Headlines for Friday, February 25, 2005

  • Victory U.S.A. Stands Out in Las Flores Field

    On the sidelines for nearly seven months, the Bob Baffert-trained grade II winner Victory U.S.A. returns to action Sunday as the likely favorite in the $100,00 Las Flores Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita.

  • MM Record-Setting Colt Gets Second Chance

    Every new owner's nightmare occurred on Friday in Adelaide when the Magic Millions record-breaking Fusaichi Pegasus colt failed his scope and voided the sale, it was officially announced Feb. 25.

  • Education on Sale Code of Ethics to Start at Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

    It's been pretty quiet since the Sales Integrity Task Force released its code of ethics for public Thoroughbred auctions late last year. But that will change beginning with the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training on Tuesday at Calder Race Course, according to WinStar Farm co-owner Bill Casner, who heads a committee formed to publicize the code of ethics.

  • Estrapade, winning the Oak Tree Invitational.

    Champion Estrapade Dies at Age 25

    Estrapade, winner of an Eclipse Award as champion female turf horse, died from an apparent heart attack at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky. Friday. She was 25.

  • Long-Term Solutions Sought on Insurance

    Though racing companies and racetracks in major jurisdictions have taken steps to increase minimum insurance benefits for jockeys injured on track, an industry working group continues to look for long-term solutions and expand the coverage to all tracks.

  • Cajun Pepper Spices Up Borderland Derby Field

    Undefeated Cajun Pepper will make his 3-year-old debut by leading a dozen sophomores to the gate for Sunday's $100,000 Borderland Derby, going 1 1/16 miles at Sunland Park. The Borderland Derby is the final local prep for the April 2, $500,000 WinStar Sunland Park Derby.

  • Champion Sweet Catomine, has been nominated to the Fountain of Youth Stakes.

    Weather to Determine Sweet Catomine's Next Start

    Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's Sweet Catomine, last year's juvenile filly champ, has been nominated to the March 5 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), and could run in the nine-furlong race at Florida's Gulfstream Park if the bad weather in Southern California hampers her training, trainer Julio Canani said Friday.

  • Rockport Harbor, in Oaklawn Park workout Friday.

    Rockport Harbor, Afleet Alex, Consolidator Work at Oaklawn Park

    Fox Hill Farm's undefeated Rockport Harbor served notice that he is fully recovered from the foot bruise suffered last week by working seven furlongs at Oaklawn Park Friday in 1:27 2/5 over a fast track as he progresses toward his 3-year-old debut in the March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. III).

  • Sunrise Song Leads Way at Inglis Auction

    Sunrise Song, a 4-year-old bay gelding by Song of Tara, brought Aus$28,000 to top the Inglis & Son summer mixed sale Friday in Sydney, Australia.

  • HKJC Launches Silent Witness Web Site

    Sprint sensation Silent Witness, who is a perfect 14-for-14 and was 2004 Horse of the Year in Hong Kong, will soon have his own Web site. The Hong Kong Jockey Club will launch the site Feb. 26 to honor the horse that <i>Time</i> magazine voted as one of the "people" that mattered most in 2004.