Headlines for Tuesday, April 15, 2003

  • 'Tour' Plan: Franchise and Rights Fees for Owners

    The proposed Thoroughbred Championship Tour hopes to create a sports franchise for horse owners and a network television package that rivals that of Triple Crown Productions. But the limited liability company that would own the racing series expects to lose an average of $3.7 million in each of its first five formative years because of purse contributions.

  • Buddy Gil, Indian Express Arrive at Churchill

    They were separated by just a head as the 1-2 finishers in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Desperado Stables' Buddy Gil and Phil Chess' Indian Express were not much farther apart on Tuesday as they shared a flight to Kentucky on a plane that landed in Lexington.

  • Eugene's Third Son Injures Leg; Out of Derby and Preakness

    Serengeti Stable's Eugene's Third Son, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (gr. III) and the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II), underwent surgery Monday to remove a broken splint bone and will not run in either the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) or the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Stakes Producer Wild Applause Dead

    Wild Applause, dam of four stakes winners and one of seven stakes winners from her dam, 1993 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Glowing Tribute, died April 2

  • CDI Tracks End Early Close to Betting

    All racetracks operated by Churchill Downs Inc. will revert to the normal wagering cut-off time by accepting wagers up until the starting gate opens.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    One Head Better Than Two

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- As racing's fractured regulators hold their annual meetings 3,000 miles apart, the time has come for leadership to replace politics in the regulatory arena.

  • Influence Needed

    <i>By Gary Biszantz</i> -- It's time the owners begin to influence not only the sport of Thoroughbred racing, but the business of Thoroughbred racing as well.

  • Winless Zippy Chippy Returns at Thistledown

    Felix Monserrate's 12-year-old maiden Zippy Chippy will take a 96-race winless streak into the first race at Thistledown Wednesday, an $8,200 maiden special weight contest at 5 1/2 furlongs.

  • Drug Raid at Randwick Produces Zero Positives

    The largest out-of-competition drug-testing raid in Australian history Monday at Randwick racecourse produced no positive tests. The practice was introduced in Australia last October.