Headlines for Wednesday, January 31, 2001

  • Powis Castle Dead in Texas

    Grade II winner Powis Castle died in early January from injuries received from crashing into a fence during a thunderstorm at Justin Killion's Killion Farm near Palestine, Texas.

  • Horse of the Year Tiznow returns in Saturday's Strub Stakes.

    Horse of the Year Tiznow in Saturday's Strub Stakes

    Tiznow will face a similar cast of characters as he did while winning the Jan. 13 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) in Saturday's grade II Strub Stakes at Santa Anita. The nine-furlong Strub will be Tiznow's first start since adding the Horse of the Year title to his 2000 resume. The Strub will be televised on the ESPN2 network at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

  • Captain Steve, among the grade I winners in Saturday's Donn Handicap.

    Eight to Contest Donn Handicap

    Eight of the best handicap horses in training, including grade 1 winners Captain Steve, Albert the Great and Sir Bear, clash Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the first major event of the year for older runners, the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at a mile and an eighth. The Donn will be televised on ESPN2 as part of a broadcast that includes the Strub Stakes and San Vicente Stakes from 6:30-7:00 p.m. (ET).

  • Illinois Board Cuts Fairmount Dates, Orders Upgrade

    The Illinois Racing Board Wednesday gave Fairmount Park permission to cut its live racing schedule but not before threatening the Southern Illinois track with sanctions if it fails to upgrade the backside At a special meeting sought by the track, the board agreed to allow Fairmount to push back its opening from Feb. 6 to March 16 and to cancel racing on Easter Sunday and the day after Memorial Day -- a total decrease of 23 day

  • Strodes Creek is the latest U.S. stallion to depart for Japan.

    Strodes Creek to Japan

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Strodes Creek has been sold to Turf Company of Japan, according to Florida-based bloodstock consultant John Jacobs, who represents Turf Company.

  • Broadcaster Jim McKay, recipient of an Eclipse Award of Merit.

    Eclipse Award of Merit: Jim McKay

    At the National Turf Writers Association's annual awards dinner just before the 2000 Breeders' Cup, Jim McKay couldn't help taking a jab at those honoring him with the Joe Palmer Award for meritorious service to racing.

  • Special Eclipse Award winner John Hettinger.

    Eclipse Awards: Special Award: John Hettinger

    Owning horses is easy. Caring about them is a different story. And caring enough to want to make a difference in their post-racing lives is why John Hettinger is being honored with a Special Eclipse Award.

  • Kalanisi, turf male Eclipse Award winner.

    Eclipse Awards: Turf Male: Kalanisi

    Let's see if this story sounds familiar...an international turf star, sired by Mill Reef's son Doyoun, makes one start in the United States and wins the Eclipse Award as top turf horse. If it doesn't ring a bell, then flip back the calendar just one year to when Daylami turned the trick. In 2000, it was Kalanisi's turn.

  • Eclipse Awards: Tiznow and the Mayne Event

    On a night of comedic one-liners, most of them from the hilarious emcee, Kenny Mayne, National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner Tim Smith said the single phrase most of the 500 people attending Tuesday's 30th annual Eclipse Awards dinner at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La., were waiting to hear. When he opened the envelope containing the name of the Horse of the Year for 2000, Smith said simply: "Congratulations California, it's Tiznow."