Headlines for Wednesday, February 8, 2006

  • Santa Anita Pick Six Carryover Tops $3.9M

    A two-day Pick Six carryover of $751,394 ballooned to a total pool of $3,932,211 Wednesday at Santa Anita, resulting in a payoff of $1,258,755.40.

  • Eight-Show Derby Prep Package On ABC, ESPN

    "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," an eight-show series on ABC and the ESPN networks that provides comprehensive coverage of the key Triple Crown prep races, returns on March 18, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Feb. 8.

  • O'Neill Barn Regroups After Wonderboy's Injury

    Spirits were improving Wednesday at trainer Doug O'Neill's Hollywood Park stable after the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old Stevie Wonderboy underwent surgery to repair a condylar fracture of his right ankle sustained in a workout at Hollywood Park.

  • Laurel Park Cancels Sunday Card

    For the third consecutive Sunday, there will be no live racing at Laurel Park Feb. 12. The Maryland Jockey Club canceled the card due to a shortage of available horses because of the equine herpes outbreak in the state.

  • Quarantine Lifted at Pimlico; Stakes Rescheduled at Laurel

    The Maryland Jockey Club lifted its self-imposed quarantine on Pimlico Race Course Feb.8, allowing horses from the Baltimore track to compete at Laurel Park for the first time since Jan. 21. Twelve Pimlico-based horses ran on Wednesday's card (after two were morning scratches). Five of the nine races featured Pimlico horses.

  • Panelists: Racing Better as Part of Entertainment Package

    Representatives of operations that have or will have gaming at racetracks left little doubt which half of the equation drives the financial engine, and they indicated marketing horse racing as an entertainment option rather than a gambling enterprise may be the way to go.

  • Journalists Offer Thoughts on Coverage of Racing

    The Internet, big-event days, and human-interest stories that appeal to the general public could help horse racing maintain and perhaps grow its fan base, journalists said during a Feb. 8 panel discussion at the Racing Congress in Las Vegas.

  • Champion Hansel Back in America

    Hansel, the 1991 champion and dual classic winner for Joe Allbritton, recently arrived back in the United States from Japan.

  • Crestwood's Castledale to Shuttle to New Zealand

    Grade I winner Castledale, who is gearing up for his first season at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington, will shuttle to Wayne and Alison Larsen's Te Runga Stud near Auckland in New Zealand.

  • Lava Man Named Top California Bred of 2005

    Lava Man was named the 2005 California-bred Horse of the Year in voting by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, it was announced at the CTBA's annual awards dinner Feb. 7.

  • Horse Slaughter in U.S. to Continue

    Despite congressional efforts to stop the practice of slaughtering horses in the United States for human consumption, the Agriculture Department announced Tuesday it would continue, the Associated Press reported.