Headlines for Tuesday, March 30, 2004

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: Dynamic Derby Still a Possibility

    Although many have already written off this year's 3-year-old crop and are expecting a muddled mess in the 130th Kentucky Derby (gr. I), there are several feasible scenarios, beginning with this weekend's preps, that could actually make this an unforgettable Run for the Roses.

  • Classic Winner T J's Lucky Moon Retired

    T J's Lucky Moon, who wowed Canadian fans by capturing the 2002 Queen's Plate Stakes at 82-1, has been retired from racing and will take up residence at owner Gino Molinaro's farm near Acton, Ontario.

  • Numerous Times to Stud in Australia

    Numerous Times, winner of the 2001 Atto Mile Stakes (Can-I) in course-record time of 1:32.79 at Woodbine en route to a title as Canada's champion male turf runner, was sold to Australian interests for stud duty.

  • Non-Carryover Pick Six Takeout Drops; OTB Balks

    As some lawmakers and off-track betting corporations push for an increase in pari-mutuel takeout, New York regulators March 30 agreed to lower the takeout on certain pick six wagers at New York Racing Association tracks.

  • Lucky Pulpit Among West Coast Workers

    Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams' Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) candidate Lucky Pulpit, eighth in the San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) in his last start after displacing his palate, worked a half-mile in an easy :50 3/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track Tuesday morning.

  • Three Vie for Favoritism in Kentucky Derby Future Wager

    Lion Heart, St Averil, and Wimbledon have been installed as the 10-1 co-favorites in the third and final Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool, which opens Thursday at noon Eastern and closes Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

  • Late Triple Crown nominee Madcap Escapade, winning the Stonerside Forward Gal Stakes.

    Undefeated Filly Among 14 Late Triple Crown Nominees

    The unbeaten filly Madcap Escapade is among 14 late nominations to the 2004 Visa Triple Crown and $5-million Visa Triple Crown Challenge. The addition of the late nominations, for which a $6,000 fee was required before March 27, makes this year's total of 448 nominees the third largest overall since the birth of Triple Crown Productions in 1986.

  • Magic Millions Premier Sale Posts Record Average

    The Magic Millions Gold Coast premier yearling sale ended with a record average of Aus$16,464 (U.S.$12,400) for the 366 yearlings sold. The gross revenue climbed to Aus$6,026,000 (U.S.$4,517,400), almost double the 2003 figure.

  • Darley Expanding Australian Stallion Operation

    When Darley came to Australia in 2001, everyone connected withThoroughbred breeding sensed it was going to be a move of significance. Last year, Darley stood 10 stallions and attracted 785 mares.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Buyer Beware

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- The Jockey Club of England apparently is poised to clamp down on the fleecing of horse owners by banning agents and trainers found to be in serious violation of an industry code of ethics from the country's 59 racecourses.

  • The Gripes of Wrath

    <i>By Graeme Beaton</i> -- It may be one of the eternal truths that emerges on judgment day--that the cost of horse ownership is really a tax on stupidity.

  • Gen. Duke after the Florida Derby

    On This Day...

    March 30, 1957<br><b>Gen. Duke in the Florida Derby</b>