Headlines for Thursday, November 20, 2003

  • Bob Baffert, strong arsenal of 2-year-olds.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Seek and Ye Shall Find

    This is the seventh in a series of early looks at next year's potential Derby horses. Times are changing, and big-name trainers are looking for Derby horses wherever they can find them. Despite his usual abundance of promising colts, Bob Baffert already has added two new horses.

  • Staging Post Could Go Favored in Turf Cup

    The loss of The Tin Man to an ankle injury one day before entries were drawn has cast Saturday's $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) into a wide open competition among nine entrants in the 12-furlong event at Hollywood Park.

  • The Tin Man Twists Ankle, Will Miss Turf Cup

    The Tin Man, the probable favorite for the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Saturday, will be forced to miss the race after suffering an ankle injury at Santa Anita.

  • BC Distaff Winner Supplemented to Matriarch

    Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Adoration worked six furlongs on the Hollywood Park turf course in 1:18 1/5 Thursday under regular rider Patrick Valenzuela after being supplemented to the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) Nov. 30 for $15,000.

  • Kicken Kris Heading to Hollywood Derby

    Kicken Kris, one of the leading 3-year-olds in the nation on turf, will be flown to California next week for the $600,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) on Nov. 30, trainer Michael Matz confirmed Thursday from his base at Fair Hill, Md.

  • Red Smith contender Balto Star, winning the United Nations.

    Balto Star, Macaw The Class of Red Smith 'Cap

    Balto Star and Macaw lead a field of a dozen runners expected for Saturday's $150,000 Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct. The 1 1/8-mile turf race will be the rubber match for the pair, who has faced each other twice this year. After Balto Star retreated in the Sword Dancer (gr. IT), Macaw finished well ahead of him in second. In the Man 'o War, Balto Star held on for fourth, two spots ahead of a flat Macaw.

  • Sellers Returns to Saddle on Saturday

    Jockey Shane Sellers will return to the saddle Saturday at Churchill Downs when he pilots five horses, including Quick Tip in the $150,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIT) and Eugene's Third Son in a 6 1/2-furlong optional allowance race. Saturday's mounts will be first for Sellers since he broke his tailbone in a freak Nov. 6 paddock accident.

  • Howard Hopes Quick Tip Can Go Out on Top in Cardinal

    Quick Tip may not be the most talented filly or mare that Neil Howard has trained, but few have been more consistent and honest. Those qualities are reason enough for Howard to hope for a big finish to the racing career of the 5-year-old daughter of Unaccounted For. She will make what is likely to be the final start of her career in Saturday's $150,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Howard Hopes Quick Tip Can Go Out on Top in Cardinal

    Quick Tip may not be the most talented filly or mare that Neil Howard has trained, but few have been more consistent and honest. Those qualities are reason enough for Howard to hope for a big finish to the racing career of the 5-year-old daughter of Unaccounted For. She will make what is likely to be the final start of her career in Saturday's $150,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Del Mar's Rent Payment to State Sets Record

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club paid the state of California $7.72- million in direct rent payments and generated an additional $4.14- million in food and beverage sales during its 43-day summer race meeting, resulting in total race meet income of $11.86 million for 2003, a record sum for the popular seaside track. The payment exceeds the 2002 total of $10.1 million by more than $1.7 million.

  • Zabeel's Dam, Lady Giselle, Dead

    Lady Giselle, the dam of Australian super sire Zabeel, has died at Arrowfield Stud in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

  • R. D. Hubbard, involved with partnership that will operate New Mexico track.

    New Mexico Racing Commission Awards Hobbs Track License

    The New Mexico State Racing Commission voted 3-to-1 to award Ruidoso Downs owner R.D. Hubbard and his partnership a license to build and operate a new track and casino near Hobbs. Hubbard is the majority owner in the Zia Park partnership that also includes Ruidoso Downs president Bruce Rimbo, Ed Allred, the owner of the Los Alamitos racetrack in California and Paul Blanchard, the president of the Downs at Albuquerque.

  • Hubbard Granted New Mexico Racing License

    The New Mexico Racing Commission on Wednesday picked Ruidoso Downs owner R.D. Hubbard and his partners to build and operate a new horse race track and casino at Hobbs that will be called Zia Park.

  • Horsemen of All Ages Sought for Race for Education Benefit

    The Race For Education is accepting nominations for the second annual Horsemen Of All Ages Sale, to be held Feb. 20 at Gulfstream Park near Miami, Florida. The event, chaired by Nadia Sanan of Padua Stables, will feature an auction of bachelors and bachelorettes in the racing and equestrian industries, with the proceeds going to The Race For Education. Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.racingscholarships.com and mailed or faxed to The Race For Education.

  • CDSN, Southern Racing Approve Agreement

    Representatives of the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network and the Southern Racing Cooperative approved a new agreement Oct. 19 to allow the export of CDSN racing signals to SRC member racetracks. Terms were not disclosed.

  • Turkoman to Mira Loma in California

    Champion Turkoman, whose runners have earned $23 million, has arrived at Mira Loma Thoroughbred Farm near Mira Loma, Calif.