Headlines for Wednesday, March 5, 2003

  • Jockey Pat Day.

    Day Rides Ten Most Wanted in El Camino Real

    Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, third all-time in career victories, will be at Golden Gate Fields Saturday to ride Ten Most Wanted in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III).

  • Delahoussaye Connects as Bloodstock Agent

    Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, who retired on Jan.13 due to injuries suffered in a spill at Del Mar last Aug. 30, was a visitor Wednesday at Santa Anita where he said he has embarked on a career as a bloodstock agent.

  • Starrer, among favorites for Sunday's Santa Margarita Invitational.

    Affluent, Starrer Get Equal Weights for Santa Margarita

    Affluent and Starrer, grade I winners in their last races, have been assigned co-high weight of 121 pounds for Sunday's $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

  • CHRB to Cut Off Coeur d'Alene on Friday

    The California Horse Racing Board has instructed all racetracks in the state to remove the Coeur d'Alene Casino and its account wagering operations from the state's simulcast wagering program as of Mar. 7.

  • NYRA Changes Pick Six Schedule

    Pick Six wagering at New York Racing Association tracks will be conducted on the last six races of the day's program each day beginning March 12.

  • Lion Tamer, shown winning the Hutcheson, may start in the Florida Derby.

    Lion Tamer, Aristocat Possible for Florida Derby

    Michael Tabor's Lion Tamer, the six-length winner of the grade II Hutcheson at Gulfstream on February 15, remains under consideration for the Florida Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher indicated Wednesday.

  • Indy Dancer Breezes at Palm Meadows

    Wertheimer Farm's Indy Dancer, one of three possible prospects for the $1 million Florida Derby from the barn of Todd Pletcher, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 at Palm Meadows Tuesday.

  • NTRA commissioner Tim Smith.

    House Bill Calls for Elimination of Withholding Tax

    A provision to eliminate the 30% withholding tax on foreigners who wager on pari-mutuel racing in the United States is part of a broad military tax-break bill scheduled to be addressed March 6 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Trust N Luck On Track for Florida Derby

    Einar P. Robsham's Trust N Luck, hero of the grade I Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream February 15, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 at Calder Tuesday in preparation for his next start in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park March 15.

  • Midway Cat Has Mid Week Florida Derby Move

    B M H Stable's Midway Cat, third in the grade I Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream February 15, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 Wednesday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for the $1 million Florida Derby March 15.

  • Supah Blitz Works Toward Florida Derby

    Bee Bee Stables' Supah Blitz, second in the grade I Fountain of Youth by 5 1/4 lengths, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 at Calder Race Course Wednesday morning.

  • Hall of Famer Steve Cauthen, surrounded by bobblehead dolls in his likeness.

    Turfway to Honor Cauthen with Bobblehead

    In honor of the 25th anniversary of his Triple Crown triumph aboard Affirmed, Turfway Park will be giving away commemorative Steve Cauthen bobbleheads to the first 7,000 patrons with paid admission on Lane's End Stakes Day, March 22.

  • Turfway to Honor Cauthen with Bobblehead

    In honor of the 25th anniversary of his Triple Crown triumph aboard Affirmed, Turfway Park will be giving away commemorative Steve Cauthen bobbleheads to the first 7,000 patrons with paid admission on Lane's End Stakes Day, March 22.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Not Worth the Weight

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak wouldn't have happened if a racing secretary ruled baseball.

  • Carry That Weight

    <i>By Gary West </i> -- Recent weighty events at Santa Anita suggest that handicaps have become anachronistic. The events also recall a story that's ancient according to some calendars but nevertheless illuminating.

  • Speed Limit

    The racing Thoroughbred is trapped between a rock and a hard place. The rock is speed, which evolved slowly by natural selection for 50 million years, then rapidly by human hand the last 500. The hard place is where we find our ward today, beset by vulnerable feet, a grain-bothered gut, hot behavior, bleeding lungs, a sloping vulva, gastric ulcers, tying-...