Headlines for Tuesday, February 28, 2006

  • Jockeys' Guild legal counsel Barry Broad announces policy changes designed "to insure the survival and fiscal stability of the Guild."

    Guild Forced to Cut Benefits, Increase Dues for Survival

    The Jockeys' Guild on Tuesday made several changes in its dues, insurance, and disability policy designed to bring the organization back from the brink of bankruptcy at which it found itself following a management change in November that purged former president Wayne Gertmenian and his top assistants.

  • Charities Are Winners at Lane's End Stakes

    Several local charities have already organized events surrounding the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park March 25. Altogether, about $100,000 is expected to be raised for various causes in the two weeks leading up to the race.

  • Giacomo Ready for Big 'Cap

    Trainer John Shirreffs said Giacomo will be ready when the gates spring open Saturday for the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). The Big 'Cap will be the second start of the year for the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner who began his 4-year-old season with a third-place effort in the Feb. 4 Strub Stakes (gr. II).

  • Cauthen and McCarron to Open 'Jockeys of the Bluegrass' Exhibit

    Two internationally known jockeys, Steve Cauthen and Chris McCarron, will help open an exhibit at the Lexington History Museum as a part of the "Best of the Bluegrass" celebration leading up to the 2006 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Wild Fit, 'All Others' Favored in Pool 2 Of Oaks Future Bet

    Wild Fit, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and Las Virgenes (gr. I) in her last two races, is listed as the 6-1 co-favorite with 'all other 3-year-old fillies' in the second of three pools in Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW), which launches its four-day run March 2 at North American racetracks and simulcast wagering centers.

  • Owner Jess Jackson, at Feb. 28 hearing on dual agency legislation.

    Dual Agency Bill Heads to Kentucky Senate Floor

    Legislation that would protect buyers and sellers in equine transactions is on its way to the floor of the Kentucky Senate, though one lawmaker plans to offer two amendments. Meanwhile, horse industry representatives planned another meeting to hammer out a compromise on some language in the bill.

  • Lane's End Stakes Draws 155 Nominations

    The March 25 Lane's End Stakes (gr.II) at Turfway Park has drawn 155 nominations, the most since Lane's End Farm began sponsoring the race in 2002.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Race-Day Reckoning

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - When will regulators or racetrack executives follow the lead of Woodbine in Canada and the New York Racing Association and stop allowing private practitioners to treat horses on the day of a race?

  • Read All About It -- Or Not

    <i>By T.D. Thorton</i> - It was no surprise the Thoroughbred industry went into its well-practiced "wounded party" act when the Boston <i>Globe</i> and Washington <i>Post</i> both recently announced that statistical racing coverage--those several-inch squares of abbreviated agate type--would be slashed from each paper's sports section.

  • DeFrancis Named CEO of New Magna Company

    Magna Entertainment announced Monday that Joe DeFrancis, chief executive officer of the Maryland Jockey Club, has been appointed CEO of PariMax, a new company to oversee the development of Magna's "various electronic distribution platforms."

  • Stakes-Placed Mahalo Retired

    Mahalo, a 5-year-old stakes-placed daughter of Gulch, has been retired and is booked to El Prado.

  • Keeneland Posts New Requirements for Horse Entry Into Stable Area

    In an effort to control the spread of Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1) after consulting with the Kentucky State Veterinary Office and the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, Keeneland will require several conditions to be met for a horse to enter its stable areas.

  • Lawyer Ron continued on the road to the Kentucky Derby with a victory in the Southwest Stakes.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Lawyer Ron Makes His Case

    Lawyer Ron took another step forward with his victory in Saturday's Southwest Stakes, extending his winning streak to four. But he still left a major question unanswered. Despite the lack of stakes action last week, there were several horses around the country who stepped up and made people take notice.