Headlines for Wednesday, September 8, 2004

  • Bob Baffert announces break with owner.

    McIngvale Takes Horses From Baffert

    James McIngvale and Bob Baffert have parted company, Baffert said Wednesday. McIngvale, whose biggest victory came in this year's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) with Wimbledon, will be sending the majority of his horses to trainer Nick Hines and a few to Steve Asmussen, according to Baffert.

  • KEEP Board to Ultimately Decide Gaming Position

    The Kentucky Equine Education Project, which is yet to devise a legislative agenda, will let its still-evolving board of directors decide whether alternative gaming will be on its wish list, a representative said Sept. 8 during a meeting of the state Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

  • Grade I Winner Got Koko Retired

    Got Koko, a grade I winner and three-time Texas champion, has been retired from racing because of recurring ankle problems.

  • Castle Gandolfo Dies in Chile

    Castle Gandolfo, who shuttled to Haras Mocito Guapo in Chile, died Sept. 5 in a breeding shed accident.

  • Grade I winner Friends Lake to stand at Airdrie Stud.

    Grade I Winner Friends Lake to Airdrie

    Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud has purchased grade I winner Friends Lake for stallion duty from Chester Broman Sr. and his wife, Mary.

  • Great Notion to Northview in Maryland

    Stakes winner Great Notion, who nearly won last year's King Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, will enter stud at Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City, Md.

  • Ellis Park: Five-Day Week, Commitment from CDI

    Ellis Park is expected to return to a five-day live racing week next year on the heels of a 2004 meet that produced an increase in total handle but double-digit decreases in average daily handle and on-track business.

  • In Ohio, Serious Proposal for Serious Times

    Racetracks and horsemen's groups are considering a proposal by the chairman of the Ohio State Racing Commission to radically reduce live racing dates--several hundred could be eliminated--in order to boost purses and increase field size in 2005.

  • Striking Out

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - If only the Aug. 21 ESPN telecast of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), Alabama Stakes (gr. I), and Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) had followed the baseball game between Colorado and Montreal rather than Richmond and Redmond.

  • Good Intentions

    <i>By Dr. Ted Hill</i> - Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as phenylbutazone and Banamine, and some prednisone or similar steroid to reduce inflammation in aching joints, tendons, and ligaments, the supporters argued, would simply help horses withstand the rigors of frequent racing.

  • Best Pal winner Roman Ruler heads a fine cast for today&#39;s Del Mar Futurity.

    Futurity Closes Del Mar Meet With a Bang

    A pair of lightly raced undefeated juvenile stakes winners–Roman Ruler and Chandtrue–rate marquee billing in the Sept. 8 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II), the traditional getaway-day feature of the 43-day race summer meet.

  • Slewdledo Filly Leads Way at Washington Auction

    Starlet of Seattle, a daughter of Slewdledo, brought the top price of $92,000 Tuesday during the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association (WTBA) summer yearling sale at Emerald Downs.

  • Santa Anita Park Gets New Marketing Executive

    Michael Gilligan has been hired as the new vice president of marketing and sales for Santa Anita Park, parent company Magna Entertainment Corp. announced Sept. 7.

  • Emerald Sees Upside With Muckleshoot Deal

    Emerald Downs is experiencing a boost in daily purses and an extension of its 2005 racing season because of a $1.69-million investment by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, which owns the land beneath the Auburn, Wash., racetrack and operates a nearby casino.

  • Deputed Testamony Pensioned From Stallion Duty

    Deputed Testamony, the oldest living winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been pensioned from stallion duty at the Boniface family's Bonita Farm near Darlington, Md.