Headlines for Tuesday, March 7, 2006

  • Champion Jump Jockey Jody Petty Injured

    Jody Petty, the 2005 National Steeplechase Association champion jockey, emerged from a fall at the March 5 Little Everglades Steeplechase in Dade City, Fla. with four broken ribs and a ruptured spleen.

  • Even With 'Smarty Slots,' Challenges Continue for Racetracks

    It has been almost two years since Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and slot machines were legalized in Pennsylvania. And while the horse has begun his career at stud, racetracks are still waiting for slots and may encounter some challenges when they finally get them.

  • Even With 'Smarty Slots,' Challenges Continue for Racetracks

    It has been almost two years since Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and slot machines were legalized in Pennsylvania. And while the horse has begun his career at stud, racetracks are still waiting for slots and may encounter some challenges when they finally get them.

  • Tampa Bay Hikes Festival Day Purses

    Tampa Bay Downs, in conjunction with the track's Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association division, will boost purses for all overnight races on Festival Day, March 18, by 35%.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Going For Broke

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - With extraordinary luck to go with soundness, speed, heart, and three full racing seasons, the Forestry colt bought by Coolmore and its partners for an all-time record price for a horse sold at public auction could dig nearly halfway out of that $16-million hole while racing.

  • Belly-to-Belly Business

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - You may think it is ludicrous to spend $16 million for an unraced horse--any unraced horse--and for 99.99% of the buyers in the world, you would probably be right. But for the buyer and underbidder on this colt, Coolmore and Darley, respectively, it can make sense.

  • NTWA and Youbet.com Offer Journalism Scholarships

    The Race for Education announced that students have until March 31 to apply for four National Turf Writers/Youbet.com Journalism Scholarships to be awarded this spring. Undergraduate or graduate students may apply for the annual grants, which provide $10,000 per year for up to four academic years.

  • First Samurai, who won via disqualification, races ahead of Flashy Bull (10) in the Fountain of Youth.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Fountain Blues

    You know it's a strange day on the Triple Crown trail when you have four stakes and the two most impressive horses seen are in a maiden race and a workout. Although heavy favorites Brother Derek and First Samurai emerged victorious, the latter on a disqualification, it still left most people wanting more.