Headlines for Thursday, March 25, 2004

  • Al Skywalker Chases Record 3rd Carolina Cup

    Two-time race winner Al Skywalker heads a group of six horses entered in the $50,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup (NSA-III), which will be held at Camden, South Carolina this Saturday.

  • Berkeley Next for Jets Fan, Gold Ruckus

    Jets Fan and Gold Ruckus, who finished one-two in the San Carlos Handicap, are among the six horses entered in Saturday's $100,000 Berkeley Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Smith Opts for Lion Heart over Azeri

    Mike Smith came to a fork in the road with Lion Heart and Azeri and has decided on Lion Heart. Both horses are scheduled to run in grade I stakes on April 3, Lion Heart in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby and Azeri in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

  • Saratoga County shipped to Keeneland for next month's Coolmore Lexington.

    Lexington for Gotham Winner Saratoga County

    Trainer George Weaver has shipped Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Saratoga County to Keeneland, pointing the son of Valid Expectations to the $325,000, Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) to be run on April 17.

  • Bullet Work Puts Castledale in SA Derby Hunt

    Trainer Jeff Mullins said he's leaning toward running Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Castledale in the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) after the colt worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track on March 25.

  • Storm Flag Flying, among four vying in Distaff Breeders' Cup.

    Storm Flag Flying Takes On Randaroo in Distaff BC

    The presence of two fillies with near impeccable credentials has kept the entry box light for Saturday's $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at seven furlongs. Storm Flag Flying, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, will have her work cut out for her trying to run down Randaroo.

  • Strait to Perform at Breeders' Cup Charity Gala

    George Strait, a native Texan and Academy of Country Music five-time vocalist of the year, will be the featured performer at the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships "Not Black Tie" Charity Gala Oct. 29 in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • New Orleans Rivals May Meet in Oaklawn Handicap

    Edmund Gann's Peace Rules and Mr. and Mrs. William Warren Jr's Saint Liam, the one-two finishers in the Feb. 29 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, and the past two Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winners--Private Emblem (2002) and Sir Cherokee (2003)--head a list of 17 horses nominated for the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) April 3.

  • Gulfstream Marketing Director Fired; Stakes Purses Cut

    David Rovine, Gulfstream Park's director of marketing who played an instrumental role in bringing weekend rock and jazz to the South Florida track, was fired this week as part of a corporate restructuring, said track president Scott Savin.

  • Here and There...

    Brief news and information: Packard nominated to Churchill Downs board of directors...Artwork using horse hair featured at "Horsetails" event.

  • A Baker's Dozen for Kentucky Derby 130?

    Although we're fascinated with numbers at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thedowneyprofile.com"><i>TheDowneyProfile.com</a>,</i> we are not into numerology. However, it doesn't take much imagination to conjure up a projected field of 13 in Kentucky Derby 130.

  • Kentucky Racing Panel Amendment Generates Conflict

    An amendment to require the new 13-member Kentucky Horse Racing Authority to have no more than seven members of the same political party isn't expected to thwart Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher's plans, a state senator said March 25.

  • Measure Would Authorize Betting Hubs in Kentucky

    Legislation to authorize wagering hubs in Kentucky was introduced in the state Senate in early March and is moving through the legislative process as an amendment to a bill that would permit artificially inseminated horses to race in Kentucky. A hub measure was introduced in 2002 but it failed to garner support.