Articles posted February 10, 2006

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Santa Anita Bumps Purses 5% on Brisk Start

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Santa Anita Park announced a purse increase of 5% on Feb. 10, which will result in overnight purse distribution at the Arcadia, Calif., track of approximately $300,000 per day.

Pussycat Doll May Be Strong La Canada Pick

Pussycat Doll, coming off powerful grade I victory in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I), could easily stand out among eight 4-year-old fillies entered in Santa Anita's $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday.

136 Pre-Entered for Louisiana Premier Stakes

A total of 136 horses bred in Louisiana are pre-entered in the six stakes races worth more than $550,000 that will make up the 2006 edition of Louisiana Premier Night to be held at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino on Feb. 18.

Stevie Wonderboy Doing Great After Surgery

Even standing in his stall, two days after being operated on for a condylar fracture, Stevie Wonderboy continues to amaze trainer Doug O'Neill, who said the colt's surgery Wednesday went perfectly and he "looks fantastic."

Equine Forum and Hammond to Produce Podcast

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The Lexus Equine Forum (LEF), a Lexington-based, horseracing radio broadcast, and Hammond Equine, a division of Hammond Communications Group (HCG), have partnered to produce a podcast version of LEF's weekly radio broadcast.

Achilles of Troy Could Be Vulnerable Favorite in Whirlaway

Achilles of Troy will be an overwhelming favorite in Saturday's $65,000 Whirlaway Stakes, but will he win the race? There are two indications that he might be vulnerable. Regardless of the outcome, the race doesn't have significant Kentucky Derby implications, since there are no graded earnings at stake.

Tromba Resigns at Louisiana Downs

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Ray Tromba resigned as vice president of racing operations at Harrah's Louisiana Downs. He had been with the track for 19 years, serving in his current capacity since 2003.

Raffetto Named President of Maryland Jockey Club

Lou Raffetto Jr. was named president and chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, with Chris Dragone replacing him at the organization that operates Pimlico and Laurel as vice president and general manager.

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