Headlines for Monday, February 2, 2004

  • Magna executive Jim McAlpine, said company's strategy in best interests of industry.

    MEC: Recent Moves Designed to Benefit Tracks, Horsemen

    Magna Entertainment Corp.'s top executive admitted the company has taken plenty of heat for recent business decisions tied to account wagering and rebate shops, but he indicated the racing conglomerate wouldn't apologize for a strategy he said is designed to benefit the industry in the long term.

  • National HBPA to Take Hard Look at Betting Hub Plan

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's Executive Committee will decide Feb. 3 whether to move forward with a plan to create an offshore wagering hub that would accept wagers from bettors outside the United States in an attempt to increase handle and generate revenue for purses.

  • Gerald Nielsen.

    New York Breeder Nielsen Dies

    Gerald Nielsen, a prominent New York breeder instrumental in building up the state's breeding industry, has died. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Nielsen had been scheduled to come to Albany Monday to lobby state officials on breeding issues.

  • Cape Town's Fee Upped to $25,000

    Cape Town, who sired a 2003 champion and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner in Bird Town, has undergone a fee change from the previously announced $20,000 to $25,000 for the 2004 breeding season.

  • For Second Day in Row, Gulfstream Races Cancelled

    For the second day in a row, racing at Gulfstream Park was cancelled after jockeys refused to ride Monday due to unsafe track conditions. Monday's racing program was cancelled shortly after the 1:30 post time for the first race.

  • World Racing Championships Downscales Program

    The World Racing Championships, a series of races held at different countries, will be held again in 2004, but the International Racing Bureau will no longer be involved.

  • With Anticipation, returns from lengthy layoff Thursday.

    Day, With Anticipation Back in Action at Gulfstream

    Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who has not ridden since late November, is scheduled to return to competition at Florida's Gulfstream Park on Thursday . Among the three horses on which Day has been named for Thursday's card is Augustin Stables' With Anticipation, who is also returning from a hiatus.

  • Sheikh Mohammed, left, and Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Godolphin Noms Shutout a Shocker

    So, Godolphin, which has been intent on winning the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) the past several years, has decided not to nominate a single horse this year. For a stable that focused each year on the first Saturday in May, this is a perplexing turn of events. Or is it?

  • Pleasantly Perfect won the San Antonio in his 2004 debut.

    Pleasantly Perfect Blasts Off In 2004 Debut

    Diamond A Racing's Pleasantly Perfect, with regular rider Alex Solis in the saddle, returned from his Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) victory in October in fine form, posting a four-length victory in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Capsized to Special T in California

    Graded stakes winner Capsized has been purchased by B n D Chase Thoroughbreds from Gold Spur Stable and Stonerside Stables for stallion duty at Rick Taylor's Special T Thoroughbreds near Temecula, Calif.