Headlines for Tuesday, March 11, 2003

  • Despite Warning, Mullins' Horses on Track for World Cup

    California-based trainer Jeff Mullins says he will not alter plans to participate in the March 29 Dubai World Cup card at Nad al Sheba racecourse in the United Arab Emirates despite a travel warning issued by the State Department to U.S. citizens currently in or traveling to that country.

  • Shock-Wave Regulations, Threshold Levels Sought

    Kentucky officials will consider regulations for use of shock-wave therapy in racehorses and also whether money for equine drug research should be spent on establishing threshold levels and withdrawal times for permitted medications.

  • Badge of Silver won the Risen Star before finishing unplaced in the Louisiana Derby.

    Badge of Silver to Undergo Throat Surgery

    Badge of Silver, who suffered his first career loss when sixth behind Peace Rules in Sunday's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, will undergo throat surgery in the next few days to correct a breathing problem, according to published reports.

  • Gotham Kicks Off Spring Meet

    The spring racing season at Aqueduct officially kicks off today, with a 1 p.m. post. One of the highlights of opening weekend is Sunday's Gotham Stakes (gr. III), which will be televised live during ESPN2's 90-minute telecast beginning at 4:30 p.m. Usually run at a mile on the main track, the Gotham will be run at a mile and 70 yards on the inner track.

  • Eight New Horses in Pool 2 of Derby Future Wager

    When Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2003 Kentucky Derby Future Wager open its four-day run Thursday, it will include eight Derby contenders that were not among the individual horses in February's first of three futures pools.

  • Florida Stallion Mister Jolie Dead

    Mister Jolie, sire of four stakes winners, died Feb. 8 from a ruptured aorta while covering his first mare of the season at Peter Rosbeck's Hidden Point Farm near Ocala, Fla.

  • Starrer won her third graded stakes in a row with this Santa Margarita win.

    Santa Anita Race Report: Star Magnitude

    Making hay while Azeri works toward her return, Starrer wins her third graded stakes in a row by taking the Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita.

  • Willie Nelson to Perform at Lone Star

    Country music legend Willie Nelson will perform at Lone Star Park April 4, following the night's racing program. Post time is 6:35 p.m., with the concert beginning immediately after the final race. The concert will be free with $3 general admission to the track and $10 after 9 p.m.

  • Racetrack Trade Associations Ready for Joint Confab

    Racetrack officials from the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries will gather in Hollywood, Fla., March 12-14 for a joint meeting of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, Harness Tracks of America, and Racetracks of Canada.

  • World-record priced colt was sired by Sea of Secrets.

    No Longer a Secret

    Sea of Secrets hits big with first 2-year-olds as one colt sells for a record $2.7-million and another brings $250,000.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Action

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Can Seabiscuit's long coattails help pull B. Wayne Hughes into the Kentucky Derby winner's circle?

  • U. S. Defections from World Cup Continue

    While organizers insist that the $6-million Dubai World Cup and other graded races at Nad al Sheba Racecourse will be held March 29 despite the possibility of a war between the U. S. and Iraq, the number of American horses that will participate in the program continues to decline.