Headlines for Friday, March 5, 2004

  • Pleasantly Perfect will miss Santa Anita Handicap

    Fever Knocks Pleasantly Perfect Out of Big 'Cap

    Pleasantly Perfect, the 6-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), was declared from the race Friday morning due to a fever, trainer Richard Mandella said.

  • Never Better Bluesthestandard Heads San Carlos

    Multiple stakes winner Bluesthestandard comes into Sunday's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park riding high after a victory in the Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita and a second place finish in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

  • House Party Slight Favorite in Hurricane Bertie

    House Party figures to be a slight favorite in Sunday's $100,000 Hurricane Bertie Handicap at Gulfstream Park, but most eyes will be on D'Wildcat Speed, making her U.S. debut after winning 14 in a row in Puerto Rico.

  • Plan Requires NYRA to Repay Purse Fund

    The New York Racing Association would be legally required to reimburse horsemen in the state for the millions it borrowed from their purse fund to pay for its operations, according to a proposal being quietly shopping around to state legislators.

  • Rudy Giuliani

    NTRA Seeks Reasons Behind 2003 Purse Drops

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Wagering Systems Task Force has enlisted a panel of business experts, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to find out what caused purses to drop in 2003 even though national handle increased.

  • Pricing Pits Industry Against Some High-Volume Bettors

    The debate over pricing, rebating, and computer betting has put the pari-mutuel industry at odds with some of its best customers, and judging from the latest exchange of opinions and statistics, it could be some time before the situation is resolved.

  • Terry Meyocks

    Meyocks Joins NTRA as Commissioner's Assistant

    Terry Meyocks, former president and chief operating officer of the New York Racing Association, has taken the position of special assistant to the commissioner with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

  • Wind damage to Oaklawn barn.

    Storm Rips Roof Off Oaklawn Barn; No Horses or Humans Hurt

    When a squall line ripped through Hot Springs, Ark. Thursday evening at 7 p.m., the results "raised the roof" of Barn 25 in the Oaklawn Park stable area, depositing it largely on Barn 28 and a pair of unsuspecting trucks.

  • Slew o' Gold

    On This Day...

    March 5, 1983<br><b>Slew o' Gold at Tampa Bay</b>