Headlines for Wednesday, February 21, 2007

  • J'ray Could Seal Deal in Bayou BC Handicap

    Lawrence Goichman's J'ray, a close second in each of her last three starts, all in grade III competition, gets another chance when she heads a field of 12 fillies and mares named to Saturday's $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds Race Course.

  • Santa Anita Plan Endorsed by Racing Organizations

    California's three major horse racing organizations have endorsed The Shops at Santa Anita, the outdoor, upscale shopping and dining center proposed by Caruso Affiliated at the Arcadia, Calif., track.

  • Trainer Noble Threewitt, retires at 96 after a career that spans parts of eight decades.

    Threewitt Officially Retires on 96th Birthday Saturday

    Noble Threewitt, who turns 96 on Saturday, will also officially retire from training after a career that has spanned parts of eight decades. He will be honored in the Santa Anita winner's circle following Saturday's fifth race and be joined by his wife of 73 years, Beryl, as well as a large number of family and friends.

  • Two Wins, One Race for Tampa Trainer Bennett

    Trainer Gerald Bennett scored a rare double victory at Tampa Bay Downs in the featured seventh race Wednesday, an allowance test for older horses. Bennett's entries in the race, Demagoguery and Anglers Reef, finished in a dead heat for the win.

  • Rockingham Chairman Max Hugel Dead

    Max Hugel, chairman of the board at Rockingham Park and a successful breeder/owner, died Feb. 19 at his Ocala, Fla., farm, after a long battle with cancer and related complications.

  • New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will not seek to re-bid the state's Thoroughbred racing franchise.

    New York Franchise: No Re-Bid, But No Decision

    Officials said New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer doesn't plan to reopen the bidding process for the state's Thoroughbred franchise--but he doesn't feel obligated to follow the recommendation of a screening panel, either.

  • CashCall Mile Purse Boosted to $1 Million

    The CashCall Mile Invitational Stakes (gr. IIT) will become Hollywood Park's richest race with a $1-million purse and will also be run at night in 2007. The race will be carded July 6 along with the $150,000 A Gleam Invitational Handicap (gr. II) and the $100,000-added Flawlessly Stakes on the Friday night program.