Headlines for Wednesday, January 12, 2005

  • Sweet Catomine to Return in Stake Sunday

    The $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies, washed out at Santa Anita Jan. 9, has been rescheduled for this Sunday, with Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) champion Sweet Catomine expected to be entered back.

  • Kirkendahl in 'Rafael Spotlight for Singer Keith

    If Kirkendahl wins Saturday's $150,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Park, it will be music to the ears of the colt's owner, country singing star Toby Keith.

  • Leaving On My Mind Named Texas Horse of the Year

    Leaving On My Mind, a four-time stakes winner for breeder/owner George Wolff of Boerne, Texas, will be honored as the 2004 Texas Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old colt/gelding by the Texas Thoroughbred Association.

  • Millionaire Mutamam to Remain in Italy

    Millionaire Mutamam, who was scheduled to be relocated to Gestut Rietberg in Germany from Allevamento di Besnate in Italy for 2005, will remain at the Italian farm

  • Coolmore Tsunami Relief Effort Raises $3.5 Million for Red Cross

    The Coolmore stallion season auction to benefit the victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia came to a close Tuesday with the international stallion farm raising more than $3.5 million for the relief effort headed by the International Red Cross.

  • Delaware Seeks Answers From Guild About King

    The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission has asked the Jockeys' Guild to explain why Eddie King, the former Guild treasurer who met the criteria to be enrolled in a health insurance plan for Delaware jockeys, is having trouble getting back into the plan for 2005.

  • Gold Coast Sale Ends With Best Ever Figures

    As the final hammer slammed down to signal the end of what has been the biggest yearling sale in Australia's history, vendors, buyers, and other observers were left with one question: Will the global trend of record buying ever end?

  • Handful of Tracks, Bonus Fuel Purse Increase

    Total Thoroughbred purses increased 3.42%--mostly from a limited number of sources--in 2004, while total handle on Thoroughbred races run in the United States declined less than 1%, according to a year-end "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators" report released Jan. 12.

  • While rain impacted racing in California and New York, High Fly cruised to victory in the Aventura Stakes in Florida.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Wash Out Weekend

    Although last weekend saw rainouts on both coasts, including a rare cancellation at Santa Anita, there at least was a 'High Fly' hit that turned into a tape measure home run. So, while the Florida 3-year-olds moved forward, the California horses hit a brick wall and now must wait for dry weather in order to race, and even train.

  • Churchill Names New Director of Marketing

    Churchill Downs has appointed Stacey Meier to serve as the track's director of marketing. The native of Fort Wayne, Ind., most recently served as director of marketing for the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network, a post she had held since 2003.

  • The Name's Jimmy to Elite in Louisiana

    Grade II winner The Name's Jimmy has been relocated to Michelle Rodriguez and Lee Thomas' Elite Thoroughbreds near Folsom, La., from Hill 'N Dale Farm near Barrington, Ill.

  • NYRA Suspends Two Officials in Weight Probe

    The New York Racing Association said Jan. 12 it has suspended clerk of scales Mario Sclafani and assistant clerk of scales Braulio Baeza with pay until further notice pending developments in an ongoing investigation into the weighing of jockeys.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Crossroads

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - It is probably an understatement to say that 2005 is going to be a challenging year for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association/Breeders' Cup. The direction and mission of the organization could be subject to change as it navigates crossroads on the near horizon.

  • Integrity No Easy Task

    <i>By Cot Campbell</i> - Our Code of Ethics, presented to the world in mid-December, has been received agreeably. Predictably, there has been commentary on what "they" should have done. I have waited until Jan. 15--when my duties as chairman ended and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association took over--for any personal observations.

  • Angelos Family Approved to Buy Maryland Track

    The Maryland Racing Commission has unanimously approved the sale of Rosecroft Raceway to Georgia K. Angelos, wife of Peter Angelos, majority owner of the Baltimore Orioles and a Thoroughbred owner and breeder.