Headlines for Thursday, February 5, 2004

  • Former CDI Financial Chief Decker Now Consultant

    Robert Decker, previously executive vice president and chief financial officer for Churchill Downs Inc., has opened a Louisville, Ky., consulting practice that will provide advisory services to racetrack companies and racing support companies, as well as Kentucky-based firms in other industries.

  • Day, With Anticipation Third in Gulf Return

    Veterans Pat Day and the 9-year-old gelding With Anticipation were back in tandem for their 2004 debut at Gulfstream Park on Thursday afternoon, and although they didn't reach the winner's circle, it was a successful return.

  • Toccet's Owner Protests Strub Weights to Santa Anita Stewards

    Daniel Borislow, owner of Toccet, has sent a letter of protest to the Santa Anita stewards, claiming the colt's 123-pound weight assignment for Saturday's Strub Stakes (gr. II) is incorrect. Toccet will carry topweight in the 1 1/8-mile race, run under allowance conditions.

  • Texas Changes Rules to Accommodate Breeders' Cup

    The Texas Racing Commission has ruled horses with common ownership and trainers can run as separate betting interests during the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.

  • Luck Changed With Weather for Strub Contender

    A change in the weather proved fortuitous for trainer Paco Gonzalez and Buckland Manor, who enters Saturday's $300,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita off a two-length victory in the Sir Beaufort, which was switched from the turf to the main track Dec. 26 due to rain.

  • Action This Day 'Feeling Great' in Thursday Breeze

    David Flores says he is unconcerned about whether there will be sufficient pace for Action This Day when the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) champion makes his 3-year-old debut in Sunday's $75,000 Sham Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Fairly Ransom Will Try to Atone in 'Obispo

    Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) winner Fairly Ransom, unplaced as the favorite in the San Marcos Handicap (gr. IIT) in his last start, will get a chance to redeem himself in the Feb. 16 San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita, Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally said.

  • The 'Castle,' Gallardia, Dixiana Farms Among Recent Sales

    The real estate market has been busy in Central Kentucky, starting in November when the successful Keeneland sales brought lookers to the area. Some of the farms which changed hands already have ties to the Thoroughbred industry, while a Versailles landmark could soon be linked to horses.

  • Cajun Beat, Society Selection Featured on Donn Undercard

    Grade I winner Society Selection leads a field of seven set for the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies and 2003 champion sprinter Cajun Beat will also face six rivals in the Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III).

  • Quick Action Stretches Out in Whirlaway

    One of the more important starts of the year for trainer D. Wayne Lukas racing stable will take place on the first Saturday in February at Aqueduct as Overbrook Farm's Quick Action faces his first test around two turns. The $75,000 Whirlaway for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles will help determine whether or not the son of Carson City continues on the Triple Crown trail.

  • Little Jim Takes UAE Two Thousand Guineas

    The Satish Seemar-trained Little Jim was a convincing winner of the UAE Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III) on his local debut at Nad Al Sheba Feb. 5 to confirm the good impression the colt had made in his native Argentina last year.

  • Viviana, among a select group of mares with two group/grade I winners in same year.

    Blue Hens

    Broodmares represented by two grade/group I winners in the same year form an exclusive band.

  • Purse Boosts Highlight Arlington Stakes Schedule

    Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing, which this year will feature the 22nd running of the grade I Arlington Million, highlights a 27-race stakes schedule worth $5,625,000 in purses.

  • 'Blinkers Off' Debuts Friday on TVG

    Blinkers Off, a weekly 10-minute segment that will preview the weekend's big races, will debut Friday on TV Games Network at 12:05 p.m. Eastern.

  • Rowland in Critical Condition; Turfway Cancels Thursday Card

    Out of continuing concern for the condition of jockey Michael Rowland, injured in a three-horse spill at Turfway Park Wednesday, track officials have cancelled live racing for Thursday. The decision was made in consultation with the trainers and jockeys based at Turfway.

  • Evil Elaine Foals Unbridled's Song Filly

    Evil Elaine, the dam of Horse of the Year Favorite Trick, foaled a filly by Unbridled's Song Thursday, Feb. 5, at Frank and Jane Lyons' Summer Wind Farm near Lexington, Ky.

  • Hold That Tiger to Shuttle to Australia

    Hold That Tiger, who will stand his first season at stud this year at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., will shuttle to Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

  • Graded Stakes Schedule Set for Canada

    The Jockey Club of Canada's Canadian Graded Stakes Committee has released its 2004 list of graded stakes, which numbers 38 races, with three graded I events, the Pattison Canadian International, Atto Mile, and E.P. Taylor, all of which are contested at Woodbine.