Headlines for Monday, May 12, 2003

  • Texas Horsemen's Group Urges Support for VLTs

    The Texas Horsemen's Partnership has asked its 5,000 members to send e-mail or letters to Gov. Rick Perry and state legislators asking them to support a bill that would legalize video lottery terminals at the 10 licensed horse and dog tracks in the state.

  • Jockey Jose Santos, with Churchill Downs' twin spires in the background, prior to Monday's press conference.

    Churchill Stewards: Santos Carried Only Whip in Derby Victory

    After a thorough review of dozens of photographs and a replay of the NBC tape of the Kentucky Derby and interviews with various individuals, the Kentucky Racing Commission board of stewards determined that jockey Jose Santos did not carry anything other than a whip in his right hand when he won the Kentucky Derby with Funny Cide on May 3.

  • Holzmeister's First Winner

    Canadian grade I winner Holzmeister was represented by his first winner when Miss Meister won May 11

  • Funny Cide to Pimlico on Preakness Morning; Other Notes

    Trainer Barclay Tagg said Monday that Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide will likely remain at Belmont Park in New York until Saturday, when he will be shipped to Pimlico Racecourse to compete in that day's Preakness Stakes.

  • Jockey Jose Santos, right, arrives at the Churchill Downs racing office for a meeting with track stewards along with his attorney Karen Murphy, center, and agent Mike Sellitto.

    Santos Meets With Stewards; Announcement Later Monday

    Jockey Jose Santos met with Churchill Downs stewards Monday morning concerning a controversy over a photo taken after this year's Kentucky Derby. The stewards are investigating whether Santos held something in his hand besides his whip when he crossed the finish line on May 3. Churchill Downs vice president John Asher said the stewards would hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) Monday.

  • Slots Bills Up For Debate in Pennsylvania Legislature

    A pivotal week for slot-machine legislation in Pennsylvania is ahead as the Senate is expected to debate a plan to legalize the devices at the state's racetracks, possibly May 12-13. Supporters of slots are planning to "leapfrog" a potentially hostile committee vote by putting the legislation on the floor as an amendment to another bill, according to the Associated Press.

  • Senor Swinger Works Toward Preakness; Congaree Also On-Track

    Senor Swinger, winner of the Crown Royal American Turf (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks card, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 Monday at Churchill Downs as he continued to work toward Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico.

  • Champion Golden Apples in Grass Work

    Gary Tanaka's Golden Apples had her first recorded work since being crowned last year's filly and mare turf champion, logging three furlongs in :37 2/5 breezing Sunday over Hollywood Park's firm turf course.

  • Ten Cents a Shine Added to Preakness Field

    The field for the 128th Preakness Stakes in back up to 10 with the addition of Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Ten Cents a Shine, who is coming off an eighth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby at odds of 37-1.