Headlines for Tuesday, February 20, 2007

  • Hawthorne Chief Calls for Slots at Tracks

    Illinois horse racing is mired in a "downward spiral that will require action by state government to save it," Hawthorne Race Course President Tim Carey said as his track prepared to open the 2007 Illinois Thoroughbred season Friday.

  • Jon Court, to receive the Woolf Award.

    Court to Receive Woolf Award

    Jon Court, a Florida native who has won more than 3,000 career races, has been selected as the winner of the 2007 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.

  • McMurray Joins Lane's End Bloodstock

    Tim McMurry has joined the staff at Will Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., and will be in charge of Lane's End Bloodstock.

  • Arizona Stallion Vaudeville Dead

    Vaudeville, one of the top turf runners in 1994, was euthanized Feb. 16 at Bob and Mary Ellen McKee's Hidden Springs Ranch near Yarnell, Ariz.

  • Pimlico Spring Stakes Schedule Worth Nearly $4 Million

    The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the 2007 Pimlico spring stakes schedule Feb. 20. The 31-day meeting at the Baltimore track, which is headlined by the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will begin April 19 and conclude June 9.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Won't Be Fueled Again

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Whether they race cars or horses, cheaters are getting more sophisticated today. Blood-doping agents or venom from exotic snakes and sea creatures are believed to be in use by some unscrupulous horsemen as performance-enhancing stimulants or painkillers. In a sense, it's the same kind of rocket fuel Waltrip's team was accused of putting into its Toyota.

  • It's the Horse, Stupid

    <i>By Sarah Reschly</i> - If racing learns one thing from the spectacular outpouring of public emotion during Barbaro's eight-month ordeal, it should be this -- it's the horse, stupid. Your fans love your horses. From a marketing standpoint, the horse is racing's greatest asset; however, the business does little to protect it, and in so doing, is risking everything.

  • Pletcher Joins Lukas in Youbet Online 'Stable'

    A decade after he left the employ of Hall of Fame trainer Wayne Lukas to start his own business, 2006 trainer of the year Todd Pletcher and his mentor are in the same "stable" again, this time as endorsement partners with Youbet.com, where the mission is to win new customers.

  • First Foal Sired by Great Pyramid

    The first reported foal by Great Pyramid is a filly born Feb. 12 at William F. and Annabel Murphy's Elangeni Farm near Ocala, Fla.

  • Retired Jockey Allison Hershbell Dead

    Allison Hershbell, one of the most popular jockeys at Delaware Park during her 11-year riding career, died Feb. 17 in Philadelphia after a long illness.

  • Any Given Saturday, won Sam F. Davis Stakes in 2007 debut.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Two for the Road

    When outnumbered, retreat. Times are no doubt changing, and with so many leading contenders looking at only two preps before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), perhaps it is time to loosen our tight grip on the history books and accept the fact that one of these years some horse is going to write its own chapter.