Funny Cide, next scheduled to compete in the Feb. 7 Donn (gr. I), and Shake You Down, who is entered in this Saturday's Sunshine Millions Padua Stables Sprint, both worked on Tuesday.
Under a plan being considered by the New Jersey legislature, the governor's office, and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, Thoroughbred and Standardbred purses could be supplemented by revenue from Atlantic City casinos, possibly this year.
The first reported foal sired by grade II winner Explicit is a colt foaled Jan. 12 at S.O.S. Farms near Bondurant, Iowa.
Indian tribes, the horse racing industry, and Gov. Brad Henry have reached an agreement on legislation that would allow racetracks to install gaming machines and regulate devices currently operating at tribal casinos. The measure now goes to the state legislature.
- By Victor Ryan
Jesse Skees, who serves as executive director of the Office of Inspector General for the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Public Protection Authority, will be the acting executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority until a permanent replacement is found.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas, which will host the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 30, has revamped its stakes schedule by moving one of its premier events -- the 1 1/16-mile Lone Star Derby (gr. III) -- from the spring meet to the fall meet.
The stakes-producing mare Silk Appeal brought $300,000 Tuesday in Florida to top the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's winter mixed auction.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association will hold a two-day conformation and pedigree clinic at Calder Race Course Feb. 1-2.
Graded stakes winners Istintaj and Mr. Groush have moved to Jim Hernandez' Market Demand Farm near Chamberino, N.M.
New Phoenix Stable and Paul and Susan Roy's Sarava, the winner of the 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will make his return to racing on Thursday in a $65,000 optional claiming event set at one mile over Santa Anita's turf course.
Laurel Futurity (gr. III) winner Tapit had his first work since arriving at Palm Meadows training center, breezing an easy 7 furlongs in 1:30 3/5 Tuesday. Trainer Michael Dickinson still has not finalized plans as to when Tapit will make his 3-year-old debut.
Robert McNair, owner of Stonerside Stable and the NFL's Houston Texans, was among the honorees at the Texas Thoroughbred Association's annual awards banquet held on January 17 at Sam Houston Race Park.
The hottest thing in Breaux Bridge, La., these day is native son Jake Delhomme, who as the Carolina Panthers quarterback, led the team to National Football League's National Football Conference Championship and a trip to the Super Bowl.
German champion Vision of Night will enter stud at Bracklyn Stud near Mullingar in County Westmeath in Ireland.
Applications for seats to this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park in Texas will be available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21. Seating for the Oct. 30 event is priced at $25 to $125.
The electricity that once rippled throughout Gulfstream Park each winter has moved north to Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, where many of the country's top 3-year-olds prepare in style for their arduous journey to Churchill Downs.
Multiple graded stakes winners Duckhorn has arrived for stallion duty at Barbara Rickline's Xanthus Farms near Gettysburg, Pa.
Stephan de Kwiatkowski and his sister, Arianne, have a message for the Thoroughbred industry: The children of the late Henryk de Kwiatkowski are committed to the future of Calumet Farm.
- By Tom Precious
New York Gov. George Pataki has proposed new competition for racetracks with a plan to have the state sell eight video lottery terminal franchises to hotels, off-track betting parlors, and other entities.
A $1 million pick 10 will be on the line for Sunday's live racing card at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
Millionaire and grade II winner Express Tour, who won all three of the stakes in the Florida Stallion Series for 2-year-old males in 2000, has arrived for stallion duty at Roy Lerman's Lambholm South near Reddick, Fla.
Retired rider Mike Ewing died Jan. 18 in Daytona Beach, Fla., after a brief illness.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- William T. Young will be remembered for many things by many people. He was kind, honest, brilliant, tough, funny, engaging, modest, independent, loving, and loyal...
By John Y. Brown Jr. -- An associate retorted when Abraham Lincoln died, "now he belongs to the ages--he was a man--take him for all in all, we shall not look upon his like again." I think this can be said of Bill Young...
Vinery Stud has been looking for a colonial-bred freshman prospect of considerable worth for some time now and it seems the god of good gallopers has answered their prays.
Fashion has been the bane of men for years. Take Monday's Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney, Australia as the purest of examples.
