Headlines for Tuesday, April 27, 2004

  • Dottie Terrill, Wife of 'Red' Terrill, Dies in NY

    A funeral service for Dorothy "Dottie" Terrill, wife of former trainer William "Red" Terrill, will be held Friday morning at 9:30 at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church.

  • Services Set for Jockey Agent James McGrath

    James Michael McGrath, a veteran jockey agent whose clients included Hall of Fame riders Braulio Baeza and Angel Cordero Jr. passed away Monday after a lengthy illness. He was 76 years old.

  • Haskin says Castledale's "coat is rich with a burnished copper shine to it."

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Day of Reckoning Draws Near

    The works have all but wound down, there's one more day of anxiety left for Bob Baffert before he and Jerry Bailey are officially united, and only Tapit remains of those missing in action. Starting tomorrow, the focus will be on gallops, as well as a pair of blowouts, to see just who's looking super out there.

  • Carly Silver

    Teen Tracks: The Cliff's Edge Doesn't Fit His Stereotype

    When a horse wins a race at a particular distance, oftentimes the horse is labeled as a runner only suitable for that certain distance. Usually, this generalization is not justified; that horse can win at many other distances. The Cliff's Edge himself is a victim of this generalization.

  • Who Has the Edge in the Edgewood?

    Not every 3-year-old filly racing on April 30 will be running for the lilies. Twelve sophomore fillies are entered for the $100,000 Edgewood Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs, which will be contested over 8 1/2 furlongs on the turf.

  • Stars Are Aligned for 130th Kentucky Oaks

    Many expected the field for this year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to be be among the most accomplished in years, and with six grade I winners filling the entry box for the 1 1/8-mile contest Tuesday morning, that opinion may have been confirmed.

  • Testify Ready to Stand Up In Aegon Turf Sprint

    If there is a horse for the course, then Testify is the horse for the course and for the race when it comes to the $100,000 Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. IIII). The 7-year-old gelding is shooting for his second win in the five-furlong race on Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard.

  • Mediation in Ohio Breed Dispute Remains a No-Go

    A stalemate between Thoroughbred and Standardbred horsemen in Ohio continued when the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association declined a proposal by the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to submit to mediation to resolve financial issues tied to state law.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Dust at the Downs

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Rather than focus on inconveniences, Derbygoers should take a look at what will be the finished product...

  • Derby Doings

    <i>By Evan I. Hammonds</i> -- This year, there is one absolute. For the first time since 1956, the Kentucky Derby will be run without the presence of Joe Hirsch.

  • Prince Arch Looks Royal

    A field of nine will try the Churchill Downs turf Friday in the $100,000 Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT), the race immediately preceding the headliner on the day, the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Fitting Derby Mount for Jockey Pat Day

    It is well known that jockey Pat Day is a very religious person. So, could something be at work other than circumstance that led him to his 2004 Derby mount?

  • New Arrivals Castledale, St Averil Go to Track

    Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Castledale and Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) hero St Averil both arrived safely at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from their home bases of Santa Anita and visited the Louisville oval's main track for the first time Tuesday.

  • Gainesway Stallion Irish River Dies

    Pensioned stallion Irish River died April 26 in his paddock at Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington. The 28-year-old classic-winning son of classic winner Riverman stood all but one of his seasons at stud at the Lexington nursery.

  • Jockey Nollar Sustains Multiple Fractures in Fall

    Jockey Flip Nollar sustained numerous injuries when his mount Divino Blanco fell near the seven-sixteenths pole in Monday's second race on the closing day of the 2004 Portland Meadows meet.

  • Youbet.com Turns Profitable in First Quarter

    Youbet.com turned a profit for the first time in its history during the first quarter of 2004. The account-wagering company, which lost $1.2 million during the first quarter of 2003, had a net profit of $15,111 during this year's corresponding session.

  • Daily Racing Form May Be Sold

    Alpine Capital Bank, which purchased Daily Racing Form for $40 million in 1999, may be close to selling the 110-year-old daily to The Wicks Group for a reported $60 million.