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.
William Farish's Gradepoint, winner of the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), suffered a slab fracture of the right knee after a workout at Churchill Downs Monday in preparation for the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and will not race again this year, trainer Neil Howard said.
A Senate-approved plan to authorize creation of a multi-jurisdictional wagering hub in Kentucky was shot down by the House of Representatives March 29.
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.
The team of George Smith and Dr. Wilbur Johnston, owners of Woodburn Farm in Centerville, Ohio, were among the big winners March 27 at the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners awards banquet in Columbus.
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.
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.
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.
On April 21, sports fans in Lexington, Ky. can enjoy two of the city's best professional sports and in turn support the United Way of the Bluegrass.
At an open meeting at Keeneland on Tuesday, two entomologists shared their best recommendations for monitoring and reducing the ETC population.
Stakes winner Crimson Guard has been moved to Danny Lake's Cripple Creek Farm near Grant, Mich.
The final season of racing at 38-year-old Evangeline Downs kicks off the evening of April 1 with a 100% increase in daily average purses and a regular fan appreciation nights.
Champion Halfbridled and unbeaten Madcap Escapade are solid favorites for the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Future Wager, which opens its four-day run on April 1.
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.
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.
Two more groups of investors, one of which includes Kentucky Derby-winning owner Mike Pegram, have expressed interest in acquiring a stake in Fair Grounds.
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.
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. This year, with four more stallions and stud fees reduced to make them attractive to any broodmare owner, combined with the travel rebate and Darley's easy to acquire foal share deals, means that 785 may well double.
Wagering in the United States on Saturday's six-race Dubai World Cup card totaled $2,413,588, an increase of 2.3% from last year.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- 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.
By Graeme Beaton -- 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.
March 30, 1957
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