Golden Eagle Farm's homebred Yearly Report seized the lead at the eighth pole and drew away for an easy four-length victory under jockey Jerry Bailey in Monday's $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.
Seven weeks after stealing the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT), Red Oak Stable's Sweet Return employed similar front-running tactics in Monday's $150,000 San Marcos (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita with the same result: a gate-to-wire victory.
Glick, an 8-year-old bay horse running for a $62,500 claiming price Monday, broke the Santa Anita record for the about 6 1/2-furlong hillside turf course, covering the course in 1:11.26 while winning by 2 1/2 lengths.
A yearling Deputy Commander filly and the Gulch mare Natkeeta sold for $95,000 apiece Monday in Florida to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's winter mixed auction.
Jockey Jose Flores was injured during the first race at Philadelphia Park Monday afternoon when his mount, Faygo Rocks, broke down. After the second race, racing was canceled for the remainder of the card.
Hallowed Dreams, who equaled a modern day record by winning her first 16 races, produced her first foal, a Tirade colt, Jan. 13 for Johnny Gaspard and Lloyd J. Romero at the latter's farm near Erath, La.
It certainly wasn't the biggest race of the season, but Monday's $81,225 Fred "Cappy" Capossela had to be special to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas' New York operation. The winner, Quick Action is owned by longtime client Overbrook Farm, whose founder, William T. Young, died last week.
The entry of Peace Rules and Midas Eyes was installed the 9-5 morning line favorite by odds maker Jeff Tufts for Saturday's $1 million Barretts/CTBA Classic, marquee event on Sunshine Millions Day at Santa Anita Park.
Patrick Valenzuela, the leading rider at Southern California's five major meets during the last calendar year, has fired his agent of the last two years, Nick Cosato.
Patrick Valenzuela, the leading rider at all five of Southern California's major meets during 2003, has fired his agent of the last two years, Nick Cosato.
When entries were drawn Monday morning for the four races that will comprise the Gulfstream Park half of the Sunshine Millions, two of the events drew full 12-horse fields.
- By Tom LaMarra
The "inside man" in the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 betting scam was sentenced March 20 2003, to a year and a day--the least amount of jail time for the three fraternity brothers involved in the case.
The first reported foal for grade II winner Pure Prize is a filly born Jan. 18 at Carrie Brogden's Machmer Hall near Paris, Ky.
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack officials Monday announced a 35% increase in overnight purses beginning with opening day of the 2004 racing season.
Daily average attendance and daily average handle were both down slightly during the New York Racing Association's 250-day racing season in 2003.
Joe Pesci, the Academy Award-winning actor, plans to be at Gulfstream Park on Saturday to watch his namesake, Pesci, compete in the $500,000, 1 1/16-mile Ocala Breeders' Sales Distaff on the Sunshine Millions program.
Oaklawn Park will kick off its 100th season of racing Jan. 23 with expected full fields and enticements for on-track patrons.
Balakheri, an English group II winner as a homebred for the Aga Khan, will enter stud at Liam and Gary Norris' Woodfield Farm Stud near Glendalligan in County Waterford in Ireland.
The scheme by three former fraternity brothers to fix the $3.1-million Ultra Pick Six payoff on the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships will be featured on national television tonight, Monday, Jan. 19.
Don Dean, a Washington, D.C.-based corporate Congressional representative and Maryland Thoroughbred owner and breeder, was re-elected president of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America during the organization's National Chaplain's School and Convention Jan. 7-12 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The 2004 equine auction season got a quick jump out of the gate this week as the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale continued the bull market seen during September and November. The five-day sale that ended Friday resulted in a 58% increase in gross, a 49% gain in average price, and a 30% rise in median when compared with the 2003 auction.
- By Tom Keyser
After Funny Cide delighted racing fans with his sizzling victory at Gulfstream Park, the schedule for the popular New York-bred gelding included the Pimlico Special (gr. I), which could be canceled this year due to a purse shortfall.
Came Home's first reported foal is a colt born Jan. 16 at Gary Biszantz' Cobra Farm near Lexington.
Two new group I races will take place in Britain this year, the European Pattern Committee has announced. Both races -- the Falmouth Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes -- will be run at Newmarket, the headquarters of British flat racing.
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