Headlines for Wednesday, January 8, 2003

  • Drysdale's Major Idea Wins Blue Norther

    Major Idea swept to the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear for a two-length victory Wednesday in the $76,300 Blue Norther Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park.<br>

  • Omega Code in Exclusive Company

    Wesley Ward says Omega Code is one of the best horses he's ever trained, putting him in the ranks of venerable Men's Exclusive, a 10-year-old that has earned more than $1 million.

  • Promising Silver Squire Sidelined

    Trainer John Kimmel reports that his promising 3-year-old Silver Squire suffered a knee injury in the Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 3 and will be sidelined indefinitely.

  • Fresh, Fast Bruanna Returns in First Lady

    Trainer Mike Gorham will have a "fresh" horse when he starts John D. Murphy and Old Coach Farms' Bruanna in Sunday's $100,000 The First Lady Handicap (gr. III) at six furlongs at Gulfstream Park.

  • Harlan's Holiday at Home in Hal's Hope

    Harlan's Holiday, the winner of the 2002 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream will make his 2003 debut in Saturday's $100,000 Hal's Hope Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Sweet Nanette Goes for $250,000 at Keeneland

    Rainbow Stables paid a top price of $250,000 for multiple stakes winner Sweet Nanette during Wednesday's session of Keeneland's January Horses of All Ages Sale.

  • Request for Parole Wins at Gulfstream

    Jeri and Sam Knighton's multiple stakes winner Request for Parole, fifth in last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), made his 4-year-old debut sucessful Wednesday, defeating an optional claiming/allowance field at Gulfstream Park.

  • Right to Vote

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Eclipse voters may have potential conflicts of interest, but most take their jobs very seriously.

  • On the Corner

    <i>By Victor E. Zast </i> -- A non-scientific poll conducted on a Chicago street corner finds that a majority believe Seabiscuit is racing's Horse of the Year for 2002.

  • On the Corner

    A non-scientific poll conducted on a Chicago street corner finds that a majority believe Seabiscuit is racing's Horse of the Year for 2002.

  • Magna Entertainment Officially Launches HRTV

    Magna Entertainment has officially launched HorseRacing TV, a 24-hour cable television network that provides Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Quarter Horse racing from racetracks in the United States and Canada.

  • Wagering Group to Meet; Scope May Expand

    The Wagering Technology working group formed by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association plans to meet again Jan. 9 to discuss the pari-mutuel review triggered by the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 investigation.

  • Here and There

    Saratoga seating lottery open for applications...Brisnet.com Available at Bally's...Second Secretariat bobblehead.

  • Panel to Decide Fate of Pennsylvania Track Plan

    The fate of Chester Downs and Marina, a Standardbred racetrack and entertainment center planned for southeast Pennsylvania, could be determined Jan. 9 when the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission meets to rule on the license application.

  • New Racetrack Gaming Bill Proposed for Kentucky

    A Kentucky legislator plans to introduce a bill for racetrack-based gaming, but he said the state might have to look to casino gambling at locations other than tracks in the future.