner from a hot sire line who could carry his speed up to 1 3/16th miles. Cross him with a classically-oriented family whose credentials include two Kentucky Derby/Preakness (gr. I) winners, an Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner, and a Prix du Jockey-Club (Fr-I) winner. What do you get?
Potential handicap star Rock Hard Ten remains on course for Saturday's $300,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, but stablemate Minister Eric will not run, trainer Richard Mandella said Wednesday.
Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park will offer Pick Six carryovers totaling more than $800,000 when racing resumes Thursday.
Yearly Report, a homebred grade II winner for Betty Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm, has been retired from racing and is booked to Gone West.
One week after bringing Host off the layoff to win the Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. IIIT), trainer John Kimmel will send Premium Tap into action in Saturday's Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) with the hopes of following in 2004 Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Friends Lake's footsteps.
- By Tom LaMarra
Gulfstream Park has increased its on-track medical insurance for jockeys from $100,000 to $500,000 through the end of its current meet, which concludes April 24.
Trainer Shug McGaughey is set to take the wraps off Laurel Futurity winner Defer in Saturday's $100,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park in what he hopes will be the first step toward the 3-year-old Classic races later this spring.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will host a New and Prospective Owners Seminar at Fair Grounds Race Course Feb. 12. The seminar will feature topics on the business of Thoroughbred ownership.
The board of directors of The Race For Education, a national education scholarship foundation, has named Donald R. Richardson, senior vice president of racing for Churchill Downs Inc., as the organization's new president. Doug Cauthen, president of WinStar Farm and RFE's president since its inception in 2002, remains on the board.
Churchill Downs Incorporated launched the official 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Web sites Wednesday. According to a release from the company, the new and improved sites offer "the most comprehensive coverage of the Run for the Roses" and its sister race, the Kentucky Oaks. This year's Derby will be held May 7 and the Oaks May 6.
Ninety Nine Jack, who earned more than $173,000 in 2004, was named champion older horse among Thoroughbreds at the New Mexico Horse Breeders Association's recent annual awards banquet in Albuquerque. Championships were awarded for both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse categories.
Danehill filly sells for NZ$1.3 million at New Zealand's premier yearling auction.
The first foal from Irish group winner Saranac Lake is a colt born Jan. 31 at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.
The first foal by grade II winner Century City arrived Feb. 2 at John Greely III's Wintergreen Farm near Midway, Ky.
The Maryland racing industry has signed off on a plan to revitalize the sport should legislators approve alternative gaming. Though efforts to win approval for racetrack slot machines have stalled in recent years, a key legislator said the plan represents progress.
By Evan Hammonds -- A pat on the back goes to all involved at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association for putting together a smooth and slick presentation of the 34th Eclipse Awards Jan. 24. A special nod should be given to Debbie Blair, the event coordinator and vice president of customer service at NTRA/Breeders' Cup.
By D.G. Van Clief Jr. -- The charges outlined in the federal indictments in New York point out the immediate need to improve our wagering systems and the pre- and post-race security of our horses. They are a stark reminder that, as an industry, we must accelerate the pace of the steps we have taken over the last few years to upgrade these areas.
Frisk Me Now, a millionaire and multiple grade II winner, has arrived for stallion duty at Buck and Karen Wheeler's Oak Tree Farms near Ellendale, Minn.
NBC's telecast of the Jan. 29 Sunshine Millions from Gulfstream Park in Florida and Santa Anita Park in California earned modest overnight ratings for the network that ticked down below the 2004 edition.
A Kentucky legislator has proposed a pair of bills that would permit electronic slot machines at the state's eight racetracks, as well as every county in the state, if approved by local voters.
A $2-million "Grand Slam of Grass" bonus and a three-day Labor Day Weekend Turf Festival highlight a proposal prepared by Colonial Downs and the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association that will be reviewed by the Virginia Racing Commission Feb. 16.
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