Headlines for Thursday, January 3, 2008

  • New York Franchise a War of Words

    The temporary extension given to the New York Racing Association to operate Aqueduct has allowed government officials to boost the rhetorical wars against each other over the failure to devise a long-term franchise deal.

  • Don Rice

    Don Rice Injured in Horse Mishap

    Eight-time Tampa Bay Downs leading trainer Don Rice was hospitalized in critical condition after he was apparently kicked in the head by a horse at his Central Florida farm.

  • National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

    Historian Gilcoyne Dead at 91

    Tom Gilcoyne, the retired historian at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame known for his photographic memory and sharp wit, died at the age of 91 on Jan 3.

  • Wait a While heads a field of six in the San Gorgonio Handicap at Santa Anita Jan. 6.<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%3D2095155%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Wait a While Leads 'Gorgonio Cast

    With heavy rain expected in Southern California this weekend, multiple grade I winner Wait a While leads a field of six set for Santa Anita's $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) scheduled for the turf Jan. 6.

  • MJC Announces Total Handle Decline

    The Maryland Jockey Club announced its total handle declined by 8% during 2007, with five fewer racing days. All sources of handle totaled $883.8 million as compared to $960.2 million from the same period in 2006. The daily average handle from all sources decreased 6.5 % from $4.1 million to $3.8 million.

  • Keyed Entry won the Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) last February at Gulfstream Park.

    Mr. Prospector Key for Keyed Entry

    Keyed Entry has not raced since June 9, when he bore out on the turn in the six-furlong True North Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Making his first start since returning from a five-month layoff, the 5-year-old son of Honour and Glory carries highweight of 118 in the Jan. 5 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • The undefeated Giant Moon will try to keep his winning streak alive in the $75,000 Count Fleet at Aqueduct Jan. 5.<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%3D2993871%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Giant Moon Shines Over Count Fleet

    The undefeated Giant Moon will try to keep his winning streak alive when he makes his open stakes debut in the $75,000 Count Fleet at Aqueduct Jan. 5.

  • The story of Barbaro has garnered HBO Sports the 2007 Media Eclipse Award in the national television feature programming category.<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%3D444627%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    HBO Sports Wins Eclipse Award

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 3 that HBO Sports has won the 2007 Media Eclipse Award in the national television feature programming category for its documentary "Barbaro," which aired June 6 of last year.

  • Five-time stakes winner Mystery Classic has been named the 2007 Texas Horse of the Year.

    Mystery Classic Named Texas' Best

    John Pierce's homebred Mystery Classic, a winner of five consecutive stakes last year, will be honored as the 2007 Texas Horse of the Year and champion older horse by the Texas Thoroughbred Association. Mystery Classic is trained by Robert Schultz.

  • Curlin may have his first workout of 2008 this weekend at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.<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%3D1051556%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin's Workout Planned

    Describing the condition of probable Horse of the Year Curlin as "perfect," trainer Steve Asmussen has tentatively set Sunday for the colt's first timed workout since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

  • Eliason Named to RCI Leadership

    Racing Commissioners International chairman Peter Burnett has named Larry Eliason of South Dakota as chairman of the organization's model rules committee. Burnett also named Rick Goodell of New York and Hugh Gallagher of Delaware as vice-chairmen of the committee.

  • Jockey Club Inspecting Broodmares

    The Jockey Club once again dispatched teams of representatives in late December to numerous farms in six states and one Canadian province to inspect broodmares with early 2007 breeding or foaling dates.

  • Triple Crown Nominations Open

    Early nominationsl, at $600 per horse, are being taken for this year's Triple Crown races, which start with the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on Saturday, May 3. The early nomination period closes on Saturday, Jan. 19.