Headlines for Friday, December 6, 2002

  • George Weaver, Former Pletcher Assistant, Saddles First Winner

    George Weaver, who served as assistant trainer for Todd Pletcher fox six years, saddled his first winner on Dec. 5 when Peachtree Stable's First Spear scored a head victory in an optional claiming race at Calder. The 5-year-old son of Dare and Go was entered for a $40,000 claiming tag.

  • Frankel Youngsters Work at Hollywood

    Two well-bred newcomers to the Bobby Frankel barn worked on the Hollywood Park main track Friday for California debuts in the near future.

  • Hollywood Starlet Next for Composure

    Composure, winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) and runner-up to Storm Flag Flying in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), figures to be a heavy favorite in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles Dec. 14.

  • Toccet's Connections Want Vindication

    Toccet, the leading 2-year-old colt on the East Coast, will be flown from Baltimore to run in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 21, trainer John Scanlan confirmed Friday from his base at Laurel, Md.

  • Habibti, defeating You in the Hollywood Starlet.

    Habibti Tries to Regain Her Form in Corona

    Seeking to recapture the form she displayed last winter and spring, The Thoroughbred Corporation's Habibti will tangle with Madame Pietra in the $70,000-added Corona Handicap for fillies and mares Sunday at Hollywood Park.

  • New Workers' Comp Plan Launched in California

    A new workers' compensation insurance program for California's backstretches went into effect Friday with the promise of bringing costs back to manageable levels.

  • Flint Holds Strong Hand in Turfway's Holiday Inaugural

    Trainer Bernie Flint, who won the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural Stakes last year with Spanish Glitter, has doubled his chances for a repeat by entering both Freeforracing and Keepondealing for Saturday's feature.

  • Taylor Made to Act as Agent For Invisible Ink

    Taylor Made Farm has been named as the broker for Kentucky Derby runner-up Invisible Ink. John Fort, president of Peachtree Stable, the syndicate that owns Invisible Ink, said that the farm will be the sole agent in negotiating deals to stand the son of Thunder Gulch.

  • Roone Arledge.

    Former ABC Sports Head Roone Arledge Remembered

    Thomas H. Meeker, president and chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc. and president of Triple Crown Productions, issued a statement regarding the recent death of Roone Arledge, who previously served as president of ABC News and ABC Sports during his career.

  • Chauffe Au Rouge Owner Suspended 60 Days

    The Texas Racing Commission voted 4-2 Wednesday to suspend James Donnan 60 days from his owner's license for submitting an incorrect Texas-bred accreditation statement to the Texas Thoroughbred Association for Chauffe Au Rouge, who went on to win two stakes races restricted to Texas Thoroughbreds.

  • Japanese Quintet Hopeful For Hong Kong Glory

    Equaling the famous haul of three wins in the Hong Kong International Races last year might be a tall order, but the connections of the quintet of Japanese contenders for this year's Hong Kong races are more than hopeful of at least one race going for export across the East China Sea.

  • Texas Glitter, arriving in Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong: Texas Glitter Arrives; Decarchy Out

    Texas Glitter, winner of the Hollywood Turf Express (gr. IIIT) on Nov. 29, arrived in Hong Kong on Dec.4 to run in the five-furlong Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) Dec. 15 at Sha Tin.