Headlines for Thursday, August 19, 2004

  • CHRB Holds Off on Decision Over Jockeys' Weight

    The decision on whether to raise the scale of weights in California to a minimum of 118 pounds, not including equipment, remained on hold after more than two hours of discussion during the California Horse Racing Board's monthly meeting held Thursday at Del Mar.

  • Ticker Tape, Sweet Win Headline Del Mar Oaks

    Headed by American Oaks (gr. IT) winner Ticker Tape and San Clemente (gr. IIT) champion Sweet Win, a field of seven 3-year-old fillies is expected to go to the post Saturday for the 48th running of the grade I, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks.

  • Seven Distaff Sprinters Contest Rancho Bernardo

    Boasting a record of five victories in seven career starts, Dream of Summer will lead a field of seven female speed burners to the post in Saturday's grade III, $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Del Mar.

  • Monmouth, Iselin Set for Ghost Sighting

    Stronach Stables' top-weighted Ghostzapper will face a field of six competitors in Saturday's $200,000 Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.

  • Afleet Alex Solid Favorite in Hopeful Stakes

    Afleet Alex, who has won his three lifetime starts by a combined 28 1/2 lengths, heads a field of seven juveniles in Saturday's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. It is the 100th running of the historic stakes.

  • National HBPA Voices Opinions on Medication

    The National Horsemen's Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, given the results of a recent study, has suggested research into medication thresholds and withdrawal times be performed using horses in training.

  • Roses in May Works Toward Next Start

    Ken Ramsey's Roses in May was on the Saratoga main track Thursday morning for the first time since winning the grade I Whitney Handicap 12 days ago. Trainer Dale Romans had Roses in May breeze four furlongs, which went in a leisurely :48.

  • Gulfstream Ponders Florida Derby Date Switch

    In a move that could have significant implications for the slate of Triple Crown prep races, Gulfstream Park may revamp its schedule of 3-year-old stakes and delay by three weeks the 2005 Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Exclusive Ribot, Son of the Great Ribot, Dies

    Exclusive Ribot, perhaps the last living offspring sired by Federico Tesio's great European champion Ribot, died Aug. 8 at age 32 of heart failure at Brian Wallis' Dormello II Stud near Decatur, Texas.