Headlines for Thursday, December 12, 2002

  • Dahlia Candidates Work

    Three nominees for the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares on turf Dec. 21 worked Thursday.

  • Pincay to Sit Out Final Days of Hollywood Meet

    Laffit Pincay, Jr., entered the final nine days of the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet atop the jockey standings with 28 winners, but he will have a tough time staying there.

  • Warren Stute, 81, Saddles Watching You, Grey Memo

    Warren Stute was occupied mastering a new cell phone in his stable office in Barn 63 South at Hollywood Park on Thursday. For a trainer who some think is a contemporary of Alexander Graham Bell, the adaptation to the marvels of modern technology is no small feat.

  • Euchre, Grey Memo Head Native Diver Field

    Euchre and Grey Memo, second and fourth, respectively, in last year's Native Diver Handicap (gr. III), will return for Saturday's 24th running of the $100,000 stakes race.

  • Composure Should Be Heavy Favorite in Starlet

    Composure, second by one-half length to unbeaten Storm Flag Flying in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on Oct. 26, returns to action for trainer Bob Baffert at Hollywood Park on Saturday as the solid favorite in the $376,500 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I).

  • Zito Hopes to Seek Gold in What A Pleasure

    Trainer Nick Zito, who didn't take long to get his powerful stable in action since arriving from New York and Kentucky for the winter, sends out Robert LaPenta's promising 2-year-old Seek Gold in the $100,000 What A Pleasure Stakes Saturday at Calder.

  • Bailey Rides To The Queen in Laurel's Arundel

    Maryland racing fans will get a rare treat on Saturday when Jerry Bailey rides To The Queen in the $100,000 Anne Arundel Stakes (gr. III) at Laurel Park for trainer Bill Mott.

  • Louisiana Champions Day Set at Fair Grounds

    Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans presents Louisiana Champions Day Saturday, a series of 10 races worth a total of $1 million for horses bred in Louisiana.

  • Small Tracks Moving Forward in New Era

    For independently-owned racetracks, competing successfully with ever-expanding racetrack conglomerates such as Magna Entertainment Corp. and Churchill Downs Inc. may be difficult but can be done, track officials maintained during the "Going it Alone" panel discussion at the 29th Symposium on Racing in Tucson Thursday.

  • Small Tracks Moving Forward in New Era

    For independently-owned racetracks, competing successfully with ever-expanding racetrack conglomerates such as Magna Entertainment Corp. and Churchill Downs Inc. may be difficult but can be done, track officials maintained during the "Going it Alone" panel discussion at the 29th Symposium on Racing in Tucson Thursday.

  • Notes From the NTRA Board of Directors Meeting

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's board of directors held its fourth-quarter meeting Thursday. The meeting took place at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz., site of the University of Arizona's Symposium on Racing.

  • NTRA Unveils Derby Prep TV Schedule

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) on Thursday unveiled an expanded, nine-show "CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby" series for 2003, airing on the ESPN networks and providing comprehensive coverage of key VISA Triple Crown prep races.

  • NYRA Releases 2003 Stakes Slate

    The New York Racing Association's Board of Trustees today approved an innovative stakes schedule for 2003 that will offer 180 stakes and $36.275 million in stakes money available at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.

  • TVG to Air Hollywood Stakes This Weekend

    TVG will present live coverage of the Grade I, $200,000 Hollywood Starlet on Saturday and the Grade II, $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap on Sunday as part of "Trackside Live!: Hollywood Park."

  • TCA Raises Nearly $1.3 Million in 'First Phase'

    Thoroughbred Charities of America completed the first phase of its annual Stallion Season and Sporting Art Auction on Dec. 7, with results pointing toward a new record.

  • Texas Glitter, will break from post position 13 in the Hong Kong Sprint.

    Hong Kong Sprint: Falvelon on Rail; Texas Glitter 13

    Falvelon, winner of the Hong Kong Sprint (HK-II) two years running, and the Japanese speedster Believe were drawn either side of the straight course with Australian champion Falvelon in post 1 while the Japanese hope was drawn wide in post 14.

  • Hong Kong Mile: House Horse Draws the Rail

    The draw for the Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) saw Hong Kong's Horse of the Year, Electronic Unicorn, land the coveted one hole, while Australian visitor Scenic Peak was at the other end of the spectrum, drawn outside in post 13.

  • Grandera, morning line favorite for the Hong Kong Cup.

    Hong Kong Cup Draw: Grandera 8; Sarafan 6

    The Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), run over 1 1/4 miles, finds the first bend looming quickly as the horses come out of the start, and gate speed and/or a favorable inside draw is often advantageous.

  • Composure, winning the Oak Leaf Stakes, will be favored in the Hollywood Starlet.

    Tizalovelylady Will Try Composure in Starlet

    Trainer Jay Robbins hopes to end 2002 with a bang when he sends out Tizalovelylady as a supplementary entry in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles Saturday.