A deal to provide a $20-million bailout to the New York Racing Association received Senate approval March 1 and heads to Gov. George Pataki for his signature.
The Jockeys' Guild on Tuesday made several changes in its dues, insurance, and disability policy designed to bring the organization back from the brink of bankruptcy at which it found itself following a management change in November that purged former president Wayne Gertmenian and his top assistants.
Brother Derek will take another step toward the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Saturday when trainer Dan Henricks sends him out in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Boosted by a $16-million Forestry colt, the most expensive Thoroughbred ever sold at public auction, the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training rocketed into the record books Tuesday at Calder Race Course.
Several local charities have already organized events surrounding the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park March 25. Altogether, about $100,000 is expected to be raised for various causes in the two weeks leading up to the race.
Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park will mark the first time First Samurai has traveled two turns and has gone 1 1/8 miles, but neither factor has trainer Frankie Brothers too concerned.
Trainer John Shirreffs said Giacomo will be ready when the gates spring open Saturday for the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). The Big 'Cap will be the second start of the year for the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner who began his 4-year-old season with a third-place effort in the Feb. 4 Strub Stakes (gr. II).
Magna Entertainment Corp. reported Feb. 27 a total net loss of $39.7 million for the three-month period ending Dec. 31, and year-end losses of more than $105 million.
Two internationally known jockeys, Steve Cauthen and Chris McCarron, will help open an exhibit at the Lexington History Museum as a part of the "Best of the Bluegrass" celebration leading up to the 2006 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Churchill Downs has announced promotions and new duties for several members of its guest services team.
Wild Fit, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and Las Virgenes (gr. I) in her last two races, is listed as the 6-1 co-favorite with 'all other 3-year-old fillies' in the second of three pools in Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW), which launches its four-day run March 2 at North American racetracks and simulcast wagering centers.
Legislation that would protect buyers and sellers in equine transactions is on its way to the floor of the Kentucky Senate, though one lawmaker plans to offer two amendments. Meanwhile, horse industry representatives planned another meeting to hammer out a compromise on some language in the bill.
The second of three pools of Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager opens its four-day run on Thursday, March 2 with "all others" as a narrow favorite over multiple stakes winner Brother Derek as the morning line favorite among 24 wagering interests.
A handsome bay colt became the first horse Tuesday to command a seven-figure price at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training when he brought a $2.2-million final bid from Dale Romans.
The Jockeys' Guild has reached a settlement in a pair of lawsuits filed by ousted Guild treasurer Eddie King and former Disabled Jockeys' Fund co-chairman Gary Donahue.
The March 25 Lane's End Stakes (gr.II) at Turfway Park has drawn 155 nominations, the most since Lane's End Farm began sponsoring the race in 2002.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - When will regulators or racetrack executives follow the lead of Woodbine in Canada and the New York Racing Association and stop allowing private practitioners to treat horses on the day of a race?
By T.D. Thorton - It was no surprise the Thoroughbred industry went into its well-practiced "wounded party" act when the Boston Globe and Washington Post both recently announced that statistical racing coverage--those several-inch squares of abbreviated agate type--would be slashed from each paper's sports section.
Magna Entertainment announced Monday that Joe DeFrancis, chief executive officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, has been appointed CEO of PariMax, a new company to oversee the development of Magna's "various electronic distribution platforms."
Gainesway Farm announced that the first three mares have been confirmed in foal to champion Afleet Alex.
Mahalo, a 5-year-old stakes-placed daughter of Gulch, has been retired and is booked to El Prado.
In an effort to control the spread of Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1) after consulting with the Kentucky State Veterinary Office and the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, Keeneland will require several conditions to be met for a horse to enter its stable areas.
Penn National Race Course officials said they would lift the quarantine imposed on its backstretch due to equine herpesvirus March 7 provided no further cases of the virus are reported in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Lawyer Ron took another step forward with his victory in Saturday's Southwest Stakes, extending his winning streak to four. But he still left a major question unanswered. Despite the lack of stakes action last week, there were several horses around the country who stepped up and made people take notice.
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