Headlines for Wednesday, March 10, 2004

  • Smoocher Tries New Look in Florida Derby

    Sovereign Award finalist Smoocher will be sporting blinkers and new shoes when he runs in Saturday's $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Equine Abortions on Decline in Central Kentucky

    Equine abortion numbers continued to decline in Central Kentucky when compared to last year, the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease and Diagnostic Center in Lexington reports.

  • 'Greatest Game' Plans Events for New Owners

    The Greatest Game, Inc. , the horseracing industry program that seeks to expand Thoroughbred ownership by attracting new investors in the sport, will host a series of receptions in Maryland, Florida and Georgia beginning March 17, Gay Fisher, the organization's president announced.

  • Met Mile Could be Next for Southern Image

    Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Southern Image could make his next start in the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park on May 31.

  • Becerra Taking Things Slowly with St Averil

    Even though Rafael Becerra feels St Averil could be the best 3-year-old he's ever trained, the 49-year-old native of Mexico prefers not to look past Sunday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles.

  • A. P. Adventure, faces champion Halfbridled in Santa Anita Oaks.

    Halfbridled Draws Inside Post in Santa Anita Oaks

    Halfbridled, the undefeated champion 2-year-old of 2003 who has yet to start this year, will break from the rail in a much-anticipated matchup with undefeated A. P. Adventure in Saturday's $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I).

  • Hussonet Tops 50 Mark in Stakes Winners

    Hussonet, a leading son of Mr. Prospector who is standing his first North American season at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington, has joined the elite club of stallions that have sired more than 50 stakes winners.

  • Frankel Shipping Four For Oaklawn Festival of the South

    Trainer Bobby Frankel is shipping a quartet of runners for Oaklawn Park's Racing Festival of South, including Peace Rules, who will look to defend the trainer's Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) title. Frankel won the 2003 Oaklawn Handicap with Medaglia d'Oro, who is pointed toward the March 27 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

  • Legislators: Industry Greed Killed Kentucky Bill

    Kentucky legislators have left open the possibility expanded gambling could be revisited in the future, but they claim greed and resistance by the horse racing and breeding industry put a casino bill on the shelf for the 2004 session. Industry officials disagree with that perspective.

  • 'Battery' Jockey Banished from Philly Park

    A Commonwealth Court judge has affirmed an order by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission that upholds the ejection of jockey Orlando Bocachica from the grounds of Philadelphia Park after he admitted to using a battery on numerous occasions during morning training hours, but not during an actual race.

  • MEC's Losses Hinder Parent Company MI Developments

    MI Developments, a publicly traded real-estate company that owns 59% of the equity in Magna Entertainment Corp., reported big losses during the fourth quarter of 2003 largely as a result of MEC's poor financial performance.

  • Derby Wish Colt, Precocity Filly Top Fair Grounds Juvenile Sale

    A Derby Wish colt and a <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1444518&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Precocity</a> filly shared the honors for top-priced horse, bringing $27,000 apiece Tuesday during the Fair Grounds Sales Company's select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Louisiana.

  • Roussel Offers $30 Million for Fair Grounds

    Louie Roussel III, who owned a controlling interest in Fair Grounds until 1990, is the latest to make an offer for the New Orleans track. A week after Churchill Downs Inc. bid $28.5 million for Fair Grounds, Roussel upped the offer to $30 million, according to published reports.

  • Rock of Gibraltar, at center of dispute between John Magnier and Alex Ferguson.

    Ferguson, Magnier Resolve Rock Of Gibraltar Dispute

    The protracted dispute over the ownership of stallion Rock Of Gibraltar between John Magnier, who heads one of the world's most powerful bloodstock empires in Coolmore, and Manchester United soccer manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been settled.

  • Despite Rough Winter, Turfway Numbers Up

    Despite numerous cancellations because of weather or track conditions, Turfway Park has registered business gains during the winter/spring meet that extends through April 1. And with live racing set to resume March 10, it appears the racing surface finally has dried out after a washed-out weekend.

  • Belinda Stronach Wins Nomination for Canadian Race

    Belinda Stronach, daughter of Magna International owner Frank Stronach, won the Conservative Party nomination in Canada March 9 over Lois Brown, a long-time Canadian Alliance worker.

  • Master William Among 140 Still Nominated to Epsom Derby

    Master William, upset winner of the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes at Canada's Woodbine Racecourse last fall, is among 140 horses still being considered for the £1.25 million Vodafone Derby (Eng-I) after the first forfeit stage. The classic will be renewed June 5 at England's Epsom Downs.

  • Monarchos in the Florida Derby

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    March 10, 2001<br><b>Monarchos in the Florida Derby</b>