Headlines for Thursday, December 7, 2006

  • Regulation, Reclassification of Steroids Looming

    Racing officials Dec. 7 confirmed a push for regulation of anabolic steroids, and also said the therapeutic substances could be upgraded to Class 3 under Association of Racing Commissioners International guidelines by April 2007.

  • Ball Four Takes Turn At Bat in Native Diver

    Ball Four, described as a sparring partner for many of his stablemates by trainer Patrick Biancone, will try to deliver a knockout punch of his own in Sunday's $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

  • McErlean Leaves NJSEA for Penn National Slot

    Christopher M. McErlean is resigning as vice president of racing operations with New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority to join Penn National Gaming Inc., as vice president of racing next month.

  • Papi Chullo On Target for Queens County H.

    Greg Norman's unlucky Papi Chullo chases his first stakes win once again Saturday in the $100,000-added Queens County Handicap (gr. III) on Aqueduct's inner dirt track.

  • Costa Rising Heads Louisiana Champions Day

    Charles Castille Jr.'s Costa Rising, coming off a win in Delta Downs' Gold Cup last month, faces 2005 winner Badtotheboneandrew and nine others in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher loses appeal of suspension.

    Appeals Court Upholds Pletcher Suspension

    An appeals court in Albany, N.Y., upheld trainer Todd Pletcher's 45-day suspension and $3,000 fine Dec. 7, dismissing his challenge to the penalties for using an anesthetic on one of his horses too close to a race in 2004.

  • Mass Media, Gibson County to Cloverleaf

    Grade I winner Mass Media and promising first-crop sire Gibson County will stand in 2007 at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.

  • Swing Lord to Ascot Stud in Ontario

    Swing Lord, a winning 8-year-old son of A.P. Indy, will stand at Michael and Chris Blake's Ascot Stud near Colborne, Ontario, Canada.

  • Ouija Board, winning the Filly & Mare Turf, concludes her career Sunday in the Hong Kong Vase.

    In Her Career Finale, Ouija Board Tops Entries for Hong Kong International Races

    Ouija Board, whose worldwide popularity continues to grow every time she sets foot on a racecourse, drew post position No. 2 Thursday for the HK$14 million Hong Kong Vase in what will be the final start of her career. The Vase is one of four group I races that comprise the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin on Sunday, Dec. 10.

  • Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Awards Announced

    The 2006 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA) Awards, of which 12 of the 14 are announced Dec. 7, acknowledge the achievements of a diverse selection of British breeders, both large and small.

  • Fast Parade to Miss Hong Kong Mile

    Peter Miller did not enter Fast Parade in the HK$12 million Hong Kong Sprint, to be run Dec. 10, because the horse "isn't himself," the trainer said.