Headlines for Friday, April 25, 2003

  • McAlpine, Landsburg Bring Opposing Views to ARCI

    After listening to Magna Entertainment president Jim McAlpine and California Horse Racing Board member Alan Landsburg speak about racing's future Friday, executives gathered for the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference must have wondered if the two industry leaders were talking about the same sport.

  • Mineshaft Takes Ben Ali by Daylight; Pimlico Special Next

    Mineshaft ran his American record to five wins in six starts with a nine-length victory over three overmatched foes in the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland on Friday, and the 4-year-old colt by A.P. Indy now takes aim at his first grade I contest, the Pimlico Special in Baltimore on May 16, Preakness eve.

  • Derby Trial favorite Midas Eyes, here winning the Swale Stakes.

    Midas Eyes Clear Favorite in Derby Trial

    Edmund Gann's Midas Eyes, another dazzling star from the powerhouse stable of Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, heads a small field of six 3-year-olds in Saturday's running of the $150,000-added Derby Trial (gr. III), the opening day feature of the 52-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.

  • McDynamo, after taking the Royal Chase, Friday at Keeneland.

    Mcdynamo Dynamic in Royal Chase at Keeneland

    Mcdynamo, reserved toward the back of the pack for much of the event, spurted to the front two fences out from home and kicked on gamely to win the Royal Chase for the Sport of Kings (NSA-I) at Keeneland Friday.

  • Instant Racing Approved for Oregon Racetracks

    Instant Racing, a pari-mutuel video lottery game currently offered at racetracks in Arkansas, has been approved by the Oregon Racing Commission for use at the state's racetracks. Oregon is the second state to approve the devices.

  • Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Report: A Peace of the Action

    Except for the thunder that rocked Louisville in the early morning hours, all was quiet on the Kentucky Derby front, with no workers. The biggest excitement was provided by Peace Rules, whose wild show coming off the track caused some scary moments for Bobby Frankel.

  • Leading owner leaving racing.

    Gill To Leave Racing

    Owner Mike Gill, the nation's leading owner who has been mired in controversy in recent months after unprecedented success at Gulfstream Park, plans to disperse his stable of more than 270 horses over the next two years and leave the sport entirely.

  • Gulfstream: Total Handle Up, But Attendance Down

    Gulfstream Park established a Florida record for pari-mutuel handle for a single race meet with $825.3 million wagered during its 89-day season in 2003, but attendance was down.

  • CHRB Targets Offshore Gambling Advertisements

    The California Horse Racing Board heard arguments April 24 on the issue of publications and radio shows in the state selling advertising to off-shore wagering operations. Residents of California are only able to legally bet through facilities licensed by the state, so wagering with offshore companies is in violation of state law.