Headlines for Friday, March 24, 2006

  • Small Washington Tracks Get Insurance Help

    Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has signed legislation designed to keep the state's four non-profit racetracks in business after they were staggered by the three-fold increase in jockey insurance that threatened their 2006 racing seasons.

  • Red-Hot No Sleep Faces Four in Next Move

    No Sleep, a winner of three straight races on the Aqueduct inner dirt course this winter, is part of a small field of five entered for Sunday's Next Move Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Maryland Jockey Hamilton Calls it a Career

    Ten months after riding in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), jockey Steve Hamilton announced his retirement. The 32-year-old has not ridden since Maryland Million Day on Oct. 15. After contemplating a comeback, he decided to end his racing career for the second time.

  • Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher, pushed for jockey workers' comp legislation.

    Kentucky House Passes Jockey Workers' Comp Bill

    Legislation to provide workers' compensation coverage to jockeys in Kentucky, deemed a priority item for Gov. Ernie Fletcher's legislative agenda, was approved 83-12 by the Kentucky House of Representatives Friday.

  • Referendum Sought on Video Slots at Ohio Racetracks

    Gambling proponents announced a proposed constitutional amendment March 24 to allow video slot machines at the seven racetracks in Ohio. The proposal, which calls for slots at non-track sites in Cincinnati and Cleveland, would also allow voters in counties with racetracks to vote in four years on establishing full casinos with table games in those areas.

  • Triple Crown Sponsorship Unlikely This Year

    Although they haven't completely closed the door on getting a deal put together, officials at Triple Crown Productions say it is unlikely there will be a joint sponsor this year for the three races.

  • Rumplestiltskin heads Vodafone Oaks Entries

    Rumplestiltskin, champion juvenile filly in 2005, heads 84 entries for the Vodafone Oaks (Eng-I), the premier fillies classic that is run on Vodafone Ladies Day, June 2, at Epsom Downs.

  • Magna Graduate, on the track in Dubai.

    Pletcher Looking for First World Cup Win

    Trainer Todd Pletcher has earned back-to-back Eclipse awards as leading trainer and has won tons of grade I races, but Saturday at Nad Al Sheba he will be gunning for his first win in the Dubai World Cup.

  • 315 Juveniles Listed for Fasig-Tipton Texas

    A total of 315 juvenile Thoroughbreds have been catalogued for the Fasig-Tipton Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, scheduled for April 4 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The catalogue is 19.3% larger than last year's 264 horses.

  • High Cotton Brings Class Edge to Rushaway

    Todd Pletcher needs Peachtree Stable's High Cotton, likely favorite in the $100,000 Rushaway for 3-year-olds, to regain his juvenile form Saturday at Turfway Park on the Lane's End undercard.

  • Dance Daily, Sabatini Battle in Bourbonette

    Saturday's $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup on the Lane's End undercard at Turfway Park, run this year for the first time as a grade III race, has attracted 10 sophomore fillies, including four who have already won a stakes race and two others who are stakes placed.