Headlines for Wednesday, February 26, 2003

  • Luvah Girl Well Spotted in La Habra

    Luvah Girl, front-running winner of the seven-furlong, Group II Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket in her final race in England in October, will be part of a full field of 14 for her United States debut Friday in the $100,000 La Habra Stakes at Santa Anita.

  • Baffert Delighted to Get Bailey Back for Big 'Cap

    Trainer Bob Baffert expressed delight in having Jerry Bailey back aboard Congaree for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) following the defection Tuesday of Medaglia d'Oro

  • Snow Forces Laurel to Cancel Once Again

    For the fifth time this month, the Maryland Jockey Club Wednesday canceled live racing at Laurel Park because of inclement weather in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas.

  • Captain Red Sets Inner Track Record at Big A

    Captain Red won the $54,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct on Wednesday in a record six-furlong time of 1:07 4/5 for the inner track, breaking the previous mark by 3/5 of a second.

  • State Audit Blasts Illinois Racing Board

    The Illinois Racing Board was charged with a variety of improprieties, from failing to properly monitor the state's totalizator system to not collecting admission fees from simulcasting outlets, in a state audit released Feb. 20.

  • Storm Flag Flying Among 138 Oaks Nominees

    Champion Storm Flag Flying, and eight fillies each from the Godolphin operation and trainer Todd Pletcher, are among those nominated to the 129th Kentucky Oaks.

  • Weight to Keep Kona Gold Out of San Carlos

    Trainer Bruce Headly declared champion Kona Gold from consideration for Sunday's San Carlos Handicap (gr. I) after the 9-year-old gelding was assigned top weight of 121 pounds for the seven-furlong test.

  • Kona Gold, winning the 2002 San Carlos.

    Defections Over Weight Continue; Kona Gold Out of San Carlos

    The weight woes affecting the Southern California handicaps continued Tuesday when trainer Bruce Headly declared champion Kona Gold from consideration for Sunday's San Carlos Handicap (gr. I) after the 9-year-old gelding was assigned top weight of 121 pounds for the seven-furlong test.

  • Officials Taking Caution With Equine Herpes Cases

    A restriction on horses shipping into Philadelphia Park from Penn National due to three horses testing positive for equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) at Penn may be lifted early next week, officials for both Pennsylvania racetracks said Wednesday.

  • Arlington Park Serves as Dubai World Cup Simulcast Host

    On March 29 Arlington Park will serve North and South America as the simulcast host for the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race and the first of the 14-part International World Series Racing Championship.

  • Nines Wild to Tomorrow Bloodstock

    Stakes winner Nines Wild, sire of grade III winner Allen's Oop, will be relocated to Al Martin's Tomorrow Bloodstock near Thompson Ridge, N.Y.

  • Mountaineer Parent Seeks Money for Expansion

    MTR Gaming Group, owner of Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort in West Virginia, is pursuing the issuance of $130 million in senior notes through a private placement, business wires reported Feb. 26. The money for be used for several projects, including development of a track in Pennsylvania.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Bad Medicine

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- Progress continues in the areas of medication and drug-testing, and those involved in the process should not let a "lack of easy answers" stand in their way.

  • The Chicago Cubs of Racing

    <i>By John McEvoy </i> -- Have geldings become to the Kentucky Derby what the Chicago Cubs (last appearance: 1945; last victory: 1908) are to baseball's World Series?