Headlines for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

  • Dominguez Notches Triple on 28th Birthday

    Ramon Dominguez celebrated his 28th birthday Wednesday at Pimlico with a riding triple on the day's eight race card. Since returning to Maryland on a full-time basis on Nov. 10, Dominguez has 18 wins in 11 days, producing six multiple win afternoons.

  • Assistant Takes Peterson Stable; Service Set

    Rafael DeLeon, who assisted trainer Doug Peterson for the past five years, will take over training his 23-horse stable at Hollywood Park. Peterson, 53, was found dead in his Crowne Plaza Hotel room near the track Sunday evening.

  • Greek Sun Blocked from Hollywood Derby

    Greek Sun, the probable favorite in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) Sunday, has been taken out of the race by trainer Bobby Frankel.

  • Cajun Beat Tries Hollywood Lawn for Frankel

    Cajun Beat, the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) champion who has raced on grass only once, helps lead off trainer Bobby Frankel's assault on Hollywood Park's Turf Festival in the $150,000 Turf Express Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 5 1/2 furlongs.

  • Smarty Jones Derby Items to Benefit War Fund

    Churchill Downs Inc. is offering rare memorabilia of 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones in an eBay auction to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. A ticket package to the 2005 Kentucky Derby and Oaks will also be offered in the auction, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 26.

  • Smarty Jones Derby Items to Benefit War Fund

    Churchill Downs Inc. is offering rare memorabilia of 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones in an eBay auction to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. A ticket package to the 2005 Kentucky Derby and Oaks will also be offered in the auction, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 26.

  • Buyers and sellers gather for record Keeneland sale of breeding stock.

    Early Ventures: Jump Start, Explicit shine among first-year weanling sires

    The weanling market exhibited strength throughout the Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November breeding stock sales, and that strength was not just concentrated at the top. As has been the trend the last few years, there was a premium attached to all levels of the younger sires, and that seemed to be more pronounced this season. That was good news for sellers loaded with weanlings from first-year sires.

  • Lundy's Liability ships East for the Clark Handicap.

    Lundy's Liability Faces Elite Line-Up in Clark

    Ten horses will vie in the elite race of Churchill Downs' fall schedule, the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) Friday in Louisville. The Brazilian-bred Lundy's Liability will carry high weight of 120 pounds over the nine furlongs.

  • Trainer McLaughlin Figures Tough in Top Flight

    Kiaran McLaughlin trains two of the top three choices in Friday's $150,000 Delta Airlines/Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct in Roar Emotion and Bending Strings.

  • Keeneland Pavilion Work Begins

    Keeneland has begun work on the expansion and renovation of its sale pavilion. The work, to be done in three phases around the sale calendar, is expected to be completed by next August.

  • Monashee Mountain's First Australian Winner

    Coolmore stallion Monashee Mountain, one of the leading freshman sires, got off to quick start in Australia when his first Australian starter scored in Queensland yesterday.

  • Ex-Guild Manager: Jockeys Must Take Reins

    The former national manager of the Jockeys' Guild, ousted in 2001 in what he said was akin to a "terrorist attack," believes disabled riders are the real victims in the ongoing conflict over finances and the impending discontinuance of the Disabled Jockeys' Fund. He called on jockeys to take control of the situation.