Headlines for Friday, April 18, 2003

  • Youbet Settles Wood Trifecta Dispute

    Youbet.com will award "promotional credits" to settle a dispute with players who had winning trifecta bets from the April 12 Wood Memorial deducted from their accounts due to a tote system snafu.

  • Mullins Plays it Cool With Derby Media Hype

    Jeff Mullins went through the pre-Kentucky Derby media circus last year with Lusty Latin, who finished 15th. This year, the 40-year-old trainer has a solid Derby contender in Santa Anita Derby winner Buddy Gil, but Mullins is avoiding for as long as he can the hordes of inquisitive paparazzi massing at Churchill Downs for any scrap of Derby news.

  • McCarron Searching for Key to Success

    Since assuming his duties as vice president and general manager of Santa Anita Park on March 31, 48-year-old Chris McCarron has diligently made the rounds while setting priorities designed to enhance Santa Anita's position as one of the world's most respected racing venues.

  • Turf Standout Johar Nears Training Return

    The Thoroughbred Corp.'s grade I winner Johar, sidelined since suffering a hairline fracture to a shoulder in late January, is doing well at his owners' Bradbury, Calif., farm, trainer Richard Mandella reported, and isn't too far from a return to training.

  • Cassidy's Star Duo to Get Hollywood Billing

    Steelaninch and Star Vega, the Jim Cassidy-trained duo who swept the La Puente and Providencia, respectively, last weekend at Santa Anita will likely make their next starts during the upcoming Hollywood Park meeting, Cassidy said.

  • Breeders' Cup Ticket Applications Available May 1

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Breeders' Cup Limited and the Oak Tree Racing Association announced that ticket applications for the 2003 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park will be mailed beginning May 1.

  • Indian Express, with Dana Barnes up, after the colt's work, Friday at Churchill Downs.

    Indian Express Drills at Churchill; Albarado Named for Offlee Wild

    Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) runner-up Indian Express turned in his first work since arriving at Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby 129 and jockey Robby Albarado was named to ride Holy Bull (gr. III) winner Offlee Wild in this year's Run for the Roses.

  • Cyber Secret pulls an upset in the Comely, Friday at Aqueduct.

    Cyber Secret Shreds Storm Flag Flying

    Front-running Cyber Secret, a former claimer, handed champion Storm Flag Flying the first defeat of her career in Friday's $107,900 Comely Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct Park.

  • Jockey Doleuze Suspended in Hong Kong

    French jockey Olivier Doleuze, who is currently based in Hong Kong, was suspended from riding for an indefinite period after testing positive for a forbidden substance at Sha Tin, the Australian Associated Press reported.

  • Maryland Racetrack Slots May Come Up Again in 2004

    Racetrack slot machines ran into many roadblocks during the Maryland legislative session this year, but some lawmakers said the issue will come up again in 2004, and that it has a good chance to pass.