Headlines for Thursday, July 17, 2003

  • Wando Scares Off Prince of Wales Contenders

    Queen's Plate winner Wando scared off the competition for Sunday's $500,000 Prince of Wales for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds at Fort Erie Race Track, and was installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite in a field of seven.

  • Southern Fiction Can Tell Eatontown Story

    The $100,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares usually draws high profile shippers, but there are two home team representatives in Saturday's race at Monmouth Park who could get the job done.

  • Hennie's Song Tests 'Humor in Delaware Oaks

    Phillip and Marcia Cohen and Steve Klesaris' undefeated Hennie's Song has passed each of her five tests in impressive fashion, but Saturday's $500,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) at Delaware Park will be her most difficult yet.

  • Wadsworth Carries Local Hope in Claiming Crown Rapid Transit

    Trainer Jerry Dobbs, who has one of the hottest stables at Canterbury Park, will attempt to keep the fire burning with an equally hot jockey Buck Harris, who rides Wadsworth in the $100,000 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit on Saturday.

  • Ron Charles Elected TOC Chairman

    Ron Charles has been elected chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California by the organization's board of directors.

  • Spoken Fur to Face Six in CCA Oaks

    Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) winner Spoken Fur will attempt to move one step closer to the NYRA's $2 million Triple Tiara bonus Saturday in the 1 1/2-mile Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Presque Isle Downs Regains Racing License

    The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved Thursday a racing license to Presque Isle Downs, which is slated for construction in Erie, Pa.

  • Judge Upholds New York's VLT Law

    In a case closely watched by the racing industry, a New York judge today upheld legislation permitting racetracks in New York to offer video lottery terminals.

  • Feds Seeking Indictment Against NYRA

    Federal prosecutors are preparing an indictment against the New York Racing Association that will allege a corporate conspiracy that permitted corruption to occur at its three racetracks. Sources also say the state is currently developing a contingency plan in case the NYRA is ousted from its duties.

  • Dates Cut in New Jersey Opposed by Horsemen

    At a meeting of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association at Monmouth Park Wednesday night, horsemen opposed a proposal to cut September dates at the Oceanport track to 3 days per week in order to keep purses at the current $300,000 level.