Headlines for Friday, February 1, 2008

  • Russell Baze celebrates his 10,000th win, Friday at Golden Gate Fields.

    Baze Muscles to 10,000th Victory

    Jockey Russell Baze became the first rider in North America to win 10,000 races Feb. 1 at Golden Gate Fields and said afterward that he's not planning to slow down any time soon.

  • Pro-Ride Touts Liquid Binder

    Ian Pearse of Pro-Ride Racing Australia stands ready to begin fixing Santa Anita's beleaguered Cushion Track surface as soon as the final race is completed Feb. 3.

  • RMTC: Regulate Steroids Uniformly

    Members of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium haven't backed away from a call for regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses, but on Jan. 31 they endorsed a Dec. 31, 2008, deadline for nationwide adoption of a model rule.

  • NYRA Trustee Resigns, Blasts Bruno

    Charles Wait, president of the Adirondack Trust Company in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has resigned from his position on the New York Racing Association's board of trustees, citing his dissatisfaction with the position of Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno as the main reason for his decision.

  • J'Ray was second in last year's Suwannee and is the lone contender that enters off a stakes win.

    Parity Abounds in Suwannee River H.

    Todd Pletcher and Michael Matz will each saddle a pair of starters Feb. 3 in what looks to be an intriguing matchup of 12 fillies and mares for the $100,000 Suwannee River Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Gulfstream Park turf.

  • Downey Profile: Whirlaway Tough

    Four of the seven starters in Saturday's Whirlaway Stakes were purchased for six figures at four different sales, and our focus is on most of them.

  • Barred Horseman Seeks State Office

    A horseman barred from the grounds of Charles Town Races & Slots is running for state office in West Virginia, and his opponent is a former Miss West Virginia who works for the company that excluded him.

  • Downey Profile: 'Crown' Steps Up

    We have one horse in mind for the top spot in Saturday's Grade II Robert B. Lewis, and that is the aptly-named Crown of Thorns, a son of Repent trained by Richard Mandella.