Headlines for Wednesday, August 24, 2005

  • Bejarano Returns to Action Saturday

    Rafael Bejarano, who was sidelined with a fractured ankle less than one week into the Saratoga meet, will return to racing this weekend. The 24-year-old jockey received clearance to begin galloping horses in Kentucky on Tuesday and worked several Wednesday morning.

  • Ribbon Cut for Laurel's New Turf Course

    Officials of the Maryland Jockey Club hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the opening of its new turf course at Laurel Park. Twenty-one horses galloped and worked over the lush greenery for the first time this morning.

  • Ribbon Cut for Laurel's New Turf Course

    Officials of the Maryland Jockey Club hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the opening of its new turf course at Laurel Park. Twenty-one horses galloped and worked over the lush greenery for the first time this morning.

  • New York Turf Writers Auction Raises $18,000

    A silent auction at the New York Turf Writers Association's 82nd annual awards dinner and dance on Monday raised just over $18,000 for the benefit of Thoroughbred charities.

  • Naughty New Yorker Rallies in Albany

    Fox Ridge Farm's Naughty New Yorker beat Carminooch by a half-length Wednesday in the $150,000 Albany Stakes for 3-year-old New York-breds at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Champion Ashado One to Beat in Personal Ensign

    Starlight Stables and partners' Ashado is arguably the dominant older filly and mare in North America. The questions remaining are: Can she get any better? And, can anyone get close to her?

  • Adirondack winner Folklore looks to grab second Spa win in Friday's Spinaway Stakes.

    Folklore Seeks Larger Story in Spinaway

    A cast of seven fillies will line up for distinction Friday in the 114th running of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Saratoga. Last month's Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) winner over the track, Folklore, looks to join 2004 Spinaway winner Society Selection and 2003 star Ashado, both of whom used this race as a springboard to grade I Spa glory.

  • DeVito Named President of NTRA Productions

    Veteran television executive Basil DeVito Jr., who served as senior vice president for television and sponsorship for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association from 1998-99, has rejoined the organization as president of NTRA Productions.

  • Lost in the Fog Big Favorite in King's Bishop

    With Bellamy Road opting for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) on the same card, Harry Aleo's unbeaten Lost in the Fog looks to be an overwhelming favorite, once again, when he faces six opponents in Saturday's seven-furlong King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I).

  • Horse Channel Names Falleroni Vice President

    The Horse Channel, the first 24/7television channel devoted exclusively to horses and the equestrian lifestyles, has named Rachel Falleroni, formerly with Showtime Networks in New York vice president of programming and planning.

  • Trainer Nick Zito, right, is interviewed by NYRA announcer Tom Durkin during Wednesday's Travers Stakes post position draw.

    Minus Classic Winners, Travers Draws Competitive Field of Seven

    Despite the absence of this year's two classic winners, Giacomo and Afleet Alex, Saturday's $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) drew a talented and competitive field of seven today, headed by Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Roman Ruler and Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Flower Alley.

  • Jockey Club Rule Changed; Inspections Possible of Early Foals

    The Jockey Club has announced a change in its Stud Book rules that will permit representatives of the organization to physically inspect horses. According to a release, the rule change was made to insure the accurate foaling date of foals listed as born right after the first of the year.

  • Cherokee's Boy, Purge Likely to Top Iselin Field

    Cherokee's Boy, winner of the Salvator Mile (gr. III) at Monmouth last out, and Purge, who romped in an allowance race the Haskell Invitational Day card, look set to top a field of six in Sunday's 70th running of the $250,000 Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III).

  • Mr. Prospector Son Act of Duty to Bridlewood

    Act of Duty, the fifth-highest-priced yearling colt of 2001 and a half-brother to Afleet Alex's sire, will enter stud at Arthur I. Appleton's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla.