Headlines for Wednesday, September 24, 2003

  • Turf Start Considered for Joey Franco

    Grade I winner Joey Franco worked six furlongs over Santa Anita's firm turf course Wednesday in preparation for a start over the Oct. 4-5 weekend. It was part of a very busy morning at the Arcadia, Calif. oval as it prepares for the Oak Tree meeting that begins Sunday.

  • Emerald Downs Handle Slips

    Emerald Downs wrapped up its 92-day meeting Monday with dips in both on-track and overall handle over 2002.

  • Jockey Ning Leaves Therapy Career Behind

    His mother's not thrilled, but California native Stan Ning wasn't bluffing five years ago when he gave up a career as a respiratory therapist to try his luck as a jockey.

  • Toccet Thriving at Santa Anita, Scanlan Says

    Anywhere trainer John Scanlan hangs his tack has been home for the past 18 months. That's when he began training Toccet, a much-traveled 3-year-old son of Awesome Again who is scheduled to make his debut at Santa Anita in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles on Oct. 5.

  • Azeri, carries 128 pounds Sunday.

    Azeri to Carry Top Impost of Career Sunday

    Reigning Horse of the Year Azeri will carry 128 pounds, the highest impost of her storied career, and spot her rivals at least 10 pounds apiece in the $300,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Santa Anita.

  • Lukas Returns to Santa Anita

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has returned to Southern California, five months after dissolving his Santa Anita string and splitting it between New York, Kentucky and Chicago.

  • On Track in New York

    Sulamani, Sabiango, and Walzerkoenigin breezed at Belmont Wednesday. Storming Home withdrawn from the Turf Classic.

  • Byrne Brings Promising Pair To Arlington

    Seven years ago, London-born but Louisville-based trainer Patrick Byrne campaigned a pair of 2-year-olds, one male and one female, who eventually garnered Eclipse Awards in their respective divisions. Byrne has another pair of promising juveniles who he plans to bring to Arlington Park for Saturday's closing day of the 2003 season.

  • Paulick Named AAEP Equine Industry Board Member

    Ray Paulick, editor in chief of <i>The Blood-Horse</i> and executive vice president and editorial director of Blood-Horse Publications, has been selected as the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) equine industry representative on the group's board of directors.

  • Balto Star, may be added to Jockey Club Gold Cup field.

    JC Gold Cup Trainers Playing the Waiting Game

    With Empire Maker withdrawn from Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), several trainers who had no plans to run are now reconsidering and will see how the field shapes up before deciding whether to enter on Thursday.

  • Funny Cide Breezes on Belmont Turf; Plans Uncertain

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr.I) winner Funny Cide had his first work over the turf Wednesday morning, breezing 5 furlongs in 1:03, and it was not what trainer Barclay Tagg was looking for. Tagg said the gelding's plans still are up in the air.

  • Monmouth Winds Down, Oak Tree Heats Up

    The live racing season ends Sunday at Monmouth Park near Oceanport, N.J., and at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, but as those parks prepare to lay low for the winter, Hawthorne, Oak Tree, and Turf Paradise are gearing up for openings this weekend.

  • Canadian Stallion Semi Northern Dead

    Semi Northern, a 25-year-old son of Northern Dancer, died Sept. 1 at Henry and Reta Regelink's Big Curve Acres Farm near Hawkestone, Ontario, Canada.

  • Empire Maker, sidelined by bruised foot.

    Empire Maker Out of Gold Cup With Foot Bruise

    Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker will not run in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) due to a foot bruise suffered Wednesday morning. Trainer Bobby Frankel said the Belmont (gr. I) winner will be shipped back to California.

  • Grade I Winner Ms. Eloise Dead

    Margaret Grimm's grade I winner Ms. Eloise, whose first four foals won or placed in stakes, died Sept. 12 at Nina Hahn's Lochness Farm near Paris, Ky.

  • Dubai Millennium Colt Tops First Day of Orby Sale

    Agent John Ferguson, representing Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, outbid agent John Warren to acquire a Dubai Millennium colt for 1.2-million Euros (about $1,373,965) to top the opening session of the Goff's Orby Sale in Ireland on Tuesday.