Headlines for Wednesday, February 14, 2007

  • Derby Trail Possible for Griffin's Cobalt Blue

    Merv Griffin's Cobalt Blue may have raced himself back onto the Triple Crown trail Wednesday with an eye-catching victory in a $53,000 allowance event while returning from five months on the sidelines at Santa Anita.

  • Game of Skill Merits Respect in Borderland Derby

    Game of Skill, a former Southern California runner who opened some eyes at Sunland Park with a nine-length maiden win on Jan. 23, figures to get plenty of attention in Saturday's $100,000 Borderland Derby sponsored by Casa Ford for 3-year-olds.

  • Trudy McCaffery, here with her beloved Bienamado, will be memorialized in Friday service at Santa Anita.

    Racing to Bid Farewell to Trudy McCaffery Friday

    More than racing will miss Trudy McCaffery, Trudy McCaffery will miss racing. One of the most popular people in the sport, the prominent horse owner and breeder who died Feb. 12 at 62 after a long battle with cancer had an unmatched love of the game.

  • Jess Jackson (right) and CBA rep Bayne Welker discuss Kentucky House Bills 367 and 388 at a Wednesday session in  Frankfort.

    Compromise Tables Legislation Backed by Jackson

    Proposed Kentucky legislation that sparked controversy in the Thoroughbred auction community was tabled Feb. 14 after a compromise was reached between the bill's backers and several entities related to the commonwealth's signature industry.

  • Jockey James Graham (on ground) is unseated from his mount Slew's Tizzy (above him).
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    Kentucky Derby Trail: Sometimes a Great Notional

    Although most of the talk surrounding the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) was on the near disastrous spill at the head of the stretch, the bottom line is that we saw the emergence of a classic contender in Notional, who displayed a number of attributes you want to see in a Derby horse.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Consistently Inconsistent

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - I had to go all the way to Dubai to hear a panel discussion about how racing officials in various American jurisdictions have different interpretations about the most basic rules infraction.

  • Jockeys Houghton, Bell to Ride at Hawthorne Meet

    Jockeys Terry Houghton and Derek Bell have been given approval to ride at the spring Hawthorne meet that begins Feb. 23. The riders were among seven jockeys banned from the grounds of Tampa Bay Downs Dec. 19, 2006.

  • Exclusivity is Right

    <i>By David Nathanson</i> - The question is not whether horse racing needs television (it clearly does), but rather how we can improve our television coverage while distributing it to the widest possible audience to attract new fans and incremental wagering revenue.

  • Butcher Addresses RTIP Students

    Robert Butcher, director of pari-mutuels at Keeneland, returned to the University of Arizona Feb. 9 to serve as a guest lecturer in the Race Track Industry Program. Butcher, an alumnus of the Race Track Industry Program, completed his studies in 1999.

  • Horse owner Jess Jackson, supporting Kentucky legislation on horse ownership and veterinary records.

    Officials Meet on Proposed Kentucky Legislation

    Negotiations over proposed Kentucky legislation that would require disclosure of ownership and veterinary records of horses sold at public auction were held Feb. 13 at Keeneland in Lexington, with some tentative settlement plans discussed that would table the bill for at least a year.

  • Election Upheld, But Is It Sweet Home Alabama?

    The Alabama HBPA has a new lease on life after its 2006 election was deemed valid, but convincing dissidents to rejoin and enacting legislation to restore live racing in Birmingham remain serious challenges.

  • TOBA Partners With National City

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Feb. 14 that National City Bank has become an official marketing partner of its organization and will now have the opportunity to provide equine financial expertise to both existing and new TOBA members.

  • Bob and John to be Named Aiken Trained Horse of the Year

    Bob and John, owned by Stonerside Stable, is set to receive the "Aiken, S.C., Trained Horse of the Year" award March 18 at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum. The public is invited to attend.