Headlines for Wednesday, May 3, 2006

  • Farmer Honored with William T. Young Humanitarian Award

    Tracy Farmer has received the third annual William T. Young Humanitarian Award from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. The award was established in 2003 to recognize a person in the thoroughbred industry "who recognizes and promotes the human endeavor," was presented at the annual Kentucky Derby trainers' dinner Tuesday night.

  • Lava Man Could Stay on Lawn; Sam's Ace Out

    Lava Man's return to grass was such a smashing success with a Hollywood Park course-record effort in the $150,000 TVG Khaled Stakes on Sunday that the 5-year-old horse may remain on turf for his next start, trainer Doug O'Neill said Wednesday.

  • Grey Swallow Clears Quarantine for Murray 'Cap

    Grey Swallow, winner of the 2004 Irish Derby (Ire-I), cleared quarantine at Hollywood Park Wednesday after being flown to California Monday for the $250,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) on May 13.

  • NYRA Trustee Wayne Barr Resigns

    The new York Racing Association accepted the resignation of trustee Wayne Barr Jr. at the board's regularly scheduled meeting May 3 at Belmont Park.

  • Jerry Bailey Provides Insights in 2-Volume DVD

    Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who earlier this year brought down the curtain on an illustrious 31-year riding career, reveals his thoughts on horseracing and his tips on handicapping in a new, two-volume DVD set titled, "Jerry Bailey's Inside Track: Your Inside Advantage to Horse Racing and Handicapping."

  • Godolphin Buys Japanese Star Utopia

    Japanese group I winner Utopia has been purchased by Godolphin from Makoto Kaneko with the intention of racing him this year, then standing him in 2006 in Darley Japan.

  • Ferdinand Derby Anniversary Impetus for Slaughter-Ban Push

    Supporters of legislation that would ban the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption are hopeful the measure will pass Congress this year, a co-sponsor of the bill said May 3. Meanwhile, members of the Kentucky horse industry have united to form the Kentucky Equine Humane Center, a shelter and adoption service for unwanted horses of all breeds.

  • Three Excluded from Oversubscribed Kentucky Derby

    Three horses, including Florida Derby (gr. I) third-place finisher Sunriver, were excluded when 23 horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) that is limited to 20 starters on the basis of earnings in graded stakes.

  • Pletcher Armed and Ready

    Even with two definite contenders going into the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher remained calm and collected May 3, giving out instructions to exercise riders from his pony in the final countdown to the big day.

  • Dutrow Duo Tunes Up for Oaks Run

    Last year, trainer Richard Dutrow entered the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with hot favorite Sis City and walked away in defeat. Out to erase the memory of 2005, he is back again for another run for the lilies with two talented, but less heralded runners in Last Romance and Wonder Lady Anne L.

  • Wait a While Undergoes Gate Schooling

    Trainer Todd Pletcher said racing fans will not have to "Wait a While" for his grey filly to be loaded in to the starting gate for Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) after undergoing gate-schooling sessions.

  • Breeders' Cup officials announced that 2006 race day purses will total $20-million.

    Breeders' Cup Purses Hiked to $20M This Year

    Total purses for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs will be $20 million, up $6 million from last year under a new structure officials said is designed to keep the races competitive with other major Thoroughbred stakes around the world.

  • Ohio Groups Join Forces on VLT Ballot Question

    Three groups seeking to legalize video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks have decided to join forces rather than pursue their own ballot questions, which have generated conflict.

  • Deputy Glitters tunes up for Saturday's run.

    Deputy Glitters is Final Derby Horse to Work

    The last workout by a candidate for Saturday's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was turned in Wednesday when Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) winner Deputy Glitters was timed in 1:03 1/5 for five furlongs.

  • Lawyer for Sale?

    Deal Pending on Lawyer Ron; Possible Buyer Not Disclosed

    A deal on the sale of all or part of Lawyer Ron, the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner who is among the favorites for Saturday's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is being negotiated with an undisclosed party, according to the colt's namesake, Ron Bamberger.

  • Wednesday Morning Line at Churchill Downs

    At the racing office for the draw for the order of post position draw later today at Fourth Street Live! The atmosphere is almost party like. There are a few nervous faces, but overall most people are in a jovial mood.