Headlines for Thursday, October 21, 2004

  • Ex-Claimer Special Matter Tops Burke Line-Up

    Special Matter, a rags-to-riches gelding that has earned $200,000 since being claimed for $12,500 two years ago by trainer Rafael Becerra, headlines the $100,000 Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Saturday on the Santa Anita turf.

  • Eddington Switches to Turf for Calder Derby

    Willmott Stable's Eddington, a major contender in the 3-year-old division all season for trainer Mark Hennig, makes his grass course debut in the Calder Derby (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8 miles Saturday.

  • Twilight Road One to Beat in Spend a Buck

    Donamire Farm's 7-year-old Twilight Road with regular rider Phil Teator aboard will be the horse to beat in a field of 11 for the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course Saturday.

  • Plenty of Betting Options on NY Showcase Day

    Saturday's $250,000 Empire Classic, the marquee race on New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park, is so wide open that Rudina Stable's filly Board Elligible, has a big shot in a field of 15.

  • Ray Joins Ellis Park as Marketing Director

    Jennifer Ray has been appointed director of marketing at Ellis Park. Ray, who held the same position at Louisiana Downs for the past 17 years, replaces Bob Cunningham, who recently resigned due to relocation.

  • Full Field Expected for Valley View

    An overflow field of 3-year-old fillies was entered for Saturday's $100,000 Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland, going 1 1/16-miles on the turf.

  • Forestry's Fee Upped to $75,000

    Forestry, who ranks in the runner-up spot on the leading second-crop sire list by 2004 progeny earnings, will stand for $75,000.

  • Texas racing legend Bubba Cascio, trains Gold Storm.

    Texas Roots Run Deep for Gold Storm

    Gold Storm might have been bred in Kentucky, but the gelded son of Seeking the Gold is as true a Texan as J.R. Ewing. He is owned by a pair of Dallas businessmen and resides in the barn of a Texas racing legend. If that weren't enough, he will be racing on his home turf when he takes the gate for the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

  • Omega Code to Walmac South in Florida

    Omega Code, a track-record setting son of Elusive Quality, will enter stud at Hartley / De Renzo Thoroughbreds, Walmac South near Ocala, Fla.

  • Grade II Winner Sintra Dead

    Sintra, a grade II winner and winner of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland, died in mid-October at Rae Eastwood's Indian Creek near Georgetown, Ky.

  • Six Perfections will be seeking to add her name to the list of repeat winners in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

    Breeders' Cup Mile Can Be Twice as Nice

    What is it about the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) that makes winners want to double their fun? Of the six horses that have won two Breeders' Cup races, three did their repeat winning in the Mile.

  • First Winner for Grade I Winner Honest Lady

    Documentary, the first foal from Khalid Abdullah's grade I winner Honest Lady, won Oct. 20 at 6 1/2 furlongs at Deauville in France in his second start.