Headlines for Wednesday, December 13, 2006

  • Quick Little Miss Carries Stute's Starlet Hopes

    Trainer Mel Stute will probably never enjoy another year like 1986, but he hopes to duplicate one of its highlights when he sends out Quick Little Miss in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park on Sunday.

  • Hawthorne to Race on Dec. 26

    Hawthorne will forgo live racing on Sunday, Dec. 24, and will instead run a full card on Tuesday, Dec. 26, the track announced.

  • Finalists Named for George Woolf Award

    Jockeys Jon Court, Victor Espinoza, Roberto Gonzalez, Aaron Gryder, and Mario Pino are finalists for the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Santa Anita Park announced Dec. 13.

  • Breyer miniature salutes injured Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

    Barbaro Fund Receives Donation from Sale of Miniatures

    While Barbaro was spending his 207th day in the intensive care unit Dec. 13, his replica was being exhibited in the hospital's Woerner Amphitheater, along with a check for $114,710 presented by Breyer Animal Creations, the model's creator and manufacturer.

  • Nearly $36 Million Played on Gulfstream Slots

    Slot machines at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino realized $35.5 million of action during an abbreviated opening schedule in November, according to unofficial statistics released by Florida's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.

  • NYRA Asks Court to Halt Franchise Award

    The New York Racing Association is asking a federal bankruptcy judge to halt the state's plan to turn Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga over to the next Thoroughbred franchise-holder.

  • Leptospirosis Getting an Early Start this Year

    Researchers at the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center have reported numerous early cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can cause a variety of equine problems, including abortion, a flu-like illness, and uveitis (moon blindness). Leptospirosis can spread from horses to humans.

  • Grade II Winner Star Dabbler to Richland Hills

    Star Dabbler, a grade II winner from the female family of sprint champion and promising young stallion Speightstown, has been retired for stallion duty at Nathan Fox' Richland Hills near Midway, Ky.

  • ROAP Plans Evaluation of Stewards, Points of Emphasis for 2007

    The Racing Officials Accreditation Program has developed an annual performance evaluation program for stewards and judges as well as a list of points of emphasis for judging races in 2007 that will be provided to state racing commissions by year's end.

  • California Jockeys, Guild Work on Health Insurance

    Jockeys in California, concerned over the rising costs of insurance offered by the national Jockeys' Guild, are looking elsewhere for alternative coverage, though they're continuing talks with Guild management, several California jockeys confirmed Dec. 12.