Headlines for Thursday, October 28, 2004

  • Kabel Equals Stakes Record at Woodbine

    Todd Kabel, enjoying one of the finest seasons ever by a jockey in Ontario, equaled a 38-year-old Woodbine record of 32 added-money victories in a season set by the late Avelino Gomez.

  • First Flight, Knickerbocker at Aqueduct

    Aqueduct offers up a pair of graded stakes, the First Flight Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at seven furlongs and the 1 1/8-mile Knickerbocker Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf to sweeten its abbreviated Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships day live card.

  • Frankel's Leroidesanimaux Returns in Morvich

    Leroidesanimaux tries to give trainer Bobby Frankel his sixth victory in the Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday in the $100,000 Oak Tree grass race at Santa Anita Park.

  • Tattersalls Autumn Sale Closes Impressively

    The Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale record price of 525,000gns was equaled Thursday on the final day of the 2004 auction when progressive handicapper Kehaar (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux {GB}) was bought by John Ferguson on behalf of Godolphin.

  • Bailey Wins International Jockey Championship for Texas

    The International Jockey Championship had a distinctive Texas flavor Oct. 28 when Dallas native Jerry Bailey sealed the title aboard Promise Of War in the third and final series event for owner Keith Asmussen and trainer Steve Asmussen of the Lone Star state.

  • Ouija Board among this year's European Cup contingent.

    Europeans Not as Strong This Year?

    On the heels of a Breeders' Cup when they had a huge day, the Europeans do not seem to hold as strong a hand this year.

  • Songandaprayer Moves to Hartley/De Renzo, Walmac South

    Fountain of Youth (gr. I) winner and Florida's leading first crop yearling sales sire of 2004, Songandaprayer, has relocated to Hartley/De Renzo, Walmac South from Marablue Farm for the 2005 season.

  • Migliore Remains Breeders Cup Bound

    Jockey Richard Migliore is bound for the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships despite suffering a scare to his surgically held together arm during an Oct. 28 spill at Belmont Park.

  • Total Impact Entered for Keeneland's Closing Day Fayette Stakes

    Keeneland Race Course will close its doors for the fall season Saturday, Oct. 30, but not before they run the $150,000-added Fayette Stakes (gr. III). The Laura De Seroux-trained, Chilean-bred Total Impact and Will Farish's homebred Midway Road look to be the horses to take up the early chalk.

  • Efforts to Lease New Jersey Racetracks Suspended

    The proposed lease of Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, the two racetracks operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, is off for now. The state has been considering the lease agreement since late 2003.

  • Woodley Named White Horse Award Winner

    John Woodley, a jockey and exercise rider at Fairmount Park in southern Illinois was named the recipient of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award Thursday afternoon at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Blackdoun, will represent trainer Julio Canani in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

    Calm Canani Loaded with Contenders

    Let others worry about track conditions and post positions. Trainer Julio Canani has adopted the "What, Me Worry" stance made famous by Alfred E. Neuman as the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships approach.

  • Pletcher: "[Speightstown} has to win to be the champion."

    Championship Honors on Line for Speightstown

    The Todd Pletcher-trained Speightstown will enter the gate for Saturday's $1-million Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Lone Star Park as one of the heavy favorites to win the six-furlong race, but a win could almost guarantee end of the year divisional honors.

  • Cooksey, Threewitt, Haskin Feted By Turf Writers

    Recently retired jockey Patti Cooksey, California training legend Noble Threewitt, and Steve Haskin of The Blood-Horse were honored Wednesday night in Dallas at the annual National Turf Writers Association awards dinner.

  • Gov. Jennifer Granholm

    Michigan Ballot Initiative Now Considered a Toss-Up

    Thanks largely to an advertising onslaught led by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Michigan's Proposal 1, the ballot initiative that would effectively prohibit racinos in the state, has slipped dramatically in polls and is now considered a toss-up in the Nov. 2 election.

  • Tamweel worked Thursday morning at Lone Star Park.

    Distaff: Tamweel Connections Ready to Roll

    Tamweel, a solid second in the Overbrook Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 10, got some solid exercise over the track at Lone Star Park Thursday morning and is geared up for the Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I).

  • Ron Charles Selected to Head MEC California

    Magna Entertainment Corp. announced on Wednesday that Ron Charles, former chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, has been selected to assume the executive directorship of MEC California effective Nov. 1.