Headlines for Thursday, March 29, 2007

  • U.S. Chase Season in Full Swing With Carolina Cup

    The 2007 steeplechase season gets in full swing Saturday when the Carolina First Carolina Cup, a grade II for novices, is run for the 75th time over the Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C.

  • Blue Bullet Brings Two-Race Streak to Aventura

    Hobeau Farm's homebred Blue Bullet has the look of a potential star for trainer Allen Jerkens in Saturday's $175,000 Aventura Stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park, where he faces eight rivals with leading Gulfstream jockey Cornelio Velasquez aboard.

  • Hot Off Grade I Score, Jambalaya Back in Pan American

    After scoring the most important victory of his career in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) more than a month ago, Kingfield Racing Stable's 5-year-old Jambalaya returns Saturday in the $150,000 Bulleit Bourbon Pan American Handicap (gr. IIIT).

  • Record $7.25M to be Offered at Del Mar in Major Stakes Purses

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will serve up its richest and most prestigious stakes schedule ever during a 43-day stand between July 18 and Sept. 5. Just as it did last summer, the seaside gem will feature 30 major stakes events but they will be worth a record total of $7.25 million.

  • Florida Supreme Court to Rule on Slots Dispute

    In an ongoing legal action that could possibly affect the future operation of slot machines at Gulfstream Park and other Broward County (Fla.) pari-mutuel facilities, the Florida Supreme Court agreed March 27 to rule on certain key issues in the dispute.

  • Despite Rumors, Excelsior Says Franchise Bid on Track

    The reported departure of Steve Swindal from the New York Yankees--and his ties to the Steinbrenner family as well--has thrown into doubt the future of Excelsior Racing Associates, the group trying to take over New York's Thoroughbred racetrack franchise. Excelsior Racing, however, said Swindal remains an "integral part" of the team.

  • USDA Ordered to Halt Inspection of Horses for Slaughter

    A federal district court ordered March 28 a shut-down of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that allowed the slaughter of American horses for human consumption to be paid for by the slaughter houses. The program was put into place shortly after Congress voted in 2005 to cut federal funding for inspections of horsemeat.

  • Old Deuteronomy to Sell in Australia

    Old Deuteronomy, who was scheduled to enter stud this year for $4,000 at John T.L. Jones III and Robert Trussell's Walmac Farm near Lexington, instead will sell at William Inglis and Son bloodstock sale in Australia April 16.

  • Did Budget Concerns or Politics Kill KHRA Funding?

    Kentucky lawmakers differ on the reasons legislation that would have provided stable funding for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority died during this year's General Assembly session. Meanwhile, a call has gone out for legislators to rally around a push for expanded gambling in the state.