Headlines for Thursday, January 16, 2003

  • Sunshine Millions Draw 145 Pre-Entries

    Seventy-nine stakes winners, including 56 horses who have won graded events, are among the 145 runners pre-entered Thursday in the inaugural $3.6 million Sunshine Millions at Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.

  • Flores Wins Four Races at Santa Anita

    Jockey David Flores capped a four-win day at Santa Anita on Thursday by guiding Hannibal Lad to a three-quarter length victory in the featured $79,300 seventh race at 1 1/4 mile on turf.

  • Rider Lumpkins Gets Hot at Turfway

    Jockey Jason Lumpkins, who moved his tack to Kentucky in mid-November after a successful run on Northern California circuit, has caught fire at Turfway Park after a slow start.

  • Wayne Catalano Fighting His Way to Top

    Growing up in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Wayne Catalano learned early to fight for what he wanted. It was the kind of neighborhood where you didn't back down. "Life started out hard for me," Catalano said. "My mother raised five kids by herself. We weren't exactly what you call rich."

  • Russell Baze Wins Eighth Isaac Murphy Award

    Jockey Russell Baze has won his eighth consecutive Isaac Murphy Award, which goes to the rider earning the highest winning percentage with at least 500 mounts.

  • General Challenge, back on track after lengthy absence.

    General Challenge Returns To Baffert Barn

    Golden Eagle Farms' multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire General Challenge arrived at trainer Bob Baffert's Santa Anita barn on Wednesday to begin serious training for a comeback after more than 2 1/2 years away from racing.

  • Bare Necessities Has All She Needs for El Encino

    Bare Necessities is scheduled to make her first start since Nov. 9 in Sunday's $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 mile on the Santa Anita dirt. According to her rider, that's been the plan all along.

  • Santa Catalina Starts Southern Cal Derby Road

    Ten 3-year-olds were entered to run in Santa Anita's $150,000 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, the first major steppingstone to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 5.

  • Virginia: Contract Signed, Turf Festival Planned

    The Virginia Racing Commission Jan. 15 approved a five-year deal between the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Colonial Downs, and also heard of plans for a $2-million turf festival in the state.

  • OBSC Changes Dates of Fall Mixed Sale

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company announced today that the 2003 Fall Mixed Sale has been rescheduled for Oct. 13-17. The sale had originally been scheduled form October 7-11. The closing date for sales entries remains July 7th, 2003.

  • Strong Entry Towers Over Aqueduct

    Snake Mountain and Voodoo, two horses trained by Jimmy Jerkens, figure to be the favored betting interest in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 1 1/16-mile Aqueduct Handicap, a race of importance on the national racing scene.

  • No. 2 Slew for WinStar

    Six days after welcoming the first Seattle Slew offspring of the year, WinStar Farm welcomed the second.

  • Added Edge, tops field for Holy Bull Stakes.

    Canadian Champion Draws Rail in Holy Bull

    The $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr.III) for 3-year-olds has drawn a large field of 13, including two unbeaten colts and some promising runners from prominent stables. The 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull is the first major Florida Derby (gr. I) preview.

  • Sir Bear Might run in Sunshine Millions Classic

    Sir Bear is one of the most popular horses to race in South Florida in recent years and the 10-year-old gelding might be on display when in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Ocala Breeders Sales Classic at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.

  • Danzig Connection to Italy

    Millionaire Danzig Connection, the last of the five consecutive Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners trained by Woody Stephens, has been purchased for stud duty in Italy

  • Midland Named Churchill VP of Marketing

    Churchill Downs Inc. has promoted Mark Midland to vice president of marketing. The announcement was made today by Andrew G. Skehan, the Company's senior vice president of sales and marketing, to whom Midland will continue to report.

  • Arazi to Switzerland

    Arazi, an international champion and sire of current millionaire Congaree, will stand the 2003 breeding season at Gestut Sohrenhof in Switzerland

  • Turfway Cancels Thursday Card

    Turfway Park has cancelled its Thursday card due to heavy snow fall and frigid temperatures in the Greater Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky region.

  • FedEx Joins NTRA Group Purchasing Program

    <br>The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that FedEx has joined the NTRA group purchasing program. The portfolio of FedEx services includes overnight shipping, express and ground package delivery, charter and critical shipments, freight shipping, e-commerce and supply chain management.

  • Pick 6, Sponsors Remain Intact Despite Fallout

    The investigation into the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 fraud has triggered an industry-wide review of pari-mutuel systems and tote security, but the negative publicity hasn't doomed the pick six or chased away sponsors.

  • Researchers Seeking Best Way to Eliminate Caterpillars

    A University of Kentucky entomologist is hoping to soon discover the safest and most effective way to destroy the eastern tent caterpillars believed responsible for the outbreaks of mare reproductive loss syndrome experienced in Kentucky and neighboring states over the last two years.

  • Whywhywhy, with Pat Day aboard, last fall.

    Whywhywhy Posts Impressive Breeze

    Patrick Biancone and Fabian Ouaki's grade 1 winner Whywhywhy, who hasn't started since a 10th-place finish in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Arlington Park Oct. 26, worked an impressive half-mile in :47 1/5, breezing, at Santa Anita Wednesday morning.

  • Distorted Humor, leading freshman sire for 2002.

    Elusive City DQ'd; Distorted Humor Elevated to Leading Freshman Sire

    Elusive City was disqualified Wednesday from two British successes -- a maiden race at Lingfield on July 17 and the Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (Eng-II) at Goodwood on July 30. The ruling has a major impact in North America on the list for leading freshman sire by earnings.