Headlines for Tuesday, May 2, 2006

  • TVG to Sponsor Breeders' Cup Sprint in 2006

    Television Games Network will again sponsor the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), the 6-furlong race that is part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

  • Enhanced Security in Effect for Preakness

    Safety and security procedures in place since 2002 will once again be implemented for this year's 132 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on May 20, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Tuesday.

  • Enhanced Security in Effect for Preakness

    Safety and security procedures in place since 2002 will once again be implemented for this year's 132nd Preakness Stakes (gr. I) on May 20, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Tuesday.

  • Happy Birthday! Foaling Dates of Derby Contenders

    On Monday, did anybody wish Derby contender Seaside Retreat happy birthday? Someone should have, because May 1 was his foaling date. While all horses foaled in the Northern Hemisphere have the universal birth date of Jan. 1 as their official age of racing, not all of this year's contenders are actually 3-year-olds.

  • Major Producer Why Me Lord Dead

    Why Me Lord, dam of German group I winner Allez Milord, died in April at Marlene Brody's Gallagher's Stud near Ghent, N.Y.

  • Fletcher Distributes First Breeders' Incentive Fund Check

    Just days before the Run for the Roses, Gov. Ernie Fletcher made a trip to Churchill Downs to present the first Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund check. The recipients were Mike and Jeanne Owens, owners of Kentucky-bred Sinister Minister, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 15.

  • Baffert Pair, A. P. Warrior Arrive

    The Tex Sutton plane carrying Bob and John, Point Determined, and A. P. Warrior arrived at Louisville Airport at about 11:20 a.m. following an uneventful flight from California.

  • Black Gets 5,000th Career Win in His Back Yard

    Jockey Anthony Black earned his 5,000th career victory when he piloted the Robert Seeger-trained Actcentric to a 12-length victory in the fifth race at Philadelphia Park May 1.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Steady Hand

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - It's difficult to imagine a Breeders' Cup without D. G. Van Clief Jr. The gentleman from Virginia has been a steady, guiding influence on Thoroughbred racing's championship day since before the inaugural running in 1984 at Hollywood Park.

  • NYRA's Best Friend

    <i>By Neil V. Getnick</i> - I have lost a friend. And New York Thoroughbred racing has lost a friend. He was Peter Karches, the former co-chairman of the New York Racing Association Board of Trustees.

  • Forecast for More Rain Derby Week

    Should you adjust your handicapping for this year's Derby to decide who you think might run best on an off track? Well...maybe.

  • Tuesday Morning Line at Churchill Downs

    Jockey John McKee shares a chat with <b>Bonnie Holthus</b> back at their barn after <b>Lawyer Ron</b> took a tour of the track Tuesday morning. Bonnie is the wife of trainer <b>Bob Holthus</b>, or "Mr. Bob" as he's called at his base at Oaklawn Park.

  • Downey Profile Analysis: Beyer Factor Returns to Normal in This Year's Derby

    One highly weighted part of the Downey Profile is the Beyer factor, which goes like this: The horse must run a Beyer speed figure of 100 or more in each of its final two Kentucky Derby preps. This year, following the 2005 Derby when not one starter had the Beyer factor, normalcy has returned.