Headlines for Tuesday, August 26, 2003

  • Fair Grounds Renames Stake to Honor Late Racing Official

    Fair Grounds racecourse is renaming the $500,000 Explosive Bid Handicap (gr. II), to be run on March 21, 2004, to the Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap, in honor of the track's late director of racing and racing secretary.

  • Candy Ride, in "classy and flawless" Pacific Classic victory.

    Countdown to the Cup: The Ride of a Lifetime

    It was a big weekend for the Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge, as Ten Most Wanted proved in the Travers that the pre-Kentucky Derby hype was justified. But it's going to be a long time before we see a performance as classy and flawless as the one we saw from Candy Ride in the Pacific Classic.

  • Turf Paradise Set to Open Sept. 26

    Turf Paradise will open its 47th season of live racing with a 169-day meet, running from Sept. 26 through May 16, 2004. Live racing will be conducted five days a week, Friday through Tuesday, with first post set for 12:30 pm.

  • Milwaukee Brew, foreground, defeating Congaree in this year's Santa Anita Handicap.

    Milwaukee Brew Injured, Out Indefinitely

    Milwaukee Brew, one of only two horses to win multiple runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), injured an ankle during Sunday's running of the Pacific Classic (gr. I) and will not race again this year.

  • Connections of Ashado Hope for Rainy Skies

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said his feelings wouldn't be hurt if the skies opened up and produced rain Friday, when he is to saddle Ashado in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Pacific Princess

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Julie Krone is a role model to female riders trying to make it in a racing world dominated by men.

  • Never Say Die

    <i>By Morton Cathro </i> -- Like Ralph Neves, the jockey who was pronounced dead after a spill, only to come back to life and ride there again, aging Bay Meadows, the grand dame of California racetracks, is proving once more that reports of her demise are, as Mark Twain once observed, greatly exaggerated.

  • HorseRacing TV to Showcase Pennsylvania Derby

    The $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III) at Philadelphia Park will be in the spotlight this week when HorseRacing TV (HRTV) begins extensive pre- and post-race coverage. The cable channel will broadcast the 1 1/8-mile race live on Sept. 1.

  • Potomac Horse Fever Hits Oklahoma

    The death of at least one Oklahoma horse has been definitively linked to Potomac horse fever, a disease rarely found in the state, and two of his stablemates likely died of the same illness.