Headlines for Wednesday, May 10, 2006

  • Martin Garcia Quite Busy for Hollywood Debut

    Roger Olguin, agent for apprentice jockey sensation Martin Garcia, had a busy first morning on the Hollywood Park backstretch Wednesday. He booked six mounts for Friday, Garcia's first program at the Southern California track.

  • Wanna Runner Arrives for Lone Star Derby

    Wanna Runner, the Bob Baffert-trained winner of last month's WinStar Derby at Sunland Park, arrived at Lone Star Park Wednesday morning in anticipation of Saturday's $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III).

  • County Approves Gulfstream Development Plan

    Broward County commissioners approved a plan May 9 that's expected to lead to the construction of residential, retail, and office space on Gulfstream Park property.

  • Group Studies Synthetic Racing Surfaces for New York

    A fledgling group of owners and breeders in New York has launched a new effort to study a variety of issues affecting the safety of Thoroughbred horses, including whether some of the state's racetracks should install alternative racing surfaces.

  • Dogwood Dominion Award Nominees Accepted

    Nominations for the 14th annual Dogwood Dominion Award, honoring an outstanding member of the Thoroughbred racing industry, are now being accepted.

  • Injured A. P Jet to Return to Sugar Maple

    A. P Jet, who was hospitalized after suffering an injury April 30 at Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag, N.Y., is expected to return home Friday.

  • Sharp Humor Sidelined With Knee Fracture

    Purdedel and WinStar Stable's Sharp Humor has been diagnosed with a small fracture of the left knee which will knock him off the Triple Crown trail.

  • Congressman Ed Whitfield, proposed funding plan for jockeys' insurance.

    Jockeys in Favor of Amending 'Horseracing Act'

    Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez said he would be in favor of an amendment to the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 that would provide workers' compensation insurance for jockeys, exercise riders, trainers, and backstretch workers.

  • Fair Grounds Slots May Have to Wait Until 2008

    Churchill Downs Inc. officials are encouraged by a rebound of their Louisiana operations in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but it appears slot machines at Fair Grounds won't be operating until mid-2008 at the earliest.

  • Can Barbaro duplicate his Derby win in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes?

    Steve Haskin's Derby Analysis: The Crown Awaits

    Back in January, before Barbaro had ever run on the dirt, Michael Matz was asked if he knew where the name Barbaro came from. He called to assistant trainer Peter Brette: "Hey, Peter, what does the name Barbaro mean?" Brette didn't hesitate with his answer: "Kentucky Derby winner."