Headlines for Wednesday, November 12, 2003

  • Florida Million Day Returns Saturday

    Calder's second Florida Million day Saturday, with six stakes races totaling $1 million in prize money for state breds, has attracted the top stakes runners stabled in South Florida this year, along with some leading invaders.

  • Hawthorne Cancels Last Two Races Wednesday

    Extreme high winds in the Chicago area forced Hawthorne Race course to cancel the final two races on its card on Wednesday due to unsafe conditions.

  • Mare waiting to go into sales ring at Keeneland.

    Son of South African Champ Tops Keeneland Session

    A weanling colt by South African champion Horse Chestnut sold for a top price of $85,000 during Wednesday's next-to-last session of the November Breeding Stock Sale at Keeneland.

  • Ruler's Court, among Godolphin contenders for 2004 Derby.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Harty Boys Head For Dubai

    This is the third in a series of early looks at next year's potential Derby horses. While Bob Baffert is taking his time sorting out his Derby contenders, his former assistant Eoin Harty bids farewell to his top stars. This week, we'll focus on the "new" Godolphin stable.

  • Hollywood Signal Declined by Some Southern Tracks

    Member tracks of the Southern Racing Cooperative, which includes Oaklawn Park and Fair Grounds among others, have thus far declined to import the Hollywood Park simulcast signal because of an impasse in negotiations.

  • De Francis Dash favorite Shake You Down.

    Shake You Down Headlines De Francis Dash

    Shake You Down, who finished third in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), headlines the 10 entries for Saturday's $300,000 De Francis Dash (gr. I) at Laurel Park.

  • Ky. Legislators: Sales Tax Must Go and Purses Need to be Increased

    A bloodstock agent, a trainer, and an auction company representative told Kentucky legislators during a Nov.12 subcommittee hearing at the state capitol that the 6% sales tax charged to Kentucky residents on horse purchases should be repealed and that purses distributed at Kentucky racetracks needs to grow along with other states if Kentucky expects to remain the central point of the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Sellers On the Mend

    Doctors who have examined jockey Shane Sellers since he cracked his tailbone last week in a freak paddock mishap have advised him to rest from four to six weeks, but the 37-year-old rider has a more aggressive timetable in mind.

  • NYRA Creates Purse Account for Back Payments

    After years of dipping into purse accounts to meet expenses, the New York Racing Association has, under pressure from horsemen, opened a new account that will be solely for maintaining purse winnings.

  • Alan Foreman, criticized racing commission's decision.

    Maryland Commission's Decision on Stable Closing Unpopular

    The Maryland Racing Commission voted Tuesday not to intervene in the Maryland Jockey Club's decision to close the Pimlico stables for the winter. The 6-2 vote set off a flurry of angry responses from horsemen aimed primarily at Tom McDonough, commission chairman.