Headlines for Tuesday, December 30, 2003

  • Passinetti Back in Training for Capistrano Defense

    Gary Tanaka's grade I winner Passinetti has returned to trainer Ben Cecil's Santa Anita base after several months at a nearby farm and will aim at a defense of his title in the $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IT) at the end of the meeting on Apr. 18.

  • Woodbine Riders to Challenge Husbands in Barbados

    Just how far will a rider go to get the chance to defeat Canadian Triple Crown-winning jockey Patrick Husbands? If you're Richard Dos Ramos, the answer is great lengths, plus a few thousand miles.

  • Coach Jimi Lee Set for Gulfstream's Mr. Prospector

    Trainer James DiVito will send 3-year-old gelding Coach Jimi Lee in search of his third straight win while taking on some of the best sprinters in the country in Saturday's $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Something Ventured Set for Honey Fox 'Cap

    Irvin Wiemer and John McLane's Something Ventured will look to stay perfect at Gulfstream Park when she races as the co-highweight in the $100,000 Honey Fox Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the turf at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Stormy Roman Pointing to Sunshine Millions

    Bonnie Heath Turf Cup Handicap winner Stormy Roman will likely skip Sunday's $150,000 Appleton Handicap (gr. III), according to trainer Tim Hills, but is still very much pointing toward Sunshine Millions Day and a date in the $500,000 Franks Farms Turf January 24.

  • Cajun Beat, winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

    Cajun Beat Highlights Saturday Opener at Gulfstream

    The seasonal debut of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) champion Cajun Beat and the first $100,000 guaranteed pick three pool in racing history highlights Saturday's opening day program at Gulfstream Park.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Capital Idea

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- An organized visit to Frankfort on Feb. 3 is strongly urged to let the horse industry's voice be heard...

  • Looking Forward

    <i>By Tim Smith</i> -- We'll remember 2003 for its highlights, but right now it's time to hazard some predictions for 2004...

  • MEC Move Creates Account-Wagering Dilemma

    Magna Entertainment Corp. initiated restrictions upon or pulled its live racing signals from most account-wagering services effective Dec. 26, and at least one operator isn't happy about the developments.

  • Sunday Silence Tops Again

    Sunday Silence, who defied belief when he topped the $50 million mark in year-end progeny earnings in Japan in 1999, did it again in 2003. This time with an unheard figure of $77,852,691

  • Posse, Zavata Ready For Stud; Best of the Rest Might Race Once More

    Grade II winners Posse and Zavata, whose stallion plans were announced during the second half of 2003, closed out their racing careers in the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) on opening day at Santa Anita. Best of the Rest, who also will enter stud, might race once more.