Headlines for Wednesday, March 19, 2003

  • Pat Valenzuela, may be new jockey for Kafwain.

    Pat Valenzuela May Ride Kafwain

    After earlier saying he was not considering a change in jockey for Kafwain, his prime 3-year-old Kentucky Derby candidate, trainer Bob Baffert said he has offered the mount to Patrick Valenzuela, who was aboard the colt for a five-furlong work on Wednesday.

  • 10-Year-Old Men's Exclusive in Winner's Circle

    Ten-year-old Men's Exclusive overtook heavy betting favorite Hombre Rapido entering the stretch and held off Golden Hare for a half-length victory Wednesday in the $79,040 classified allowance feature at Santa Anita Park.

  • Toccet To Miss Triple Crown Races

    Daniel Borislow's Toccet, who has been battling ankle problems all year, has been sent to Frank Stronach's farm in Ocala, Fla. for 90 days R&R, then will be brought back and pointed for the big summer 3-year-old races.

  • Aqueduct Main Track to Open Friday

    Aqueduct's main track will open for the spring season on March 21, the New York Racing Association announced. Post time for the first race is 1 p.m. EST.

  • Krone Expects to Return for Del Mar Meet

    Julie Krone, who fractured two bones of the lumbar vertebra in her back in a fall at Santa Anita March 8, said she expects to return to competition by the start of the Del Mar meet July 23.

  • Two Works Planned for Atswhatimtalknbout

    Atswhatimtalknbout lost the battle but could win the war. "Hopefully, that's the way it is," trainer Ron Ellis said Wednesday morning of the likely Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) favorite.

  • Spring Season Arrives at Woodbine

    Canadian racing fans can wave goodbye to a miserable winter. The beginning of the 2003 spring racing season at Woodbine is on Saturday.

  • Kentucky Commission Fires Back at State Agency

    The chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission says an investigation of a personal services contract awarded for a review of drug research is an attack on the racing commission and Thoroughbred industry in the state.

  • Mr Henrysee to Domino Stud

    Successful Australian sire Mr Henrysee has arrived at Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jones' Domino Stud near Lexington to begin covering mares.

  • Aidan O'Brien Tops Epsom Derby Nominees with 30

    Aidan O'Brien, who has 25 horses nominated for the May 3 Two Thousand Guineas, could also have a busy day on June 7, the date of the Vodafone Derby at Epsom. Godolphin's nominees include the filly Hi Dubai.

  • Turfway EHV-1 Cases in Detail

    Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds that were stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Tuesday's announcement follows treatment and elimination of several EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio and Pennsylvania since January.

  • OBS March Sale Gets Off To A Strong Start

    The looming war with Iraq did not diminish the enthusiasm of buyers at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March select auction of 2-year-olds in training Tuesday. The sale got off to a strong start in Florida, posting significant increases in gross revenue and average price over last year's first session.