Headlines for Friday, December 22, 2006

  • FHBPA Pledges $1M to Gulfstream Development

    Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino is moving forward with a plan for a second-phase of 700 slot machines, and has also secured a commitment of $1 million in partnered investment help from the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, it was announced Dec. 22.

  • Gomez to Donate $10K to Winners Foundation

    Jockey Garrett Gomez, currently atop Thoroughbred racing's national earnings standings, has announced he will donate $10,000 to The Winners Foundation, an industry-funded organization dedicated to helping racing personnel overcome drug and alcohol abuse.

  • Golden Gate Fields Starts Winter Meet Dec. 26

    After a seven-day break for the holidays, Thoroughbred racing in the Bay Area resumes Tuesday when Golden Gate Fields opens its 2006-2007 winter meeting, a 31-day stand that will run through Feb. 11.

  • Wilson Quickly Finds Fair Grounds' Win Circle

    It didn't take top Canadian jockey and North America's 2005 Eclipse Award-winning apprentice rider Emma-Jayne Wilson long to visit the winner's circle at Fair Grounds.

  • Arson Squad Turns Up Heat in Final Malibu Drill

    Swaps Stakes (gr. II) winner Arson Squad completed his major work for Tuesday's opening day Malibu Stakes (gr. I) Friday morning with a half-mile blow out in a scintillating :45 1/5, the best of 32 works at the distance and nearly two seconds faster than the next best time.

  • Fast Parade Bounces Back After Bad HK Trip

    Fast Parade has bounced back from his aborted start in the Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) and is likely to race in early January at Santa Anita. Trainer Peter Miller said that the gelding's blood count returned to normal once he got back to his home base of San Luis Rey Downs training center in Southern California.

  • Ambitious Monmouth Improvements Progress

    Work is in full swing on more than $30 million of renovations and improvements to Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., as the shore oval prepares not only for its 62nd season of racing, but to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships set for Oct. 27.