Headlines for Wednesday, August 4, 2004

  • Sarafan Looks Like Old Self in Escondido

    Gary A. Tanaka's veteran stakes campaigner Sarafan showed his class Wednesday with a decisive victory in the featured $79,000 Escondido Handicap at the marathon distance of 1 3/8 miles on the grass at Del Mar.

  • Pletcher Expects Old Spark from Smok'n Frolic

    Dogwood Stable's Smok'n Frolic didn't show much spark in her last start, but Todd Pletcher, Saratoga's leading trainer, says he isn't concerned that she'll give a similar effort in Friday's $150,000 Honorable Miss Handicap, which was upgraded to grade II status this season.

  • Imperialism May Try Turf in Del Mar Derby

    Imperialism, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) third-place finisher, could show up next in the grassy Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) on Sept. 6, according to trainer Kristin Mulhall.

  • Chowder's First Outduels West Virginia

    Chowder's First outdueled West Virginia in the stretch of Wednesday's $250,000 restricted New York Stallion Stakes (Cab Calloway Division) at Saratoga Race Course. The 3-year-old son of Let Goodtimes Roll covered the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:50.99. West Virginia was a neck back for second, with Pay Attention a distant 9 1/2-lengths back in third.

  • Trainer Louis Meittinis Dead

    Trainer Louis Meittinis died Monday night in his Westbury, N.Y., home of an apparent heart attack.

  • Haskin's Saratoga Journal -- Aug. 4

    Highlights of this week's report from Saratoga: Redemption for Lukas and Azeri...Anniversary of an historic Travers... No spa visit for Actxecutive... Stamina in the Family of Afleet Alex... Sir Shackleton, Zito's Sleeper.

  • English Trainer Alec Stewart Dead

    Alec Stewart, trainer of English and French champion Mtoto, died Aug. 4 at his home in Newmarket, England, after a long battle with cancer.

  • Report: Industry Must Maximize Customer Benefits

    A recently released report on wagering trends concludes the "handle up, purses down" situation isn't new, and that "incentive wagering service providers"--rebate operations--improve the competitiveness of the pari-mutuel industry.

  • Dan Liebman<br>Executive Editor

    Tired of Weighting

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- These days, the country's best older horses rarely line up and race against each other in handicaps. Trainers often decline to run if their charges are asked to carry weight, and racing secretaries know that. Since racing secretaries today aren't going to really weight horses, let's just do away with handicaps and move on.

  • Little Patch of Heaven

    <i>By John Williams</i> -- Of all the runners to have carried the famous flamingo pink silks of Harbor View Farm, Affirmed and his brilliant champion daughter Flawlessly stand above the others in the hearts of Lou and Patrice Wolfson.

  • Big TV Weekend for Classic Division

    The Breeders' Cup Classic Division Powered by Dodge takes center stage this weekend as 3 year olds and up start serious preparation for the headline event at Lone Star Oct. 30. The action will be televised by the ESPN family of networks.

  • Blood-Horse Launches Initiative to Educate Kentucky Legislators

    Blood-Horse Publications is providing each member of the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives with an annual subscription to<i> The Blood-Horse</i> the company's flagship publication and the oldest continually published North American Thoroughbred magazine. Blood-Horse Publications launched the initiative as part of its ongoing 88-year mission: To inform and educate.

  • Breeders' Cup Elects 13 to Board of Directors

    The Breeders' Cup Limited announced the election of 13 members to its board of directors through the proportional shareholder voting system by Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators.

  • MEC Has Plans--With or Without NYRA

    Magna Entertainment Corp. is still willing to partner with the New York Racing Association, but it is also pursuing its own move into the New York marketplace in case NYRA isn't serious about a merger, MEC president Jim McAlpine said.