Headlines for Wednesday, March 31, 2004

  • Action This Day Set for Keeneland's Blue Grass

    Juvenile champion Action This Day will make his longest excursion when he ships April 5 to Keeneland for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on April 10, but Richard Mandella does not anticipate any problems with his 3-year-old.

  • Pedroza Sidelined with Broken Collarbone

    Southern California jockey Martin Pedroza could resume riding in late April at Hollywood Park "if everything goes perfectly,"his agent, Richie Silverstein reported Wednesday.

  • Full Card for Tampa Bay's Florida Cup Day

    Seventy-six entries were taken for Tampa Bay Downs' Florida Cup Day worth an estimated $500,000, including six stakes races. There were 140 horses entered for the 12-race card.

  • Ema Bovary Wows Keeneland Clocker

    Richard Beal and Lana Ramsey's Ema Bovary worked a brilliant five furlongs at Keeneland on Wednesday morning, preparing for her engagement in the $175,000 Vinery Madison to be run on April 7.

  • Handle Up at Close of Laurel Meet

    Laurel Park closed out its winter meet on March 28 with a 2% gain in all-source handle. All-sources handle totaled $245 million for the 2004 winter meet, compared to $240 million in 2003.

  • Defendant in Mare Killing Gets State Prison

    One of the defendants convicted in the vehicular killing of a pensioned 23-year-old Thoroughbred mare in a Sonoma County, Calif., pasture in April 2003 has been sentenced to two years in state prison.

  • TVG to Provide On-Site Coverage of Keeneland Spring Meet

    When racing returns to Central Kentucky, TVG will air live on-site coverage of Keeneland's 15-day Spring Meet, beginning April 2 through April 23. TVG's live coverage will air from 3:00-5:00 p.m. (est) on "Trackside Live!: Keeneland/Aqueduct" and will be simulcast on Fox Sports Net 2 on 11 of the 15 days.

  • New Whip Rule for Steeplechase Jockeys

    The National Steeplechase Association has adopted a new whip rule beginning with its April 3 racing at Southern Pines, N.C. The new rule requires the use of a cushioned, shock-absorbent whip by all jockeys. The change in the rule follows that of the English Jockey Club and was created to improve the racing conditions for Thoroughbred horses competing in NSA events.

  • NYRA Tightens Access to Barn Area, Paddock

    The New York Racing Association, which operates Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga, has revised its policy regarding access to the barn and paddock areas.

  • Phipps Estate Under Contract To Be Sold

    The estate of Ogden Phipps has reached an agreement with Kean Development Co. for the sale of a 158-acre wooded tract of land of the Phipps family's Old Westbury property on Long Island, N.Y.

  • Late Nominations to Triple Crown Drop to 14

    Contrary to information released Tuesday by Triple Crown Productions, Gregory Kaufman's Kaufy Mate has not been nominated to the Visa Triple Crown. A follow-up press release issued Wednesday attributed the mistake to "miscommunication" between Kaufman and Triple Crown Productions.

  • Here and There

    Krone to appear at Lone Star...Derby Museum announces new exhibits, gala plans...Keeneland promotions include Best of the Bluegrass week, double-header with Lexington Legends, and hat contest...George Strait headlines Breeders' Cup Gala...Butch Bramble injured at Turfway.

  • Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich speaks at pro-slots rally Tuesday.

    Maryland Horse Industry Rallies For Slots

    Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich made a personal appeal to members of a House committee Tuesday for approval of his slot machine bill. Before the meeting Ehrlich attended a pro-slots rally at the Capitol conducted by members of the state's horse industry.

  • Board Upholds Dutrow's Suspension, Fine

    Prominent New York trainer Richard E. Dutrow Jr. must serve a 45-day suspension and pay a $3,000 fine for an equine drug positive, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board ruled Tuesday.

  • Sham

    On This Day...

    March 31, 1973<br><b>Sham in the Santa Anita Derby</b>