Headlines for Thursday, April 10, 2003

  • Former Trainer Gary Gullo New Agent for Jorge Chavez

    Longtime New York trainer Gary Gullo has replaced Ron Ebanks as agent for jockey Jorge Chavez. Gullo, who gave up his 25 horses in training to take the job, will begin booking mounts for Chavez as soon as the rider finishes his rehab for vertebrae fractures suffered in a spill in the Florida Derby.

  • Mullins to Rest Captain Squire, Lusty Latin

    While trainer Jeff Mullins concentrates on preparing Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Buddy Gil for his next start on the first Saturday in May, two of his other standouts, Captain Squire and Lusty Latin, will get a brief freshening.

  • Tenacious Beau's Town Wins Count Fleet

    Heavy favorite Beau's Town and jockey Jamie Theriot grabbed the lead on the turn and held off Honor Me and Rodney Trader through the stretch for a half-length victory in Thursday's $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.

  • Abrams Needs Stitches After Head Butt

    Barry Abrams received 10 stitches to close a cut between his eyes in the emergency room at Arcadia Methodist Hospital Wednesday after 3-year-old filly The Toast of Troy head-butted him in the Santa Anita paddock prior to the fourth race.

  • Second in Command Moves Up in Bay Shore

    The $150,000 Bay Shore (gr. III) for three-year-olds at seven furlongs drew a field of 11 Saturday as part of the Wood Memorial program at Aqueduct Park.

  • Apalachian Thunder Wheels Back for Cal Derby

    The Bob Baffert-trained Apalachian Thunder, who finished third in the $500,000 WinStar Derby on March 30, will run in the $100,000 California Derby at Bay Meadows Saturday.

  • My Boston Gal, impressive in Beaumont victory.

    My Boston Gal Impresses in Stonerside Beaumont

    My Boston Gal made a triumphant return to Keeneland Race Course Thursday with her second career graded stakes win in the about seven-furlong Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies.

  • DIRECTV Part of Package Purchased by News Corp.

    In a deal announced April 9, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., part owner of TV Games Network parent Gemstar-TV Guide, would acquire General Motors' stake in Hughes Electronics and another piece of Hughes from public shareholders.

  • Affirmed Success chases history in Saturday's Carter Handicap.

    Affirmed Success Ready to Defend Carter Title

    Affirmed Success will try and become just the fifth horse to ever win consecutive running of the 103-year-old Carter Handicap (gr. I) on Saturday against Congaree and 2000 Carter winner Peeping Tom.

  • AmericaTab Grows Handle, Customer Base in 2003

    AmericaTab and its affiliates set a one-month handle record in March with $8.3 million in wagers, the company reported April 10. It was the second consecutive month of record-breaking handle.

  • Florida Derby winner Empire Maker draws outside post for Wood.

    Empire Maker Draws Outside in Wood

    Early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Empire Maker will mark his return to the Empire State Saturday in the $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) at Aqueduct. He will break from the outside in a field of eight entered for the 1 1/8 mile Derby prep.

  • Stormin Fever Sires First Winner

    Graded stakes winner Stormin Fever was represented by his first winner when his daughter East Bay won April 10 at Keeneland.

  • Saturday's Derby Preps on NBC

    With the first jewel of the 2003 VISA Triple Crown, the 129th Kentucky Derby, three weeks away, NBC Sports will focus on horseracing's 3-year- old picture Saturday with a 90-minute telecast of the "NTRA Road to the Kentucky Derby."

  • Team Valor Returns to South Africa for Crimson Palace

    Team Valor, which formed a partnership last summer with WinStar Farm and Sunmark Partners to campaign South African hotshot filly Ipi Tombe in Dubai, has decided to take the same route with Crimson Palace.

  • Racetrack VLT Proposal in Ohio House Budget

    The Ohio House of Representatives April 9 passed a t wo-year budget that opens the door for a public vote on video lottery terminals at Ohio's seven racetracks.

  • Peace Rules, morning-line favorite for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

    Peace Rules 7-5 Blue Grass Choice

    Edmund Gann's Peace Rules, winner of the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in his last start, was installed the 7-5 morning line favorite after drawing post two for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Mike Gill files anti-trust actions against seven defendants.

    Gill Names Seven Defendants in Two Lawsuits

    Owner Mike Gill filed two separate lawsuits in U.S. District Court of New Hampshire April 9 for being denied entry into races at Delaware Park and for Gulfstream Park's handling of an investigation earlier this year.