Headlines for Wednesday, April 27, 2005

  • New 'Turf Trifecta' Planned at Arlington

    Arlington Park plans to showcase its turf racing during the 2005 season by offering the Turf Trifecta, a $100,000 guaranteed gross trifecta pool offered on every race that is actually run on the turf at on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

  • Chief Planner Nears Comeback After Two Years

    Golden Eagle Farm's homebred Chief Planner, who hasn't started since winning the 2003 Snow Chief Stakes for California-breds by seven lengths more than two years ago, has returned to training and may be ready to race again before the end of the current Hollywood Park meet, trainer Bob Baffert said.

  • CHRB Withdraws Canani, Mullins Complaints

    Complaints against trainers Julio Canani and Jeff Mullins were withdrawn Wednesday by the California Horse Racing Board after it was advised that evidence failed to support the charges in either case.

  • Kentucky Derby 131 Notes - Wednesday, April 27

    Wednesday's top stories: Consolidator breezes five furlongs for Lukas; works for Zito duo hinge on weather conditions; Baffert saus Sort It Out now possible for Derby.

  • Frequent Flyer Desormeaux Starts Hot in Japan

    Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux will ride occasionally at the current Hollywood Park meet but is doing so well in Japan that he will spend much of the spring and summer there.

  • Valenzuela Off Mounts Until Saturday

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who suffered a knee injury when unseated following the start of the fourth race at Hollywood Park April 22 and has not ridden since, will rest his aching knee until Saturday, agent Ronnie Ebanks said Wednesday.

  • Baffert Goes to Bench for Railbird Pair

    Trainer Bob Baffert initially hoped to run No Bull Baby in the $100,000-added Railbird Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park Sunday. But after the stakes-winning filly suffered a career-ending ankle injury training at Santa Anita last week, Baffert will go to the bench.

  • Jockey Gary Stevens wins the Bewitch aboard Angara, Wednesday at Keeneland.

    Angara Inches Away to Take Bewitch

    Angara inched away down the Keeneland stretch to take the April 27 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 1 3/4 lengths over Cape Town Lass, with Strike Me Lucky three lengths back in third. A daughter of Alzao, Angara covered the 1 1/2-mile distance over a turf course rated good in 2:36.24.

  • Guild Calls Insurance Report 'Wholly Inadequate'

    The Jockeys' Guild has slammed a report issued by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Jockey Accident Insurance Working Group, claiming it serves to facilitate the agenda of racetracks and ignores exercise riders. The Guild also takes issue with a recommendation that jockeys help pay the cost of upgraded on-track accident insurance.

  • Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey.

    Bailey Hopes High Fly Lifts Him Into Winner's Circle

    After a one-year hiatus from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey is back, seeking his third win in the classic. Bailey, 47, who also just released his autobiography "Against the Odds: Riding for My Life," is booked to ride Florida Derby (gr. I) winner High Fly for trainer Nick Zito.