Headlines for Wednesday, July 13, 2005

  • Both rider Willie Martinez and Stars and Glitter are covered in mud after winning the 4th race in front of a record crowd on a rain-soaked opening day at Ellis Park.

    Ellis Park Opens With Success Despite Rain

    Wet weather didn't keep fans from coming out on opening day at Ellis Park Wednesday to begin the track's 82nd meet. An attendance mark under its current owner was established.

  • Virginia Derby Missing Prado, Scrappy T

    Jockey Edgar Prado, who has won the Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT) three consecutive years, won't have a chance to go down swinging for his own "Grand Slam." Prado had opportunities to ride in the $750,000 grass test for 3-year-olds but kept his commitment to ride other horses.

  • Kentucky Can't Pinpoint Origin of Strangles Cases

    Kentucky legislators received assurances July 13 the state is well equipped to handle future equine disease outbreaks, but they got no answers to questions about the origin of the strangles cases earlier this spring at the Churchill Downs Trackside Training Center.

  • Expansion of Critical Kentucky Lab About to Begin

    The long-awaited expansion of the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, made possible through an $8.5-million appropriation from the Kentucky General Assembly this spring, is about to begin and could be completed in about two years, officials said.

  • Rich In Spirit sends her regrets to Sweet Talker.

    Seven Try Rich in Spirit in the Virginia Oaks

    Glen Hill Farm's Rich in Spirit figures to be heavily favored in Saturday's $200,000 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs. The 1 1/8-mile turf race kicks off an all-stakes Pick 3 that also consists of the Mede Cahaba All Along Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr, IIIT) and Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT).

  • Three Handicapping Contest Berths at Stake

    Fans may now register for the 2005 Claiming Crown Handicapping Contest keyed to the July 16 Claiming Crown at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. The online contest challenges handicappers to pick one horse in each of the 11 live races run that day.

  • Jo Anne Normile Wins Dogwood Dominion Award

    Jo Anne Normile, founder of the innovative Michigan-based horse rescue operation CANTER (Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex Racehorses) which saves low-level claimers from slaughter, has been awarded the 2005 Dogwood Dominion Award.

  • Shapiro is Keynote Speaker at Round Table Conference

    Mark Shapiro, executive vice president who oversees programming and production for ESPN networks and ABC Sports, will deliver the keynote address at The Jockey Club's 53rd annual Round Table Conference in Saratoga Springs Aug. 21.

  • Wife of Joe Spadaro dead at 61

    Norine Spadaro, wife of Joe Spadaro, deputy executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, died Monday morning following a long illness. She was 61.

  • Study Documents Demographics of New York Breeding Program

    The typical New York Thoroughbred breeding farm is family owned and operated, less than 100 acres in size and reliant upon awards from the New York breeding program and other non-farm income to operate, according to a survey released Wednesday by the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. and Friends of New York Racing, Inc.

  • You and I, Golden Gear, D's Bertrando Moved

    Grade I winner You and I, sire of millionaire filly You, and other stallions Golden Gear and D's Bertrando will be relocated to Sue Hubbard and Associates near Creston, Calif.