Headlines for Monday, April 25, 2005

  • Trainer Tim Ritchey, on horses: "You cannot baby them."

    Trainer Uses Unorthodox Methods With Afleet Alex

    As a budding athlete in grade school, Tim Ritchey recalls, he did "two-a-day" drills as a member of the football team. Now, Ritchey is applying those lessons learned at a young age, along with lessons learned as a trainer of show horses and a healthy dose of what he calls "common sense," in his training of Afleet Alex, one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Handle Increases at Gulfstream Park

    Despite extensive renovations that necessitated the use of temporary facilities throughout the season, Gulfstream Park concluded its 2005 meet with a 1.7% gain in average daily handle from all sources.

  • Kentucky Oaks Contenders Hit Track

    As Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) day draws closer, a number of 3-year-old fillies hit the Churchill Downs oval over the weekend in advance of the May 6 race.

  • KEEP Sets Membership Goal of 10,000 This Year

    The Kentucky Equine Education Project had more than 6,000 members as of mid-April, but the board of directors has set a goal of 10,000 members by the end of this year.

  • Eight Beguiled by Keeneland's Bewitch Stakes

    A nicely matched field of eight fillies and mares is set to challenge in the 44th running of the Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland Race Course Wednesday. Topped by morning line favorite Angara, and second-choice Cape Town Lass, the field will contest 1-1/2 miles over the Lexington track's turf course.

  • 'Rocky OK But is Off Triple Crown Trail

    Rockport Harbor, who finished sixth in Saturday's Lexington Stakes (gr. II) as the 3-5 favorite, emerged from the race in "great physical condition" but will no longer be pointed toward the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) or other two legs of the Triple Crown, according to owner Rick Porter.

  • Survivalist Breezes Sharp 5 Furlongs, But Will Pass on Derby

    Ogden Mills Phipps' Gotham (gr. III) winner Survivalist breezed five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Belmont Park Monday morning, but trainer Shug McGaughey said he has decided not to run the colt in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and will point instead to the Withers Stakes (gr. II).

  • British Hunt Season Ends With Controversy

    Britain's National Hunt season for 2004/2005 ended in rancor April 23 when trainer Martin Pipe was accused of jeopardizing the welfare of his horses in his attempt to win a 10th successive trainers' championship.