Headlines for Friday, February 3, 2006

  • The enigmatic Wilko returns to action this weekend.

    Wilko Surprise Entrant in San Antonio 'Cap

    Wilko, a 4-year-old who has been winless since upsetting Afleet Alex in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), is a surprise entrant in Santa Anita's $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) on Sunday after also being named for Saturday's Strub Stakes (gr. II).

  • Rider Napravnik OK After Fall at Laurel Park

    Laurel Park's leading rider, Rosie Napravnik, took off her final five mounts Friday after being tossed from the mare Hazard during the third race at Laurel.

  • War Front, Friendly Island Face Off

    War Front and Friendly Island, part of a terrific stretch battle in the Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 7, renew their rivalry Sunday in the $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at the South F

  • Equine Herpesvirus Update on Maryland Farm

    Test results on the horse euthanized last week on a private Kent County, Md, farm confirm that the horse was infected with equine herpesvirus (EHV-1).

  • Breeding Operations Consider Herpesvirus Vaccinations

    In light of recent outbreaks of equine herpesvirus (EHV-I), and with breeding sheds set to open soon, Central Kentucky farms are evaluating their policies concerning equine herpesvirus vaccination requirements for broodmares.

  • <a href ="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P14-1015" target="blank">First Samurai among those who hope the weekend will put them one step closer to the run for the roses.</a>

    Steve Haskin's Weekend Preview: Bullish Weekend on Tap

    This weekend's February feast of 3-year-old races promises to unveil several leading Triple Crown contenders, with a heavy emphasis, as usual, on Todd Pletcher, Bob Baffert, and Nick Zito. The focal points will be the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and the return of First Samurai in the Hutcheson (gr. II).

  • Issue in the Sham Stakes: How Much Is Asked of Bob and John

    Saturday's 1 1/8-mile Sham Stakes at Santa Anita has taken on new importance since achieving grade III status for the first time this year. Despite that, the race doesn't fit into the plans of many California connections with stakes plans down the road. It's drawn only six entries, and two of those have emerged from the claiming ranks.

  • English Classic Winner Moonshell Dead

    English classic winner Moonshell died Jan. 21 from hemorraging after delivering a Pivotal colt at Woodpark Stud in County Meath, Ireland.

  • Captain Red's First Foal Is a Filly

    The first reported foal by Aqueduct track-record setter Captain Red is a filly born Feb. 2 at Dan and Kathy Barraclough's Saratoga Glen Farm near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • English Champion Sweet Stream Retired

    Sweet Stream, an English champion and French group I winner, has been retired from racing because of a bone fracture in a hind foot.

  • Breeders' Cup Foal Nominations for 2005 Set Record

    Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited announced Thursday that a record 16,183 foals were nominated to the Breeders' Cup program in 2005. The 16,183 foals by Breeders' Cup, European Breeders' Fund and Common Fund nominated stallions tops the old mark of 15,947 nominated foals in 2004.

  • <a href ="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P14-1015" target="blank">Champagne winner First Samurai makes his 2006 debut in the Hutcheson Stakes.</a>

    First Samurai, Barbaro Make Seasonal Debuts Saturday

    The first 2006 appearance of leading 3-year-old Florida Derby (gr. I) threat First Samurai in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) and seasonal debut of the promising 3-year-old Barbaro in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) are among the highlights on a stakes-filled card at Gulfstream Park Saturday..