Headlines for Wednesday, June 22, 2005

  • Memorette Gets Green Light for American Oaks

    Trainer Bill Currin gave Memorette the green light for the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park on July 3 after the 3-year-old filly worked five furlongs in 59 seconds over the course Wednesday morning in her first drill on grass.

  • Turf Champ Kitten's Joy Tops Firecracker Noms

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, the Eclipse Award winner as America's turf champion in 2004, heads a group of 36 older turf stars nominated to the $250,000-added Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) on July 4.

  • New York Gov. George Pataki.

    Pataki Proposal Would Speed Up NYRA Bidding Process

    The bidding process for the three-track franchise held by the New York Racing Association would be sharply accelerated and NYRA would come under new oversight by the state government under measures being pushed by Gov. George Pataki.

  • English Stallion Polish Precedent Dead

    Polish Precedent, sire of the multiple group I winners Pilsudski, Rakti, and Pure Grain, died following complications arising from colic surgery Tuesday night.

  • Kentucky Cup Mile Dropped from Kentucky Downs Stakes Program

    In an effort to maintain overnight purses, Kentucky Downs management has decided to drop the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Mile from the stakes program. However, the Yaqthan Stakes, which is also run at one mile for 3-year-olds and up, will receive a purse increase from $40,000 to $50,000.

  • TVG to Present Live Coverage of Inaugural Colonial Turf Cup

    TVG will present live coverage of Saturday's inaugural $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup from Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va. The telecast, which will air from 5-6 p.m. ET, will be simulcast on Fox Sports Net 2, Fox Sports Mid Atlantic, Fox Sports Ohio, and Sun Sports and will be available in 31 million homes.

  • Chattachoochee War Tops Oversubscribed Kent Stakes

    Amerman Racing Stables' Chattahoochee War, winner of the Central Bank Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland, has been installed the lukewarm 4-1 morning-line favorite for the $500,000 Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Delaware Park.

  • Rock Hard Ten, winning the Santa Anita Handicap, is being pointed toward the Breeders' Cup.

    Rock Hard Ten Back Galloping; BC Classic Still in Plans

    Rock Hard Ten, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), is back galloping and is being pointed for the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita, said trainer Dick Mandella, whose ultimate goal is the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).