Headlines for Wednesday, March 3, 2004

  • Breeders' Cup Classic winner Pleasantly Perfect heads field in Saturday's Santa Anita Handicap.

    Pleasantly Perfect Stands Tall in Big 'Cap Field

    From forgotten prospect to the doorstep of greatness, Pleasantly Perfect leads the field as the 6-5 morning favorite in Saturday's 67th running of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).

  • Santa Anita Awarded Disputed Land Parcel

    Santa Anita Park has won a longstanding property dispute with neighboring Santa Anita Fashion Park stemming from the sale of the racetrack to Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment Corporation in 1998.

  • Rock Hard Ten Impressive in 'Anita Allowance Win

    Rock Hard Ten stamped himself as a prime candidate for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 3, rolling to a sharp 1-¾ length victory over Teton Forest in a $53,872 allowance event for 3-year-olds Wednesday at Santa Anita Park.

  • Magna Spin-off MID Names Tobin CEO

    Former Canadian cabinet minister and provincial premier Brian Tobin has been appointed chief executive officer of MI Developments Inc., a real estate spin-off of Magna International that holds a controlling interest in Magna Entertainment Corp.

  • Kentucky Casino Bill Heard in Committee

    Officials representing the horse industry said Wednesday following a Kentucky House of Representatives Licensing and Occupations committee meeting that full industry support for casino gaming at five racetracks and four off-site locations comes down to cleaning up language in the proposed bill. The bill, which was filed by Democrat Rep. Larry Clark, is expected to be heard in full committee during its March 10 meeting.

  • Pesci Heads Florida Breeders' Distaff Nominees

    Mark Giordano, Joe Pesci and Wesley Ward's Pesci heads a list of 21 nominees for the fifteenth running of the $40,000 Florida Breeders' Distaff Stakes. The race is part of the March 15 OBS Day of Champions.

  • Colonial Downs Adds Virginia Oaks

    A new turf race for 3-year-old fillies, the $200,000 Virginia Oaks, highlights a fifteen-race stakes lineup this summer at Virginia's Colonial Downs. All but one of the stakes will be contested over the track's Secretariat turf course.

  • Aqueduct to Carry Live Racing from Cheltenham Festival

    Tickets to see the Cheltenham Gold Cup are sold out, but if you don't have tickets or can't make it across the water, Aqueduct will offer its fans the opportunity to watch and wager on the race from New York.

  • Churchill to Add Infield Video Display Boards

    Churchill Downs will add a pair of permanent large-screen video display boards to its infield tote boards in a $1.5 million project designed to enhance the experience of the daily racing fan.

  • Zia Park Ready to Move Forward After Lawsuit Dropped

    Construction on Zia Park Racetrack and Casino in Hobbs, New Mexico can now begin after former Delta Downs owner Shawn Scott filed Monday to have his lawsuit against the racing commission dropped.

  • Serena's Song Foals Storm Cat Colt

    Robert and Beverly Lewis' champion Serena's Song produced a Storm Cat colt Feb. 27 at Craig and Polly Bandoroff's Denali Stud near Paris, Ky.

  • Top Sophomores Nominated to Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

    Almost all of the leading contenders for the Visa Triple Crown Challenge, including trainer Nick Zito's highly regarded twosome of Birdstone and Eurosilver, are among 157 nominees to Keeneland's $750,000, Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds will be run on Saturday, April 10, three weeks before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). It will be televised live on NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. (ET).

  • Handicapper Bud Baedeker Dead

    Prominent handicapper Bud Baedeker, who launched the popular publication <i>Baedeker's Guide</i> in 1938, died Feb. 28 in New York City.

  • TVG to Remain on DISH Network

    TV Games Network will continue to be distributed on the DISH Network after an agreement was reached on a four-year patent dispute between their parent companies.

  • To Teras to Weatherly in New Mexico

    To Teras, an unraced 4-year-old son of Unbridled's Song, will enter stud at Mike Weatherly's Weatherly Horse Farms near Mesquite, N.M.

  • Buckpasser on the rail winning the Chicken Flamingo.

    On This Day...

    March 3, 1966<br><b>The Chicken Flamingo</b>