Headlines for Thursday, June 23, 2005

  • Pataki Sees 'Significant NYRA Reform' in Deal

    The New York Racing Association will be placed under the watchful eye of a state oversight panel, Gov. George Pataki announced June 23, while the bidding process for the rights to the franchise to operate NYRA's three tracks will be accelerated.

  • Megahertz Dominates Beverly Hills Cast

    Megahertz, the West Coast's leading female turf runner, will attempt to snare one major grass stake that has eluded her on Saturday when carrying top weight of 124 pounds in Hollywood Park's $200,000 Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/4 miles.

  • Illinois Champs Featured in Prairie State Races

    Four Illinois divisional champions from 2004 are prominent among 65 horses entered for the six $75,000-added stakes races that comprise the sixth annual Prairie State Festival to be held Saturday at Arlington Park.

  • Graded Winner Halo Homewrecker to Australia

    Halo Homewrecker, a graded stakes winner by Southern Halo, has been purchased by Collingrove Stud for stallion duty at the Australia nursery located in Victoria.

  • Summerly Heads Strong Divisional Test in Mother Goose

    A field of six fillies passed the entry box for Saturday's Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The 1 1/8-mile contest features a who's who of 3-year-olds and marks the grade I debut of Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) winner Spun Sugar. She'll need to get by Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) star Summerly, though, if she is to take home top prize.

  • Taylor's Special Arrives at Old Friends

    Taylor's Special, a Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner and millionaire, arrived June 15 at Old Friends retirement home at Alfred Nuckols Jr.'s Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky.

  • Six Vie In Competitive Aristides

    A field of six sprinters has drawn for Saturday's $150,000 Aristides Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. Run in honor of the first Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner in 1875, graded stakes winners Battle Won, Bwana Charlie, and Gators N Bears head an even half-dozen going six furlongs over the main track.

  • Giant's Causeway, will not stand at stud in Australia this year.

    Giant's Causeway Not Shuttling to Australia

    Coolmore's Giant's Causeway, racing's latest sensation sire with three group I winners this year, will not shuttle as planned to Coolmore's Australian stallion station in New South Wales.

  • Derby Painting to be Unveiled

    "Golden Trifecta," a painting by artist and author Robert Clark, will be unveiled Sunday, June 26, at an event sponsored by Media Thoroughbred Group, which offers racing partnerships.

  • Graded Winner Rare Gift Retired

    Rare Gift, a New York graded stakes winner, has been retired from racing after suffering an injury during a third-place finish in the June 18 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.