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.
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.
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.
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."
The Maryland Jockey Club and the South Atlantic Amateur Boxing Association have entered an agreement to bring boxing to Laurel Park on Feb. 15.
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.
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 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.
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.
Graded stakes winner Run Softy has been relocated to Naylee Farm
- By Nick Hahn
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.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale has been expanded to two days to accommodate a larger a catalogue for this year's 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.
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.
Six days after welcoming the first Seattle Slew offspring of the year, WinStar Farm welcomed the second.
Graded stakes winner Mr. Sinatra and 6-year-old Gerosa will enter stud at Joe and Karen Jennings' Walnford Stud
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.
Stakes-placed Grim Reaper will stand his first season at Trader's Rest Farm
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.
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
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.
Prolific sire Switch In Time died at stud in Queensland following a prolonged bout of pneumonia
Arazi, an international champion and sire of current millionaire Congaree, will stand the 2003 breeding season at Gestut Sohrenhof in Switzerland
Turfway Park has cancelled its Thursday card due to heavy snow fall and frigid temperatures in the Greater Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky region.
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.
- By Tom LaMarra
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.
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.
The first reported foal sired by grade I winner Brahms is a colt born Jan. 13 at Suzi Shoemaker's Lantern Hill Farm
The first reported foal by Horse of the Year Tiznow is a colt born Jan. 10
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.
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.
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