Headlines for Friday, February 27, 2004

  • 10 Fillies Take Their Shot in La Habra Stakes

    Bobby Frankel's Aspen Gal could be the class of a wide-open field of 10 3-year-old fillies battling on Santa Anita Park's hillside turf course in Sunday's $100,000 La Habra Stakes. A victory in the La Habra, which is run at about 6 ½ furlongs, would be the richest career win for any filly in the field.

  • Kentucky Bill for Track, Non-Track Casinos Filed

    Legislation to authorize a constitutional amendment on casino gambling at nine locations--five of them racetracks--in Kentucky was filed Feb. 27 in the state House of Representatives. A companion bill was filed in the Senate.

  • New York Racetrack Denied Operating License

    State regulators have denied a 2004 racing application for troubled Vernon Downs, a Standardbred racetrack in central New York. The Feb. 27 ruling by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board prohibits racing at the facility and keeps shuttered a recently completed video lottery terminal casino.

  • B.C. Turf Hero Johar Among Nominees for Turf Classic

    The Thoroughbred Corp's Johar, a dead-heat winner with High Chaparral in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), and 3rd Turn Stable's defending winner Honor In War head a list of 98 older grass horses nominated to the 17th running of the $400,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Twelve-second Splits: Pre-Derby Performance

    In our last story, we demonstrated that splits close to 12 seconds per furlong are usually employed to win the Kentucky Derby. In this installment, we examine pre-Derby splits of the last 10 winners.

  • Iowa House OKs Table Games for Racetracks

    Prairie Meadows and two Greyhound tracks will be permitted to offer table games under Iowa legislation that bans new gaming licenses in counties where they aren't currently in place.

  • Illinois Clamps Down on Equine 'Milkshakes'

    The Illinois Racing Board has amended its medication rules to drastically increase the penalties for a positive "milkshake" test and also bans any type of hypodermic injection of a horse 24 hours before a scheduled start.

  • White Filly Born at Patchen Wilkes

    Patchen Beauty, a white mare and granddaughter of White Beauty, foaled a white Skip Away filly Feb. 8 at Warren Rosenthal's Patchen Wilkes Farm near Lexington.

  • Risen Star out for a run at Fair Grounds.

    On This Day...

    Feb. 27, 1988<br><b>Risen Star at Fair Grounds</b>