Headlines for Friday, September 17, 2004

  • Soaring Free Favored to Fly in Atto Mile

    Sam-Son Farm's Soaring Free has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in a field of 11 for Sunday's $1 million Atto Mile (Can-I) at Woodbine.

  • Roar of the Tiger to Stand in Florida

    Roar of the Tiger, a full brother to Giant's Causeway, has been retired and will stand in 2005 at Hartley/De Renzo Walmac South near Ocala, Fla. His fee will be $6,000.

  • Apprentice Betancourt Rides First Winner

    Seventeen-year-old apprentice jockey Jose Betancourt Jr. won the first race of his career on Friday when he guided Wayne Bessler and Plaine Enterprises Inc.'s Forty Ensueno to a three-quarters of a length victory in the fourth race at Arlington Park.

  • Speightstown to Stand at WinStar

    Speightstown, winner of the recent Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II), will stand next year at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • CHRB Begins Hunt for New Executive Director

    The California Horse Racing Board is accepting applications for the position of executive director to replace Roy C. Wood, who will retire on Dec. 30.

  • Roar of the Tiger to Hartley/De Renzo in Florida

    Stakes-placed Roar of the Tiger, a full brother to champion and prominent freshman sire Giant's Causeway, has been retired from racing and will enter stud as a joint effort between John Jones III and Robert Trussell's Walmac International and Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo's Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds.

  • Sapling Stakes winner Evil Minister faces Sapling place and show runners again in Sunday's Belmont Futurity.

    Sapling Trio Back in Belmont Futurity

    The one-two-three finishers in Monmouth's Sapling Stakes (gr. III) will line up against each other again Sunday in the Belmont Futurity (gr. II).

  • Spinaway winner Sense of Style goes for three-in-a-row in Sunday's Matron mile.

    Sense of Style the Fashionable Pick in Matron

    Sense of Style, a convincing winner of the seven-furlong Spinaway Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga last month, figures to be a very short price against five rivals in Sunday's Matron Stakes (gr. I) at a mile at Belmont Park.

  • Report: Atlanta Horse-Shipping Facility to Close

    The American Horse Council has been informed that effective Nov. 5, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will close the Atlanta Equine Complex, which has served as an export-import facility for horses.

  • 24 Horses Killed in Trailer Accident

    A horse trailer traveling from Minnesota to Kentucky that was carrying 53 horses overturned and rolled down an embankment just north of Lawrenceburg, Ind., on Route 1 early Wednesday evening.

  • Juveniles Send Off 2004 Arlington Park Season

    A pair of grade III stakes for 2-year-olds--the $200,000 Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity and the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie--will bring the curtain down on the Arlington Park meet Sept. 19. Six colts are entered in the Futurity, and nine fillies in the Lassie.

  • Bettors, in line at Pimlico.

    Technology Lag Targeted by Wagering Task Force

    The task force formed to look at why handle is up but purses are down ended up producing a report that tackles other issues such as disclosure of information from wagering outlets, technological limitations in tote systems, and the need for a secure database of wagering information.

  • Perfect Drift, Take Charge Lady Tops in Kentucky

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift and Select Stable's Take Charge Lady have been chosen as the Kentucky-based "Horses of the Year" by members of Kentucky Thoroughbred Media, with the latter selected for her honor for an unprecedented third consecutive year.

  • Roses in May, seeks the Kentucky Cup Classic on  heels of his Whitney victory.

    Roses in May 1-2 Choice vs. Five in Ky. Cup Classic

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Roses in May, winner of last month's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, was installed the 1-2 favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park. The 118-pound starting highweight will break from post five and face just five rivals in the 1 1/8-mile race that carries a purse of $350,000.

  • "Jersey Joe" Bravo

    Steady 'Jersey Joe' Keeps Reaching Higher

    "Jersey Joe" Bravo is quite at home at Monmouth Park, but he's always looking to land top mounts like Lion Heart, who he rode to two victories, including a grade I stakes, before the colt was retired due to injury.

  • Steady 'Jersey Joe' Keeps Reaching Higher

    "Jersey Joe" Bravo is quite at home at Monmouth Park, but he's always looking to land top mounts like Lion Heart, who he rode to two victories, including a grade I stakes, before the colt was retired due to injury.

  • Tale of the Cat, leads all sires by number of 2004 foals.

    Live Foal Report: 36,274 Foals of '04

    The Jockey Club released its Live Foal Report Thursday afternoon, and reports that 4,203 stallions covered 63,154 mares in North America during 2003, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 9. These coverings have resulted in 36,274 foals of 2004 being reported to The Jockey Club.