Headlines for Wednesday, March 15, 2006

  • Strong Contender scored second straight victory in this late February Gulfstream allowance win.

    Strong Contender in Final Drill for Lane's End

    John Oxley's undefeated 3-year-old Strong Contender worked five furlongs in :59 4/5 at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday morning in his final major tune-up prior to his probable start in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) March 25 at Turfway Park.

  • The late Bob Lewis honored by NY Turf Writers.

    Saint Liam, Bob Lewis Win NY Turf Writer Awards

    Saint Liam, who clinched his Horse of the Year campaign with a solid victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Belmont Park, led the list of 2005 award winners announced March 15 by the New York Turf Writers' Association.

  • Nerve Injury Forces Jockey Steiner to Retire

    Southern California-based jockey Joe Steiner has announced his retirement. The 41-year-old native of Renton, Wash., has not ridden since April of last year after suffering an injury in a spill at Santa Anita.

  • Attorneys Exchange Verbal Punches in Jackson Lawsuit

    Attorneys for Emmanuel de Seroux and his Narvick International bloodstock agency issued a statement late Tuesday saying their client has done nothing wrong and, in fact, is owed money by Jess Jackson, the California winemaker who sued de Seroux and five others for alleged fraudulent misrepresentation in numerous bloodstock transactions from 2003-05.

  • Creative Miss Named Michigan Horse of the Year

    With Creative Miss at the top of the list, Michigan's leading 2005 state-bred horses were announced by state racing commissioner Christine White March 11 during the Michigan Horse Council's International Stallion Expo at the Michigan State University Agriculture Pavilion in East Lansing.

  • Casino Bill Clears Committee--But Racetracks Left Out

    A Kentucky House committee approved legislation March 15 to authorize a constitutional amendment on casino gambling, but the substitute measure--believed to have little or no chance of passage in the full House--makes no mention of racetracks or dedicated revenue for state programs, the lynchpins of legislation proposed by the Kentucky Equine Education Project.

  • Owner Jess Jackson lobbied for passage of dual agency bill passed by Kentucky Senate.

    Kentucky Senate Passes Dual-Agency Legislation

    Legislation that would protect buyers and sellers in equine transactions unanimously passed the Kentucky Senate March 15 and now heads to the House of Representatives for concurrence. The House previously approved a different version of the bill.

  • Retired jockey Jerry Bailey makes broadcast debut Saturday.

    Bailey to Make TV Debut Saturday on ESPN

    "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," an eight-show series on ABC and ESPN providing comprehensive coverage of key Triple Crown prep races, kicks off Saturday on ESPN with coverage of four races coast-to-coast.

  • Meeker: Account Wagering Needs Overhaul, Expansion

    Expansion of account wagering and improvements to existing platforms are a chief objective of Churchill Downs Inc., whose chief executive officer, Tom Meeker, indicated change is needed to generate more industry revenue and maintain or expand the customer base.

  • Kavanagh Again Spends Big at Adelaide Sale

    This time last year, South Australian trainer Mark Kavanagh was allowed to spend $380,000 of someone else's money. He ended up buying the top lot at the Adelaide Magic Millions yearling sale.

  • Youbet.com Announces Management Changes

    In management changes announced by Youbet.com, Joe Tracy will head a new subsidiary that will develop technology-based games, products, and services, while Jeff True will serve as president of United Tote, which Youbet.com acquired earlier this year.