Headlines for Thursday, April 22, 2004

  • Action This Day, finishing workout in front of Halfbridled.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Juvenile Champ Back in Action

    Trainer Dick Mandella was looking for a big work from Action This Day Thursday morning to convince him last year's champion 2-year-old could rebound from two poor efforts. After the colt's six-furlong work in company with 2-year-old filly champ Halfbridled, Mandella had his answer.

  • Valenzuela Set for Sunday Return after Morning Works

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela worked two horses on the main track and De La Costa, a nominee for the Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) on May 1, on the turf at Hollywood Park Thursday as he prepared for a return to riding on Sunday.

  • Pennsylvania Racing Commission chairman F. Eugene Dixon, left, presents Stewart Elliott with the Proclamation that Saturday, May 1, 2004 is Smarty Jones Day at both Philadelphia Park and Penn National.

    'Smarty Jones Day' Set for May 1 in Keystone State

    It's not everyday a horse based in the Keystone state earns national recognition. So given the accomplishments of Smarty Jones, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has taken steps to honor the undefeated 3-year-old colt who is pointing to the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Snorter and Pie N Burger Lead Field for Texas Mile

    Snorter and Pie N Burger will headline a talented field in Saturday's $300,000 Texas Mile Stakes (gr. III) at Lone Star Park. Snorter is a perfect two-for-two on the year and Pie N Burger is undefeated in three career starts at the Texas track.

  • Rock Hard Ten Vs. 5 in Derby Trial

    Rock Hard Ten, the hard-luck 3-year-old on the outside looking in on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), drew post six in a six-horse field for Saturday's Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • NY Turf Opener Draws Solid Field

    Spring has officially sprung as the first New York turf stakes of the season will be run Saturday, April 24 at the Big A.

  • Preachinatthebar, will not be pointed toward the Kentucky Derby.

    Preachinatthebar Out of Kentucky Derby

    After watching Mike Pegram's Preachinatthebar work five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 Thursday morning, trainer Bob Baffert said the son of Silver Charm will not run in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Gill Back at Delaware after Settling Lawsuit

    An antitrust lawsuit filed last year by owner Michael Gill against Delaware Park has been settled, which paves the way for the nation's leading owner in 2003 to return to action at the track when its live meet opens Saturday.

  • Ohio Governor Again Says He Opposes Casino Gambling

    Ohio Gov. Bob Taft has again stated his opposition to installation of video lottery terminals at the state's seven racetracks. Meanwhile, a key legislator has suggested non-track casinos be located in urban areas.

  • Bare Necessities Seeks Second Sixty Sails Win

    Bare Necessities, winner of the 2003 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course, will look to make it two years in a row when she returns to the Illinois track for the grade III, 1 1/8-mile event for fillies and mares April 24.

  • Record Price, $975,000, at OBS April Sale

    The wild and wacky juvenile sale season continued Wednesday with yet another mark set, this time a record for the Ocala Breeders Sales Co.'s April auction.

  • Maryland Issues Unresolved as Panel Adjourns

    The Maryland Racing Commission adjourned April 21 after two days of hearings without resolving the ownership issue at Rosecroft Raceway or the simulcasting dispute between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries.

  • MEC Reaches Deal for Gulfstream Redevelopment

    Magna Entertainment Corp. and real-estate company Forest City Enterprises, Inc. will partner on a planned 80-acre development at Gulfstream Park that will include retail and entertainment facilities and a residential village that overlooks the track.

  • Indiana to Study Impact of Kentucky Signal on State

    The Indiana Horse Racing Commission April 21 called for an economic impact study on the impact of having--or not having--Kentucky signals available at the state's racetracks and off-track betting parlors.

  • Carly Silver

    Teen Tracks: Distance No Problem for Friends Lake

    Some stallions still remain who are an influence for stamina in the breeding program. A.P. Indy is one of these sires. His son, Friends Lake, is a major Derby contender this year, and can tackle the 1 1/4 mile distance with ease.