Headlines for Wednesday, February 7, 2007

  • Lava Man Repeats as California Horse of the Year

    Lava Man was named the 2006 California-bred Horse of the Year in voting by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, becoming a back-to-back winner of the honor, which was announced at the CTBA's annual awards dinner Feb. 5.

  • Petrillo Named Vice President at Arlington

    Tony Petrillo has been promoted to vice president of facilities and operations, Arlington Park President Roy Arnold announced Feb. 7. Petrillo had served as the racetrack's director of facilities and operations since 1999.

  • Mr. Pursuit Back Quickly for Essex Handicap

    Elona Whetstone's Mr. Pursuit, fresh off a second-place finish in the Maxxim Gold Cup Handicap at Sam Houston on Jan. 27, is the 118-pound high weight among 11 older horses entered for Saturday's featured $100,000 Essex Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.

  • Buffalo Man, After Bad Draw, to Skip Risen Star

    Trainer Cam Gambolati said Spectacular Bid Stakes winner Buffalo Man would stay in Florida for Monday's $100,000 OBS Championship in Ocala rather than travel to New Orleans for Saturday's $300,000 Risen Star (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.

  • Australia's Redoute's Choice Sires First NA Foal

    Australian champion and leading stallion Redoute's Choice sired his first reported North American foal, a filly, born Feb. 6 at Windfields Farm near Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

  • Gateway Poster to Commemorate Lane's End Stakes

    Gateway Community and Technical College and Turfway Park announced the release of their first annual commemorative poster specially designed for the March 24 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II). The winning design, to be unveiled at a Feb. 23 reception, was produced by 58-year-old Bill Fox, a freelance illustrator.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    A Life of Giving

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - So many people owe thanks to Jonabell Farm founder John A. Bell III, who served on countless committees with numerous industry organizations for more than a half-century.

  • Sean Clancy

    Final Chapter

    <i>By Sean Clancy</i> - In early January, I found myself at my kitchen table, trying to figure out an end to the book I was writing on Barbaro and Matz. I couldn't shake Matz' voice from my head, "How do you know that's the end? Maybe there's a lot more to the story..."

  • Corey Johnsen, has resigned his position with Magna Entertainment.

    Johnsen Resigns Magna Post; Joins Investors Acquiring Track

    Corey Johnsen has resigned as president of Magna Entertainment Corp. southern operations to join a group of private investors that is in the process of acquiring controlling interest of another North American racetrack.

  • Churchill Downs Launches Derby, Oaks Sites

    Churchill Downs launched the official Web site for the 2007 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the official 2007 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Web site.

  • Magna Sells Off Land to Parent Company

    Magna Entertainment has sold two properties for about $30 million combined to parent company MI Developments, the companies announced Feb. 7.