Headlines for Thursday, February 9, 2006

  • Kentucky Farm Managers Address EHV-1 Concerns

    In light of recent outbreaks of the equineherpes virus (EHV-1) and the Feb. 13 opening of most Central Kentucky breeding sheds, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club held a discussion at its Feb. 9 meeting on how best to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Sharp Lisa hopes to resume winning ways in Santa Maria.

    Sharp Lisa Takes on Star Parade in Santa Maria

    Sharp Lisa, winless since winning the Las Virgenes (gr. I) as the odds-on favorite as a 3-year-old 12 months ago, gets another chance in Saturday's $250,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Del Mar Debutante winner Wild Fit returns in Saturday's Las Virgenes.

    Wild Fit Faces Tough Field in Season Debut

    Wild Fit figures to be a solid choice in the $250,000 Las Virgenes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies, one of two grade I races on Santa Anita's Saturday program.

  • Mark Guidry Voted 2006 Woolf Award Winner

    Mark Guidry, a Louisiana native who began riding in 1974 and has won more that 4,700 races, was selected the winner of the 2006 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by his fellow jockeys.

  • Rockport Harbor faces rematch in Essex.

    Greater Good, Rockport Harbor Vie in Essex

    Greater Good and Rockport Harbor, who provided the most exciting finish of the 2005 Oaklawn meet in the Rebel Stakes (gr. III), square off again at the Arkansas track Saturday in the $100,000 Essex Handicap (gr. III).

  • Host Starts New Year in Appleton Handicap

    Melnyk Racing Stable's grade I winner Host, beaten by a half-length when second in last year's $100,000 Appleton Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park, gets another chance in Saturday's renewal of the one-mile turf course test.

  • Trainer Rice Gets 6-Month Ban for 3rd Violation

    The Tampa Bay Downs board of stewards handed trainer Don Rice an additional six-month suspension and denied privileges of the grounds during that period after a third Rice-trained horse tested positive for an excess amount of alkaline agents during the last week.

  • Napravnik Gains 100th Win on 18th Birthday

    Apprentice standout Rosie Napravnik celebrated her 18th birthday in style by riding two winners during Thursday's Laurel Park card. The second victory of the afternoon was the 100th victory of her young career, which began last June.

  • MJC Announces Executive Officer Changes

    Joseph A. De Francis announced Feb. 9 that he is stepping aside as president of the Maryland Jockey Club but will continue as the organization's chief executive officer. Louis J. Raffetto, the MJC's chief operating officer, takes over as president while Chris Dragone becomes senior vice president and general manager.

  • Jockey David Lopez Injured in Aqueduct Fall

    Apprentice jockey David Michael Lopez was taken to North Shore University Hospital Thursday after he was thrown from his mount, Obi Wano, in the third race at Aqueduct.

  • Pimlico Hold Order On Barn 6 Lifted

    The Maryland Department of Agriculture lifted the "General Animal Hold Order" at Pimlico Race Course on Barn 6 after 33 of its 35 horses tested negative for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) on both Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and virus isolation tests.