Headlines for Thursday, March 16, 2006

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen schools Rebel entry Private Vow in the indoor paddock at Oaklawn Park.

    Haskin's Weekend Preview: It's Crunch Time!

    Never before have three grade III stakes and a grade II stakes come together on one afternoon to showcase so many major players on the Triple Crown trail. With the grade III Rebel, Gotham, and Tampa Bay Derby and grade II San Felipe drawing so many serious Derby horses, this surely will be a make or break weekend.

  • In the Gold scored her biggest career victory in the Gazelle.

    In the Gold Faces Pool Land in Shirley Jones

    In the Gold, who has established impressive credentials over the last two seasons, meets undefeated Pool Land for the first time to highlight Saturday's $200,000 Shirley Jones Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park.

  • Lawyer Ron works at Oaklawn earlier in the week.

    Lawyer Ron Can Extend Win Streak in Rebel

    Lawyer Ron looks to run his winning streak to five as the likely choice in a 10-horse field for the Rebel Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Private Vow, who won four of six races last year, makes his long-awaited 3-year-old debut.

  • <a href="http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=32052">Hutcheson Stakes</a> winner Keyed Entry faces strong field in Gotham.

    Achilles of Troy, Keyed Entry Face Biggest Tests

    The $200,000 Gotham (gr. III), switched this year to a two-turn race on Aqueduct's inner track at 1 1/16 miles, has drawn a strong field of 11 Saturday, including top-notch 3-year-olds Achilles of Troy and Keyed Entry.

  • Jackson Complaint Amended Concerning Alleged Role of Pessin

    Attorneys for California winemaker Jess Jackson, who has sued five former bloodstock advisers and agents and the Buckram Oaks Holdings of the late Mahmoud Fustok for alleged fraud in bloodstock and farm purchases, have amended their complaint with regard to three paragraphs relating to Lexington veterinarian Arnold Pessin.

  • Ex-Associate Steward Contradicts Fermin in Intercontinental Case

    In a March 15 declaration given under penalty of perjury, a former California associate steward stated the director of Del Mar security said he forwarded information about the mare Intercontinental getting a late Salix shot to the board of stewards, California Horse Racing Board investigators, and CHRB executive director Ingrid Fermin well before the running of the Palomar Handicap (gr. II) last Sept. 3.

  • Stronach Seeking New Chief Executive, Partnerships, Debt Reduction

    Frank Stronach, chairman of Magna Entertainment Corp., attempted to allay investor fears Thursday on the heels of yet another shakeup in the company's leadership. Stronach said he will serve as MEC's chief executive officer until a replacement can be found for outgoing president and CEO Tom Hodgson, whose departure was announced March 14.