Headlines for Thursday, February 26, 2004

  • Oklahoma House Narrowly OKs Gaming Bill

    The Oklahoma House narrowly approved a measure Feb. 26 that gives racetracks such as Remington Park the right to operate the same type of electronic games that Indian casinos do, and sent the bill to Gov. Brad Henry for his signature.

  • Grade I American Oaks Tops $9.2 Million Stakes Offering

    The $750,000 American Oaks, granted grade I status in its first year of eligibility, joins the elite of North America's stakes races to highlight Hollywood Park's $9.2-million stakes schedule for the 2004 Spring/Summer Meet.

  • Pepsi, Churchill Downs Team for Derby Promotion

    Churchill Downs, home of the famed Kentucky Derby, and Pepsi, the official soft drink of Churchill Downs, have joined forces in a promotion that will place millions of Pepsi cans that bear the 2004 Kentucky Derby Logo on the shelves of retailers in three states.

  • Storm Flag Flying, with jockey John Velazquez, rides to the win at Gulfstream Park.

    Champion Storm Flag Flying Victorious in Return

    Champion Storm Flag Flying returned to the winner's circle Thursday at Gulfstream Park by notching a 3 3/4-length win in an optional allowance claiming contest. Redoubled Miss was second, with Keiai Sakura 1 1/4 lengths back for third. Storm Flag Flying completed the mile and 70-yard distance in 1:42.78.

  • Ocean Silk Seeks to Halt San Dare Repeat in The Very One Handicap

    Trainer Rick Hiles is hoping that a repeat win by San Dare in Saturday's $100,000 The Very One Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park will be just what the doctor ordered to get the filly back on target. But she must first get past an improving Ocean Silk.

  • Minister Eric Needs Help to Make Baldwin

    One of the top juveniles of last year will need a bit of help in order to make his 2004 debut in the $100,000 Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Woodbine to Sell Hastings Park

    Hastings Park is for sale. The Vancouver racetrack that was purchased by Woodbine Entertainment Group in 2002 apparently isn't performing as well as its parent company had hoped, even though attendance and wagering have increased since it changed hands.

  • Trio of Stakes Winners March Down Aisle for Herecomesthebride

    A trio of stakes winners highlight the field for Saturday's $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. The Herecomesthebride, which is the eighth event on the 11-race card, drew 14 but the 1 1/8-mile race will be limited to a dozen starters.

  • Bedanken Leads Bayou Breeders' Cup Field

    Five-year-old Bedanken will make her seasonal debut in Saturday's Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds, where she will square off against 11 rivals in the 1 1/8-mile contest on the Stall-Wilson Turf Course.

  • NTRA Wagering Security Director Sharon O'Bryan.

    NTRA Hires Security Chief, Extends Some Contracts

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has hired a director for its National Office of Wagering Security, and also approved multi-year contract extensions for commissioner Tim Smith and vice chairman D.G. Van Clief Jr., who serves as Breeders' Cup president.

  • Smarty Jones prepares for the $100,000 Southwest Stakes, Saturday at Oaklawn.

    Smarty Jones Puts Streak on Line in Southwest

    The $100,000 Southwest Stakes, the second of three local preps for the $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) on April 10, lured a field of 10, including a pair of two-horse couplings, Feb. 28 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Gal O Gal Joins The Very One

    Gal O Gal is expected to join a very large field in Saturday's $100,000 The Very One Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Rich Stakes Action Planned at Del Mar

    The richest stakes schedule in Del Mar's history - 27 major races worth $6,325,000 - will serve as the centerpiece for the seaside track's 65th summer racing season starting July 21. The traditional 43-day meeting will run through Sept. 8.

  • Smarty Jones among contenders testing the Derby trail this weekend.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Odd Assortment of Derby Preps This Weekend

    Is there any possibility that the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner can come out of the Miracle Wood, Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT), Southwest Stakes, John Battaglia Memorial or Borderland Derby? Not likely, but that doesn't mean there won't be any potential Derby contenders competing this weekend.

  • World-record priced Fusaichi Pegasus colt.

    Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale Posts Record Average, Gross; Fusaichi Pegasus Colt Sets World Record

    Prices soared to world record heights Tuesday during Fasig-Tipton Florida's sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. A handsome colt from the first crop of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus set a new standard for a juvenile sold at public auction by commanding $4.5 million. In addition, a colt from the first crop of Stephen Got Even also blew past the previous mark of $2.7 million, bringing $3.1 million earlier in the auction.

  • Finalists for Illinois Casino License Named

    Three finalists for a dormant casino gaming license in Illinois currently held by bankrupt Emerald Casino Inc. were named by the state gaming board Wednesday.

  • Former NYRA Executive Could End Up at NTRA

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association might be poised to hire former New York Racing Association president Terry Meyocks, industry sources said. It isn't known in what capacity Meyocks would serve if he's hired.

  • Turf Writer Don Lee Dead

    Turf writer Don Lee, a fixture on the Nebraska racing circuit for decades, died earlier this month in Omaha at age 82.

  • Nashua with trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons.

    On This Day...

    Feb. 26, 1955<br><b>Nashua in Florida</b>