The Bobby Frankel-trained Arvada held off favored Humaita by a head to win the $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares on the turf Saturday at Calder Race Course.
Rare Gift, with Richard Migliore aboard, was never challenged while drawing off to win Saturday's $109,400 Ladies Handicap (gr. III) in gate-to-wire fashion at Aqueduct.
Read the Footnotes, a three-time graded stakes winner who holds one of the highest Beyer Speed Figures of the year, has been retired from racing because of a knee problem and will enter stud at Sequel Stallions near Ocala, Fla.
Prominent stallion Miswaki died Dec. 17 at John T. L. Jones III and Robert Trussell's Walmac Farm near Lexington, Ky. due to the infirmities of old age.
Sam-Son Farm and its homebred Soaring Free took home top honors when the Sovereign Awards were presented by The Jockey Club of Canada at the annual awards dinner Friday night in Ontario.
In a field lacking a graded stakes winner, Splendid Blended, whose only setback came to probable 2-year-old filly champion Sweet Catomine, looks best of seven entered in Sunday's $380,000 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Trainer Leo Nechamkin says that win or lose, he'll be getting an early Christmas gift when his Gators N Bears competes in Sunday's $100,000-added Gravesend Handicap (gr. III), the final graded stakes race in New York in 2004.
- By Dan Lauletta
Retired trainer Bill Badgett Jr. recently sat down in his living room and did something he had not done in quite some time. He watched a NFL game from start to finish without interruption.
Add jockey Ryan Fogelsonger to the list of reality television stars. A crew from MTV arrived at Pimlico Race Course Friday afternoon to spend the weekend with the 23-year old rider for the documentary series "True Life: I Want The Perfect Body II".
The Churchill Downs Simulcast Network' announced Friday it is partnering with the Dubai Racing Club to serve as the North and South American host of the 2005 Dubai Carnival of Racing.
Leading rider John Velazquez has been named to replace Jeremy Rose aboard Cash is King's Afleet Alex, a candidate for an Eclipse Award as top 2-year-old male, in his quest for the 2005 Kentucky Derby.
Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort will offer a beefed-up stakes schedule in 2005 that includes a purse hike for the West Virginia Derby (gr. III) and the addition of stakes for 2-year-olds.
The New York Racing Association announced Friday that John Passero has been named track superintendent at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.
Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma reported that both on-track attendance and handle improved during the 65-day meet that ended Dec. 5.
The United Kingdom's Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs announced Dec. 17 that it imposed restrictions on Oct. 29 on a 5-year-old stallion on a premises in the Newmarket area of Suffolk following a positive blood test result for equine viral arteritis.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners has announced plans to host an Unwanted Horse Summit. The summit, a one-day conference bringing equine industry leaders together to address the problem of unwanted horses, will take place Tuesday, April 19, 2005, during the American Horse Council's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
High incidences of leptospirosis-induced abortions in Central Kentucky horses could be caused by a tandem effect of temperature and precipitation in certain years, said Capt. David Hall of the U.S. Air Force.
The Jockey Club Foundation dispersed its final checks of 2004 this month, bringing to about $600,000 provided in aid during the year.
Barretts has catalogued 670 horses for its 2005 January mixed sale.
State and federal officials raided the Turf Paradise barn area Dec. 15 and found performance-enhancing substances that may have been used on racehorses.
Beginning Jan. 1, Portland Meadows Racetrack will change its racing schedule by adding Sundays.
Churchill Downs has announced the dates for the three pools of the 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager and Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.
Robert F. Flynn has been named to the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association. The appointment is subject to the approval of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
Joseph Allen's Roar Emotion should have few excuses in Saturday's $100,000 Ladies Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles when she faces seven opponents. The 4-year-old filly exits tougher races and appears to possess a clear speed advantage.
Trainer Doug O'Neill hopes to cap his second Hollywood Park autumn meet championship Sunday with a victory by Sharp Lisa in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies.
