Headlines for Thursday, October 20, 2005

  • West Virginia Rolls Into Empire Classic

    Spite the Devil and West Virginia, the first two finishers in last year's Empire Classic at Belmont Park, return for Saturday's renewal of the $250,000 race, the centerpiece of the $1 million New York Showcase Day for state breds.

  • Valenzuela Excused Through Weekend

    Stewards at Santa Anita excused injured jockey Patrick Valenzuela on Thursday from all of his commitments through Sunday's race card, one day after he failed to call in prior to taking off his mounts.

  • Leave Me Alone, 'Glitter Clash in Raven Run

    Mitchell Ranch's grade I winner Leave Me Alone tops a contentious field of a dozen 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's $300,000 Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Distorted Humor's Fee Upped to $150,000

    Distorted Humor, who stands at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., is the newest member of the six-figure club.

  • Dressed to Kill, Sharp Attack Out of Breeders' Cup

    One day after pre-entries for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships were announced, there were two defections Thursday. Dressed to Kill, a maiden pre-entered in the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), has been withdrawn from the 1 1/16-mile race after sustaining a fracture of the left front pastern bone.

  • Lost in the Fog, winning the King's Bishop, is favored in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

    Lost in the Fog Works at Golden Gate; Ships Saturday

    Undefeated 3-year-old Lost in the Fog worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 handily Thursday morning at Golden Gate Fields in his final drill for the $1-million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

  • Written Testimony, Video Archive of Congressional Hearing on Jockeys

    Bloodhorse.com has posted the written materials submitted by 12 of the 13 individuals who testified under oath before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on the subject of "Thoroughbred Horse Racing Jockeys and Workers: Examining On-Track Injury Insurance and Other Health and Welfare Issues."

  • Breeders' Cup 2001: A Day of Heroes

    The 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, held only 45 days after the World Trade Center attack, came to symbolize the human spirit and the courage and determination of the Thoroughbred...

  • Budget Increases for Gulfstream; Magna Secures Loan

    Magna Entertainment announced late Wednesday that the cost of rebuilding Gulfstream Park has escalated, forcing the need to secure a loan from the general contractor performing the work.

  • SIRIUS to Provide Exclusive Radio Coverage of Breeders' Cup

    SIRIUS Satellite Radio, which provides sports radio programming, broadcasting the play-by-play of more than 350 pro and college teams, announced Thursday that it will be the exclusive radio broadcaster for the 2005 Breeders' Cup World Championships, Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.

  • Maryland Stewards Suspend Three More Riders

    <br>The Maryland Racing stewards have suspended jockeys Horacio Karamanos, Abel Castellano, and Stewart Elliott for riding in a careless manner at Laurel Park last week. Stewards Bill Passmore, Phil Grove and John Burke have suspended 11 riders since the fall meeting began on Sept. 7.

  • Hamilton Takes Rest of the Year Off, Rodriguez Out with Leg Injury

    Jockey Steve Hamilton, the third leading rider at the major Maryland tracks this year, has decided to take off the remainder of 2005. The 32-year-old captured the Pimlico spring meeting for the second straight year and has 107 victories at Pimlico and Laurel Park this year.

  • AAEP's 'On Call' Program Assists With NBC Telecast

    Equine veterinarians representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners' "On Call" program will assist NBC Sports with horse health information during the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park.

  • The Jockey Club: 58,739 Mares Bred in 2005

    The Jockey Club released their Report of Mares Bred in 2005 Thursday morning and report that 58,739 mares were covered by 3,097 stallions this year. The released data is reports that have been received through Oct. 13.

  • Grade II Winner Quero Quero Retired

    Quero Quero, a California grade II winner and half-sister to two-time champion sprinter Housebuster, has been retired from racing and is booked to A.P. Indy.

  • Arrowfield Buys Interest in Starcraft

    Arrowfield Stud announced that it had negotiated the purchase of an interest in Australian champion Starcraft. While terms had been agreed upon after Starcraft's win in the Sept. 24 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I), the ownership change will not take place until after Starcraft's Breeders' Cup appearance.

  • Sensation won the Astarita in her last start.

    Thursday Work Tab Light; Sensation Breezes

    With the morning sun rising in the distance, trainer Stanley Hough sent 2-year-old filly Sensation to the track at Belmont Park Thursday morning in her final serious workout for the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr.I).

  • Bombs Away Again for Reddam

    Just before the running of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Lone Star Park last year, owner Paul Reddam confided that his horse was a longshot bomb set to explode.