Headlines for Thursday, January 5, 2006

  • Seven Entered in San Pasqual

    Turnbolt will attempt to successfully run farther than he ever has when the son of Deputy Minister starts in Saturday's grade II San Pasqual Handicap at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.

  • Nine Older Horses Contest Hal's Hope

    Phipps Stable's 5-year-old homebred Philanthropist, who arrives from New York with a three-race win streak, and Robert LaPenta's 6-year-old gelding Seek Gold, runner-up in the Fred Hooper Handicap (gr. III) at Calder last out, will face off in a field of nine older horses entered for the 1 1/8-mile Hal's Hope at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Bob Ford Wins Media Eclipse Award

    Bob Ford, sports columnist for the Philadelphia <i>Inquirer</i>, has won the Media Eclipse Award for writing in the news/commentary.

  • New York Panel Schedules Public Hearings

    The New York state panel involved in the renewal process for a new Thoroughbred racing franchise to replace the New York Racing Association will hold two public hearings later this month to help it carry out its mandate.

  • Melnyk Resigns as NYRA Trustee

    Eugene Melnyk, whose racing stable is one of three finalists for an Eclipse Award as outstanding owner of 2005, has resigned his position on the New York Racing Association's board of trustees, according to a release from NYRA.

  • Bravo Remains Hospitalized with Broken Back

    Jockey Joe Bravo fractured two vertebrae during a spill Wednesday at Gulfstream Park, and will be off his mounts for an undetermined length of time, said his agent, Danny Mellul.

  • 2001 Eclipse Award won by Barbara Livingston and stolen the night of the awards in Miami, 2002.
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Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt

    Human, Equine Eclipse Finalists Announced

    With the exception of Horse of the Year, three finalists in each category for Eclipse Awards were announced Thursday by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers Association, and <i>Daily Racing Form</i>, the three organizations that vote for year-end honors.

  • Nine Out of 10 Kentuckians Want Chance to Vote on Gaming

    More than nine in 10 Kentucky voters (92 %) believe they should be given an opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment allowing for casino gaming even if they are opposed to expanded gambling, according to the finding of a recent survey of 801 Kentucky voters conducted on behalf of KEEPĖœthe Kentucky Equine Education Project.

  • Australian Sire Jeune Dead

    Former Dubai-owned Foster's Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) winner Jeune died at age 17 Jan. 4, coincidentally the same day as Sheikh Maktoum of Dubai.

  • Churchill Downs president and CEO Tom Meeker.

    Help Wanted: Churchill Begins Search for Meeker's Successor

    Churchill Downs Inc. announced Thursday that the company had initiated a formal succession-planning process for the position of president and chief executive officer, which is currently held by Thomas H. Meeker. Meeker's current employment contract with CDI will expire in March 2007. Meeker plans to retire from the company and step down from its board of directors upon the expiration of his employment contract.

  • Coolmore Stallion Alzao Pensioned

    Alzao, who reached the 100 mark by number of stakes winners last year, has been pensioned from stallion duty at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.