Headlines for Friday, December 2, 2005

  • Laurel Turf Courses Exceeding Expectations

    When the Laurel Park fall meeting began in September, Maryland Jockey Club officials had high hopes for its new turf course. After three months the grass courses have exceeded expectations.

  • Woodbine Cancels Friday Card Due to Winds

    Friday's live Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine was canceled after the first race due to high winds and severe wind gusts in the greater Toronto area.

  • Chad Schvaneveldt Reaches 2,000 Victories

    Jockey Chad Phillip Schvaneveldt won the 2,000th race of his career Thursday when he guided Way Brite to a four-length victory in the second race at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Four Races Upgraded to Grade I for 2006

    Calder Race Course will run its first grade I race in 2006, the Princess Rooney Handicap, one of four races upgraded to grade I status by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

  • Grade I-Placed Tiger Heart Retired

    Tiger Heart, who was grade I-placed in consecutive starts this year, has been retired from racing because of torn tendon in a front leg.

  • Churchill's Meeker Honored by Business Publication

    homas H. Meeker, president and chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc., has been named "Business Leader of the Year" for a large business by the Louisville, Ky.-based <i>Business First</i> publication in its inaugural "Business of the Year" Awards.

  • Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, addressed the California Horse Racing Board over the issue of track surfaces.

    Calif. Trainers Protest Poor Track Surfaces

    Track operators pledged their support to improving the conditions of racing surfaces in the state after about 25 trainers descended on the California Horse Racing Board meeting Dec. 1 at Hollywood Park to seek the commission's assistance.