Headlines for Friday, November 19, 2004

  • Asmussen's Warleigh Heads River City

    Ro Parra's speedy veteran Warleigh can help sizzling trainer Steve Asmussen assault on the single-season win mark when he faces an overflow field of turf competitors in Sunday's $150,000-added River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Tiny Field Faces Galactic Cat in Valley Stream

    Kentucky-based trainer Rebecca "Becky" Maker saddles her first starter at Aqueduct when she send Galactic Cat to the post Sunday in the $100,000-added Valley Stream (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

  • Pletcher Sending Ocean Drive to Matriarch

    Trainer Todd Pletcher, who leads the nation with earnings of about $16.5 million this year, plans to ship three horses to Hollywood Park for the Turf Festival Nov. 26-28.

  • Madcap Escapade Back to Work at Churchill

    Bruce Lunsford's Madcap Escapade, winner of the Ashland (gr. I) and third in her only career loss in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), returned to serious training on Friday with a sharp three-furlong breeze over a "sloppy" track at Churchill Downs.

  • Mr. Jester and Quinton's Gold Rush Top Oklahoma Derby Field

    A dozen 3-year-old colts will take the gate for Sunday's $150,000 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III), going 1 1/8-miles at Remington Park. The field is led by grade II winner Quinton's Gold Rush and grade III winner Mr. Jester.

  • Keeneland November Sale Comes to End

    The 2004 Keeneland November mixed sale came to a close Friday with a mare in foal to A Fleets Dancer bringing a session-high price of $41,000. Mist On the Hill was purchased by Classic Bloodstock from the consignment of Windfields Farm, agent.

  • Court Date Set for Arkansas Trainer Accused of Animal Cruelty

    Trainer Glenn Hild turned himself into the Garland County, Arkansas Sheriff's Department Nov. 18 after a warrant was issued for his arrest Nov. 16 on 17 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. The 17 Thoroughbreds Hild allegedly mistreated and neglected were removed from his former Broken Word Farm near Hot Springs, Ark. and placed in foster care in and around Hot Springs.

  • Espinoza to Represent United States in Jockey Challenge

    Jockey Victor Espinoza will represent the United States in the 2004 Cathay Pacific International Jockey Challenge Dec. 8 at Happy Valley. The event is a prelude to the Dec. 12 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races at Shi Tin.

  • Tracks Line Up Riders; Panel Hopes to Keep Focus

    As two more winter Thoroughbred meets prepare to open, management is lining up commitments from jockeys in the wake of walkouts at Churchill Downs and Hoosier Park. Meanwhile, members of an insurance task force that will meet for the first time Nov. 22 hope to maintain focus and expedite recommendations.

  • Gygistar, Bowman's Band Top Hadry Stakes

    Grade I winner Gygistar has been established as likely favorite against nine others in the $100,000 Charles H. Hadry Stakes, one of five stakes on the undercard at Pimlico Saturday where the featured race is the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorail Dash (gr. I).

  • Rutgers' 'Science Update' Scheduled for Dec. 7

    The Rutgers Equine Science Center's Annual "Science Update" will take place from 6-9 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture on the Cook College campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in Brunswick, N. J.

  • Jockeying for Position

    It is an issue covered nearly daily in the news and business columns of newspapers across America. Kentucky schoolteachers recently threatened a walkout over it; grocery workers in California struck for months because of it. Workers and employers everywhere struggle to make ends meet while having to feed its spiraling costs. Health insurance, along with health care costs, could be the single most important issue facing this nation, and it is one that jockeys and the racing industry have been struggling with for decades.

  • USDA Moves Step Closer to National Animal ID System

    The American Horse Council reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken another step toward the implementation of the National Animal Identification System to trace animal movements in case of a major disease outbreak.

  • Breeders Cup Gala Raises $300,000

    The 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Not Black Tie Charity Gala, held Oct. 29th at the Fort Worth Zoo's Texas Wild Exhibit in Fort Worth, Texas ,-- raised $300,000 for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

  • Millionaire Valley Crossing Dead

    Iowa stallion Valley Crossing, a millionaire and grade I winner, died in September from complications following colic surgery.