Headlines for Wednesday, March 9, 2005

  • Jeff Mullins, anxious to put controversy behind him.

    Mullins Says Columnist Used Quotes Out of Context

    Trainer Jeff Mullins, center of controversy over comments made in Sunday's Los Angeles <i>Times</i>, expressed regret that his remarks offended anyone and contended that the article's author, columnist T.J. Simers, used his quotes entirely out of context.

  • Racing Novelist William Murray Dies

    Author William Murray, a writer whose series of popular mysteries featuring "Shifty" Lou Anderson blended racetrack characters, magic, and intrigue, died early Wednesday morning from an apparent heart attack at the age of 78.

  • Storm Surge seeks to duplicate his Le Comte victory in the Louisiana Derby.

    California Invaders Top Louisiana Derby Field

    For Virginia Kraft Payson's Scipion, the long stretch at Fair Grounds beckons once again, as the Patrick Biancone-trained colt returns to New Orleans for the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) Saturday in an attempt to duplicate his stirring victory in the Feb. 12 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III).

  • Roman Ruler Gets Much-Needed Mile Drill

    Grade II winner Roman Ruler, getting ready for a start March 19 in either the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita or the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, worked a mile from the gate at Santa Anita Wednesday in 1:38 3/5.

  • Yearling Record Set at Millions' Perth Sale

    As Australia's summer of yearling sales continued all the way across to Western Australia this time, like everywhere else on earth, buyers came to plunder. And it resulted in a WA yearling record.

  • Jockey Chris McCarron among guests at John Henry&#39;s 30th birthday celebration.

    Fans Celebrate John Henry's 30th Birthday

    A crowd of more than 200 fans and friends of John Henry gathered Wednesday afternoon to wish the five-time Eclipse Award winner a happy 30th birthday at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.

  • Badge of Silver hopes to continue his winning ways in Saturday&#39;s New Orleans &#39;Cap.

    $500,000 New Orleans Handicap Beckons Competitive Nine

    A talented group of nine older horses--including seven graded stakes winners--will battle in Saturday's New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds with $500,000 on the line. Highweight Pollard's Vision and second-highweighted Badge of Silver will have to contend with Arthur Hancock's Wanderin Boy.

  • Kingmambo to remain out of action for three more weeks.

    Kingmambo Taken Out of Stud Duty

    Prominent stallion Kingmambo, who was taken out of stallion duty in late February at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., because of an injured leg, will spend about three more weeks on the sidelines due to an arthritic condition in his lower neck.

  • Runway Model to Make Seasonal Debut in FG Oaks

    Graded stakes winner Runway Model will make her seasonal debut Saturday when she breaks from post six in the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), going 1 1/16 miles at the New Orleans oval.

  • Oaklawn, Keeneland, NTRA To Offer National Pick Four

    Anchored by two major prep races for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), a National Pick 4 wager will be offered on Saturday, April 16 by Oaklawn Park and Keeneland, in conjunction with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

  • Churchill Downs president and CEO Tom Meeker.

    Meeker Says Churchill Will Continue to Pursue Alternative Gaming in Florida

    Following the defeat Tuesday of a referendum that would have permitted slot-machine gaming at Churchill Downs Inc.-owned Calder Race Course in Florida's Miami-Dade County, company president and chief executive officer Tom Meeker said CDI is encouraged by slots approval in a neighboring county and would continue to seek alternative gaming.

  • Clock Stopper Set to Unwind in Richter Scale

    Trainer Dallas Stewart is set to unwind Clock Stopper on South Florida when the speedy son of Gilded Time takes the gate for Saturday's Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), going seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park.

  • New York Regulator Takes Top RCI Post

    Edward Martin, currently executive director of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, will take over as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Racing Commissioners International in April.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    The Big Chill

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Human sports and racing have faced the same challenge: the cheaters are ahead of the labs.

  • Never Can Say Goodbye

    <i>By Larry Levin</i> - What does a jockey have to do to be banned from Thoroughbred racing?