Headlines for Thursday, February 8, 2001

  • Champion Chilukki, may face Spain in La Canada, rubber match in three-race series.

    Sunday Showdown at Santa Anita: Chilukki v. Spain

    Sunday's grade II La Cañada Stakes at 1 1/8 miles is shaping up to be a battle of titans. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Spain won the series opening La Brea Stakes Dec. 30 and if the Bob Baffert- trained El Encino winner Chilukki makes the lineup, then the La Cañada becomes a true rubber match of the three-race La Cañada series for 4-year-old fillies.

  • Bill To Aid Jersey Racing Approved by Senate Panel

    A bill that would give $18 million to New Jersey's racing industry for purses this year unanimously passed a state Senate committee today. The bill appropriates $11.7 million to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and $6.3 million to the New Jersey Standardbred Breeders and Owners' Association.

  • Probable Field of 10 For Fountain of Youth

    Traffic will increase on the road to Gulfstream Park's $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) next week as a field of 10, including some West Coast invaders, assembles for the grade I Fountain of Youth Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile Fountain on Saturday, Feb. 17, serves as the final major prep for the 50th anniversary running of the Florida Derby and the 3-year-old classics beyond.

  • Derby Fantasy Stable Contest Launches Saturday

    The EDS "Road to the Roses Fantasy Challenge," a rotisserie-style fantasy game that lets racing fans pick their own stable of Kentucky Derby horses, trainers and jockeys, will go live this Saturday, Feb. 10. The game's top winner will receive a trip to the Kentucky Derby and a $5,000 betting voucher.

  • 14-Year-Old to Start at Stud

    Proving that it's never too late to start a career at stud, 14-year-old Federal League will begin his stallion career at Sharon Cole's Mystic Hill Farm in the Finger Lakes region near Bloomfield, N.Y.

  • Horse of the Year Tiznow, who finished second in the Strub Stakes.

    Trainer Robbins Puzzled by Tiznow's Strub Loss

    Horse of the Year Tiznow was enjoying another walk day today at Barn 37 at Santa Anita, his second in-a-row following his loss as the odds-on favorite to Wooden Phone in Saturday's Strub Stakes. Trainer Jay Robbins was at a loss to explain the colt's dull performance in the Strub but said the Breeders' Cup Classic champ will continue to train into the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap March 3.