Headlines for Sunday, January 22, 2006

  • Most NTRA-Member Tracks Hike Jockeys' Insurance

    Nine racetracks have increased their minimum on-track accident insurance for jockeys to $500,000 or $1 million since a Nov. 17, 2005 Congressional subcommittee hearing at which lawmakers examined jockey health, welfare, and safety issues.

  • Trainers Worry Pimlico Quarantine is Too Late

    Though the Maryland Jockey Club has stepped up its fight against the equine herpes virus 1 that has frightened horsemen throughout the state with a quarantine of the entire Pimlico Race Course stable area, some trainers continued to worry the move may have come too late.

  • Horsemen: No Tolerance for 'Zero Tolerance'

    Representatives of affiliates of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association indicated Jan. 22 they support uniformity in medication and drug testing but need clear guidelines and consistent interpretation of the rules by sometimes overzealous regulators and stewards.

  • First Samurai, winning last year's Champagne, is working toward a Hutcheson start.

    First Samurai Cranks It Up in Gulfstream Drill

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopeful First Samurai blistered the Gulfstream Park main track Sunday morning, working seven furlongs in 1:23 2/5 for his imminent 3-year-old debut.

  • K.O. for Middleweight in Maxxam Gold Cup

    Trainer Al Stall Jr. couldn't make the trip to Houston from Louisiana, but he liked what he saw via simulcast as Middleweight captured the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup Handicap Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park.

  • Seam Seeker Upsets Burlingame Handicap

    Seam Seeker took command from pacesetter Cinderella Liberty coming into the stretch and went on to score a two-length victory over Crystal Event in the $75,000 Burlingame Handicap at Bay Meadows Saturday.

  • Jones Guides Silver River to OTOBA Stallion Win

    Jockey Clark Jones added another stakes victory on Saturday when he guided Silver River to victory in the $15,000 Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Stallion Stakes at Portland Meadows.

  • Medaglia d'Oro's First Foal

    Millionaire Medaglia d'Oro's first crop includes a colt foaled Jan. 16 at Woods Edge Farm near Lexington.

  • FNYR Report: Address Health and Welfare Issues

    Friends of New York Racing, formed to advocate a new economic model for the pari-mutuel industry in the state, believes backstretch health and welfare issues should be addressed as part of the selection process for the New York Racing Association franchise.