Headlines for Thursday, July 24, 2003

  • Headed by Champ Golden Apples, Top-Flight Field for Mabee 'Cap

    It's been a long wait for trainer Ben Cecil, but he's oozing confidence over the upcoming 2003 debut of his Eclipse-winning race mare Golden Apples. She begins her 5-year-old season Saturday at Del Mar in the grade I, $400,000 John C. Mabee Handicap.

  • Kona Gold is 'Same Old Guy' as He Readies for Bing Crosby

    "He's working really well. He's real happy. He's like he was a couple of years ago." Is he really the same "old warrior?" "Oh, yeah, he's the same old guy." That's jockey Alex Solis talking about his favorite horse, Kona Gold, in preparation for a start Saturday in the 58th edition of the grade II, $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap at 6 furlongs on the main track.

  • CHRB Waives Three Rules to Accommodate Breeders' Cup

    The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday waived three of its own rules for one day only -- October 25, 2003 -- to accommodate horses, owners, and trainers participating in the Breeders' Cup hosted by the Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita.

  • Del Mar Pick Six Carryover Soars

    For the second straight day, there were no perfect tickets in the Pick Six at Del Mar, resuling a carryover of $562,576 for Friday's eighth-race program which begins at 4 p.m. (Pacific time).

  • Chapel Royal rolls to victory in the Sanford Stakes.

    Chapel Royal Regal in Sanford; Remains Undefeated

    Chapel Royal remained unbeaten in three career starts and picked up his second graded stakes victory with an eye-catching win in the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course Thursday.

  • Santos Appeals 10-Day Suspension

    Jockey Jose Santos received a 10-day suspension from the New York state Racing and Wagering Board steward for careless riding in the sixth race Wednesday.

  • Bird Town Returns Home for Test

    Marylou Whitney Stable's Bird Town established herself as a leader in the 3-year-old filly division this spring wirh wins in the Kentucky Oaks and Acorn, both grade I's. She will face seven rivals in Saturday's Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Snow Dance Faces Tough Task in Classy Diana

    Snow Dance will go for her second straight graded stakes win against a tough of distaff turf runners that includes graded stakes winnes Heat Haze, Voodoo Dancer, Wonder Again, and Delta Princess among others.

  • Kentucky HBPA Offers Horsemen Free Amber Alert Sign-Up

    The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will conduct an "Amber Alert" free sign-up for the children of horsemen and stable employees at the KHBPA office in Louisville on Monday, July 28.

  • Management Shakeup at Magna Entertainment

    General counsel Ed Hannah and Peter Beresford, executive vice president of marketing and strategic planning, have resigned their positions effective Aug. 29.

  • Racing Services Defends Action to National HBPA

    A memorandum circulated by the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association earlier this month that questioned the business practices of Racing Services Inc. may lead to a meeting in Las Vegas between the two entities.

  • Handle Up Across the Board at Colonial

    Colonial Downs near New Kent, Va., ended its seventh Thoroughbred meet with records in total handle, on-track handle, and daily average total handle.