Headlines for Tuesday, August 9, 2005

  • Motion Not Closing Door on Arlington Million for Better Talk Now

    Trainer Graham Motion said Tuesday during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference he is 90% sure Better Talk Now will start in Saturday's Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course. The trainer held out a slight 10% chance that last year's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner could show up in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington Race Course on the same day.

  • Ohio HBPA Strikes Account Wagering Deals

    The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has approved the transmission of Thoroughbred signals from Ohio to the TV Games Network and XpressBet, and also approved the sending of the signal from Thistledown to Youbet.com. However, it has failed strike a deal with AmericaTAB, the account-wagering company owned by Ohio interests.

  • Bulky Field Still Possible for West Virginia Derby

    With two days before entries are drawn, a field of 10-12 seemed possible for Sunday's $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III), one of nine stakes on an all-stakes program at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort that will rank as the richest day of racing in the history of the state.

  • Kitten's Joy, winning the Firecracker Breeders' Cup, is ready for the Arlington Million.

    Romans, Kitten's Joy Ready for Million

    One year ago trainer Dale Romans saddled 3-year-old Kitten's Joy to an impressive 3 1/4-length win in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park. This year the Kentucky-based trainer hopes to return to the winner's circle when the son of El Prado takes the gate for the Aug. 13 Arlington Million (gr. IT).

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Dream Win

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - The stars were aligned at Saratoga last summer when Marylou Whitney's Birdstone was victorious in the Spa meeting's most prestigious race, the Travers (gr. I). No one personifies Saratoga Springs better than Whitney, whose tireless dedication to fund-raising for numerous charities reaches its zenith during the summer race meeting.

  • Due Day

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Countless times that patented Pat Day ride has been witnessed and marveled at--that uncanny ability to give a horse a breather on the turn for home so there would be enough in the tank for the stretch drive.

  • National Pick 4 on Emirates Airline Super Saturday

    The NTRA National Pick 4 wager--offered in conjunction with three of the "Emirates Airline Super Saturday" series installments airing on ESPN and ABC through Oct.1--will again be available to bettors Aug. 13.

  • Afleet Alex and trainer Tim Ritchey.

    Aggressive Treatment Key to Afleet Alex's Recovery

    As Afleet Alex walked the shedrow for the second of three times Tuesday morning, his ears were up and he was looking for peppermints from trainer Tim Ritchey. It was obvious the colt was happy being out of his stall and walking again.