Headlines for Wednesday, October 1, 2003

  • Lukas Ends 6-Year Oak Tree Stakes Drought

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas won his first stakes at Oak Tree since 1997 when Race for Glory captured the $80,850 Cavonnier Stakes for 2-year-old colts Wednesday by seven lengths at Santa Anita.

  • Talented Island Fashion tops Cotillion Field

    Jeffrey Nielson's Island Fashion, winner of the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 16, will head the field for Saturday's running of the $250,000 Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park.

  • Jockey Agent Ray Kravagna Calls it a Career

    Jockey agent Ray Kravagna, who booked mounts for four Hall of Fame jockeys during his career of 43 years since he was discharged from the Army in 1960, has decided to retire.

  • Pleasantly Perfect Ready for Goodwood

    Defending Goodwood Handicap (gr. II) champion Pleasantly Perfect, who hasn't raced since March 1 when he was fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), "is coming up to Saturday's Goodwood very good and I expect him to run as good as he can run," trainer Richard Mandella said Wednesday at Santa Anita.

  • Do Horsemen, Tracks Know Who's Watching?

    Do tracks really know who's watching? Racing continues to find new markets for its simulcast signal, but tracks and horsemen need to work together to trace where their product is sent and whether they are getting the revenues due them.

  • Alamshar On Target for Canadian International

    Irish-based Alamshar, ranked number one on the World Thoroughbred Rankings list in the Turf division, is scheduled to run in the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International, set for Woodbine on Sunday, Oct. 19.

  • Theatrical's Fee Stays Same

    John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm, which earlier released a $50,000 fee for incoming stallion Vindication, will keep major stallion Theatrical at $75,000.

  • Be Gentle Headlines Darley Alcibiades

    Tom VanMeter II's Be Gentle, runner up to the undefeated Ashado last time out in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I), looms large against six rivals in the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) Friday at Keeneland.

  • Grand Hombre Favored in Strong Indiana Derby Field

    Grand Hombre has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the $400,000 Indiana Derby (gr. III) Oct. 4 at Hoosier Park. Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando is second choice at 5-2 in a field of 11 scheduled to compete in the 1/16-mile feature at the Indiana racetrack.

  • Phoenix Looks To Be Beau's Town

    Beau's Town, a winner of four of five starts this year, is the one to beat in the $250,000 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) as Keeneland opens its fall meet Friday.

  • Best of Ohio May Be Best in Recent Memory

    The Ohio Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry has taken serious hits in recent years because of competition for the gambling dollar, but there should be a bright spot Oct. 4 when one of the strongest Best of Ohio championship programs in recent memory is offered at Beulah Park.

  • Volponi, winning the Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Volponi Heads to Meadowlands for Second Try at the Cup

    The favorite hasn't won the Meadowlands Cup since Marquetry in 1993, but trainer P.G. Johnson is hoping to break that trend when he brings Volponi from New York to New Jersey for Friday's grade II test at Meadowlands. The 5-year-old finished second in last year's running of the race.

  • Oaklawn Ups Ante With $5 Million Bonus

    Oaklawn Park announced Wednesday that it will not only double the purse for next year's Arkansas Derby (gr. II) from $500,000 to $1 million, but also will offer a $5-million bonus should any horse sweep the Rebel Stakes, Arkansas Derby, and Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Report: Sheikh Mohammed Buying Eydon Hall Interests

    According to a published report in Great Britain, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has agreed to purchase the bloodstock interests of Eydon Hall Farm, the internationally successful racing and breeding operation put together by the late Gerald Leigh.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Opportunity Knocks

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- Mineshaft has little to lose if he contests the Breeders' Cup Classic and doesn't win.

  • Same Goal

    <i>By Graeme Beaton</i> -- We're all after that one horse that will show them who's best! The dream of that "Big One" keeps us going.

  • Florida Track Bags Show Wagering on All Races

    In an unusual move, Pompano Park in South Florida has eliminated show wagering on all races for the 129-night meet that begins Oct. 10 and concludes May 1, 2004.

  • NTRA Offers Nationwide Pick Six Wager Saturday

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) will offer a nationwide Pick Six wager, called the NTRA National Pick 6, on six important Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships prep races being contested this Saturday, Oct. 4.

  • Trainer's Race at Newmarket Bubbles Along

    Whichever trainer at Newmarket earns the most points from placings in group events wins his or her weight in Ruinart Champagne.John Dunlop currently has the lead, followed closely by John Gosden, Sir Michael Stoute, and Dermot Weld.

  • Strong Contenders Still Eligible for Newmarket's Champions' Day

    There are 40 horses going forward for the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes, this year carrying £400,000 in prize money, and 40 juveniles remaining in the season's top 2-year-old event, the £230,000 Darley Dewhurst Stakes. Both races are group I events.

  • Graded Winner Owsley Retired

    Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm announced the retirement of homebred grade II winner Owsley from racing.

  • Empire Maker, spoiled Funny Cide&#39;s Triple Crown with this Belmont victory.

    Empire Maker Retired to Juddmonte: Fee $100,000

    Empire Maker, whose Belmont Stakes (gr. I) win ended the Triple Crown threat of Funny Cide, has been retired from racing and will stand for a fee of $100,000 live foal at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington.

  • English Champion Nayef to Shadwell in England

    Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Stud announced that homebred champion and millionaire Nayef has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Shadwell's Nunnery Stud in England.

  • Turf Writer Glen Gallivan Dies

    Florida Turf writer Glen Gallivan died Sept. 30 at his home after a lifelong battle with muscular dystrophy.

  • Training Young Athletes

    <P>It sounds completely backwards, the idea that you might actually increase health risks by postponing training and competition until a horse is four or older. It goes against the ages-old and widely held belief that you cause damage by initiating work before a horse's skeleton matures. Yet research conducted from the 1980s through the present day has st...