Headlines for Thursday, March 23, 2006

  • New York Committee Meets at Racing Hall

    Two months after conducting initial hearings in Albany and New York City, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Racing was back in public session Thursday at a daylong program held at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs.

  • Guild, Feeling Pinch, Gets Relief from CHRB

    The California Horse Racing Board approved an agreement March 23 that allows the strapped Jockeys Guild to receive its health and welfare program benefits in a much quicker fashion than in the past.

  • CHRB to Allow Protest in Intercontinental Case

    The California Horse Racing Board Thursday voted unanimously to waive its 72-hour protest rule to allow the owners of the four horses who finished behind Intercontinental in the Sept. 3 Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar to request a hearing for redistribution of the $200,000 purse.

  • Sweet Symphony Returns in Rampart

    Kinsman Stable's 4-year-old homebred filly Sweet Symphony returns to competition in Saturday's $200,000 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) going 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park in her first start since finishing ninth in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.

  • King's Drama Topweight in San Luis Rey Field

    King's Drama, winner of the Sword Dancer (gr. IT) at 12 furlongs on turf at Saratoga last August, will carry high weight of 122 pounds in Saturday's San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) at the same distance over the Santa Anita turf.

  • TRA Slates Information Session for Head Starters

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations will host a one-day meeting for head starters April 11 at Keeneland in Lexington. The meeting will provide a forum for the discussion of issues, as well as the exchange of ideas and best practices, for head starters and will be complemented by the perspectives of jockeys, trainers, and track management.

  • Life-size statute honoring Dubai World Cup winner Dubai Millennium.

    Dubai Millennium Honored in Godolphin Gallery

    A life-size statute honoring Dubai World Cup winner, Dubai Millennium, was unveiled Thursday, just three days before the running of the Dubai World Cup program, inside the Godolphin Gallery at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. The Godolphin Gallery is open to visitors at the racecourse.

  • Lane's End Stakes Wide Open Affair

    Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II), which was being billed as the stakes debut of undefeated Strong Contender, now has turned into a 12-horse free-for-all with no big-name 3-year-olds.

  • HRTV, TVG, and ABC to Cover Dubai Racing

    With the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) an annual highlight of the early-season racing calendar, HRTV and TVG will offer coverage of Nad Al Sheba racecourse in the United Arab Emirates March 25, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. In addition, ABC will provide on-site coverage of the World Cup and UAE Derby (UAE-II) for the first time.

  • Majesterian Dies of Heart Attack

    Majesterian, a son of Pleasant Colony owned by Drs. Lutz and Susanne Harfst, died March 22 of an apparent heart attack.

  • Recovered Bravo Expected Back on May 1

    Jockey Joe Bravo, who has 23 riding titles to his credit in his native New Jersey, expects to return to the saddle by May 1 after recovering from two fractured vertebrae he sustained on the Jan. 4 opening day card at Gulfstream Park

  • Recovered Bravo Expected Back on May 1

    Jockey Joe Bravo, who has 23 riding titles to his credit in his native New Jersey, expects to return to the saddle by May 1 after recovering from two fractured vertebrae he sustained on the Jan. 4 opening day card at Gulfstream Park

  • Canani Ready to Win First World Cup Race

    After sending seven starters to the Dubai World Cup program without a win, trainer Julio Canani is ready to visit the winner's circle. The Southern California-based trainer will be looking for his first win when he saddles Island Fashion in Saturday's $1-million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II).

  • Hollendorfer Has Half of Golden Gate Six-Pack

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has entered half of the six older horses expected to start in Saturday's $150,000 Golden Gate Fields Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf course, including the top-weighted Adreamisborn.