Headlines for Friday, December 14, 2001

  • Jockey Pat Valenzuela, regained license to ride in California.

    PVal Rides Again

    The on-again, off-again career of jockey Patrick Valenzuela is on again. Valenzuela, 39, received a conditional license to resume riding from the California Horse Racing Board on Friday and will begin working horses Saturday, according to his attorney, Don Calabria.

  • Win City, Canadian Horse of the Year.

    Win City is Canada's Horse of the Year

    Win City, a Slew City Slew colt who upset trainer Mark Frostad's Canadian Triple Crown bid by defeating Dancethruthedawn in the Prince of Wales Stakes, was named Horse of the Year in Canada.

  • TOC Issues Priorities for Account Wagering

    The Thoroughbred Owners of California released an open letter dated Dec. 15 that lists its priorities as California moves toward account wagering early in 2002.

  • Iowa State Recommended for Kentucky Testing

    A Kentucky Equine Drug Council committee has recommended that Iowa State University handle equine drug testing in Kentucky beginning Jan. 1, 2002. The Kentucky Racing Commission will vote on the recommendation at a meeting Dec. 19 in Lexington.

  • WBAL Wins Fourth Eclipse Award

    Baltimore radio station WBAL has won its fourth Eclipse Award for its coverage of the 126th Preakness Stakes.

  • Danehill colt, sold for record price at Hong Kong sale.

    Danehill Colt Brings Sale Record Price In Hong Kong

    A 2-year-old bay colt by Danehill brought a record price of $576.923 (HK$4.5 million) at the Piaget Hong Kong International Sale on Friday evening at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. He was purchased by the partnership of Jacky Chan Cheung Ming and Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Chan Cheong Yuk. Produced from the 15-year-old Darshaan mare Caraniya, the Australian-bred colt is a half-brother to Irish group III winner Cajarian (by Shahrastani). He will be trained by Francis Liu, who is the second-leading trainer in Hong Kong.

  • 'Super-Test' Results, Round Two, Due in January

    The second round of "super-test" results from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force should be released early in January, said Jim Gallagher, executive director of the task force.

  • Littleexpectations to Stand at Weston-Ward in Texas

    With leading freshman sire Valid Expectations standing in Texas, now his full brother will join him in the Lone Star state.<br>Four-year-old Littleexpectations will enter stud in 2002 at Charles Weston and Dr. Jim Ward's Weston-Ward Thoroughbreds at Straus Medina near San Antonio. The syndicated stallion will stand for $2,500.

  • Yougottawanna, drawing off to defeat Officer in the California Cup Juvenile.

    Siphonic Likely Futurity Favorite; Officer Challenges

    Trainer Bob Baffert's Officer, the 2-year-old colt who won his first five races so effortlessly he was promoted as racing's latest wunderkind, will seek redemption from two dramatic setbacks in Saturday's $460,750 Hollywood Futurity at Hollywood Park. Siphonic, who overcame obstacles that compromised odds-on favorite Officer and finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, is expected to be a slight favorite in the grade I event at 1 1/16 miles

  • Chandler Joins National Stud Board

    Brian Chandler has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of Britainês National Stud in Newmarket. His term begins Jan. 1.