Headlines for Friday, February 20, 2004

  • California Won't Order RGS Curb on Lewiston Hub

    California regulators decided Feb. 20 that they will hold off on considering a cutoff of wagering at post time from betting through the Lewiston, Maine simulcast hub, which processes wagers for rebating giant Racing and Gaming Services.

  • Balto Star, heads Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap.

    Balto Star Heads Gulfstream BC Handicap

    Anstu Stables' Balto Star, tough to beat when he runs his best, and Richard Violette Jr.'s Man From Wicklow, who knows how to win going long on the local grass, top a field of eight in Sunday's $250,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at a mile and three-eighths on the turf.

  • MEC Team to Study Racetrack Operations

    Magna Entertainment Corp. has established a "continuous improvement" team under the supervision of chief operating officer Don Amos that will conduct an orderly study of the company's racetrack operations.

  • Illinois Slaughter Ban Tackled by House Committee

    Legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in Illinois is making its way through the House of Representatives. The bill also would make it illegal to transport horses into or out of the state for slaughter.

  • 2003 New Jersey Champions Named

    Gators N Bears has been named New Jersey-bred horse of the year for 2003. A winner of five races from 13 starts on the year, Gators N Bears won three stakes while also being named the state's champion sprinter and champion 3-year-old male.

  • Haskell Invitational Highlights Monmouth Slate

    Led by the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap on Sunday, August 8, Thoroughbreds will compete for $3.35 million in graded stakes when Monmouth Park opens its 72-day season Saturday, May 29.

  • Battle Cat to Ziprick in Manitoba

    Battle Cat, a 6-year-old winning son of Storm Cat, has been bought by Ziprick Thoroughbreds and will stand at that farm, located near Russell, Manitoba, Canada.

  • U So Bad's First Foal Is a Filly

    The first foal for stakes winner U So Bad is a filly born Feb. 4 out of Not too Blue (by Fountain of Gold).

  • eBay Auction Set for Our Mims Marker

    An eBay auction of racing memorabilia will begin Feb. 21 to raise money for a headstone marker for the grave of Our Mims, the 1977 Eclipse Award winner for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Bill Would Increase Subsidy to Indiana Racetracks

    Indiana's horse racing industry may have another opportunity to secure more financial stability. An amendment introduced and passed in the Senate Finance Committee Feb. 19 would increase the annual subsidy to the industry from $27 million to $44 million. It goes to the full Senate for consideration.

  • Maiden Tower Tops Buena Vista

    Darley Stable's Maiden Tower has been installed the 118-pound highweight in the field of seven older fillies and mares that will contest Saturday's Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.