Headlines for Wednesday, August 18, 2004

  • Miss Matched to be Tested in Spinaway

    She has been the talk of Monmouth Park, but Miss Matched will get a big test at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, when she goes to post in the 113th running of the grade II, $250,000 Spinaway for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

  • Sabellina Takes Narrow Yaddo Handicap Victory

    Joe Aquilino registered his first Saratoga stakes victory Wednesday afternoon as Jay Lieberman's and Mark Scharfman's Sabellina and Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day out-fought On the Bus and Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey for a nose victory in the 25th running of the $114,800 Yaddo Handicap for New York-bred fillies and mares at nine furlongs on the turf.

  • Grade II Winner Soto Retired

    Grade II winner Soto, who sustained an injury while second to Ten Most Wanted in last year's Super Derby (gr. II), has been retired from racing.

  • Melbourne Cup Sees Record Number of International Entries

    The 2004 Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) has attracted 295 entries with a record 55 international nominations. That number of international entries tops the 54 international horses that were nominated four years ago.

  • Stallion Seattle Morn Dead

    Seattle Morn, who stood a major portion of his career in Illinois, died in early August after colic surgery.

  • Race Order, Post Times, and Wagering Menu Announced for Breeders' Cup

    There will be 12 races on the Breeders' Cup Day program when it hits Lone Star Park for the first time on Oct. 30. The eight Breeders' Cup Championships races, televised live by NBC Sports (1 p.m.-6 p.m EST), will be preceded by the Metroplex Mile stakes race at 12:40 p.m. EST.

  • Pennsylvania Applicants Line Up for Track License

    The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission will meet Aug. 24 to map out a timeline for approval of the state's final Thoroughbred racetrack license. But whoever gets the license isn't guaranteed a slot machine license, which has narrowed the field of applicants.

  • Dan Liebman<br>Executive Editor

    Step Up to the Plate

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson recently died; his plaque doesn't mention he won the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with Volponi. Johnson not only trained the colt, but he and his family owned and more importantly to many of us, bred him as well.

  • P. G. Johnson

    It Won't Be the Same

    <i>By Paul Volponi</i> -- Johnson was elected to racing's Hall of Fame in 1997. The honor was a tribute to the trainer's incredible consistency. He was enshrined without a dominating champion. Instead of a Pegasus, he rose on the wings of a work ethic that woke him at 2:30 a.m. each morning as he walked a treadmill and watched tapes of races before heading to the barn.

  • HBPA, Rockingham Still at Odds Over Races

    Horsemen held a brainstorming meeting Aug. 16 to discuss the ramifications of a plan by Rockingham Park to offer Thoroughbred races Sept. 5 in partnership with the New Hampshire Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing Association.