Headlines for Wednesday, October 20, 2004

  • Closing Argument Makes Case for In Reality

    New York invader Closing Argument is one of the choices in the $400,000 In Reality Stakes for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin with jockey Cornelio Velasquez aboard Saturday at Calder Race Course.

  • Aclassysassylassy Aims for FSS Filly Sweep

    Barbara Vivian and Dominic Vittese's Aclassysassylassy can join Nancy's Glitter as the only filly to sweep the three-race Florida Stallions Stakes series if she can win the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes Saturday at Calder Race Course.

  • Senor Swinger Tries Canadian International

    Senor Swinger flies into Sunday's $1.5-million Pattison Canadian International (Can-I) at Woodbine off an impressive victory in the Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT), a four-length score on Sept. 18.

  • Ohio Racing Dates Cut; HBPA Wants Assurances

    A plan to reduce live racing dates in Ohio by more than 10% in an effort to keep the horse racing industry afloat may hinge on an agreement between three Thoroughbred tracks and the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

  • Ohio Panel to Probe Illegal Video Gambling Devices

    The Ohio State Racing Commission has opened its own investigation into a state Department of Public Safety report that video gambling machines were operating in a bar on property that includes the Cedar Downs off-track betting parlor in the northwest portion of the state.

  • Kentucky Lifts Ban on Animals Shipped From Texas

    Kentucky has lifted a ban on animals from Texas now that the state is free of vesicular stomatitis. In the summer, the situation led Breeders' Cup officials to take precautions in advance of the Oct. 30 World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park.

  • Grade II Winner During to Claiborne

    During, a three-time grade II winner, will stand at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., following the planned conclusion of his racing career at the end of the year.

  • Pleasantly Perfect is back to defend his title in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Mandella, Whitney Have No Concern Over Layoffs

    Although no horse has won the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) coming off a layoff of more than 49 days, Richard Mandella, trainer of Pleasantly Perfect, and Marylou Whitney, owner of Birdstone, are confident taking their respective horses to Lone Star Park for the Oct. 30 World Thoroughbred Championships off layoffs of 69 and 63 days.

  • Prominent Mare Annie Edge Dead

    Annie Edge, a graded stakes winner and dam of six homebred stakes winners for George Strawbridge, has been euthanized at Bettina Jenney's Derry Meeting Farm near Cochranville, Pa.

  • Pre-Entry Breakfast Has Texas Flavor

    It is no coincidence that Lone Star Park is hosting the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships after only being open for seven seasons. In fact, it was all by design and carefully planned by Lone Star management and city officials of Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Dan Liebman<br>Executive Editor

    AARP News

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- In Florida for a few days this past winter, Gulfstream Park was an obvious place to spend a couple of hours. Keeping in mind Florida is a leading retirement center, it was no surprise that the average age of the patrons at the track that day was similar to that necessary to receive a "Here's Your Medicaid Card" welcome.

  • Local Entertainment

    <i>By Gary West</i> -- So far it has been very amusing--all these folks boarding up the windows of their prejudices and then fleeing to the mountains of their preconceptions. And it could be entertaining indeed Oct. 30 when they have to scurry to escape the avalanche.

  • Belmont Winner Sarava to Cloverleaf in Florida

    Sarava, who upended the Triple Crown bid of War Emblem by winning the 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will enter stud at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.

  • Number of Breeders&#39; Cup pre-entries rivals 2003 event.

    Breeders' Cup Attracts 101 Pre-Entries

    They say Lone Star Park's dirt and grass surfaces are identical to those at Santa Anita Park, which may account for this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships drawing the identical number of pre-entered horses as last year, when the event was held at the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack.

  • Roses in May seeks his own perfection in this year&#39;s Dodge Classic.

    Dodge Classic Preview: After Perfection

    No matter how much time one spends studying the past performances and various speed figures for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), they still won't be able to feel secure picking a winner.

  • Kela has raced at Lone Star.

    Sprint Preview: Going the Distance

    The 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) is all about the distance. A quick glance at the past performances of the pre-entries for the six-furlong race and one name jumps off the page: Kela.

  • Veteran Special Ring has been handled with kid gloves.

    NetJets Mile Preview: Turf Toss-Up

    North American-based entrants have managed to win half of the 20 runnings of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), and despite the likely presence of the reigning queen, French-based Six Perfections, the home team stands a decent enough chance to go over the .500 mark in this year's running of the $1.5-million race sponsored by NetJets.

  • Sweet Catomine cruises into Juvenile Fillies off several fine performances.

    Juvenile Fillies Preview: One for the Books?

    The past two years, a homebred filly has come into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with three straight wins and exited the World Thoroughbred Championships with four victories, a win that made history, and being an easy choice for an Eclipse Award.

  • Azeri would become only second two-time winner with a victory in the Distaff.

    Nextel Distaff Preview: Heavy Lies the Crown

    Azeri is already among elite company: Horse of the Year in 2002, back-to-back champion older mare in 2002 and 2003, and all-time leading North American female earner. With a victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Presented by Nextel (gr. I), she would join the brilliant Bayakoa as the only two-time Distaff winners in history.