Headlines for Wednesday, January 4, 2006

  • NBC Sports Honored With Two Eclipse Awards

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday that NBC Sports has won the Eclipse Award for National Television – Live Racing for its production of the 2005 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and has also won the Eclipse Award for National Television – Features for its segment on the people behind Afleet Alex during its 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) telecast.

  • Horses parade around the walking ring at Gulfstream Park Wednesday.

    Gulfstream Opener: Patrons Miss the Grandstand

    Gulfstream Park opened for its 2006 live race meet Wednesday, its palatial new clubhouse only partially completed and its patron facilities falling short of management's expectations when the project was begun nearly two years ago.

  • Jockey Bravo Goes Down in Gulfstream Park

    Veteran jockey Joe Bravo was thrown to the track when his mount broke down on the far turn in the second race on opening-day Wednesday at Gulfstream Park. Bravo was transported to Hollywood Memorial Hospital complaining of back pain.

  • Badge of Silver, here winning the San Gabriel Handicap on New Year's Day, will remain in training.

    Badge of Silver to Remain in Training

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Badge of Silver, who won the Jan. 1 San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) in his first grass start, will not enter stud at Ramsey Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., as originally planned.

  • Penny Chenery to Receive Eclipse Award of Merit

    Helen "Penny" Chenery, whose captivating charm and enthusiasm as the owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat earned her the unofficial title of "First Lady of Racing," will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing.

  • The late Sheikh Maktoum.

    Racing World Reacts to Sheikh Maktoum's Death

    Participants in U.S. and European racing, including some who trained for and worked closely with the late Sheikh Maktoum, have expressed surprise and sorrow over the prominent horse owner and breeder's death Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at age 62.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Right To Vote

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - This year's 60-day session of Kentucky's general assembly will be the first time KEEP--established in May 2004--has pushed for the "Keep It in Kentucky" constitutional amendment, so named because it is estimated that Kentuckians who crossed into Indiana and Illinois last year spent $671 million on casino gaming.

  • Opportunities Ahead

    <i>By D.G. Van Clief Jr.</i> - For those inclined to look on the bright side, present company included, 2005 was a challenging year for Thoroughbred racing. As one Turf writer pointed out, even the best on-track performance was fraught with peril, as Afleet Alex and jockey Jeremy Rose overcame near disaster in the Preakness (gr. I).

  • Jockey Jorge Chavez, will miss at least six weeks of competition due to broken collarbone.

    Jockey Chavez Sidelined With Broken Collarbone

    Jockey Jorge Chavez sustained a broken collarbone and will be sidelined for at least six weeks following a spill on Calder's closing card, said his agent, Kevin Meyocks.