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.
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.
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'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.
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.
Mel Stute finds himself in a familiar position, being one of three trainers among the annual nominees for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March select auction of 2-year-olds in training had its ups and downs during a two-day run that ended Wednesday.
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.
Canadian racing fans can wave goodbye to a miserable winter. The beginning of the 2003 spring racing season at Woodbine is on Saturday.
Lion Tamer, Saintly Look, and Eugene's Third Son are among the colts en route to Turfway Park for Saturday's Lane's End Stakes (gr. II).
Robert and Beverly Lewis' star 3-year-old filly Composure has been retired from racing after suffering a fractured sesamoid in her right front leg.
- By Tom Precious
With video lottery terminals suddenly emerging as an item in state budget talks, the top Republican in the state Legislature said he cannot support a controversial video lottery terminal bill proposed by his fellow Republican, Gov. George Pataki.
A new incentive program at Hollywood Park awards a trip to Tahiti to the leading trainers in three categories.
A total of 104 races at 42 tracks will benefit from Breeders' Cup Funds.
- By Tom LaMarra
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.
Successful Australian sire Mr Henrysee has arrived at Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jones' Domino Stud near Lexington to begin covering mares.
A total of 84 fillies are nominated for the June 6 Vodafone Oaks.
84 fillies are still eligible for the June 6 Vodafone Oaks (Eng-I).
The complete list of 143 Horses Eligible for the Vodafone Derby
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.
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.
Grade I winners Storm Flag Flying and Elloluv and undefeated Lady Tak are among the 67 fillies nominated for the April 5 Ashland Stakes.
South African champion Horse Chestnut, who is standing his fourth season at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., is recovering from colic surgery
See the names, owners, and trainers of all 108 horses eligible for the 2003 Two Thousand Guineas.
The 2003 nominations for the May 3 Two Thousand Guineas are up from last year's numbers and include 25 horses trained by Aidan O'Brien.
SPITE THE DEVIL
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.
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