Friday at Oaklawn Park
Fifty Stars, unraced since suffering a right front ankle chip while finishing ninth in last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has been sent back to the sidelines due to a broken splint bone in the same leg. The injury occurred during a Tuesday morning workout in preparation for the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), according to trainer Steve Asmussen.
Elrose, a 3-year-old half-sister of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Silver Charm, won a five-furlong training race at Fair Grounds on Wednesday.
Pin Oak Stable's homebred Changeintheweather worked five furlongs at Gulfstream Park Thursday in preparation for his American racing debut in the Feb. 16 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I). The David Bell-trained son of Gone West completed the breeze in 1:02 2/5 on a fast track.
Hallowed Dreams, who lost for just the third time in her career in the Dec. 8 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes seven days after notching her 25 victory, will likely return to the races in the Feb. 9 Pan Zareta Handicap at the same track.
Two-time stakes winner Cee Dreams is recovering from surgery following a life-threatening injury suffered during a workout while preparing for a start in Saturday's Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I).
REQUEST FOR PAROLE
- By Tom LaMarra
The board of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, during its winter convention in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 22-24, passed two motions tied to medication issues: One calls for more representation in follow-up meetings to the Racehorse Medication Summit, while the other seeks official positions from affiliates on use of race-day therapeutic medication.
Bits and pieces from around the racing and breeding industry...
Donja Vaughn has relocated three stallions from out of state to her Zabla International near Golden, Colo.
Trainer Richard Dutrow is pulling out the big guns for Saturday's $75,000 Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct. Dutrow has entered stable stars Here's Zealous and Late Carson in the six-furlong sprint event.
Trainer Bill White said Kiss A Native, owned by John Franks, will run in Saturday's Ft. Lauderdale Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park as a prep for the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 9 at the same south Florida oval.
Spectaculardynasty, whose seven career starters include Lone Star Derby winner T.B. Track Star, will stand at Blue House Farm near Hustontown, Pa.
Japanese grade I winners T.M. Opera O and Meisho Doto have been retired from racing and are scheduled to enter stud at East Stud. The two horses, both 6-year-olds, competed against each other on numerous occasions, including the 2000 Japan Cup (Jpn-I), in which T.M. Opera O won in a blanket finish over Meisho Doto and European star Fantastic Light.
Representatives will meet in New York next week to discuss a possible new sponsor for the group of 14-races known as the World Series Racing Championship.
The stakes winning mare Another injured herself while preparing for the recent The First Lady Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream and will likely be retired, said trainer T.V. Smith.
Canadian-bred Suborned was purchased $70,000 to Darby Dan Bloodstock to top the second and final session of the Barretts January mixed sale Wednesday in Southern California. The largest-ever January sale conducted by Barretts resulted in decreases in the gross, average, and median prices.
Sheikh Mohammed's attempt to breed top-level horses at his Emirates Stud Farm in Dubai took another turn when he announced plans to stand Japanese stallion Jade Robbery this breeding season.
John and Susan Moore's Iron Deputy, winner of the Count Fleet Stakes, has been taken off the Kentucky Derby trail after a slight fracture was discovered in his cannon bone. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said the injury was sustained during the running of the Count Fleet.
- By Nick Hahn
Broad legislation that removes impediments to the pari-mutuel industry cleared a Senate committee by a 7-1 vote Jan. 23. Introduced by Sen. Kenneth Stolle, the bill delegates regulatory control of racing dates, provisional licensing, and account wagering to the Virginia Racing Commission.
The Maryland Racing Commission deferred action Wednesday, Jan. 23, on two crucial issues after representatives of the Maryland horsemen's organization and Maryland Jockey Club clashed, often heatedly, on nearly every point.
A modern-day record entry of 144 is announced today for the world's most famous steeplechase, the £500,000 Martell Grand National, run at Aintree on Saturday, April 6. This year's number of entries compares with 133 in 2001 and beats the previous best of 141 that dates back to 1984.
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