Headlines for Wednesday, February 23, 2005

  • Sweet Catomine Tops 144 Noms for Ky. Oaks

    Sweet Catomine, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the champion 2-year-old filly of 2004, heads a list of 144 3-year-old fillies nominated to the 131st running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on May 6.

  • Saint Liam, winning the Donn Handicap, could run in the Santa Anita Handicap.

    Saint Liam Joins Probable Big 'Cap Line-Up

    Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner St. Liam has joined the probable field for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 5, according to racing secretary Rick Hammerle.

  • Going Wild holds off So Long Birdie (foreground) to win the San Miguel.

    So Long Birdie Off Derby Trail With Fracture

    Alaskas Great Eagle Stable's stakes-placed So Long Birdie, a half-brother to Birdstone and Bird Town, suffered a condylar fracture of the left ankle while winning a starter allowance race in the mud at Bay Meadows Feb. 20.

  • Purses Increased at Oaklawn Park

    Following a successful opening month at Oaklawn Park, including record growth in the Instant Racing pari-mutuel wagering system, the track announced an across-the-board purse increase, beginning with the races of Feb. 24.

  • Maryland Racing Commission Approves Pimlico Stakes Schedule

    The Maryland Racing Commission approved the Pimlico spring stakes schedule at its monthly meeting Feb. 22 at Laurel Park. The headline event of the eight-week meeting beginning April 20 is the 130th running of the May 21 $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the middle jewel of the Visa Triple Crown.

  • Leading New York Stallion Distinctive Pro Dead

    Distinctive Pro, one of New York's leading stallions whose son Distinctive Trick won Aqueduct's Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes Feb. 19, was euthanized around Jan. 1.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Grape Consequences

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Jess Jackson, the California vintner who is making headlines for his increasing involvement as a Thoroughbred owner and breeder, undoubtedly was more than a mildly interested spectator when the Supreme Court returned to work in Washington, D.C., the week of Feb. 21. So are many others in the racing industry.

  • Time to Unite

    <i>By Gary Biszantz</i> - As chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association I feel an obligation to encourage all horsemen to unite and support uniform medication rules for the United States.

  • Kentucky Authority OKs Stricter Medication Policy

    Despite a final plea by a group of local horsemen, the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority unanimously moved Feb. 22 to adopt the model race-day medication rules proposed by the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

  • Instant Racing Has First One-Day $1M Handle

    Instant Racing--pari-mutuel wagering machines that closely resemble video lottery terminals--had its first $1-million day in handle Feb. 21 at Oaklawn Park. Instant Racing, a product of RaceTech, first began operating at the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack in 2000.