Headlines for Thursday, January 22, 2004

  • CHRB Tables Capitol's Harness License Application

    The California Horse Racing Board tabled Capitol Racing's harness meet application to conduct its upcoming Sacramento meet Thursday because the association has not paid "impact fees" to compensate Los Alamitos Race Course for overlapping dates when Capitol extended its meeting several years ago.

  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Schwarzenegger Vetoes Workers' Comp Takeout Bill

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Thursday vetoed horseracing legislation that would have increased the takeout percentage on exotic wagers to help offset the costs of workers' compensation insurance premiums to horsemen.

  • Jockey Robby Albarado honored by Santa Anita Park.

    Albarado Honored With Woolf Award

    Robby Albarado, the regular rider on Horse of the Year favorite Mineshaft, is the winner of the 2004 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Santa Anita Park announced Thursday.

  • Richard Mandella, sends out top 3-year-old Spellbinder in allowance company Friday.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Several Gems May be Uncovered This Weekend

    This time of year, allowance races often hold more intrigue than stakes, as you never know if some new exciting star is going to emerge. On Friday, a 1 1/16-mile allowance race at Santa Anita will feature three potential Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls –- Dwango, Spellbinder, and Bornwithit.

  • Jonathan Sheppard Named Steeplechase President

    Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard was elected president of the National Steeplechase Association. He succeeds George Strawbridge, who ends a five-year stint in the unpaid position.

  • Corey Black New Agent for Valenzuela

    Former jockey and current TVG horseracing expert Corey Black has accepted the position as agent for jockey Patrick Valenzuela effective immediately. Valenzuela and his former agent, Nick Cosato, parted ways earlier this week after Valenzuela expressed concerns over Cosato also representing Corey Nakatani.

  • Adminniestrator Looks to Repeat in Sunshine Millions Turf

    In a testament to how tough this year' s $500,000 Franks Farms Turf has come up, Adminniestrator, who took the 2003 edition of the race, will be 15-1 when wagering opens for the unique East vs. West Showdown Saturday at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.

  • Chuck Lopez won his 3,000th career race aboard Sunnyridge Sam at Aqueduct Thursday.

    Lopez Bags 3,000th Career Win in Aqueduct Race

    Chuck Lopez, affectionately known in the jocks room as "C.C.," rode the 3,000th winner of his career Jan. 22. Lopez guided Sunnyridge Sam up the inside to easily capture the seventh race at Aqueduct in New York.

  • Dollar Bill, will miss 2004 breeding season.

    Dollar Bill to Miss Breeding Season

    Millionaire Dollar Bill, owned by Gary and Mary West Stables, will miss the breeding season at William Schettine's Signature Stallions near Ocala, Fla.

  • Pasture Samples Stress Dangers of Tall Fescue Toxicosis

    Comparing pasture samples from 2002 and 2003 didn't associate Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome with anything other than the Eastern tent caterpillar. However, Wayne Long of the University of Kentucky's Department of Agronomy provided some insight on pasture management in Central Kentucky and stressed the dangers of tall fescue toxicosis.

  • Record $1.1 Million in Stakes Purses Available at Ellis Park

    The $200,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) highlights the 2004 stakes schedule at Ellis Park, worth a record $1.1 million. Total purses for the 11 stakes races scheduled during the 54-day meet, which opens July 7 and continues through Sept. 6, reflects an overall increase of $25,000 from the track's 2003 stakes calendar.

  • Queen's Plate, Pattison and Atto Mile Highlight Woodbine Schedule

    Three $1 million-plus events, including the 145th edition of the Queen's Plate, highlight Woodbine's 2004 stakes schedule. The Toronto-area oval will offer 101 stakes races, worth $20 million during the upcoming 167-day meet, which opens April 17.

  • Penn National Submits Bid for Casino

    Penn National Gaming has submitted a bid to finance and construct a casino in the Chicago area. Penn National was one of seven companies interested in buying the bankrupt Emerald Casino and one of three companies that expressed interest in building a casino in Rosemont, Ill. Financial details of the bid were not disclosed.

  • Turf Action Heats Up at Gulfstream Park

    The action on the grass at Gulfstream Park is heating up with two graded turf stakes for older horses and a grass event for 3-year-old fillies highlighting the action.

  • Grade II winner Be Gentle, has been retired.

    Grade II Winner Be Gentle Retired

    Be Gentle, a multiple grade II winner, has been retired from racing because of a fracture to her right front ankle sustained while winning the Nov. 29 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • Stakes Purses Increased at Evangeline Downs

    When Evangeline Downs opens its season April 1, purses for several stakes races will see noticeable increases, thanks to the positive impact of expanded gaming at the Carencro, La., oval. Most notable is the return to prominence of the Evangeline Mile, which received a $25,0000 increase to make the Aug. 14 race now worth $100,000.

  • Indiana Racetrack Gaming Bill Clears Committee

    A bill that would allow electronic pull-tab machines at Indiana racetracks and two satellite wagering facilities crossed a second hurdle Jan. 21. The House Ways and Means committee approved the legislation by a 17-10 vote and sent it along for consideration by the full House.

  • Complimentary Seasons Offered at Lakeview Dispersal

    All of the 27 broodmares offered at the Jan. 26-27 Lakeview Thoroughbred Farm dispersal at Barretts Equine near Pomona, Calif., will sell with a complimentary 2004 season to young sire Category Five.