Headlines for Wednesday, February 13, 2008

  • Youbet to Close IRG

    Youbet.com will close its troubled off-shore telephone wagering entity International Racing Group, according to a Feb. 13 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Oprah Winney, winner of the 2007 Barbara Fritchie, is the co-highweight in this year's edition.

    Oprah Winney Seeks Fritchie Repeat

    The top three finishers from Aqueduct's Jan. 1 Interborough Handicap, led by Oprah Winney, will meet again in the Barbara Fritchie Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park Feb. 16.

  • 2007 Louisiana Derby Winner Circular Quay makes his 4-year old debut in the San Carlos Handicap.<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%3D866216%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Circular Quay Returns in San Carlos

    Grade I winner Circular Quay, a contender on the Triple Crown trail last year for trainer Todd Pletcher, kicks off his 4-year-old campaign Feb. 16 in the $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) at seven furlongs on the Santa Anita main track.

  • Nick Zito has four Triple Crown potentials nominated to the Feb. 24 Fountain of Youth.

    Zito Leads Fountain of Youth Noms

    Four runners trained by Nick Zito, all potential contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), lead the list of 52 3-year-olds nominated for the $350,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 24.

  • Handicapping Tour Signup to Begin

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that registration for the newly-created National Handicapping Championship Tour, a year-long bonus series offering additional prize money and qualifying berths to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, will open Feb. 15 at www.ntra.com/nhctour.

  • Vet Rules Struck Down in Louisiana

    The Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee has struck down the state racing commission's adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Model Rules, according to the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

  • New York Governor Eliot Spitzer

    NYRA Franchise Deal Approved

    The New York Racing Association will run racing for the next 25 years under legislation approved February 13 that provides hundreds of millions of dollars in direct aid and loan forgiveness to NYRA and new oversight abilities by the state.

  • Jose Santos

    Santos Settles Herald Lawsuit

    Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos has settled his libel lawsuit against The Miami Herald over an article raising questions about his actions aboard 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide.