Headlines for Thursday, February 19, 2004

  • Winnings Color, rail, runs second to Goodbye Halo.

    On This Day...

    Feb. 20, 1988<br><b>Winning Colors in the Las Virgenes Stakes</b>

  • Magna CEO Jim McAlpine.

    McAlpine Stresses Improving Outlook for Calif. Racing

    While business at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields is off in 2004, the president and chief executive officer of parent company Magna Entertainment Corporation told the California Horse Racing Board on Feb. 19 that the outlook is improving.

  • The Cliff's Edge Draws Outside Post in Sam F. Davis

    Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) and Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) winner The Cliff's Edge drew the outside post position when a full field of a dozen 3-year-olds were entered Thursday for Saturday's $100,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.

  • With Anticipation Works Toward Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap

    Age hasn't slowed With Anticipation one step. The 9-year-old gelding drilled five furlongs under jockey Pat Day in 1:00 3/5 over Gulfstream Park's main track Thursday for trainer Jonathan Sheppard. With Anticipation was tuning up for the Feb. 22 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT).

  • NTRA Players' Panel Issues Recommendations

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Players' Panel, formed in the wake of the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 fraud of 2002, has issued policy recommendations on subjects of "serious concern and importance" to pari-mutuel customers.

  • Kitten's Joy and Master William Double Team Palm Beach

    The Ken and Sarah Ramsey-owned Kitten's Joy and Master William highlight the dozen runners entered in Saturday's $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. The Palm Beach is the 11th event on the 12-race card.

  • In Ohio, Jury Still Out on Account Wagering Revenue

    The Ohio State Racing Commission Feb. 19 deferred action on a request from the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to withhold Thoroughbred signals that originate in the state from account wagering companies. It scheduled a hearing for March 1 to further discuss the issue.

  • Storm Flag Flying Gearing Up for Return

    Trainer Shug McGaughy is on the lookout for a race for champion Storm Flag Flying following some positive workouts at Palm Beach Downs. Storm Flag Flying ended her juvenile season undefeated, but growing pains and minor ailments held back her 3-year-old season.

  • Redskin Warrior Battles Six in Best Turn

    Redskin Warrior will make his sophomore debut when he squares off against six rivals in Saturday's $75,000 Best Turn Stakes going six-furlongs at Aqueduct. The Best Turn is the feature on Saturday's 10-race card with a 12:30 p.m. post.

  • Godolphin Must Pay Damages For Fatal Plane Crash

    Godolphin Racing was ordered to pay 300,000 pounds ($567,630) in damages for a plane crash in 2000 that resulted in the death of the pilot and injuries to jockeys Frankie Dettori and Ray Cochrane.

  • Read the Footnotes among Early Bird nominees to rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby.

    Over 100 Early-Bird Nominees Still Eligible for Oaklawn Bonus

    Read the Footnotes, Minister Eric, and Tapit top a record roster of 140 Early Bird nominees for the Rebel and Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. The Rebel and Arkansas Derby are the first two legs of Oaklawn's $5-million three race bonus with the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) being the final leg.

  • Millionaire Heat Haze has been retired.

    Heat Haze Retired; Breeding Plans Undecided

    Khalid Abdullah's homebred Heat Haze, runner-up for Eclipse Award honors as best turf female in 2003, arrived at the owner's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington Feb. 17 to begin her career as a broodmare.

  • Bill Would Fast Track National Animal ID Program

    Legislation recently introduced in both chambers of the U.S. Congress would accelerate the implementation of a proposed national livestock identification program that would include all farm-raised animals, including horses.

  • Fantastic Light's Full Brother Born

    A full brother to champion and Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Fantastic Light was born Feb. 13 at Sheikh Maktoum's Gainsborough Stud near Versailles, Ky.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from around the industry...

  • Finger Lakes Officially State's First Thoroughbred Racino

    Patrons waited more than two hours to enter Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack Feb. 18 for the opening of the track's video lottery terminal parlor. The scene was reminiscent of one that played out a few weeks earlier when Saratoga Gaming and Raceway became New York's first operating racino.

  • Lane&#39;s End stallion Summer Squall.

    Lane's End Stallion Summer Squall Pensioned

    Classic winner and prominent sire Summer Squall has been retired from stud duty at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., due to continuing problems with his fertility.

  • Swaps after the Santa Anita Derby.

    On This Day...

    Feb. 19, 1955<br><b>Swaps in the Santa Anita Derby</b>