Headlines for Wednesday, February 9, 2005

  • Churchill Launches 'Speakers Bureau'

    Churchill Downs has launched its first-ever "Speakers Bureau" to make representatives from all areas of the historic track available for participation in events and gatherings sponsored by business, community, and social groups.

  • Steve Asmussen goes for first-ever Silverbulletday win with favored Summerly.

    Summerly Heating Up for Silverbulletday

    Summerly, a dominating allowance winner for trainer Steve Asmussen in her last start, is the morning line choice in Saturday's $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds.

  • Eclipse winner John Velasquez will ride Todd Pletcher's Harlington in Saturday's Risen Star.

    Harlington Taking Big Step in Risen Star

    The regally-bred Harlington, a $2.8 million yearling purchase who has won his two races to date, is the 3-1 favorite in a field of 11 sophomores entered for Saturday's $150,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.

  • Haskin: Should we look elsewhere than obvious Saturday winners like Proud Accolade (above) for true Derby prospects?

    Kentucky Derby Trail: 'Great Bandini' Takes Center Ring

    With each big weekend of stakes races, the 3-year-old picture is supposed to get a little clearer. But that doesn't seem to be the case any longer. In fact, over the past several years, the opposite has been true. So it was this past weekend, when we had to turn to non-stakes events to find potential Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders.

  • Cross Gate Gallery Celebrates Anniversary

    Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington will celebrate their 30th year in business on March 4 by hosting a live auction to benefit The Lexington Foundation.

  • Classic Spotlight: Don't Get Mad

    In 2004, Stephen Got Even created a sensation when 17 of his 2-year-olds in training averaged a healthy $358,529, led by a $3.1 million colt out of Blacktie Bid. That colt, Dubai Dreamer, finished second in his only start to date. Another colt, out of Class On Class, was not quite so pricey, selling for $350,000, but so far he is two for two, and his connections can hardly be blamed if they are starting to have Derby dreams. His name is Don't Get Mad.

  • Classic Spotlight: Defer & Survivalist

    This year, Ogden Mills Phipps is represented by two possible Triple Crown contenders in Defer and Survivalist. Both are by Danzig out of Mr. Prospector mares, the same cross as grade/group I winners Pas de Reponse, Brahms, and Dayjur.

  • CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby Returns

    "CITGO Racing to the Kentucky Derby," a nine-show series on the ABC and ESPN networks that provides coverage of key Visa Triple Crown prep races, returns in March, with coverage of the March 5 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) and Swale Stakes (gr. II) from Gulfstream Park.

  • KEEP Representatives to Address House Committee

    The Kentucky Equine Education Project, which has said it strongly supports provisions in Gov. Ernie Fletcher's tax modernization plan that would in part create breed development programs, will have representatives at a Feb. 10 hearing before the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

  • NYRA 'Milkshake' Tests to Begin Feb. 16

    The New York Racing Association will begin pre-race and post-race testing for "milkshakes" Feb. 16 at Aqueduct. Both forms of testing will be performed in an effort to collect data to determine the best method.

  • Sham Stakes winner Going Wild

    Classic Spotlight: Going Wild

    A balance between speed and stamina is the key to the pedigree of Going Wild, winner of the Jan 17 San Miguel Stakes. With early fractions of :21.61 and :44.32 for the San Miguel, he has already demonstrated speed, and his pedigree suggests the endurance to carry that speed over a distance.

  • VTA Stallion Season Auction Ends Wednesday

    The Virginia Thoroughbred Association's expanded Mid-South Stallion Season Auction will conclude today at 8 p.m. Bidding starts at 9 a.m EDT. The auction will benefit the VTA, and has been expanded this year to include the North Carolina and South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Associations.

  • Youbet.com Wants to Buy High-Volume Shop

    Youbet.com, which recently topped the $1-billion mark in handle, announced Feb. 8 it has a letter of intent to acquire International Racing Group, the Curacao-based account wagering company named but not charged in an 88-count federal indictment that alleged illegal gambling.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Galloping Ghost

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Nearing $1 million in earnings, Chindi's days as a runner may be numbered, but they aren't over yet.

  • Advice For Men Only

    <i>By Victor Zast</i> - To men who are true horseplayers, racing is a daily passion that starts with a scan of the entries and ends with a reading of the results.

  • Derby, Oaks Future Wagers Set for First Round

    The most accomplished stars of this year's crop of 3-year-olds--including 2-year-old champion Declan's Moon, 2-year-old filly champion Sweet Catomine, and Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko--are among the 24 wagering interests in the first of three 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools scheduled for Feb. 10-13.