The historic review committee of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame has selected Jimmy Winkfield and Bowl of Flowers for induction, it was announced today.
The fields are set for the sixth Claiming Crown, which will be held July 17 at Canterbury Park and broadcast nationally on the TV Games Network. In all, 62 horses have been entered in six races.
The California attorney general's office has postponed indefinitely Thursday's scheduled formal hearing by Hollywood Park stewards concerning the summary suspension of jockey Pat Valenzuela, which went into effect July 2.
- By Tom Precious
More money was wagered in New York on out-of-state races than in-state races in 2003, the first time such a shift has occurred, according to a new report by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Kentucky equine industry, for the first time, will be the focus of a September meeting of the state General Assembly's Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, legislators announced July 14.
Internationalist Jimmy Winkfield, who won two turn-of-the-century Kentucky Derbys, and Bowl of Flowers, a two-time filly champion of the 1960s, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.
Arkansas owner Fred Selz, who raced horses for more than 40 years, died July 12 in a Little Rock, Ark., hospital.
TVG will present live, on-site coverage of the 2004 Claiming Crown this Saturday from Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.
Greenwood Lake, who won the Champagne Stakes (gr. I), came through with his first winner when Irish Meadow won July 13 at Philadelphia Park.
Ten Most Wanted, third in Eclipse Award balloting for best 3-year-old male last year, will enter stud at Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington.
Live racing will return to Maryland with the opening of Pimlico's Summer Meet on July 31 and continue through August 27.
Danzig, whose 181 stakes winners is the most for any North American stallion, has been retired from stud duty.
Jockey Rick Wilson has returned to his Sykesville home where he'll continue to recover from injuries suffered during the Pimlico spring meet.
A human interventional cardiologist and an equine veterinarian in Lexington, Ky. have successfully completed the first step of a landmark procedure to repair a heart problem called a –ventricular septal defect” in a foal. The procedure was performed July 9.
Led by a record number of pre-entries, Saturday's Claiming Crown at Canterbury Park is expected to be the biggest ever in the five-year history of the event, according the Nat Wess, director of live racing operations at Canterbury Park.
Lion Cavern, whose 18 stakes winners include multiple European champion Crimplene, has been sold to Elia Stud Farm in Greece.
Successful Appeal, who proved successful as a racehorse, is also living up to his name as a stallion. He not only heads the freshman sire list by progeny earnings, but the overall 2-year-old list, and is the only stallion with three juvenile stakes winners. His success has proved so appealing and substantial that he might make the move from Hartley/De Renzo, Walmac South near Ocala, Fla., to John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International near Lexington for the 2005 breeding season.
The July 11 Texas Stallion Stakes on closing day at Lone Star Park resembled another family reunion for 2-year-old sons of Texas stallion Valid Expectations.
One day after paying a world-record price for a suckling or weanling sold at public auction, Japanese owner Fusao Sekiguchi went to â280 million ($2,592,593) to acquire a Gone West colt on the final day of the Japan Racing Horse Associations select foal sale at Northern Park on the island of Hokkaido.
Magna Entertainment Corp.'s HorseRacing TV will now be carried on DISH network, beginning July 15. HRTV features television coverage of 13 racetracks owned, operated or managed by MEC.
Exceed And Excel, who has been for the past 18 months the highest-rated sprinter Australians have seen in the past 10 years, has run his last race and has been retired to stud.
- By Ron Mitchell
The chief executive officer of MI Developments said Tuesday that the company's proposal to purchase the stock it presently does not own in Magna Entertainment and take it private will not affect the racetrack operating company's strategic business plan.
Lone Star Park ended its 63-date Spring meeting on July 11 with gains in average daily on-track attendance and on-track handle despite enduring the second-wettest June in Dallas-Fort Worth history.
- By Jack Shinar
It was a bad week for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who found himself stumping for voter support for his overdue 2004-05 budget plan at Mary's Pizza Shack in rural Dixon, along Interstate 80 west of Sacramento.
Moyglare Stud Farm's matriarch Grenzen, dam of millionaire Twilight Agenda and granddam of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Go and Go, died in Kentucky at age 29.
Multiple graded stakes winner and Suburban Handicap (gr. I) runner-up Newfoundland will enter stud at Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky. upon his retirement, according to an announcement Monday from Sumaya U. S. Stable and Brookdale Farm.
