Headlines for Friday, February 2, 2007

  • Preachinatthebar May Set 'Em Up in San Antonio

    Mike Pegram's Preachinatthebar, whose most notable career accomplishment came in winning Santa Anita's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) three years ago, is expected to be a slight favorite to match that achievement in Sunday's $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) for older horses at Santa Anita.

  • Oaklawn to Redistribute Purses from Missed Races

    Purse monies intended for Oaklawn Park during the four canceled days of racing this week will be redistributed starting Feb. 8 through the balance of the season, which concludes on April 14.

  • Eduardo Nunez Wins 2,000th Race

    Jockey Eduardo O. Nunez won his 2,000th race on Feb. 1 when he guided Cash McCool to victory by a neck in the seventh race at Gulfstream Park.

  • Guild Wants Jockey Paid in Drug-Positive Disqualification

    The Jockeys' Guild has filed a petition with the California Horse Racing Board asking that a jockey be paid his share of the purse from a Bay Meadows race in which his mount was later disqualified for a drug positive.

  • Downey Profile Analysis: Time for Business in Holy Bull

    While it's always tempting and usually advisable to try to beat the favorite, the 2007 renewal of the grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park appears to be a race where what you see is what you get. And what you see is perhaps the best 3-year-old in America: Nobiz Like Shobiz.

  • Downey Profile Analysis: Sham Stakes an Odd Mix

    What an odd grade III race the Sham is. There's a maiden coming in off a 13-day break, a horse that broke its maiden in its second and most recent start, a $7,000 horse with enough earnings already to assure it of a berth in the Kentucky Derby, a turf runner switching to the dirt, and an invader from New Mexico. Let's try to figure out what is and isn't a sham here.

  • John A. Bell III, whose visitation is being held Friday at Keeneland.

    Bell Visitation Today at Keeneland's Keene Barn

    Visitation for the late John A. Bell III, the prominent Thoroughbred owner-breeder who died Wednesday, Jan. 31, at age 88, will be held Friday, Feb. 2, from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. at the Keene Barn at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington.