Headlines for Friday, May 28, 2004

  • Valentine Memorial Headlines Fair Hill Races

    The Fair Hill Races, the only National Steeplechase Association race meet with pari-mutuel wagering, brings out the horses and the fans for its annual Memorial Day meet Monday.

  • Sizzling Sweet Return Tops Shoemaker Cast

    Sweet Return, the winner of three consecutive graded stakes, attempts to extend his streak in the $350,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Monday at Hollywood Park.

  • Top Combo Behind Shoal Water in Connaught

    Owner Sam-Son Farm, trainer Mark Frostad and jockey Todd Kabel team up once again Sunday to try for a third straight win in the $164,400 Connaught Cup Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine with Shoal Water.

  • Stellar Jayne's Hopes Improve in Dogwood

    The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Stellar Jayne can break back into the victory column when she heads a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's $150,000-added Dogwood Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • Vet Harthill Hospitalized After Stroke-Like Symptoms

    Long-time equine practitioner Dr. Alex Harthill was hospitalized May 27 after experiencing stroke-like symptoms while working in his Louisville office. After undergoing a series of medical tests, Harthill, 78, is expected to be released from Jewish Hospital Saturday.

  • Farrier Holden Dies from Cancer

    Longtime farrier Clark Holden, who most recently worked in Dubai for Godolphin Racing, died Wednesday at his home in Oldsmar, Fl. He was 65.

  • TOBA Forms Committee to Study Jockey Ads

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has formed a committee that will study the use of jockey advertising in live races and try and come up with a plan "that benefits the entire sport."

  • Storms Rattle Central Kentucky Horse Farms

    Darby Dan Farm was left without power or telephone service Friday morning because of an overnight storm that ripped roofs off houses and damaged homes in Central Kentucky, but most Bluegrass horse farms appear to have emerged relatively unscathed.

  • Smarty Jones to Race On After the Triple Crown

    As Someday Farm's Smarty Jones prepares to make a run at history to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in next Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the race for his future career as a stallion is rolling like a :21 and change opening quarter. One thing for certain is that in any syndication deal for Smarty Jones will include a stipulation that he will race on after the Triple Crown and may compete as a 4-year-old.

  • Kentucky Panel Finds Violation by Former Official

    The Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission has found the former executive director of the Kentucky Racing Commission violated state law when he accepted a job at Churchill Downs, the Lexington <i>Herald-Leader</i> reported.