Headlines for Thursday, January 29, 2004

  • Pleasantly Perfect, winning the Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Pleasantly Perfect, Congaree Go Head to Head in San Antonio

    A new, improved version of Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Pleasantly Perfect will make his first start since winning the $4-million race last October when he goes to the gate for Saturday's $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II), also at Santa Anita.

  • Over Cough, Halfbridled Works for Mandella

    Undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies champion Halfbridled worked six furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track Thursday morning in 1:14 2/5 under jockey Alex Solis as she prepared for her 2004 debut in the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) at one mile on Feb. 15.

  • Weatherman Holds Key in Gulfstream Turf Stakes

    Weather could be a key factor in the outcome of Saturday's two graded turf stakes at Gulfstream Park. The $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) drew a field of nine – including three entered for the main-track-only – while the $100,000 Suwannee River Handicap (gr. IIIT) attracted 12 fillies and mares.

  • Dozen Line Up for Suwannee River

    A dozen fillies and mares are set to start in Saturday's $100,000 Suwannee River Handicap (gr. IIIT) at GulfstreamPark with Skymarc Farm's Madeira Mist the expected favorite.

  • Millennium Dragon Heads Nine in Canadian Turf

    Millennium Dragon leads a field of nine in Saturday's $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. Three of the nine entered are listed as main track only runners.

  • Millennium Dragon Heads Nine in Canadian Turf

    Millennium Dragon leads a field of nine in Saturday's $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. Three of the nine entered are listed as main track only runners.

  • Our New Recruit Ready to Steal the Show in Palo Verdes

    Our New Recruit will make his first new start in two months when takes the gate for Sunday's $150,000 Palo Verdes Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita, but trainer John Sadler said the long delay was by design.

  • Cupid Season Comes Early for Trainer Iwinski

    Valentine's Day is still two weeks away, but trainer Allen Iwinski is busting out the bow and arrow early when he saddles Cupid Season in Saturday's $75,0000 Correction Handicap at Aqueduct, the feature of the day's 10-race card.

  • Silver Minister, Peter the Rock Among WEBN Entrants

    Lloyd Madison Farms' Silver Minister, easy winner of the Turfway Prevue Stakes Jan. 3, is among a bulky field of 14 entered for the Jan. 31 WEBN Stakes, one of the preps that make up Turfway Park's winter program for 3-year-olds.

  • State Shinto Lands Feature at Dubai Racing Carnival

    The opening night of the inaugural Dubai International Racing Carnival would certainly have to be deemed a success, as 26 of the international horses trained on the Nad Al Sheba track lined up in the five Thoroughbred races.

  • Mike Gill, led the owners' lists for stable earnings and races won in 2003.

    Gill Outlines Accomplishments, Disappointment in Not Getting Eclipse Award

    Michael Gill, who ended 2003 as the leading owner in both categories of money earned ($9.2 million) and races won (425), and in doing so became only the ninth owner in 100 years to claim both titles, issued a statement Thursday following the announcement earlier this week that Juddmonte Farms was voted the Eclipse Award for "Outstanding Owner."

  • Grade I Winner Dessert Retired

    Grade I winner Dessert, a half-sister to Eclipse Award finalist Johar, has been retired from racing.

  • Donn Handicap Kicks Off Race for Leading Older Horse

    The race for 2004's leading older horse gets underway with the Feb. 7 $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. The Donn Handicap is expected to lure a field of six or seven of the top handicap horses in the nation, led by Sackatoga Stable's classic winning champion Funny Cide.

  • HRTV Host White to Receive Media Award

    Jon White, host of daily live Thoroughbred racing coverage for HorseRacing TV, will receive the Mark Kaufman Media Award at the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders' Association awards banquet Feb. 15 "for his excellence in promoting the Washington Thoroughbred industry and Emerald Downs for 2003."

  • Racing Services Trial Delayed

    The trial of embattled North Dakota wagering company Racing Services Inc. has been delayed from Feb. 23 to late August.

  • Santa Anita general manager Chris McCarron, reported downturn in off-track handle.

    Santa Anita Cuts Purses Across the Board

    Santa Anita has announced an across-the-board decrease in purse levels beginning Jan. 31 as a result of declines in off-track and out-of-state handle during the one month-old meeting.

  • Ohio HBPA Seeks Mediator in Lingering Breed Dispute

    The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has asked the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association to agree to mediation in an effort to resolve "program and policy differences" between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries in the state.

  • Officer, winning the Del Mar Futurity.

    Grade I Winner Officer's First Foal Born in California

    Officer, a grade I winner who stands at Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Ky., was represented by his first foal, a filly, born Jan. 26 at Ron and Fran Stolich's Blooming Hills Farm near Clements, Calif.

  • MGM MIRAGE Expands Involvement in Racing Business

    MGM MIRAGE, the gaming and entertainment company that has a deal with the New York Racing Association to construct a video lottery terminal parlor at Aqueduct, is buying the company that owns Lincoln Park greyhound track in Rhode Island, and Arapahoe Park and three dog tracks in Colorado.

  • Track Sues Announcer Over Patent Rights to Wager

    Prairie Meadows is suing track announcer Ken Miller over the patent rights to a "Pick 5" wager Miller conceived and the track plans to offer. The tug-of-war has created such a strain that the Iowa racetrack and casino has suspended Miller, who has called races there since 1989.