Headlines for Thursday, July 15, 2004

  • Minus Roman Ruler, Chandtrue Stands Out

    Unbeaten Chandtrue, whose three wins by a combined 15 1/2 lengths include a pair of stakes victories, figures as a heavy favorite against four challengers Saturday in the 65th running of the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

  • Inish Glora One to Beat in Dance Smartly

    It took some time for Inish Glora, who is set to contest the $162,450 Dance Smartly (Can-III) Saturday at Woodbine, to reach her peak form, but the champion daughter of Regal Classic has certainly done so over the past two years.

  • Plate Winner Niigon Ready for Next Step

    A field of seven, including Queen's Plate champion Niigon, is set to compete Sunday in the 2004 edition of the Prince of Wales Stakes, second jewel of Canada's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing at Fort Erie.

  • Lion Heart, Royal Assault Meet in Long Branch

    Two veterans of the Triple Crown trail whose paths have yet to cross will finally meet as the favorites in Saturday's $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Lawrence Realization winner Kicken Kris hopes to get back on positive track in Saturday's Bowling Green Handicap.

    Matz Drops Kicken Kris Into Bowling Green

    After establishing himself as one of the leading sophomore turf runners in the nation last year, Kicken Kris drops out of grade I company Saturday in search of a much-needed win in the $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.

  • Drug-Testing Plan for Graded Stakes Delayed

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association delayed implementation of its drug-testing protocol for graded stakes in the United States because not all jurisdictions were prepared to implement it, the American Graded Stakes Committee said July 14.

  • Conflict Over Charles Town Project Resurfaces

    Just weeks before work is to begin on banking the turns of the racing surface at Charles Town Races & Slots, a new organization called "The Thoroughbred Club" claims a survey reveals support for expansion of the six-furlong track to seven furlongs.

  • REAP to Provide Assistance to Racing Employees

    Members of the Acadiana racing community, along with Officials at Evangeline Downs Racetrack, have joined forces to ensure that people in need, employed in all sectors of the racing industry, will receive assistance in maintaining a good quality of life.

  • Magazine now available online.

    <i>The Blood-Horse Electronic Edition</i> Launched

    Blood-Horse Publications, a multimedia publishing company that traces its roots to 1916, has officially launched <i>The Blood-Horse Electronic Edition</i>, a complete new digital edition of <i>The Blood-Horse</i>, the Thoroughbred industry's leading weekly news and information magazine.

  • Paramount, Railton Plan Joint Venture

    Pat Costello of Paramount Sales and Jamie Railton are teaming up to consign horses to the Tattersalls October yearling sale in England.

  • Jockey Meche Returns To Saddle

    Jockey Donnie Meche will return to the saddle Friday at Louisiana Downs for the first time since the Delta Downs stewards suspended him in January 2003. Meche is scheduled to ride Unbridled Tick (6-1) in the eighth race for trainer Steve Asmussen.

  • TVG Plans Special to Mark Fifth Anniversary

    The TV Games Network will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a one-hour special that will air July 21 at 9 p.m. EDT. The show will be rebroadcast several times beginning at 12:30 a.m. July 22.

  • Daily Racing Form Names New President

    Brent Diamond, a veteran sports-publishing executive, has been named president of Daily Racing <i>Form</i> by The Wicks Group, which purchased the 110-year-old newspaper company in May. Diamond succeeds Charles Hayward, who is leaving the company after six years to pursue other publishing projects.

  • PGA TOUR Head Keynote Speaker at Round Table

    PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem will discuss the significance of centralized structure in professional sports and the steps that golfers took to develop successful television programming, corporate sponsorships, and marketing programs when he delivers the keynote address at The Jockey Club Round Table Aug. 15 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Joey Franco, winning the Triple Bend.

    Grade I winner Joey Franco Retired

    California Horse of the Year of 2003, Joey Franco has been retired from racing and is expected to enter stud next year.