Headlines for Thursday, February 3, 2005

  • Trainer Cronk Wins Three at Tampa Bay

    Trainer Sam Cronk made three trips to the Tampa Bay Downs winners' on Thursday giving them a big boost in their respective standings at the Oldsmar oval.

  • Record Payoff of $799,191 at Gulfstream

    A record Gulfstream Park Pick Six payoff of $799,191, the largest non-Breeders' Cup Pick 6 payoff in Florida history, was established Thursday at the Hallandale Beach oval.

  • Sweet Catomine

    Canani Enthused With Sweet Catomine's Drill

    Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Wygod's homebred champion Sweet Catomine, getting ready for her next start, likely the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) March 13, worked five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track Thursday morning.

  • Proud Accolade

    Devil at Sea May Cause Waves in Hutcheson

    Juvenile graded stakes winners Proud Accolade, Park Avenue Ball, and Defer square off as part of a small field for Saturday's $150,000 Hutcheson (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, but lightly raced Devil at Sea could be the surprise package.

  • Kela Tops Deputy Minister Field

    Jay Manoogian's grade I winner Kela, who was runner up to Speightstown in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Lone Star Park, tops a field of seven in Saturday's $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Sunland Park Jockey Suffers Serious Injury

    Jockey Josh Boyd remains in "critical condition under evaluation" after he was thrown from his horse and trampled by another in the seventh race at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino last Sunday.

  • Prices Soar at Tattersalls February Sale

    The Tattersalls February mixed sale enjoyed a record-setting performance Thursday in Newmarket, England, posting its largest ever gross revenue, average price, and median price.

  • Alfonsina, Toll Taker Topweighted in Old Hat

    New York graded stakes winner Toll Taker and New York graded stakes-placed Alfonsina share the topweight of 119 pounds in Saturday's Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Disabled Rider Receives Awaited Payment from Guild

    A permanently disabled jockey that claimed the Jockeys' Guild wasn't reimbursing him for medical and Guild-related expenses because of his public criticism of Guild management has been partially compensated.

  • Roses in May

    Roses in May, Don of the Donn

    A field of six will contest the 47th running of the grade I Donn Handicap, traditionally the opening salvo of the handicap divisional season. This year's edition includes 2004 Eclipse Award finalist Roses in May and last year's Clark Handicap (gr. II) winner St. Liam--both of whom tussled with Horse of the Year Ghostzapper.

  • Declan's Moon continues to prep for his 2005 debut.

    Declan's Moon, Rockport Harbor Work Toward Seasonal Debuts

    Two undefeated colts, Declan's Moon and Rockport Harbor, worked Thursday morning at Santa Anita and Oaklawn Park, respectively, in preparation for their 3-year-old debuts. Declan's Moon turned in a sharp five furlongs in :59 4/5, while Rockport Harbor went the same distance in 1:02 1/5.

  • Zito Readies for Big Weekend at Gulfstream Park

    Trainer Nick Zito is preparing for a big weekend at Gulfstream Park, saddling runners in the Donn Handicap (gr. I), Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II), Old Hat Stakes (gr. III), and Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III), as well as celebrating his 57th birthday.

  • American Patriot to Stand at Hurstland

    American Patriot, a 5-year-old son of Mr. Prospector from the female family of major turf sire Silver Hawk, will stand at Alfred Nuckols Jr.'s Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Black Minnaloushe Colt Tops New Zealand Sale's Select Session

    The premier session of New Zealand's Karaka yearling sale ended on Wednesday ... or at least it was supposed to. When the yearlings for Thursday's select session usually sell, the prices plummet because these are the horses that barely attract a buyer into the auditorium. Not this year, however.

  • Kentucky Panel Proposes Workers' Comp Fund

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, in a race against the legislative clock, moved Feb. 2 to submit recommendations to Gov. Ernie Fletcher for creation of a workers' compensation fund that would cover jockeys and exercise riders at racetracks and some training facilities.

  • Garland to Retire as NJSEA Executive

    Bruce Garland, the senior executive vice president of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority who began his career in racing with the New Jersey Racing Commission, will retire at the end of this year.