Headlines for Tuesday, August 23, 2005

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Friends in Need

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - There is a very good reason people are suspicious about Tim Smith's motives in his role as president of Friends of New York Racing, the industry funded think tank and research group behind the proposal to change the business model under which racing in the Empire State is run.

  • Dream Works

    <i>By Joe Hickey</i> - Fanciful locker room tales aside, grown men are prone to sports fantasies worthy of young boys: catching a Tom Brady spiral to win the title game; walking into the clubhouse at Pinehurst or Torrey Pines with a two-stroke lead; crushing Randy Johnson's high heat for a walk-off home run; or hoisting the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trophy aloft for all the world to covet.

  • They're Chomping at Bit for Polytrack 'Trial' Races

    The first pari-mutuel race on the new Polytrack at Turfway Park isn't scheduled until the evening of Sept. 7, but trainers have showed they're anxious to try it out by entering enough horses for three exhibition events the morning of Aug. 24.

  • Leading Illinois Stallion Cartwright Dead

    Cartwright, who appears poised for another sire title in Illinois, was euthanized Aug. 10 after breaking his right femur in an accident in an Illinois veterinary clinic.

  • Gilchrist Seeking Out Foes for Lost in the Fog

    With the defection of Bellamy Road from the Aug. 27 King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) to run instead in the $1-million Travers (gr. I), Lost in the Fog once again looks to have a race at his mercy, something trainer Greg Gilchrist has mixed feelings about.

  • AHC Horse Industry Study Available

    The American Horse Council announced Aug. 22 that its "Economic Impact of the Horse Industry Study" is now available for sale to the general public. The study finds that the horse industry in the U. S. contributes $39 billion in direct economic impact to the economy and supports 1.4 million jobs on a full-time basis.

  • Robert Bone, Rick Arthur Honored by TOC

    The Thoroughbred Owners of California awarded its Owner of the Year honor to Robert Bone - for the second year in a row - at the TOC Annual Meeting Aug. 13 at Del Mar. TOC also recognized veterinarian Rick Arthur with its Chairman's Award.

  • TVG/TOC Announce Winners of Film Contest

    TVG Network and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) have announced the winners for the first TVG/TOC Short Film Contest, in which amateur filmmakers producing short films about Thoroughbred horseracing competed for $20,000 in cash prizes and an internship at TVG.

  • Afleet Alex Progressing; BC Classic Questionable

    Trainer Tim Ritchey said Tuesday that Preakness and Belmont (both gr. I) winner Afleet Alex's fracture is healing nicely, but with an extra week of walking prescribed, there is a question whether the colt can make the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

  • Wood Memorial winner Bellamy Road will be entered in the Travers.

    Bellamy Road Enters Travers Picture

    Trainer Nick Zito said Tuesday morning that Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road will make his long awaited return to the races in the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I), instead of the King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I), the race that was originally on his schedule. Both races are Saturday at Saratoga.

  • Montjeu Filly Tops Deauville Sale

    A filly by Montjeu topped the select portion of the Deauville sale Monday in France, with a final bid of 580,000 euros (about $710,000).

  • With Approval Sold to Lanwades in England

    With Approval, for years one of North America's top turf stallions, has been acquired by Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud from a syndicate for stallion duty.