Headlines for Wednesday, February 12, 2003

  • Plan B's Bill Bannasch Dies of Cancer

    Bill Bannasch, who raced as the Plan B Stable, died of cancer at age 61 Sunday night at his home in Solana Beach near Del Mar, trainer Mark Glatt said.

  • Horse of the Year Azeri is expected to make her seasonal debut in April at Oaklawn Park.

    Azeri 'Rarin' to Go' for Apple Blossom

    Horse of the Year Azeri is scheduled to make her 5-year-old debut in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park on April 5.

  • Medaglia d'Oro May Point for Big 'Cap After All

    Milwaukee Brew is set to defend his title for owner Frank Stronach and trainer Bobby Frankel in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on March 1, but with war drums in the Middle East beating loudly, Frankel could add Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner Medaglia d'Oro to the Big 'Cap mix.

  • Santa Anita Track Staff Barely Beats Rain

    Thanks to his diligent staff and a turn of good fortune, Santa Anita track superintendent Steve Wood was able to seal the main track only minutes before a powerful rainstorm hit early Tuesday morning, nearly 24 hours before it was expected.

  • National HBPA Seeks Tighter Simulcasting Ship

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in a white paper on simulcasting, has called for tighter security in the export of signals as well as a review of domestic and international wagering hubs.

  • In General, Wagering Up Through Oregon Hubs

    Account wagering through several hubs based in Oregon continued to ramp up in the fourth quarter of 2002, according to figures released by the Oregon Racing Commission.

  • Kentucky state Rep. Tom Burch, questioned spending of welfare fund.

    Legislators Take Issue With Kentucky Benevolence Fund

    A look at the financial dealings of the multimillion-dollar Kentucky Health and Welfare Fund, a benevolence organization that already has been the subject of a review by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, will continue later this year, legislators said during a Feb. 12 hearing.

  • Volponi, center, winning the Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Volponi Holding Court at Belmont; Could Start in May

    Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson said he is planning an ambitious eight-race campaign for Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi in 2003, with the goal to win the richest race in North America once more.

  • TVG Airs Sales Feature Sunday, Monday

    After a substantial absence, TVG is back in the feature-story business. On Sunday, Feb. 16, the network will air the first installment of a two-part series titled "In Training: The Sales," which will conclude the following evening. Airtime both nights is 8-8:30 p.m. ET.

  • Fountain of Youth contender Offlee Wild puts head in front to win the Holy Bull Stakes.

    Offlee Wild Sizzles in Fountain of Youth Workout

    Offlee Wild completed preparations for Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) with a lightning-quick five-furlong drill in :57.40 on a fast Gulfstream Park main track Wednesday.

  • Delaware Bill Calls for Expanded VLT Gaming

    A Delaware legislator has introduced a bill that calls for expansion of video gaming to "qualified entertaiment zones" along the Delaware River. Currently, only three racetracks in the state--Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway--are permitted to have video lottery terminals.