Headlines for Friday, May 9, 2003

  • Golden Eagle's Chief Planner Preps for Affirmed

    Golden Eagle Farm's Snow Chief Stakes winner Chief Planner worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 handily over a fast main track at Santa Anita Friday. Regular rider Dana Barnes was in the irons for the move, which was sixth fastest of 24 who went five panels on the morning.

  • Ginger Gold Could Use Some Luck in Hendrie

    The post Ginger Gold drew for Sunday's $172,950 George C. Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine doesn't suggest it, but trainer Sid Attard is hoping for a little luck when the champion grey makes her return to racing.

  • Volponi Upset in Belmont Park Return

    Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Speightstown, making his first appearance in more than 21 months, upset Breeders' Cup Classic champion Volponi by a long neck in Friday's $56,000 allowance feature at Belmont Park.

  • Midway Road to Breeze Monday; Howard Waits

    William S. Farish's Midway Road is scheduled for a Monday breeze at Churchill Downs that could help trainer Neil Howard to decide whether the colt will be a definite starter in the Preakness (gr. I) May 17.

  • Funny Cide's Half-Brother to Run at Churchill

    The 4-year-old half-brother to Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide is scheduled to test his talent under the famed Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in an allowance race on Sunday's Mother's Day racing card.

  • Schwartz: VLTs Hinge on Agreement With Horsemen

    The New York Racing Association cannot proceed with its video lottery terminal program unless it strikes a deal with its horsemen to reduce the revenue-sharing for purses in the later years of the program, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said.

  • HRTV to Provide Preakness Week Coverage

    HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will offer a steady stream of live coverage from Pimlico Race Course next week in advance of the May 13 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Lukas taps Stevens to ride Scrimshaw in Preakness.

    Gary Stevens to Ride Scrimshaw in Preakness

    D. Wayne Lukas has enlisted the aid of longtime partner, Gary Stevens, in his effort to derail the Visa Triple Crown bid of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide in next week's Preakness.

  • ESPN Derby Programs Enjoy Ratings Rise

    Average household viewership of the lineup of Visa Triple Crown programming presented by the ESPN networks during the 2003 Kentucky Derby week rose sharply over the previous year's totals according to data supplied by Nielsen Media Research.

  • 30% Foreign Betting Tax Moves Closer to Elimination

    A major hurdle blocking the potential growth of international simulcasting was cleared on Thursday night when the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved by a 12-9 vote a major tax-cut bill that includes a provision eliminating a burdensome 30% withholding tax on winning pari-mutuel wagers placed by foreigners through U.S. pools.

  • Dynever Faces a Dozen in Lone Star Derby

    Catherine Wills' and Peter Karches' Dynever has been installed as the 7/5 favorite for Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) over nine furlongs.

  • Barn at Meadowbrook after recent fire.

    Meadowbrook Contemplates Next Step After Fire

    The ownership of Meadowbrook of Ocala Jockey Club contemplated the end of its commercial stallion operation May 8 while state fire officials completed their on-site investigation of the May 6 blaze that destroyed the farm's stallion barn and killed five resident sires.