The Race For Education has announced the 27 recipients of scholarships totaling $300,000 for the 2004-2005 academic year.
Fusao Sekiguchi, who raced 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, paid a world-record price for a foal sold at public auction when he acquired a Dance in the Dark colt for ä490,000,000 ($4,537,037) during the first day of the Japan Racing Horse Association sale Monday.
Drew Couto, one of the founding directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, has been named president of the organization. He succeeds John Van de Kamp, who has been elected president of the State Bar of California.
Hope that passage of slot machine legislation in Pennsylvania would result in a new Thoroughbred racetrack near Pittsburgh seems futile. Negotiators with knowledge of the bill signed into law July 5 by Gov. Ed Rendell said a stand-alone slots parlor in downtown Pittsburgh is much more likely.
Expect Will remained undefeated with a win in the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes on closing day at Lone Star Park, giving trainer Steve Asmussen a clean sweep of all four 2-year-old stakes at the spring meet.
Gary Tanaka's multiple graded stakes winner Star Parade handled Pesci early and Quero Quero late to register a convincing 3 1/2-length triumph in the $228,450 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park Sunday.
After stalking the pace throughout most of the 6 ½-furlong $141,250 Bold Venture Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday, I'm the Tiger, piloted by Todd Kabel, pounced on his rivals.
"It's really wonderful when you make a tactical plan and it works out like a dream," said trainer Laura de Seroux Sunday, still on cloud nine at her San Luis Rey Downs base after winning the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Saturday with Total Impact.
Argentine star Freddy will probably make his United States debut in the $150,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) on closing day July 18 at Hollywood Park, trainer Donald Burke II said Sunday after the 5-year-old horse worked on turf.
EMO Stables' Racey Dreamer remained undefeated over hurdles with a late charge to win in the $50,000 David L. "Zeke" Ferguson Memorial Steeplechase (NSA-III) at Colonial Downs on Sunday.
Robert N. Clay's homebred Medallist, ridden by Jorge Chavez, romped and stomped at Belmont Park Sunday, winning the $150,000 Dwyer (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park over The Cliff's Edge, flying to the lead and never looking back.
Courtlandt Farms' Film Maker scored a stylish victory as the 6-5 favorite in the $200,000 All Along Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs on Saturday.
The Bob Baffert-trained Multiplication, who won the Mike Lee Stakes for owner Jim McIngvale at Belmont Park June 26, died of an apparent heart attack after a workout Saturday at Belmont.
High Yield, a three-time grade I winner, was represented by his first winner when daughter Honky Tonk Pat won July 10.
Rock Hard Ten finally had the day everyone was waiting for in the $409,300 Swaps Breeders' Cup (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park Saturday, taking command in the stretch for an easy 3 3/4-length victory.
James Weigel's 9-1 outsider Dream of Summer made her initial foray into graded stakes company look as simple as can be, recording a gate-to-wire victory in the $150,000 A Gleam Invitational Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Hollywood Park Saturday.
The Chilean-bred Total Impact rewarded the constant faith in him displayed by trainer Laura de Seroux, ending a seven-race losing streak with an upset victory in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) at Hollywood Park Saturday.
Ocean Drive exploded to the lead in midstretch and drew off to score by nearly three lengths in the $100,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park Saturday.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy drew away from favored Artie Schiller in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $500,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs on Saturday.
Champali set a fast pace but had enough left to hold off the late challenge of Clock Stopper by a nose in an exciting four-horse photo finish to the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course Saturday.
Farish, Elkins & Webber's Alumni Hall, far back early, took command in mid-stretch to win the $75,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap by 2 ½ lengths on Saturday at Arlington Park.
R.C. Hill Stable's Christine's Outlaw found the Belmont Park turf to his liking once again and the 4-year-old colt responded with his first graded stakes victory, a front-running surprise over a talented field in the $112,600 Poker Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday.
William M. Backer's Art Fan registered an authoritative front-running score in the inaugural running of the $200,000 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs on Saturday July 10.
The Chilean-bred Ema Bovary captured the 10th win in her past 11 starts in the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. II) at Calder Race Course Saturday with a patient stalking ride from Northern California-based rider Roberto Gonzalez.
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