Headlines for Wednesday, February 11, 2004

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  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile Redux--Where Are They Now?

    Will the Breeders' Cup Juvenile jinx be broken in 2004? We won't know until May 1--unless none of the Juvenile starters is entered in the Kentucky Derby--but this is as good a time as any to see what the starters from last year's edition of the race are doing now.

  • Evaluating the O'Brien Nominees to the Triple Crown

    Nine Irish-based, Aiden O'Brien-trained colts, led by ONE COOL CAT and GRAND REWARD, were nominated to the 2004 VISA Triple Crown Challenge. Only one of them, TUMBLEBRUTUS, has raced in the United States.

  • On This Date....

    Feb. 12, 1975<br><b>Foolish Pleasure at Hialeah</b>

  • Jockey Pat Valenzuela, had informal meeting with stewards Wednesday.

    Valenzuela Meets With Santa Anita Stewards

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela met informally with Santa Anita stewards Pete Pedersen, Tom Ward and Ingrid Fermin Wednesday morning, nearly three weeks after the 41-year-old rider was suspended Jan. 23 for failing to fulfill the provisions of his conditional license.

  • Candy Ride Records Three-Furlong Breeze

    Undefeated Candy Ride had his first official workout Wednesday since winning the Pacific Classic (gr. I) last August, breezing three furlongs under exercise rider Patrick Dalton in :36 at Santa Anita.

  • Hendricks Likes Runaway Dancer at 'Obispo Distance

    Dan Hendricks is inclined to draw a line through Runaway Dancer's last race, an eighth-place finish in the William L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT) at Calder Race Course on Dec. 27.

  • Whoopi Cat Ready to Pounce in Las Virgenes

    Patrick Biancone expects major improvement from Whoopi Cat in Sunday's $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at one mile, and not just because Halfbridled is passing the race.

  • Read the Footnotes Ready for Return in Fountain

    Remsen Stakes winner Read the Footnotes will launch his 2004 3-year-old campaign in Saturday's $250,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, fresh off 10 weeks rest and fast workouts for trainer Richard Violette.

  • Silver Wagon Now Probable for Fountain of Youth

    Trainer Ralph Ziadie reports last year's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner Silver Wagon is "90%" sure to run in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

  • Saratoga County Set for Rematch in Hutcheson

    The lightly-raced Saratoga County has earned a chance to build on his runner-up effort to Wynn Dot Comma in the Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) according to trainer George Weaver, and will run in Saturday's Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Stablemates Sir Oscar, Weigelia Primed for Stakes Saturday

    Undefeated Sir Oscar and his recent workout partner Weigelia will give trainer Manny Azpurua a busy Saturday when he saddles the former in the Fountain of Youth and the latter in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III).

  • Format Changed for Deauville Yearling Sale

    Officials of L'Agence Francaise have reduced the number of days for the August yearling sale in Deauville from five days to four by canceling the opening Saturday night session, according to the Racing Post.

  • Format Changed for Deauville Yearling Sale

    Officials of L'Agence Francaise have reduced the number of days for the August yearling sale in Deauville from five days to four by canceling the opening Saturday night session, according to the Racing Post.

  • TVG to Gain Wider Exposure Through Comcast Deal

    Wider distribution of TV Games Network through the nation's largest cable provider, Comcast, highlights a new joint venture between the cable company and TVG's parent company, Gemstar-TV Guide.

  • Jill Byrne Joins TVG Full-Time

    Jill Byrne, who has previously worked in studio and as an analyst and reporter on such TVG programming as "The Works" and "Trackside Live," will join the network as a full-time analyst beginning with TVG coverage of the Keeneland spring meet on April 2.

  • CDI Outlines Aggressive Plan for '04

    An ambitious strategic plan Churchill Downs Inc. hopes to accomplish in 2004, which president Tom Meeker said will "change the culture of our company," includes a major customer service initiative, increased branding of the company's assets, and possibly even a company-owned account-wagering platform.

  • MJC Official Says Pimlico Special Will Be Run

    Despite financial woes, the Pimlico Special (gr. I) has been scheduled for May 14, the day before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), a Maryland Jockey Club executive told the Maryland Racing Commission Feb. 10.