Headlines for Wednesday, February 25, 2004

  • Domestic Dispute Drills; Big 'Cap Possible

    Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner Domestic Dispute worked a half-mile in :47 2/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track Wednesday morning and could make his next start in the March 6 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), trainer Paddy Gallagher said.

  • Island Fashion, may run in Santa Anita Handicap.

    Island Fashion Nominated to Big 'Cap

    No filly has ever won the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), but Island Fashion could become the first in 67 runnings of the 10-furlong race on March 6.

  • Dark Days Ahead for Playfair

    Playfair's racing days could be over for good. The 65-acre property that includes the track near Spokane, Wash., is listed for sale for $7 million and all of its contents and equipment--starting gate, tractors, seating, and more--will be auctioned March 4.

  • Tapit Shines in Laurel Park Work

    Tapit worked in-between races Wednesday afternoon at Laurel Park, drilling seven-furlongs under jockey Ramon Dominguez in 1:29.70.

  • Tapit, working at Laurel Park on Wednesday.

    Tapit Works 7 Furlongs Between Races at Laurel

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapit, winner of the Laurel Futurity (gr. III), shipped to Laurel Wednesday afternoon where he worked seven furlongs between races in 1:29 3/5 in company with two other horses trained by Michael Dickinson.

  • MEC Launches TV Preview Show in NY

    Magna Entertainment Corp., in conjunction with New York City Off-Track Betting, has launched a half-hour preview show that will air race days on OTB's cable television channel.

  • Canadian champion Wando, progressing in Florida.

    Funny Cide, Wando, Silver Wagon Work in Florida

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide, in preparation for the Feb. 29 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, breezed a bullet five furlongs Feb. 25 at Palm Meadows in South Florida.

  • Two Stakes Added to Lone Star's Fall Breeders' Cup Meeting

    Lone Star Park has added a pair of $50,000 stakes for 2-year-old Texas-breds to its 2004 stakes schedule. The $50,000 Mocha Express for colts and geldings and $50,000 Honeysuckle Rose for fillies will both be run at 6 1/2 furlongs on Oct. 23, which is billed as "Stars of Texas Day."

  • Live Racing Returns to Chicago on Friday

    Live racing returns to the Chicago area Friday as the National Jockey Club at Hawthorne opens its spring meet at the track near Cicero, Ill. Opening day features a 10-race card with first post at 1:10 p.m. The 47-day meet runs through May 13

  • English Bloodstock Agent Peter Wragg Dead

    Peter Wragg, a prominent bloodstock agent who was the brother of trainer Geoff and a son of champion jockey and leading trainer Harry, died last week at the age of 76 after a lengthy illness.

  • Breeder/Owner Einar Paul Robsham Dead

    Einar Paul Robsham, who won the 1995 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga with homebred Pretty Discreet, died Feb. 22 of heart disease at Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Report: Churchill Considering New Track in California

    Churchill Downs Inc., which owns Hollywood Park in Inglewood Calif., is considering building a new racetrack in the Golden State at an abandoned Marine Corps air base about 45 miles south of Hollywood in Irvine.

  • Sekiguchi Selects Trainer for High-Profile Colt

    After having asked for invitations from trainers around the world to offer to condition the $2.79-million Sunday Silence yearling he bought at the 2003 Hokkaido foal sale, owner Fusao Sekiguchi has decided to keep the colt in Japan.

  • Needles in the Flamingo.

    On This Day...

    Feb. 25, 1956<br><b>Needles in the Flamingo Stakes</b>