Headlines for Thursday, August 5, 2004

  • Skip Away joins five others entering Racing Hall of Fame.

    Racing Hall of Fame Ceremony Aug. 9

    Three humans and three horses will be honored when The National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame inducts its 2004 class Aug. 9 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Elloluv looks to get back on winning track against solid field in Sunday's Clement L. Hirsch.

    Elloluv Faces Top Field in Hirsch Handicap

    With a lineup that includes four multiple graded stakes winners, Sunday's $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) boasts one of the strongest fields of fillies and mares ever gathered for the 1 1/8-mile fixture on Del Mar's main track.

  • Souvenir Gift Leads Sorrento Line-up

    Undefeated Souvenir Gift, who has two stakes victories among her three wins, heads a field of eight 2-year-old fillies in Saturday's $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) at 6 1/2 furlongs on Del Mar's main track.

  • Bare Necessities Looks to Repeat in Gardenia

    Iron County Farms' Bare Necessities is looking to repeat her winning performance in Saturday's $200,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) going 1 1/8-miles at Ellis Park. Bare Necessities took the 2003 edition by scoring an impressive 5 1/4-length win and paying just $2.80 to become the shortest price in the race's 22-year history.

  • So Sweet a Cat runs away with the New York Stallions Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course Thursday.

    So Sweet a Cat Pours it On in Statue of Liberty

    So Sweet a Cat, ridden by leading jockey John Velazquez, disposed of pacesetter South Wing with a furlong to go and drew away to a one-sided victory in the $250,000 Statue of Liberty Division of the New York Stallions Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course Thursday.

  • Lafayette Stakes winner Bwana Charlie will contest Saturday's Amsterdam Stakes.

    Seven Sprint for Amsterdam at Spa

    A small but contentious field of seven will line up Saturday to try and claim honors in the $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga.

  • Peace Rules hopes to follow last month's win in the Suburban with a victory in Saturday's Whitney Handicap.

    Gutty Peace Rules Heads Whitney Handicap Field

    Five weeks after giving everything he had to win the Suburban Handicap (gr. I) by a neck over Newfoundland, Edmund Gann's Peace Rules will have his work cut out for him once again as he faces a field with quick speed horses in Saturday's 77th running of the $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Trainer Jason Orman, left, holds Rock Hard Ten while groom Jose Mejia gives him a bath Thursday at Monmouth Park.

    Lion Heart to Roar from Post 4 in Haskell

    Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Lion Heart, the 121-pound starting highweight for the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), drew post 4 on Thursday for Sunday's race. He was quickly installed the 9-5 favorite for the $1-million Haskell, Monmouth Park's signature race of the season.

  • Michigan Racino Bill Still in Conference Committee

    Officially there is still life in legislation to introduce video lottery terminals to Michigan racetracks. But following an Aug. 4 vote in the state legislature, the breathing is shallow and the pulse is weak.

  • Dollar Bill

    Millionaire Dollar Bill Euthanized

    Gary and Mary West's millionaire grade II winner Dollar Bill, who proved popular enough to warrant his own Web site, was euthanized Aug. 3 after foundering.

  • Magna Posts Losses But Growth Plan Continues

    Magna Entertainment Corp. recorded a net loss of $25.4 million in the second quarter of 2004, but officials said the company continues to "see meaningful results" from cost-cutting initiatives and the work of its Continuous Improvement Team.

  • Royal Anthem's First Winner

    Royal Anthem, a grade/group I winner, came up with his first winner when his Irish-bred son Sin Verguenza won Aug. 3 in Naples in Italy.