Headlines for Tuesday, November 23, 2004

  • Heavy Hitters Take Up Load in Fall Highweight

    The appeal of the Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) is that is harkens back to a time when good horses carried a lot of weight, and therefore, separated themselves from the ordinary. That is why the grade III, six-furlong sprint has lasted for so long.

  • Halory Leigh, among the favorites for the Falls City Handicap.

    Weight Keeps Azeri Out of Falls City; Seven Set to Go

    Azeri, who figured to be the brightest star to shine over the holiday weekend at Churchill Downs in Thursday's Falls City Handicap (gr. II), has not been entered by trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Lukas, along with owner Michael Paulson, wasn't overly concerned with the 126-pound assessment, it was the spread in the weights that will keep her on the sidelines.

  • Anasheed to Live Oak in Florida

    Anasheed, a 4-year-old graded stakes-placed son of A.P. Indy, will enter stud at Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud near Ocala, Fla.

  • Peace Rules, among the stallions who will stand at Vinery's Florida farm.

    Vinery's Florida Operation Underway

    Dr. Tom Simon, who is in the process of curtailing his Vinery Australia operation, is going full steam with his newly formed Florida venture. Simon is building a stallion station, two 40-stall barns, and two training tracks on 220 acres of land near Ocala.

  • Jockey Jerry Bailey has sent a "cease and desist" letter to The Jockeys' Guild.

    Guild Grievances Include Cease and Desist Letter, Lawsuits

    The management company that represents jockey Jerry Bailey sent a cease and desist letter to Jockeys' Guild president Dr. Wayne Gertmenian and Guild vice president Albert Fiss Nov. 19. The letter requested they stop accusing Bailey of having played a role in canceling insurance policies that benefited jockeys.

  • NTRA commissioner D. G. Van Clief Jr.

    Insurance Panel Hopes to Expedite Recommendations

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Jockeys' Medical Insurance Panel has identified several consensus points and hopes to have recommendations in place by Dec. 31, officials said after the panel's first meeting Nov. 22 at Turfway Park in Kentucky.

  • Kentucky Equine Drug Panel Gets New Members

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, which hasn't met since the fall of 2003, has been officially reconstituted. The council serves in an advisory capacity to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

  • Calder Increases Purses $1,000 Per Overnight

    Horsemen at Calder will find a little something extra on their plates Thanksgiving Day. The track announced a purse increase of $1,000 per overnight race, which will take effect with the Nov. 25 race card.

  • Mountain General will be seeking to repeat this 2002 victory in the Thanksgiving Handicap.

    Sprinters Highlight Fair Grounds Opener

    Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans kicks off its 133rd season of live racing and first under the ownership of Churchill Downs Inc. Thursday with the traditional opening-day feature, the Thanksgiving Handicap.

  • Will Maryland Track Sale Facilitate Slots?

    The family of Baltimore Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos signed an agreement Nov. 20 to buy Rosecroft Raceway, a struggling harness track in southern Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C. The deal, if approved by the Maryland Racing Commission, would likely enhance the chances of slot machines being authorized in the state.