Headlines for Monday, February 23, 2004

  • Birdstone, may opt for Lane's End Stakes rather than Florida Derby.

    Birdstone May Pass Florida Derby For Lane's End Stakes

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, winner of his 3-year-old debut in allowance company, may skip the March 13 Florida Derby and run in the following week's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park instead, trainer Nick Zito said Monday.

  • Storm Flag Flying to Return at Gulfstream Park

    Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying, the champion juvenile filly of 2002 who made only two starts last year, returns to the races at Gulfstream Park Feb. 26 in a field of seven fillies and mares in the $46,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at one mile and 70 yards.

  • Medaglia d' Oro, Read the Footnotes Top First NTRA Polls

    Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Medaglia d' Oro received all but two first-place votes to top the first weekly National Thoroughbred Racing Association national poll of 2004. Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) winner Read the Footnotes is ranked as the top 3-year-old.

  • New York-based Smarty Jones is likely favorite for Saturday's Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

    Smarty Jones Faces Local Competition in Southwest

    Pro Prado and Wildcat Shoes, the one-two finishers in the Mountain Valley Stakes on Jan. 24, and the undefeated New York invader Smarty Jones, head the field for Saturday's $100,000 Southwest Stakes at one mile at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

  • Two Juvenile Stakes Dropped from Saratoga Schedule

    Two historic stakes for 2-year-olds, the Saratoga Special (gr. II) and the Adirondack (gr. II), both run for the first time in 1901, have been dropped from the schedule for the 2004 season at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Hard Buck's victory in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap earned him an invite to Dubai.

    Hard Buck to Dubai For Next Start

    One day after Team Victory I's Hard Buck posted his first grade I victory in the U. S., trainer Ken McPeek said the Brazilian-bred colt would make his next start on the World Cup card March 27 at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

  • Favorites Alinghi, Lonhro Win Big Races in Australia

    Onlookers might have suffered a heart flutter when Alinghi settled at the rear. Someone had to be second last of the 12 Blue Diamond (Aust-I) aspirants in the $1 million (Australian funds) juvenile feature, but it isn't supposed be the heavy favorite.

  • Barretts Sale Workouts Rescheduled

    Due to weather and track conditions at Fairplex, the training previews scheduled for Monday for horses consigned to the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training and The Thoroughbred Corp. dispersal has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. (PT) Tuesday.

  • Chateaugay peering off.

    On This Day...

    Feb. 23, 1963<br><b>Chateaugay at Hialeah</b>

  • Conformation And Racing Problems (AAEP 2003)

    Racehorses with specific conformation are more likely to have certain musculoskeletal injuries, according to two recent studies completed at Colorado State University (CSU). At the 2003 American Association of Equine Practitioners&#39; convention, C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dr.medvet (hc), Dipl. ACVS, director of CSU&#39;s Gail Holmes Equ...