Headlines for Wednesday, July 28, 2004

  • Luzzi Suffers Broken Leg in Saratoga Opener

    Jockey Mike Luzzi suffered a broken femur in his right leg Wednesday when he was thrown from his mount, Honey Fritters, in the first race of the Saratoga Race Course 2004 season.

  • Classic Elegance noses past Angel Trumpet to win the 87th running of the Schuylerville Stakes.

    'Classic' Wins Schuylerville with Elegance

    Bob and Beverly Lewis' Classic Elegance came from far off the pace to win the Schuylerville Stakes (gr. II), the traditional opening day feature at Saratoga. The Carson City filly covered the six furlongs in 1:12.48, running down the front-running Angel Trumpet by a length in the final strides.

  • Jockey Birzer Paralyzed, Recovering from Surgery

    Mountaineer Park-based jockey Gary Birzer, 27, remains paralyzed from the waist down after suffering injuries to his neck and spinal cord in a two-horse spill July 20 at the Chester, W. Va. oval.

  • Schulhofer Has Pair in Bernard Baruch

    William Sorokolit Sr.'s Union Place, and Blue Sky Farm and Fred Martin's Irish Colonial make trainer Randy Shulhofer a double threat for Friday's feature at Saratoga, the $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT). The nine-furlong feature has drawn a field of eight, with Nothing to Lose the 117-pound highweight.

  • Pimlico Meet Kicks Off Saturday

    After a seven-week break, live racing returns to Maryland on Saturday, July 31 at Pimlico Race Course with a nine-race card, headlined by the $100,000 Twixt Stakes for 3-year-old Maryland-bred fillies.

  • Tah Dah!--Late Announcer's Name Added to Stakes

    River Downs has added the name of Kevin Goemmer, the former announcer at the Ohio racetrack, to a stakes named for one of his favorite racehorses. Goemmer, who most recently worked for Charlson Broadcast Technologies, died earlier this year at the age of 48.

  • Fund Established to Assist McKibben Family

    A fund has been established for Michael McKibben, 34, son of Bridlewood Farm assistant trainer Larry McKibben who suffered severe head trauma July 12 when he was kicked by a horse at his father's farm in Ocala, Fla.

  • Lion Heart, tops field for Haskell Invitational.

    Lion Heart Leads the List of Seven Expected for Haskell

    Lion Heart leads a field of seven expected for the $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), going 1 1/8-miles on Aug. 8 at Monmouth Park. The Patrick Biancone-trained Lion Heart will carry a top weight of 121 pounds.

  • Colonial Finishes Wet but Successful 2004 Thoroughbred Meet

    Having added four additional days of racing to its lineup in 2004, Virginia's Colonial Downs this week posted all-time total attendance and handle records, and reported a rise in the average daily on-track handle. Track officials noted slight declines from prior years in average daily attendance and in out-of state wagering figures.

  • Tim Smith, has resigned as NTRA commissioner.

    Smith Resigns From NTRA; No Word on NYRA Job

    National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner Tim Smith tendered his resignation as expected July 27, but there was no announcement that Smith had taken a job as president and chief executive officer of the New York Racing Association.