Headlines for Thursday, March 8, 2007

  • Balance and Victor Espinoza (left) reach the head of the stretch on the way to the winning the La Canada Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D860779%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Balance One to Beat in Santa Margarita

    Balance should be considered a solid favorite among seven entrants in Saturday's 70th running of Santa Anita's $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Christmas Kid Tries to Unwrap Bonnie Miss Next

    Christmas Kid, who has emerged as the 3-year-old filly division leader at Gulfstream Park for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, is the solid choice among eight entered for the $150,000 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) Saturday.

  • Trainer Pitnick Fined $3,000 for TCO2 Violation

    Trainer Brian Pitnick has been fined $3,000 by Bay Meadows stewards for rule violations after a horse under his care, Theycallme Mr. Tim, exceeded the regulatory threshold of 37 millimeters for total carbon dioxide, the California Horse Racing Board reported March 7.

  • Top Washington Trainer Bill McMeans Dies

    William "Bill" McMeans, one of Washington's most successful Thoroughbred trainers, died March 6 at his home in Sunnyside, Wash., after a long illness at the age of 69.

  • Folk Romps Over Fillies in Dubai, UAE Derby Next

    Folk trounced her field in the US$250,000 Al Tayer Motor Oaks for fillies at Nad Al Sheba Thursday night and will have an opportunity to do the same to the colts in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) on Dubai World Cup night on March 31.

  • Boca Grande Heads Forward Gal Stakes

    A field of seven 3-year-old fillies is set for the seven-furlong Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) March 10 at Gulfstream Park. Heading the group is Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) winner Boca Grande.

  • New York Trainers 'Pony-Up' for TRF

    New York- based trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, Gary Contessa and John Kimmel are the latest horsemen to sign up for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Pony-Up Program, a new TRF fundraising initiative designed to spread the financial responsibilities of caring for retired racehorses across the training community, while taxing horsemen only when they have reaped the benefits of a win.

  • Global Pari-Mutuel to Provide Services to OTW Parlors in Mexico

    Global Pari-Mutuel Services, Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Royal Turf Club, Antigua, has launched its product with International de Entretenimiento y Apuestas Deportivas (IDEA). IDEA operates under the name UNO Race & Sports, a company with off-track wagering parlors in Mexico.

  • Jockey Burress Injures Knee in Training Mishap

    Jockey Beverly Burress, who led all apprentice riders at Oaklawn Park during the 2006 meet, suffered injury to her left knee in a training accident March 8 and will be out of action indefinitely. The horse she was riding in the training accident, Black Type Magic, was uninjured in the mishap.

  • 355 Cataloged for FT Texas 2-Year-Old Sale

    Fasig-Tipton has cataloged 355 horses for its 2007 Texas Two-Year-Olds in training sale at Lone Star Park, in Grand Prairie, on April 3. The sale will be held in a continuous, single session beginning at 10 a.m. The under-tack show, over the main track at Lone Star, will be held on Sunday, April 1, from 10 a.m.

  • Trainer Oscar Hall Sr. Dies

    Veteran trainer Oscar Hall Sr., who trained for more than half his life, died March 3 at age 78.