Headlines for Thursday, February 12, 2004

  • Big Early Wager Drops Odds on Derby Field Entry

    A $30,000 wager on the mutuel field – all 3-year-olds other than the 23 assigned to the pool – by an unidentified patron enlivened the early minutes of the first of four days of betting in Pool 1 of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

  • Del Mar Details $3 Million in Track Upgrades

    Major renovations to five Del Mar barns as well as upgrades and expansions to its grandstand are underway, with the improvements expected in time for the start of the 2004 racing season on July 21.

  • Indiana Tracks' Slot-Like Gaming Bill Beaten

    Efforts to bring 5,000 electronic pull-tab machines to Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs and two simulcast wagering facilities were defeated Feb. 12 in the Indiana General Assembly.

  • Krone Declines Thursday Assignments

    Julie Krone, citing body soreness from her first day of riding Wednesday after an absence of nearly two months, canceled her scheduled commitments on Thursday.

  • Santa Anita to Remember Legendary Longden

    John Longden would have been 97 on Saturday. The legendary jockey died on his birthday last year. Santa Anita will honor Longden's memory Saturday by naming a race for him and hosting friends and members of his family.

  • Measure Would Give N.Y. Tracks Full Casinos

    Racetracks in New York would be permitted to have full Las Vegas-style casinos under new state legislation that also calls for a constitutional amendment to permit non-Indian casinos in the Catskills and Western New York.

  • Wynn Dot Comma Faces 10 Rivals in Hutcheson

    Graded stakes winner Wynn Dot Comma will get a sharp challenge from a couple of Todd Pletcher-trained rivals, Deputy Storm and Limehouse, in the 51st running of the $150,000 Hutcheson (gr. II) Saturday, a seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.

  • Hopeful winner Silver Wagon, should be recovered from foot bruise.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Big Weekend On and Off Track

    Saturday's Fountain of Youth (gr. I) and Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) and Sunday's Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) are only some of important 3-year-old races this weekend, along with allowance races featuring Birdstone, Value Plus, and Shaniko.

  • Evening Attire Tops Campbell Field

    Evening Attire rarely ventures away from New York, so when he does it's safe to say that he is ready to run and is expected to be the overwhelming favorite in Saturday's $150,000 John B. Campbell Breeders' Cup Handicap at Laurel Park.

  • Nashua Stakes winner Read the Footnotes, going in Fountain of Youth.

    Read the Footnotes Faces Calder Corps in Fountain of Youth

    Read the Footnotes, winner of the Nashua (gr. III) and Remsen Stakes (gr. II), makes his 3-year-old debut in Saturday's $250,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), where he takes on Calder-based stakes horses Second of June, Silver Wagon, Sir Oscar, and Broadway View.

  • Turfway Calls Off Thursday Racing

    Turfway Park has cancelled live racing for tonight, Thursday, February 12, again citing track conditions compromised by continued thawing. The track remains open for its regular simulcast schedule.

  • Victory Moon, convincing winner in Dubai.

    Victory Moon Wins and Other Dubai Racing Action

    Victory Moon, winner of both the UAE 2,000 Guineas and Derby in 2003, returned to the scene of his greatest triumphs when winning the second round of the Maktoum Challenge (UAE-III) at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday night.

  • Preliminary Approval Given for Pimlico Expansion

    The Baltimore Planning Commission Wednesday granted its approval to the proposed expansion of Pimlico Race Course into an "entertainment destination" facility, though plans for a hotel on the site were turned down.

  • Youbet Continues Strong Performance in Fourth Quarter

    Youbet.com reported Thursday the fourth quarter of 2003 provided the eight straight quarter of net revenue growth for the company, though it continues to operate at a loss. Youbet also generated year-over-year increases in handle, net revenue, and earnings before taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA).

  • Pauly Boy To KNAC in Utah

    Stakes winner Pauly Boy, a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Wild Gold, will stand at KNAC Place near Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Stall Replaced as Head of Louisiana Commission

    Gov. Kathleen Blanco has replaced Albert Stall Sr. as the chairman of the Louisiana Racing Commission. New Orleans attorney Bob Wright replaced Stall, who has been a commission member for 26 of the past 32 years, serving 18 years as chairman.

  • Trainer Nick Zito tops <i>Derby Watch</i> with Eurosilver and Birdstone.

    Derby Watch (2/12/04): Zito Pair Tops Early List

    Two 3-year-olds trained by Nick Zito top the list of leading contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in the first installment of <i>Derby Watch</i>, by Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for <i>The Blood-Horse</i>.

  • Kentucky's Casino Hopes Move Forward

    Officials representing the Kentucky horse industry agreed Wednesday to proposed alternative gaming legislation that would put casinos at four racetracks and four other non-racetrack facilities in the state.

  • Krone Shut Out in Return; Singletary Wins Feature

    Julie Krone resumed her riding career Wednesday after an absence of nearly two months but did not win a race in three attempts. In the feature, Singletary won the $71,350 Thunder Road Handicap.

  • Diagnosing Respiratory Tract Ulcers

    &quot;Respiratory disease is the second-leading cause of lost training in the Thoroughbred racehorse, second only to musculoskeletal injuries,&quot; said Jeff Blea, DVM, of the Southern California Equine Foundation in Arcadia, Calif., during the 2003 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention. &quot;Endoscopy of the upper respiratory tract pl...

  • Return to Racing for Roarers After Surgery

    Results of a study from the University of Pennsylvania&#39;s New Bolton Center suggest that there is a high chance that a horse can return to racing after surgery for laryngeal hemiplegia (partial or complete paralysis of the larynx, also called roaring) or arytenoid chondritis (inflammation of the arytenoid cartilages resulting in paralysis). Presented b...