Headlines for Wednesday, December 1, 2004

  • Four Virginia Localities OK Off-Track Betting

    Racing officials in Virginia were pleased to find out on Tuesday night that voters in three localities approved referenda to allow the expansion of off-track betting. They were waiting to find out the results for a fourth locality in northern Virginia.

  • 'American Dream Derby' Set for Jan. 10 Debut

    The game show series American Dream Derby, in which 12 contestants vie in various aspects of the world of Thoroughbred racing, is to have its premiere showing Jan. 10 with back-to-back episodes on GSN.

  • Tagg's Duo Headlines My Charmer Handicap

    Trainer Barclay Tagg sends out a pair of last-race stakes winners, part of a full field entered for the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the Calder turf course Saturday.

  • Sunny Sky Added to Hollywood Futurity Fray

    French invader Sunny Sky, third-place finisher in the Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds on turf Saturday, will remain in California and test dirt for the first time in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) at 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 18, according to trainer Maurice Zilber.

  • Field Set for $1 Million Delta Jackpot

    George Wolf's homebred Leaving On My Mind tops a field of 10 in Saturday's $1 million Boyd Gaming's Delta Jackpot Stakes, the second richest 2-year-old race in North America.

  • 'Players' Pool' Strikes Again With Pick Six Hit

    AmericaTab followed the success of its first Players' Pool on the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 with its second hit in a month. Bettors had one winning pick six ticket and 28 consolation tickets Nov. 28 at Hollywood Park.

  • New England Turf Writers Announce 2004 Champions

    The New England Turf Writers Association has selected its champions for 2004. The annual awards dinner will take place after the 2005 New England live racing season begins at Suffolk Downs next spring.

  • Simon Hopeful as Battle Won Heads to Hong Kong

    Trainer Charles Simon said he doesn't know what to expect when Battle Won takes the gate for the Dec. 12 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin Race Course, but he is looking at the trip as a positive opportunity.

  • Number of Graded Stakes for 2005 Declines by 13

    The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Wednesday its listing of U.S. graded stakes for 2005, the results of its annual grading session conducted Tuesday in Lexington, Ky.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Open Book

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Though its brightest days may be in the past, the Japan Racing Association has decided to allow a little more sun to shine on a sport and industry that for the past 50 years has virtually been closed to outsiders.

  • Let's Move On

    <i>By Victor Zast</i> - Why has Thoroughbred racing decided to put its future into the hands of a public relations agency?

  • Veterinarians Probe Mysterious Disease in Australia

    Reports have been circulating that there is a disease similar to mare reproductive loss syndrome occurring in Australia. Dr. Nigel Perkins of the private consulting firm AusVet Animal Health Services has termed it equine amnionitis and fetal loss (EAFL).Additional information was released Dec. 1 by the Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre, a research facility adjacent to Scone racetrack in the heart of the Australian breeding area, concerning a problem that is causing sporadic abortions throughout the area in mid- to late-term pregnancies.

  • Coolmore Stallion King of Kings to Switzerland

    Coolmore Stud stallion King of Kings, whose 2-year-old daughter Paddy's Daisy won a division of the Nov. 26 Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park, has been relocated to Gestut Sohrenhof in Switzerland after standing six seasons under the Coolmore banner.

  • Flores Aboard as Sweet Catomine Works

    Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Sweet Catomine worked for the first time since racing's championship day and posted a three furlong move in :36 1/5, breezing, under jockey David Flores at Santa Anita Tuesday morning.