Headlines for Friday, January 17, 2003

  • Kafwain, shown winning the Norfolk, worked Friday.

    Kafwain, Composure, Kona Work at 'Anita

    Kafwain, second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last Oct. 26, worked six furlongs Friday in a bullet 1:10 flat, fastest of 29 workouts at the distance.

  • Frankel Exercise Rider Ramirez Injured

    Marco Ramirez, long-time exercise rider for Bobby Frankel, was taken to the Centinela Hospital emergency room in Inglewood Friday morning following a training mishap at Hollywood Park.

  • Harrisand Takes Big Step Up in San Marcos

    Despite a steep step up in company in Monday's $150,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) at 1 1/4 mile on the Santa Anita grass, jockey Patrick Valenzuela is confident Harrisand, the French-bred 5-year-old trained by Bobby Frankel, can handle the competition.

  • Snake Mountain, Voodoo Favored in Aqueduct

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

  • Bahm Banging on Door in Holy Bull

    Trainer Todd Pletcher has several promising 3-year-olds in his barn. One of them, Bham, is in Saturday's $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Got Koko Won't Sneak Up in El Encino

    Texas-bred Got Koko heads a field of nine 4-year-old fillies set to match strides Sunday in the $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

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  • Rochester Heads Mac Diarmida Field

    Augustin Stable's Rochester, a multiple stakes winner who ran into traffic problems in his last start, will carry highweight in Sunday's 1 3/8-mile Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Gulstream Park.

  • Texans to Honor Champions Saturday Night

    Leo's Last Hurrahy will be honored as 2002 Texas Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old colt/gelding during the Texas Thoroughbred Association's awards banquet at the Hilton Austin Airport on Jan. 18.

  • Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky, Saratoga Sale Dates Unchanged

    Three days after rival Keeneland announced a one-year hiatus for its select yearling sale in July due to the effects of mare reproductive loss syndrome on the pool of early maturing foals of 2002, Fasig-Tipton Company said it was sticking to its traditional sale dates for Lexington in July and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in August.

  • No Lack of Interest in Tampa's New Turf Series

    A new starter handicap series on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs lured a staggering 153 nominees for two divisions, one for colts and geldings, the other for fillies and mares.


    Dark bay/brown colt, foaled Jan. 28, 2000<br>Seattle Slew--Strawberry Reason

  • NTRA Directors to Tackle Governance Issues

    Organization bylaws and changes in the industry landscape could lead the National Thoroughbred Racing Association to tweak its structure when the board of directors meets in early February for a meeting and long-range planning retreat. Meanwhile, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has named John Amerman as its new NTRA representative.

  • Secretariat Plates, Commission Powers Bill Topics

    A bill that would issue Secretariat License Plates has been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly. Proceeds from the plates would go to the development of the Secretariat Museum at Meadow Farm in Doswell, the place of Secretariat's birth.

  • Churchill Changes Dates for Two Spring Stakes

    Churchill Downs is changing the dates of two races on its spring-summer stakes schedule in an effort to coordinate its program with that of Calder Race Course, another track owned by Churchill Downs Inc.

  • Paulson Trust Sued for Half Interest in Azeri

    Central Kentucky veterinarian David H. Lambert has sued the Allen Paulson Living Trust for reneging on a deal that Lambert claims gave him a half-interest in two horses -- Horse of the Year candidate Azeri and 2001 Kentucky Derby starter Startac.