Headlines for Thursday, March 22, 2001

  • Eoin Harty, trainer who will have two U.S. divisions for Godolphin Racing.

    Harty To Split Godolphin 2-Year-Olds This Year

    When he left California in early January to spend the winter in Dubai, trainer Eoin Harty hinted he might split his stable when he returned in April. He confirmed that on Thursday.

  • A P Valentine to Run at Hialeah Saturday

    In a surprise move, trainer Nick Zito has entered A P Valentine in a 1 1/16-mile race at Hialeah Saturday. It was originally planned to run the son of A.P. Indy in the Flamingo Stakes on April 7, but Zito felt it was time to find out just where the colt stood on the Kentucky Derby trail. Iin Saturday's race, A P Valentine will carry 108 pounds as he faces older horses in the optional claiming test for non-winners of two other/than. A P Valentine is one of two starters in the six horse field not running for the claiming price of $150,000.

  • Top Derby Pedigrees Updated

    Steve Haskin, the award-winning turf writer and senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, analyzes the top pedigrees for this year's Kentucky Derby candidates. During his 29 years with the Daily Racing Form, Haskin became known for his insightful coverage of the Triple Crown races. Haskin won the Red Smith Award for Kentucky Derby writing in 1997, 1999, and 2000 and received the David Woods Award for best Preakness story in 1997.

  • Albert The Great Odds-On in Widener Handicap

    Tracy Farmer's Albert The Great will be an odds-on favorite against six rivals in Saturday's Widener Handicap (gr. III) at Hialeah Park. Eclipse champion Jorge Chavez will be aboard Albert the Great, with the 4-year-old son of Go For Gin shouldering top weight of 120 pounds in the 1 1/8-mile event.

  • Mongoose, scratched from the Tampa Bay Derby last week, is the third choice in the morning line for Saturday's Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.

    Buckle Down Ben 5-2 Morning Line Choice for Spiral

    Michael Tabor's Buckle Down Ben, winless in two starts this year but winner of last year's Laurel Futurity (gr. III), was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite after drawing post 8 for Saturday's $600,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park. While there is no standout, a well-balanced field of nine 3-year-olds were entered for the 1 1/8-mile race that will be telecast live on ESPN from 4-5 p.m. EST.

  • Foot and Mouth Confirmed in Ireland

    The first case of foot and mouth disease in Ireland was confirmed today, that country joining France and Holland with one confirmed case each. To date, there have been 453 cases confirmed in Britain.