Arlington Park plans to showcase its turf racing during the 2005 season by offering the Turf Trifecta, a $100,000 guaranteed gross trifecta pool offered on every race that is actually run on the turf at on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Bob Bone's grade II winner Choctaw Nation worked Tuesday morning for the first time since finishing third in the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26.
Golden Eagle Farm's homebred Chief Planner, who hasn't started since winning the 2003 Snow Chief Stakes for California-breds by seven lengths more than two years ago, has returned to training and may be ready to race again before the end of the current Hollywood Park meet, trainer Bob Baffert said.
- By Jack Shinar
Complaints against trainers Julio Canani and Jeff Mullins were withdrawn Wednesday by the California Horse Racing Board after it was advised that evidence failed to support the charges in either case.
- By Nick Hahn
Satellite television customers in Virginia who have watched horse racing on dedicated channels for several years can now wager on the races.
Wednesday's top stories: Consolidator breezes five furlongs for Lukas; works for Zito duo hinge on weather conditions; Baffert saus Sort It Out now possible for Derby.
A colt from the first crop grade of II winner Prime Timber was the star Wednesday at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux will ride occasionally at the current Hollywood Park meet but is doing so well in Japan that he will spend much of the spring and summer there.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who suffered a knee injury when unseated following the start of the fourth race at Hollywood Park April 22 and has not ridden since, will rest his aching knee until Saturday, agent Ronnie Ebanks said Wednesday.
Trainer Bob Baffert initially hoped to run No Bull Baby in the $100,000-added Railbird Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park Sunday. But after the stakes-winning filly suffered a career-ending ankle injury training at Santa Anita last week, Baffert will go to the bench.
Angara inched away down the Keeneland stretch to take the April 27 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 1 3/4 lengths over Cape Town Lass, with Strike Me Lucky three lengths back in third. A daughter of Alzao, Angara covered the 1 1/2-mile distance over a turf course rated good in 2:36.24.
It's that time of the week when things briefly quiet down before the second wave of workouts. With only Consolidator working under the cover of darkness, this is a good time to reflect on how the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is shaping up so far.
The top three finishers from last year's Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIIT) are back to renew their rivalry Friday when the $200,000 race is contested at Keeneland on closing day.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders announced Marylou Whitney's Dear Birdie has been chosen 2004 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year.
Turfway Park will be the first racetrack in North America to install a Polytrack surface on its main track, Turfway president Bob Elliston announced April 27 at a press conference at Keeneland.
The workout tab at Churchill Downs for horses pointing toward the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) continued to be light Wednesday, with only classic contender Consolidator going through the paces.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Jockeys' Guild has slammed a report issued by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Jockey Accident Insurance Working Group, claiming it serves to facilitate the agenda of racetracks and ignores exercise riders. The Guild also takes issue with a recommendation that jockeys help pay the cost of upgraded on-track accident insurance.
More than six decades after Hollywood Park opened, its future as a racing venue has become less than certain.
Grade I winner Songandaprayer came through with his first winner when his daughter Stolen Prayer won April 26 by 15 lengths at Calder Race Course.
After a one-year hiatus from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey is back, seeking his third win in the classic. Bailey, 47, who also just released his autobiography "Against the Odds: Riding for My Life," is booked to ride Florida Derby (gr. I) winner High Fly for trainer Nick Zito.
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