The Jockeys' Guild got a lot of sympathy but no immediate action from the Illinois Racing Board Tuesday on the issues of medical insurance and the scale of weights.
Primarily, the 2000 Canadian Broodmare of the Year, died March 30 in a field from injuries sustained in a fall at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Versailles, Ky.
Embattled owner Marty Wygod fired back Tuesday at the complaints filed against him by the California Horse Racing Board concerning events around Sweet Catomine's run in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) last Saturday.
Turfway Park closed its four-month Winter/Spring Meet April 7 with mixed results, as on-track handle held steady but off-track wagering slipped compared to the same period last year.
Keeneland has moved Wednesday's post position draw for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), to be contested over 1 1/8 miles Saturday, from the paddock to inside the sales pavilion due to expected inclement weather.
Mr Sword tuned up for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland with a five-furlong breeze Tuesday morning over the Central Kentucky oval. The Jennifer Pedersen-trainee got the distance in :57 4/5.
In the Gold, who just missed in her last start and before that ran into the buzz saw known as Sis City, should be the favorite in a short field Thursday in Keeneland's Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II).
As trainer Tim Ritchey watched aboard the stable pony Tuesday morning, Afleet Alex signaled that he is ready for Saturday's $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II), zipping through a fast half-mile workout at Oaklawn Park.
National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Commissioner D.G.Van Clief Jr. will address the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club's (KTFMC) monthly meeting May 3 at the Crowne Plaza in Lexington. In addition to an update from Van Clief on the NTRA, Greg Avioli will discuss racing industry legislation.
Tracy Farmer's Sun King and Mary and Gary West's High Limit turned in strong works Monday at Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
ReRun is sponsoring an Equine Art Classic Gallery Show and benefit art auction to be held May 5-8 in Louisville.
Giant's Causeway, whose son Noble Causeway is one of the top Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders, has had his stud fee boosted to $200,000 from $150,000.
ReRun announces the 2005 Equine Art Classic Gallery Show and ReRun Benefit Art Auction to be held at The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Louisville, Ky., May 5 -May 8. The auction will open at 10 a.m. May 5.
There was no one on Bellamy Road (also known as the Aqueduct stretch on Saturday) except one lone traveler who cruised along in isolated splendor as if out for an afternoon joy ride. But the Wood Memorial (gr. I) was not the only big race last weekend, despite what one may think of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
As always, the releasing of Coolmore's stud fees were the most anticipated in Australia.
The California Horse Racing Board filed complaints Monday against Martin J. Wygod, the owner of Sweet Catomine, and a racehorse transport driver after determining the champion filly was falsely identified to the stable gate guard as a "pony" when she left Santa Anita at 3 a.m. April 4 for special medical treatment and again when she returned to the stable area the following night.
- By Tom LaMarra
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