Headlines for Friday, December 3, 2004

  • CHRB Questions Guild Rep on Rider Benefits

    Recent reports that jockeys in many states don't have sufficient benefits to cover costs of catastrophic injuries sustained in riding accidents prompted some pointed remarks to a Jockey's Guild representative during the California Horse Racing Board Dec. 2 meeting at Hollywood Park.

  • Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap winner Kela supplements to Sunday's Underwood at Hollywood Park.

    Kela Supplements to Underwood Stakes

    Trainer Mike Mitchell called an audible Friday morning, supplementing grade I winner Kela to the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Sunday for $2,000.

  • Tizbud On Toes for Native Diver Handicap

    Tizbud, winner of the 2003 California Cup Classic, is on his toes for his next start in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park on Dec. 11, trainer John Sadler said Friday.

  • Grade III winner Ocean Drive Retired

    The Todd Pletcher-trained Ocean Drive has been retired from racing and will be bred in 2005, with breeding plans to be determined at a later date.

  • Santa Anita to Offer $12 million in Stakes Money

    A total of 10 grade I stakes and more than $12 million in stakes money will be up for grabs when Santa Anita Park kicks off its 85-day winter/spring meeting Dec. 26 with the Malibu Stakes (gr. I).

  • Phoenix Breeders' Cup winner Champali to stand at Glencrest Farm.

    Sprint Star Champali to Glencrest for '05

    Champali, an eight-time stakes-winner who won graded stakes at two and four, has been retired and will stand the 2005 season at the Greathouse family's Glencrest Farm near Midway, Ky. In the process of being syndicated, Champali will stand for a fee of $7,500 live foal.

  • Churchill Downs president Steve Sexton.

    Churchill Downs Requests Answers from Guild

    Churchill Downs president Steve Sexton has set a Dec. 7 deadline for the Jockeys' Guild to respond to a letter asking the organization to account for the $1.25 million CDI racetracks have given to the rider's organization over the past three years.

  • Inglis & Son Closes Out Australian Auction Year

    Australia-based William Inglis & Son held its final auction of the year Friday, a mixed sale at Oaklands, where 140 horses sold for a gross of Aus$842,400 (approximately $652,633 in U.S. funds) and an average price of Aus$6,017 ($4,662).

  • Rowdy Ruckus to Bar 17 in Alberta

    Stakes-placed Rowdy Ruckus (Bold Ruckus--Lovalar, by Avatar) will stand the 2005 breeding season and Ken and Maxine Anderson's Bar 17 Stable near Huxley, Alberta, Canada.