Headlines for Friday, March 12, 2004

  • Cat Singer Breaks Fair Grounds Turf Mark

    Cat Singer, making his first career start on turf, turned in a course record-setting performance in winning the featured $34,000 allowance/optional-claiming event Friday at Fair Grounds.

  • BC Distaff winner Adoration leads field of six in Sunday's Santa Margarita.

    Adoration, Star Parade Meet Again in 'Margarita

    Breeders' Cup Distaff champion Adoration will have a rematch with Star Parade Sunday in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at Santa Anita.

  • Showdown at Santa Anita

    <i>By Dick Downey</i> -- The final local showdown for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby unfolds Sunday as some of the most well-known names in West Coast racing contest the Grade II San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 mile.

  • Apprentice Rider Whitacre Wins Five at Laurel

    Apprentice rider Brandon Whitacre enjoyed the best afternoon of his young career, piloting five winners from as many mounts on Friday's nine-race card at Laurel Park.

  • Sightseek seeks to right the path of her 2004 campaign in Sunday&#39;s Rampart at Gulfstream.

    Sightseek vs. Three in Rampart

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred Sightseek, a four-time grade I winner and Eclipse Award finalist for champion older female last year, makes her second start of the 2004 campaign Sunday against just three rivals in the 1 1/8-miles Rampart Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Dogwood Stable&#39;s Limehouse prominent among contestants in Sunday&#39;s Tampa Bay Derby.

    Contentious Derby Looms on Deep Tampa Bay Card

    Several strong invaders currently based on Florida's Atlantic Coast will travel to the state's Gulf Coast to face the local contingent March 14 in what should prove a contentious 24th edition of the $250,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Horse owners Bob and Beverly Lewis.

    Lewises Offer Share of 2-Year-Olds to New Owners

    Fifteen first-time Thoroughbred owners will be offered the opportunity to invest in some of the 2-year-olds in the stable of Bob and Beverly Lewis under a new owner-recruitment initiative called Premier Thoroughbred Ventures.

  • Tampa Bay Derby is Pletcher's to take

    <i>Our guest picker, Mike Pearson, loves speed, and sometimes the cheaper the better. But there's nothing cheap about his preferences in the Tampa Bay Derby. Pearson's day job is prosecuting felons, and he never takes the easy way out. He's been on a handicapping roll of late, prompting TheDowneyProfile.com to ask him to apply his talents here.</i>

  • Pie N Burger Steps Up to the Plate in Razorback

    Pie N Burger, the runner-up to Private Emblem in the Essex Handicap (gr. III) on Feb. 21, weighs in as the 119-pound highweight for Sunday's Razorback Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/16-miles race is a prep race for the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles on April 3.

  • Harrah's Top Bidder in Fight for Final Illinois Casino License

    An auction between three companies seeking to buy Illinois' tenth casino license, which would provide 15% of adjusted gross revenue to the horse industry, closed Thursday with Harrah's Entertainment the highest bidder. A final decision on who gets the license will be made by the Illinois Gaming Board Monday.

  • Report: MJC to Promote Industry Through TV Ads

    The Maryland Jockey Club March 12 will begin broadcasting television advertisements designed to promote horse racing and the importance of racing and breeding to the Maryland economy.

  • Kentucky HBPA Sets Silent Auction for Rowland Fund

    The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in conjunction with its annual dinner dance, will hold a silent auction March 15 to benefit the "Michael Rowland Family Fund." Rowland, a longtime jockey, died as a result of injuries suffered in a racing accident at Turfway Park in early February.

  • Holy Bull in Florida

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