Undefeated Declan's Moon, who returned from his smasher in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) to take last month's Hollywood Prevue (gr. III), is expected to be accorded favoritism among eight entrants in the $449,500 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) Saturday.
Retired New Jersey racing executive Robert J. "Bob" Quigley, 75, and Wanda Hooper, 69, widow of Fred Hooper, are engaged to be married.
The first-ever code of ethics for the Thoroughbred auction industry was introduced Dec. 16 during a press conference at Keeneland.
The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association board of directors announced the appointment of Bessie S. Gruwell as the association's executive director, effective Jan. 1.
- By Tom Precious
The future shape of New York's Thoroughbred industry will be the focus of a new group of the nation's leading racing industry insiders, whose chief mission will be to propose a new business model for racing in the state.
HorseRacing TV (HRTV), a subsidiary of Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC) announced Dec. 16 it had signed a multi-year agreement that provides for HRTV to appear on Comcast systems as part of a digital sports package.
The TV Games Network and HorseRacing TV have announced new carriage agreements that will expand their reach.
Reports of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association Sales Integrity Task Force establishing guidelines and providing forms to improve level of disclosure at Thoroughbred auctions.
December or no December, the journey to Louisville has officially begun. Just ask any trainer with a promising 2-year-old if the lure of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hasn't already taken a firm hold. Over the past 10 days we've seen several exciting hopefuls emerge. And there's still that little matter of crowning a champ this weekend.
Simon Bray, who recently retired as a Thoroughbred trainer, has joined TVG as a full time racing analyst, the network announced Thursday. Bray, a 35-year-old Englishman who trained grade I winners Startac and Astra, has been working for TVG on a part time basis the past eight months.
Coolmore stud head John Magnier was elected an honorary member of the English Jockey Club.
Robert J. "Bob" Quigley, 75, a retired New Jersey racing executive and Wanda Hooper, 69, widow of Hooper Farm owner Fred Hooper, are engaged to be married.
Thursday's media briefing from the Sales Integrity Task Force at Keeneland will be offered live on the Keeneland Web site at http://www.keeneland.com at 11 a.m. (EST).
Shane Sellers may be giving up his career as a jockey, but he intends to remain quite involved with industry issues pertaining to jockeys.
French group III winner Puppeteer invades Calder Race Course for his new trainer, California-based Jeff Mullins, in the $200,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT), a 1 1/2-mile turf event on Saturday.
- By Tom Precious
The New York Racing Association's three racetracks were raided by state investigators Dec. 15 as part of a sweeping probe sources said could be aimed primarily at the system of weighing jockeys.
"Racing From Santa Anita", the track's popular nightly replay show, will have a new home during the 85-day winter/spring Meeting that begins Dec. 26.
Janeian, a New Zealand-bred mare who was shipped to Hollywood Park in July to capture the Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIIT), returns for a shot at the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on Monday.
Trainer Bob Baffert is putting the finishing touches on No Bull Baby for the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) on Sunday but has another baby on his mind.
After six weeks with Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko in his Hollywood Park stable, trainer Craig Dollase says he understands why the chestnut colt is a grade I stakes winner.
A dozen out-of-town trainers from New England and Delaware have relocated to Maryland for the winter bringing 120 more horses to Pimlico, Laurel Park and the Bowie Training Center.
What started out as simple spiders bite on the inside of his lower left leg turned into a life-threatening situation for Jozbin Santana. But after nearly a month of battling, the 25-year old rider has returned to race at Pimlico.
Wild Zone, one of the nation's leading sires of 2-year-olds, has been relocated to Ro Parra's Millennium Farms Kentucky near Lexington.
Andreas Jacobs' Humaita, a three-time stakes winner this year, looks to cap off 2004 as the 119-pound highweight in the La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIT) at Calder Saturday. The La Prevoyante, which goes at approximately 3:58 p.m., is the first of four stakes on the "Grand Slam II" card at the south Florida track.
Standing in the lobby of his lawyer's downtown Louisville, Ky., office building, jockey Shane Sellers announced Dec. 15 he has officially retired from racing.
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