Headlines for Thursday, February 24, 2005

  • Choctaw Nation On War Path in San Carlos

    Robert Bone's Choctaw Nation, who has not started since suffering his only career loss in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar six months ago, has been entered in Saturday's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) over seven furlongs at Santa Anita.

  • Haskin on Park Avenue Ball: Distance is a bit of a question, but 150-1 odds are enticing.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Bubbling Under the Surface

    Although there are only two minor stakes this weekend, Nick Zito and Shug McGaughey will have important tests for two of their big horses. This also is a good time to see if there are still any live longshots in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) future book lurking out there who might be worth taking a hard look at.

  • Mulhall Aims High With Wannawinemall

    Wannawinemall, a four-length winner of a maiden special weight event Feb. 17 at Santa Anita, should make his next start in graded stakes company, according to trainer Kristin Mulhall, who said the long-term goal for the son of Royal Anthem is the Triple Crown trail.

  • Daydreaming Heads Sabin Field

    The Ogden Mills Phipps-homebred filly Daydreaming will be making her first start of the year when she leads a field of six fillies and mares, including the top three finishers in Banshee Breeze Handicap, in Saturday's $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) going 1 1/8 miles over the main track at Gulfstream Park.

  • A Dozen Sophomores Vie in Sam F. Davis

    A group of 12 3-year-olds has passed the entry box in Saturday's $100,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, a prelude to that track's signature Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) March 19. Trainer Nick Zito sends out two of the top entries in Andromeda's Hero and G P's Black Knight.

  • Bailey Selects GolfPodium for Exclusive Speaker Representation

    Equisponse, Inc., the sports marketing firm that represents Hall of Fame jockey and avid golfer Jerry Bailey has formed an alliance with GolfPodium for exclusive representation of Bailey's speaking engagements, corporate events, and personal appearance opportunities.

  • Bailey Selects GolfPodium for Exclusive Speaker Representation

    Equisponse, Inc., the sports marketing firm that represents Hall of Fame jockey and avid golfer Jerry Bailey has formed an alliance with GolfPodium for exclusive representation of Bailey's speaking engagements, corporate events, and personal appearance opportunities.

  • MEC Files Countersuit in Oregon

    Attorneys for Magna Entertainment Corp. filed countersuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon Feb. 18 to formally answer a $1-million breach-of-contract action brought against the company by the Oregon Greyhound Association.

  • Purses at Louisiana Downs Increased for 2005 Season

    Harrah's Louisiana Downs announced today that they have increased purse offerings for the 2005 racing season, which opens April 29 and runs through Oct. 9, to average $210,000 per day. In addition, the purse for the Super Derby XXVI (gr. II) was increased from $500,000 to $750,000 and the distance returned to 1 1/4 miles.

  • Stonerside Stable has purchased a majority interest in Sis City, shown winning last year's Demoiselle.<br>

    Stonerside Purchases Majority Interest in Sis City

    Janice and Robert McNair's Stonerside Stable has purchased a controlling interest in the 3-year-old filly Sis City from the partnership of Sanford Goldfarb, New York Yankees' manager Joe Torre, Michael Dubb, and Ira Davis.

  • Oak Tree Donates $100,000 to University of Arizona RTIP

    The Oak Tree Racing Association has contributed $100,000 to the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program to help endow a proposed faculty chair to conduct business industry research and head the RTIP's masters degree program.

  • Dorothy Scharbauer, raced Kentucky Derby winner Alysheba.

    Dorothy Scharbauer, Raced Alysheba, Dead

    Dorothy Turner Scharbauer, who campaigned Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Horse of the Year Alysheba, died shortly after midnight Wednesday following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

  • Adelaide Sale Ends Quietly in Australia

    Day three of Adelaide's thus far record-breaking Magic Millions yearling sale came and went before a small gathering of local buyers. It was not the way Magic Millions would have liked it to wind down following two record-breaking days of sales.

  • Total TVG Handle Up 42% in 2004

    Total wagering on the TV Games Network increased 42% in 2004, and grew 29% in the fourth-quarter of 2004, the network said in a Feb. 24 release. The increase in business was punctuated by record single-day total wagering of $5,148,375 on May 1, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) day.

  • Fusaichi Pegasus Colt Ups Adelaide Sale Record

    All over the world the awesome presence of <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=4338487&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Fusaichi Pegasus</a> is being felt. On Wednesday, day two of Adelaide's Magic Millions yearling sale, his strapping chestnut son from the Brief Truce group II-winning mare So Gorgeous, topped South Australia's all-time yearling sale record at Aus$330,000.

  • Vinery Australia Sells Foals to Arrowfield and Partner

    In a stunning multi-million dollar development overnight, Australia's most progressive stud farm, Arrowfield, has entered into an agreement with a silent partner to purchase all of Vinery Stud's Australian weanlings.

  • Alinghi Wins Sangster Stakes; Still on Target for U.S. Campaign

    The initial running of the group I Robert Sangster Stakes Feb. 23 provided Adelaide fans with a chance to see the high class filly Alinghi in action. And the daughter of Encosta de Lago gave them a star turn to win the $300,000 (Australian funds) event for distaffers by two lengths.