Headlines for Tuesday, January 25, 2005

  • Dan Liebman<br>Executive Editor

    Ghostly Vote

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- In Smarty Jones and Ghostzapper, Eclipse Awards voters were faced with two clear and deserving choices for 2004 Horse of the Year. Now they have spoken.

  • Meritorious Character

    <i>By James E. Bassett III</i> -- When one thinks of Charles J. Cella, a myriad of descriptions flash by. "Indescribable" comes easily to mind, overshadowed by "indomitable" or perhaps "indestructible," followed by "unpredictable" or almost surely "unpersuadable." But lest we overlook the obvious, certainly it would be "unforgettable."

  • Champion Kitten&#39;s Joy, may contest the Arlington Million and Arc de Triomphe this year.

    Paths Plotted for Top Runners

    Hangovers weren't the only thing to come out of the Eclipse Awards dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 24. Various connections gave voice to their private plans as to where they hope to run prominent horses in the coming months

  • Disabled Rider Claims Guild Withholding Payments

    A permanently disabled jockey who is part of a lawsuit against the Jockeys' Guild said the Guild office has refused to communicate with him and reimburse him for more than $3,800 in medical and Guild-related expenses.

  • Drug Consortium Moves on Violations, 'Milkshakes'

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has set a deadline for adoption of recommended uniform medication violations and testing protocol for "milkshakes," which are mixtures of bicarbonate of soda and a liquid force-fed to a racehorse before it competes.

  • Lutyens Tops Opening Session of Barretts Sale

    Lutyens, a 4-year-old son of <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=804329&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Dixieland Band</a>, sold for $45,000 Monday to top the first session of the Barretts January mixed auction in Southern California.

  • Declan's Moon, Wilko Top Experimental

    A year after a record three colts shared top weight on the Experimental Free Handicap, this time around the lead is shared by two.

  • Declan's Moon, Wilko Share Top Weight on Experimental

    Undefeated Declan's Moon and Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko share the highweight assignment of 126 pounds on the 2004 Experimental Free Handicap, released Monday by The Jockey Club.

  • Ramsey Issues Statement on Fine, Suspension

    Owner Ken Ramsey, who was fined $25,000 and suspended for seven days by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority for improperly attempting to influence another owner to scratch a horse at Turfway Park, issued a statement Jan. 24 regarding the situation.

  • Andy Stronach, Elfrieda Stronach, Larry King and Frank Stronach at the 34th Annual Eclipse Awards.

    The Eclipse Dinner: A Ghost in the Night

    Smarty Jones grabbed most of the headlines in 2004, but it was Ghostzapper who earned the coveted gold Eclipse Award trophy and was named Horse of the Year for 2004 at the Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 24.

  • 2004 Eclipse Award Jockey: John Velazquez

    If one didn't get a sense of John Velazquez' inexorable climb to the top during his record-setting (65 winners) Saratoga meet last summer, then surely the pair of statues he earned on Breeders' Cup day made his star shine brighter than ever.

  • 2004 Eclipse: Apprentice Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.

    Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. had a busy year in 2004. Not only did the 19-year-old Lafayette, La., native finish his senior year of high school, but he also won his first riding title in his first full year of racing.

  • Special Eclipse Award: Dale Baird

    In 1996, Dale Baird became the first trainer in history to win 7,000 races. In 1999, he became the first to reach 8,000. And in 2004, yes, he made it to 9,000. That alone makes Baird special, and a deserving winner of a Special Eclipse Award.

  • 2004 Eclipse Horse of the Year/Older Male: Ghostzapper

    There was nothing flashy about Ghostzapper's appearance, and nothing flamboyant about his personality. You certainly wouldn't pick him out in a crowd. In the barn, you wouldn't even know he was around, especially considering his favorite pastime is sleeping.

  • &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?CI=1156&quot;&gt;Smarty Jones&lt;/a&gt;

    2004 Eclipse 3YO Male: Smarty Jones

    It took a while for it to sink in, but the magnitude of Smarty Jones' accomplishments in 2004 finally hit trainer John Servis like a ton of bricks. "Gosh, I won the Kentucky Derby!" he said to himself while driving recently with jockey Stewart Elliott.

  • Declan&#39;s Moon

    2004 Eclipse 2YO Male: Declan's Moon

    Jay Em Ess Stable shelled out $125,000 for Declan's Moon at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic September yearling sale. A year and a few months later, the gelding has banked $507,300, and the stable has the recipient of the Eclipse Award in the 2-year-old male category.

  • Sweet Catomine

    2004 Eclipse 2YO Female: Sweet Catomine

    At the five-sixteenths pole in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), Sweet Catomine was blocked and in need of racing room. But having to check was no big deal for the daughter of Storm Cat. Corey Nakatani steered her out of harm's way and she rolled by the other 11 members of the field as the crowd at Lone Star Park cheered her on.

  • Ashado

    2004 Eclipse 3YO Female: Ashado

    Ashado is the kind of horse that an owner and trainer dream about: Tough, consistent, and brilliant enough to compete at racing's highest level. Her command over the 3-year-old filly division throughout 2004 and her tough-as-nails victory against older fillies and mares in the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Presented by Nextel (gr. I) are clear reasons she's the recipient of an Eclipse Award.

  • Ken &amp; Sarah Ramsey, with Male Turf winner Kitten&#39;s Joy

    2004 Eclipse Owner: Ken & Sarah Ramsey

    The year 2004 turned out to be the type of year for Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey that the couple could only dream about a few years back. In their first appearance as Eclipse Award finalists, they won the outstanding owner trophy, and one of their horses, Kitten's Joy, won an Eclipse Award for best turf male.

  • Adena Springs&#39; Frank Stronach

    2004 Eclipse Breeder: Adena Springs

    Frank Stronach could not have asked for anything more Oct. 30. The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was being held at Lone Star Park, owned by Stronach's Magna Entertainment Corp.