Headlines for Thursday, December 5, 2002

  • Pedroza Gets 10 Days for Infractions

    Jockey Martin Pedroza was handed two five-day suspensions for his part in a pair of disqualifications at Hollywood Park on Dec. 1.

  • Aussie Trainer Suspended in Jockey's Death

    Australian trainer Steve Wolfe was suspended for two years for improperly administering a drug to the horse that collapsed and killed the brother of champion jockey Damien Oliver.

  • Team Kentucky Has the Edge in NTRA Challenge

    Team Kentucky, with a leading 11 entries in Saturday's $1.65 million NTRA Great State Challenge at Sam Houston Park, is the likely winner of the inaugural six-race series.

  • Eight to Test Men's Exclusive in Underwood

    Men's Exclusive, the 9-year-old gelding who won the last two runnings of Hollywood Park's $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood (gr. III), will seek an unprecedented third victory in Saturday's 22nd running of the six-furlong stakes event.

  • Roll Hennessey Roll Aims for Hollywood Futurity

    Roll Hennessy Roll, impressive winner of the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 23, will try the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) at 1 1/16 miles Dec. 21, trainer Rafael Becerra confirmed Thursday.

  • Tote Companies: No Answers at Racing Symposium

    The University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program staff has had to cancel the "Tote Forum – Issues and Answers" segment scheduled at its annual Symposium on Racing when representatives of the major totalizator companies said they would not participate.

  • Philly Park Paddock Valet Hailed as Hero

    A paddock valet at Philadelphia Park is being hailed as a hero after he helped save the life of a woman whose car crashed and burned in Bensalem, Pa. Wednesday, pulling her to safety as the vehicle filled with smoke.

  • Florida Derby Draws Record Early Bird Nominations

    A record 117 2-year-olds are Early Bird nominees to the Florida Derby (gr. I) to be run at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, March 15, 2003. With a purse of $1 million, the Florida Derby is the richest race in North America for three-year-olds prior to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and has proven to be a significant preview of the Triple Crown.

  • Worldly Manner to Creston Farms in California

    Grade II winner Worldly Manner, who was bought in training as a 2-year-old by Godolphin for a reported $5 million in 1998, will stand the 2003 season at Alex Trebek's Creston Farms near Creston, Calif.

  • S'no Go: Winter Storm Leads to Cancellations

    With the National Weather Service forecasting a winter storm that could dump up to 8 inches of snow on the East Coast, many of the region's racetracks cancelled live and simulcast racing Thursday.

  • Here and There

    Secretariat, Suffolk Downs featured on 'Woodie's World'...New Jersey breeders elect officers...National Museum of Racing hosts Horses for the Holidays...Calder's Fan Appreciation Day is Dec. 14.