Headlines for Wednesday, February 19, 2003

  • New York Bred Sire Claramount Dies

    Edwin Wachtel's Claramount, 1988 New York bred Horse of the Year, died of a ruptured aorta on Feb. 17 at James Edwards' The Stallion Park in Millbrook, where he had stood since entering stud in 1990. He was 19 years old.

  • Ellie's Moment Takes Big A's Rare Treat

    John and Joan Phillips' Ellie's Moment opened her 2003 campaign Wednesday by running down favored front-runner Pocus Hocus to win the $77,075 Rare Treat Handicap for fillies and mares at Aqueduct Park.

  • Fritchie, General George Entries Redrawn

    Post positions were redrawn for for the grade II Barbara Fritchie and General George handicaps, the seven-furlong sprints that were postponed because of last weekend's snow storms.

  • Harlan's Holiday before last year's Kentucky Derby.

    Harlan's Holiday Rates Donn's Star Billing

    Starlight Stable's Harlan's Holiday, who won last year's Florida Derby (gr. I), tries to complete a unique parlay at Gulfstream Park Saturday in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I).

  • Nothing to Lose Faces Full Field in Palm Beach

    Nothing to Lose, unbeaten since moving to the grass, and Hypnotist, a colt who has already won at Gulfstream Park, head a full field entered in Friday's $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 mile on the turf.

  • Halory Hunter Arrives at McMahon of Saratoga

    Grade II winner Halory Hunter (Jade Hunter -- Halory, by Halo) arrived at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds on Feb. 12 to stand the 2003 breeding season.

  • Turfway Park Loses Fifth Consecutive Program

    Winter weather and the lingering effects of an ice storm in Kentucky forced Turfway Park to cancel its fifth consecutive program Feb. 19. Overall, the Northern Kentucky track has lost seven programs since Jan. 1.

  • California Champion Icecoldbeeratreds Euthanized

    Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) winner Icecoldbeeratreds was euthanized at Santa Anita Park Wednesday morning after fracturing his shoulder during his first gallop back since undergoing knee surgery last fall.

  • Trust N Luck: "A running machine."

    Steve Haskin's Derby Watch: Week 5 (Feb. 19)

    As the Kentucky Derby prep races continue to sort out the contenders from the pretenders, the list of leading candidates for the classic compiled by Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, continues to grow.

  • Kentucky Racetrack Gaming Bills Back With a Twist

    Legislation to authorize electronic gaming devices at Kentucky racetracks was introduced Feb. 18 with a new twist: The tracks have offered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars up front to help the state tackle its lingering budget crisis as long as they get exclusive rights to gaming in the marketplace.

  • Push for Maryland Racetrack Slots Has Obstacles

    With the 90-day session of the General Assembly at its midpoint, the effort to legalize slot machines at Maryland racetracks has bogged down. Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. has gone back to the drawing board with his proposal which had, incredibly, angered nearly everyone.