Headlines for Friday, April 23, 2004

  • Smarty Jones, with owner Patricia Chapman.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Along Came Jones

    The moment of truth is at hand, as several Kentucky Derby (gr. I) scenarios are played out over the next couple of days. At Churchill Downs, the biggest activity Friday morning was trying to dodge the rain. But the miserable weather was brightened momentarily by the presence of the unbeaten Smarty Jones.

  • Grade I Winner More Than Ready's First Winner

    Grade I winner and millionaire More Than Ready was represented by his first winner when his initial starter, the filly Ready to Live, won a maiden special race April 21 at Lone Star Park.

  • Fusaichi Pegasus

    Fusaichi Pegasus Sires First Winner

    Fusaichi Pegasus, the 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner, reached sire status when his son In Excelsis won a maiden race April 22 in heavy going at Tipperary in Ireland.

  • California Takeout Bill Headed to Assembly

    Legislation that would authorize a pari-mutuel takeout hike to defray workers' compensation costs passed the California Senate by a 31-6 vote April 22 and is headed to the state Assembly, where it is expected to be addressed the week of April 26.

  • Churchill Readies For Spring Meet Opener

    Churchill Downs opens its 53-day spring meet Saturday with a 10-race program that features the 80th running of the $100,000 Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III).

  • Smarty Jones, on the track at Churchill Downs Friday morning.

    Servis: 'I Wish the Race Were Tomorrow'

    After Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones returned from a gallop over the sloppy Churchill Downs track Friday morning, trainer John Servis said "he is doing fantastic. I wish the race were tomorrow."

  • Stakes Winner Little Treasure Retired

    Little Treasure, a graded stakes-winning 5-year-old mare, has been retired from racing with six wins from 16 starts and earnings of $305,262.

  • Almutawakel's First Winner

    Almutawakel, winner of the 1999 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and a French group I winner, was represented by his first winner when his Irish-bred daughter Society Music won April 19.

  • Jockey Pat Valenzuela.

    California Jockeys Protest Valenzuela Ruling

    The Southern California jockey colony April 22 expressed its displeasure with the April 16 decision by California Horse Racing Board chairman John Harris to grant jockey Patrick Valenzuela a stay of his recent suspension that allows him to ride while he appeals the termination of his conditional license.

  • Gold Rush Day In California

    More than $1.3 million in purses are up for grabs Saturday and the best California-breds will duel it out over an entire day at Hollywood Park as part of the Citibank Gold Rush V program. A total of 100 horses were entered for the 10-race card, which is headlined by the $250,000 Citibank Snow Chief Stakes, a nine-furlong main track event for sophomores.

  • TVG Unveils New Graphics, Says Audience Up

    TV Games Network rolled out new graphics and features, which began appearing in conjunction with the opening of Hollywood Park's spring/summer season, at the April 22 California Horse Racing Board meeting. It also announced an increase in the number of viewers and a slight shift toward experienced racing fans.