Headlines for Friday, April 29, 2005

  • Railbird Feels Inspiring for Baffert

    Bob & Beverly Lewis's Inspiring, unbeaten winner of last summer's Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar before a recent setback in Santa Anita's Santa Paula Stakes, is the likely favorite among eight 3-year-old fillies contesting Sunday's $100,000 Railbird Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

  • Funny Cide Totes 127 in Kings Point

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide will rejoin the New York-bred ranks Sunday when he makes his 5-year-old debut in the featured $75,000-added Kings Point Handicap at nine furlongs, the final day of the Aqueduct meeting.

  • Miracle Return of Mister Acpen in Inglewood

    Mister Acpen, a 7-year-old Chilean-bred whose life may have been saved by finding refuge in The Netherlands, returns from a 16-month layoff Saturday as one of the contenders in Hollywood Park's $100,000-added Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

  • Derby Halter Auction to Benefit Kids to the Cup

    Kids to the Cup, the national non-profit charitable organization that educates young racing fans, with the support of John E's Restaurant in Louisville, will auction off halters worn by participants in this year's 131st Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on eBay. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Kids to the Cup.

  • Prairie Meadows to Offer '50-Cent Pick 4'

    Bettors on Prairie Meadows races can roll two quarters together into one of the hottest trends to hit the national gaming industry – the 50-Cent Pick 4 Wager – on May 3.

  • Macaw Loops Field to Take Fifth Third Elkhorn

    Irish-bred Macaw drew in from the also-eligible list for Keeneland's Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIIT) with the scratch of morning line favorite Magistretti, then looped the entire field to win Friday's $200,000 closing-day feature by 2 1/2 lengths.

  • Lexington Stakes winner Coin Silver will be ridden by Pat Valenzuela in the Kentucky Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: PVal to Ride Coin Silver, General John B Out

    An ugly, rainy morning, and no Kentucky Derby (gr. I) works made for a funky Friday. The Derby lost one prospective starter when it was announced General John B will not run due to a tendon injury to his left front leg. On the jockey front was the announcement that Pat Valenzuela will ride Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) winner Coin Silver.

  • Rugula Works, Trainer Leans Toward Oaks

    Canadian trainer Grant Forster admitted track conditions at Churchill Downs Friday morning were less than ideal after overnight rain showers, but that didn't stop him from working out probable Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Rugula.

  • Breeders' Cup Inks Eight-Year Deal With ESPN

    The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be televised on ESPN beginning in 2006 under an eight-year contract between the two parties, officials announced April 29. Financial details weren't released, but officials called it a "revenue-sharing" package designed to help racing capitalize on multimedia and technology.

  • Youbet.com Has Strong Quarter; Eyes Expansion

    Youbet.com registered double-digit increases in handle and total revenue for the first quarter of 2005, which helped boost net income for the online wagering company from $15,000 in the first quarter of 2004 to $1.03 million this year.

  • Atlantic City Opens Amid Reports of Sale

    Amid reports of a sale to a major outdoors retailer and use of its mostly vacant grandstand by homeless people, Atlantic City Race Course is prepared for four days of live turf racing beginning April 29 with a steeplechase program.

  • Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero, aboard a Todd Pletcher-trained horse at Churchill Downs.

    Hall of Fame Jockey Cordero 'On Vacation' at Churchill Downs

    When horses from the Todd Pletcher barn go to the track at Churchill Downs for morning workouts, one exercise rider attracts more attention than the others. Observers know his face but often ask themselves, "Is that Angel?" The answer is yes, Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. is exercising horses for Pletcher,