Headlines for Friday, July 23, 2004

  • Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone set to return in the Travers.

    Zito: Birdstone Will Train Up to Travers Stakes

    Marylou Whitney's Birdstone, who denied Smarty Jones the Triple Crown with his victory in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will make his first start back in the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I), trainer Nick Zito said July 23.

  • Hastings Park Approved for Slot Machines

    Hastings Park will be permitted to install 600 slot machines in the wake of a 6-5 vote by the Vancouver City Council July 22. Mayor Larry Campbell, who provided the deciding vote, said it was about saving jobs in the community.

  • NTRA/Breeders' Cup Rep at Homeland Security Seminar

    Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer, vice president of event marketing for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup, was among the representatives of professional and college sports July 23 at a seminar hosted by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

  • Disturbingthepeace, seeks second Bing Crosby triumph.

    Two Past Winners Seek Bing Crosby Glory

    Defending champion Beau's Town and 2002 winner Disturbingthepeace are among 11 sprinters entered in Sunday's $400,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at six furlongs on Del Mar's main track.

  • Breeders' Cup Classic winner Pleasantly Perfect will run next in the San Diego Handicap.

    Pleasantly Perfect Works Toward San Diego Handicap

    Pleasantly Perfect, winner of the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), put in the "serious" mile workout trainer Richard Mandella expected of him as the 6-year-old son of Pleasant Colony prepped for Del Mar's $250,00 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) Sunday, Aug. 1.

  • Day Begins Summer Tour for RTCA at River Downs

    Pat Day began his "What a Difference a Day Makes" summer tour to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy of America July 20 at River Downs by riding in a few races in the afternoon and speaking during dinner in the clubhouse that evening.

  • John Servis, said Smarty Jones will breeze Monday or Tuesday.

    Smarty's Vacation is Over; Work Begins Next Week

    Smarty Jones' vacation ends soon as the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner will begin serious workouts early next week in preparation for the Sept. 6 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park.

  • 'Important Not to Panic' Over WNV, CHRB Told

    West Nile Virus has arrived in Southern California, Dr. Ron Jensen warned the California Horse Racing Board July 22, and could strike at one of the region's racetracks this summer as it speeds its way through the state.