Headlines for Wednesday, March 8, 2006

  • Jockey Sunny Ho, continues to make progress after fall.

    'Positive Developments' Seen in Ho's Recovery

    Sunny Ho, the 44-year-old jockey who was severely injured in a March 1 racing accident at Golden Gate Fields, continues to make significant gains after undergoing emergency brain surgery last week.

  • Friends of Bay Meadows to Hold Fundraiser

    Friends of Bay Meadows, a citizen group sponsoring an effort to place the track's redevelopment plan before the voters in San Mateo, Calif., is holding a fundraiser to help meet legal costs March 11.

  • CHRB to Use New Digital Photo ID System

    The California Horse Racing Board has introduced a newly developed digital photo identification system into the licensing process at all racetracks in the state. The board and racing associations could use the automated system to enhance security in restricted areas.

  • Last Hold Orders Due to Virus Lifted in Maryland

    The Maryland Department of Agriculture lifted the hold orders on the detention barn at Pimlico Race Course and an isolated barn at the Bowie Training Center March 8 after the final four horses in those barns tested negative for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1). The four are free to be moved back to their original barns to resume normal activities.

  • Bending Strings Tuned Up for 'Margarita

    Trainer Wally Dollase would just as soon forget Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) candidate Bending Strings' last effort of Nov. 24, when she was ninth by 28 lengths in the Fall City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • New York Stallion Judge T C to Saudi Arabia

    Judge T C, who was scheduled to stand at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has been sold to Prince Sultan Mohammed Saud al Kabeer for stallion duty at Nofa Equestrian Resort in Saudi Arabia.

  • New York Jockeys Suspended 30 Days

    New York stewards handed out some of the toughest penalties in years when they slapped jockeys Jose Espinoza and Pablo Fragoso with 30-day bans following a wild confrontation during Sunday's sixth race at Aqueduct.

  • Jockey John Velazquez, sticking with Bluegrass Cat.

    Velazquez to Stick With Bluegrass Cat

    After agonizing for days whether to ride Bluegrass Cat in the March 18 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) or Keyed Entry in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) the same day, John Velazquez and agent Angel Cordero decided to stick to their commitment and ride WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat.

  • Helzers Donate $1 Million to AQHA's New Hall of Fame & Museum

    The American Quarter Horse Foundation announced March 8 that it received a planned gift of $1 million from Jim Helzer, an AQHA executive committee member, and his wife, Marilyn. The donation will contribute to the foundation's capital campaign.