Headlines for Tuesday, May 3, 2005

  • Youbet Makes Deal With CBS SportsLine.com

    Youbet.com and CBS SportsLine.com announced an agreement May 3 making Youbet the exclusive horseracing content provider for the Internet sports media Web site.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Bellamy's the Boss

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - The "new" Churchill Downs will provide a spectacular setting, and the Thoroughbred foal crop of 2002 has brought forth an intriguing group of candidates...

  • Won't Get Fooled Again

    <i>By Lenny Shulman</i> - In its first big test under the new, open, responsive management of executive director Ingrid Fermin, the California Horse Racing Board proved itself quite capable of continuing the Keystone Kops routine perfected by the regime of former executive director Roy Wood.

  • Afleet Alex hopes to follow Arkansas Derby win with a victory in Saturday&#39;s Kentucky Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Afleet Beat Goes On

    There isn't much more to say about Afleet Alex that hasn't been said before. Well, come to think of it, maybe there is. Alex was the star of the morning, being the only worker. He also was the center of attention at an informal auction to benefit cancer research.

  • Kentucky Derby 131 Notes - Tuesday, May 3

    Cash is King Stable's Afleet Alex completed his major preparation for the 131st Kentucky Derby by working a half-mile in :48.40 under Derby rider Jeremy Rose this morning.

  • Determination Lands Gallant Secret in Oaks

    It took plenty of determination – from breeder/owner James Fortney and trainer James Jackson – to get the filly Gallant Secret into Friday's Kentucky Oaks. Now she gets her shot at the big girls. "We're here to win," says Fortney.

  • Sultry Song to Shuttle to Argentina

    Millionaire Sultry Song, whose son Singletary won last year's NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will stand the Southern Hemisphere season at Haras Arroyo de Luna in Argentina.

  • Millionaire Kela Retired

    Millionaire Kela, a grade I winner and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), has been retired from racing because of a nagging ankle injury.

  • NBC Inks 5-Year Deal for Derby, Preakness

    Continuing a relationship that began in 2001, NBC Sports has reached an agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment/Maryland Jockey Club to telecast the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes an additional five years, from 2006 to 2010.

  • Champion Fantastic Light's First Winner

    International champion Fantastic Light came through with his first winner May 2 when his daughter Peace And Love won at five furlongs at Kempton Park.

  • For Zito, Multi-Tasking Is A Blessing

    "Come on six! Stay up three! Get out of there 12! Where's the four? Who's that?" These may sound like the common shouts of an overzealous, exotics-playing railbird, but on Saturday, it just might be something you hear from as esteemed a place as the Churchill Downs box of New York-born trainer Nick Zito.

  • Flint Pleased with Post One for Runway Model

    Immediately after post positions were drawn for Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), trainer Bernie Flint enthusiastically said, "I like that" in response to his Runway Model drawing post one for the 1 1/8-mile race.

  • Jerry Bailey is high on High Fly.

    Bailey High on High Fly

    Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey said he is excited about his mount on Florida Derby (gr. I) winner High Fly for what could be the rider's last trip in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 7.

  • After Lots of Travel, Lumpkins Returns to Delaware

    Jockey Jason Lumpkins won his first race in 1988 at Delaware Park. And after many travels that took him to the Midwest and West Coast, Lumpkins is back at Delaware Park for the 2005 meet.

  • Florida Lawmakers Differ on Slots, Tax Rate

    The Florida House voted May 2 to limit Broward County pari-mutuel facilities to bingo-based gambling machines rather than traditional slot machines and to take 55% of the revenue in taxes. The Senate, meanwhile, wants regular slot machines and a much lower tax rate.

  • Trainer Tim Ritchey, right, and horse owner B. Wayne Hughes, left, after auction of Northern Afleet season.

    B. Wayne Hughes Goes To $37,000 for Good Cause

    A chilly Tuesday morning on the Churchill Downs backstretch brought out the warmth in the heart of B. Wayne Hughes. The owner of possible dual Kentucky Derby (gr. I) entrants Greeley's Galaxy and Don't Get Mad matched Afleet Alex's majority owner/partner Charles Zacney bid for bid, landing a 2006 no guarantee season right to Afleet Alex's sire Northern Afleet--all in the name of charity.

  • MEC Banks on Profitability--and Slots--by 2007

    Magna Entertainment Corp., which registered a $25-million decline in net income in the last year, expects to post a net loss for 2005 but is banking on profitability--and operation of slot machines in three states--by the end of 2007.

  • Afleet Alex, in his final Kentucky Derby workout Tuesday.

    Afleet Alex Looks Good in Final Derby Prep

    Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex was the only contender for Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) to put in his final workout Tuesday, and the son of Northern Afleet again showed his fitness by breezing a half-mile in :48 2/5 at Churchill Downs.

  • Irish Stallion Alzao Sires 100th Stakes Winner

    Some five weeks after Ashford Stud stallion Woodman sired his 100th stakes winner, the outfit's parent company, Irish-based Coolmore Stud, welcomed another member of its stallion corps to the century club. Alzao, a 25-year-old Northern Dancer grandson who stands at Coolmore, joined his sire, Lyphard, in the exclusive group

  • Flower Alley, a May 7, 2002, foal.

    Birthday Boys: Dates of Birth Vary for Derby Contenders

    All horses foaled in the Northern Hemisphere have the universal birth date of Jan. 1 as their official age of racing, but not all of this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders are actually 3-year-olds as of yet. Who's the oldest? Who's the youngest? Whose birth date is actually Derby day, May 7?