Headlines for Thursday, March 6, 2003

  • Ministers Wild Cat, seeks El Camino Real victory.

    El Camino Key to Ministers Wild Cat's Future

    Ministers Wild Cat can validate his status as a Kentucky Derby contender with a victory Saturday in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.

  • 'The Snake' Chases Fifth Straight in Stymie

    Everyone entered in Saturday's 1 1/8-mile $75,000-added Stymie Handicap at Aqueduct have to fight off a snake that has not let go of his prey since August. Snake Mountain, owned by Berkshire Stud, will go for his fifth consecutive victory and his fourth straight stakes score.

  • Horsemen Oppose Slots Bill; Track Calls It Greed

    The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association is opposed to a racetrack gaming bill that would award 15% of gross revenue to purses and 1% to breed development. Meanwhile, an official at Philadelphia Park said he can't understand the horsemen's position.

  • Officials Want Law to Keep Preakness in Baltimore

    Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and former mayor William Donald Schaefer have urged lawmakers to pass legislation to ensure the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course remains in Baltimore.

  • Millionaire Riviera to New Zealand

    Millionaire Riviera, winner of the 2000 Atto Mile Stakes (Can-IT), has been purchased by Rex and Gerald Fell's Fairdale Stud for stallion duty in New Zealand

  • Garland Elected to NTRA Board of Directors

    Bruce H. Garland, senior executive vice president/racing of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority has been elected to fill the Mid-Atlantic region Independent racetrack seat on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, serving out the term of Joe DeFrancis.

  • Speed Duel Expected in Richter Scale Sprint

    Eight older horses are expected to duel in Saturday's $200,000 Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. The Michael Gill-owned, Mark Shuman-trained entry of Native Heir and Highway Prospector will likely go off as the favorite in the seven-furlong sprint. The entry is 9/5 on the morning line.

  • Lady Tak and Atlantic Ocean Streak Into Oaks

    At least one winning streak will come to an end Saturday in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) when Lady Tak and Atlantic Ocean put their marks on the line in the 1 1/8-mile race.

  • Convention Center Part of Sportsman's Project

    A 500,000 square-foot convention center and 400-room motel are part of a $150 million mixed-use project announced by developer DiMucci Cos. for the former site of Sportsman's Park.

  • No Questions for Whywhywhy's Trainer

    Trainer Patrick Biancone's Whywhywhy hit the Gulfstream Park track Thursday morning, working a solid five furlongs in 59 seconds. Whywhywhy is pointed toward the March 15 Swale Stakes, on the Florida Derby (gr. I) undercard.

  • Four Late Nominees to Florida Derby

    A field of seven or eight is taking shape for the March 15 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, as four new names were added to the list when late nominations for the 1 1/8-mile race closed Wednesday.

  • Super Saturday Set at Nad Al Sheba

    Godolphin's Sulamani and Grandera head a list of outstanding runners entered for Dubai's inaugural Super Saturday at Nad Al Sheba, the preview for the Dubai World Cup meeting held three weeks later. Sulamani and Grandera are both entered in third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge (UAE-II) and are also entered in the two turf programs on the card.

  • West Virginia Consolidation Plan to 'Interim Study'

    A consolidation plan that would make the West Virginia Racing Commission part of a broader Gambling Commission is headed to "interim study," said a representative of one organization that has expressed concern over the proposal.