Headlines for Wednesday, October 22, 2003

  • Special Matter Tries to Repeat in Burke 'Cap

    Special Matter returns to defend his 2002 Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT) victory against nine rivals at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meet Friday, facing a field that includes multiple graded stakes winner Senor Swinger.

  • Call Me Mr. Vain Wins Suffolks 'Showdown'

    Call Me Mr. Vain gained a narrow advantage just before the finish to prevail by a half-length over Diplomatical in the "Suffolk Downs Showdown" match race between the two horses with the most wins in North America this year.

  • Churchill Renovation to Continue During Fall Meet

    Racing to the wire is nothing new at Churchill Downs, but this fall it's construction crews and track employees rather than horses that are making a final surge to meet deadlines before the opening of the 27-day fall racing meet on Oct. 26.

  • Full Field Entered for Friday's Bourbon County

    Friday's Bourbon County Stakes at Keeneland is oversubscribed, with 12 horses vying to contest the 8 1/2-furlong race slated to take place on the track's Haggin Turf Course. Only 10 horses will be permitted to race.

  • BC Draw: Luck Or Lack of It

    There was plenty of intrigue and a few 'oohs' and 'aahs' during the post position draw for the eight-race Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Wednesday morning as the fields were set, the morning lines made, and head-to-head wagers announced.

  • Euros Adjust Odds After Post Draws

    The English bookmaking operations were busy updating their odds Wednesday morning after the post-position draw was held for Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita.

  • Post Positions Drawn for Breeders' Cup

    Medaglia d'Oro was installed as the 3-1 favorite for the $4-m illion Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) when a field of 10 was entered Wednesday for the 1 1/4 mile race at Santa Anita on Saturday.

  • Washington Stallion Desert Wine Dead

    Washington stallion and millionaire Desert Wine, who ran second in the 1983 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), died Oct. 15 of a heart attack at Gary and Christine Jackson's St. Hilaire Farm near Yakima.

  • Corey Black, working out Breeders' Cup contender Storming Home.

    TVG's Corey Black Elated in His Many Roles

    Former jockey Corey Black wears several hats these days. He's a high-profile and well-liked racing expert on TVG. He leads the Seabiscuit backstretch tours several days a week at Santa Anita. And he's the work rider for the sometimes-troubled John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) favorite Storming Home.

  • Illinois Tax to Benefit Equine Research, Education

    Illinois horse owners polled in a statewide referendum Oct. 7 approved an innovative new program that establishes a tax on horse feed products to benefit equine research and education in the state.

  • CDI Revenue Dips in Third Quarter

    Fewer racing dates and an unfavorable racing commission ruling led net revenue for Churchill Downs Inc. to drop by 6% during the third quarter of the year.