Headlines for Monday, March 8, 2004

  • Drug, Alcohol Rehab Focus of Canadian Groups

    Canadian racing officials have formed a committee to develop a rehabilitation program for drug and alcohol abuse as part of the Ontario Racing Commission's regulatory structure.

  • Special Ring Returns to Canani

    Prestonwood Farm's grade I winner Special Ring has returned to trainer Julio Canani's barn in California where he will begin preparations for a 7-year-old campaign.

  • Baffert Back to Work, Drills Odds On, Preachin'

    Trainer Bob Baffert, back at his Santa Anita base Monday after concluding a successful trip to New Orleans with a victory in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), was focusing on this weekend's sophomore stakes, sending out a pair of his top contenders for workouts.

  • $50M Delta Downs Expansion Project Under Way

    A $50-million expansion of the Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino is well under way with completion expected by the end of 2004. The project includes a hotel and a bigger parlor for slot machines.

  • Fallon Given 21 Days for Controversial Ride

    Kieren Fallon, Britain's champion jockey last year, was banned for 21 days Monday by the British Jockey Club following his short-head defeat on maiden Ballinger Ridge at Lingfield Park in Surrey March 2. An investigation into unusual betting on the race wil continue.

  • Grandera to Shuttle to Australia

    Grandera, an English and Irish champion son of Grand Lodge, will shuttle in his first year at stud, commuting from the Yushun Stallion Station in Japan to his southern base, Darley Stud, in Australia's Hunter Valley.

  • Turner South TV Program Features Keeneland Sale

    "Southern Living Presents," a television show based on the popular magazine and produced by Turner South Television, will broadcast a segment about the Keeneland sales featuring Alice Chandler of Mill Ridge Farm, her son Headley Bell of Nicoma Bloodstock, and Keeneland president Nick Nicholson.

  • Tabasco Cat at Overbrook Farm in 1995.

    Classic Winner Tabasco Cat Dies in Japan

    Tabasco Cat, who won the 1994 Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont (gr. I) Stakes as a homebred for William T. Young and David Reynolds, died at the Japan Bloodstock Breeders' Association's Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan.

  • Louisiana Derby puts several -- including winner Wimbledon -- solidly into ranks of Derby prospects.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Weekend Stakes Help Clear Picture...Somewhat

    Here we are a week into March and the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) picture is still pretty muddled, with many of the leading contenders either lightly raced and lightly tested this year or uncertain to get the mile and a quarter. But at least the San Rafael (gr. II) and Louisiana Derby (gr. II) provided some stimulating performances.

  • Lonhro Wins Dramatic Australian Cup

    Into his final couple of races in his hometown of Sydney, Lonhro owns a strike rate of 75% and change. But the champion was mugged on the way to his 10th group I victory in his final Melbourne appearance Monday, his 22nd in a row as the betting favorite.

  • Santa Anita Hits High Definition Picture

    The March 6 Santa Anita Handicap highlighted the first of six two-hour presentations of horse racing from Santa Anita Park on HDNet, a television network dedicated to the high definition format.

  • Account-Bet Deal Struck; National Policy Sought

    The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Beulah Park have struck a deal on revenue splits for account wagering, but the chief negotiator for the horsemen's group called it a big-picture issue that needs attention and leadership on the national level.

  • AmericaTab Chief: 'Fragmented Industry' Must Change

    The president of a growing account wagering service said handle declines at major winter meets aren't good for racing, and he suggested it's time for a "fragmented industry" to move forward in the best interests of its customers, racetracks, and horsemen.

  • Evansville Slew to Buck Pond

    Doug Arnold has announced that <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1370859&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Evansville Slew</a> has been purchased by his Buck Pond Farm near Lexington and will stand there starting March 9.

  • Silky Sullivan

    On This Day

    March 8, 1958<br><b>Silky Sullivan at Santa Anita</b>