Headlines for Thursday, February 14, 2008

  • Santa Anita to Honor Gil Stratton

    Santa Anita will honor Gil Stratton, a former Los Angeles sportscaster and actor who hosted a popular weekly television racing show on the CBS affiliates for 34 western markets from 1955 to the early 1970s, on Feb. 17.

  • Trainer Mike de Kock celebrates a happy birthday with UAE 2000 Guineas win.

    Devilish Win in UAE 2000 Guineas

    Honour Devil provided trainer Mike de Kock with a perfect birthday gift as he gamely held off stablemate Royal Vintage by a half-length to capture the UAE 2000 Guineas (UAE-III) Feb. 14.

  • Notional

    Combacker Notional Makes Turf Debut

    Grade II winner Notional, runner-up in last year's Florida Derby (gr. I) but sidelined by a fractured ankle soon after, begins his 4-year-old campaign on Santa Anita's hillside turf course in the $75,000 Daytona Handicap Feb. 17.

  • Suffolk Restructures Management

    Suffolk Downs has named long-time New England Thoroughbred racing official Sam Elliott to the position of vice president of racing and has promoted racing official Tom Creel to racing secretary, the track announced Feb. 12. In addition, Jim Pambianchi has been named the track's senior director of operations.

  • 2006 Eclipse Award Champion Dreaming of Anna makes her 4-year-old debut Feb. 16.

    Dreaming of Anna Heads Endeavour

    2006 Eclipse Award Champion Dreaming of Anna will make her 4-year-old debut Feb. 16, when a field of 11 older fillies and mares takes to the turf in the $150,000 Endeavour Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • Commission May Appeal Drug Ruling

    After the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee struck down the Louisiana State Racing Commission's adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium model rules for medication Feb. 11, the commission is yet to decide its next move.

  • Syncline to McMaster in Michigan

    Syncline, a stakes-winning son of Danzig, has been relocated to Marilyn McMaster's McMaster Farm near Fenton, Mich.

  • The New York Thoroughbred Breeders are relieved at the recent settlement concerning the status of New York racing.

    New Yorkers React to NYRA Decision

    Relief, tempered with caution about the future, was the word among some of New York's owners and breeders the day after it was announced that the New York Racing Association struck a deal with the state to operate racing at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga for the next 25 years.

  • Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announces legislation to authorize VLTs.

    Kentucky Casino Legislation Offered

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear unveiled legislation Feb. 14 calling for a constitutional amendment to allow for up to 12 casinos--seven at racetracks and five at non-racetrack locations.

  • War Emblem

    War Emblem Showing Promise

    Hope continues to spring in abundance, if perhaps not eternally, at the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan that War Emblem will overcome his mysterious disdain for breeding.

  • More Stakes Added to BC 'Challenge'

    The Breeders' Cup Challenge, a series of automatic qualifying races for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, will be expanded from 24 races to a minimum of 49 races at 12 of North America's premier racetracks in 2008, Breeders' Cup announced Feb. 14.

  • Jockey Club Fact Book Online

    Statistics in The Jockey Club's 2008 online fact book, which was released Feb. 14 and is available through the publications and resources section of the organization's website at http://www.jockeyclub.com, reaffirm the beneficial impact of "racinos" on state Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.

  • Racing Resumes at Santa Anita

    Following an afternoon of inconsistencies in Santa Anita's reconstituted racing surface, the main track appeared to be back in shape the morning of Feb. 14. Trainers went from scratching horses late in the card Feb. 13 because of their concern to commenting that the track was the best it has been so far the next morning.

  • Golden Doc A boasts thoroughly international pedigree.

    Mahuba's Corner: Golden Doc A

    MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter<BR>Golden Doc A is by Kentucky-bred Unusual Heat, a three-time stakes winner in Ireland. He is by Northern Dancer's champion son Nureyev, an excellent sire but not a horse with a great reputation as a sire of sires. Still, Nureyev's son Theatrical (IRE) has been a good stallion by almost anyone's standards, and other sons of Nureyev that have had some measure of success include Stravinsky, Fasliyev, and Soviet Star.

  • NTRA president and chief executive officer Alex Waldrop

    Waldrop to Testify on Capitol Hill

    National Thoroughbred Racing Association president and chief executive officer Alex Waldrop has been asked to testify in Washington, D.C., during a hearing titled "Drugs in Sports: Compromising the Health of Athletes and Undermining the Integrity of Competition."

  • The 2008 Belmont Stakes Logo

    NYRA Unveils Belmont Stakes Logo

    The New York Racing Association has unveiled its logo for the 140th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the 1 1/2-mile final leg of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

  • Street Sense at Darley Stud.

    Street Sense Covers First Mare

    Champion and classic winner Street Sense, whose $75,000 fee is the highest for an incoming stallion this year, has covered his first mare.

  • Pure Clan captured the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs last November.

    IEAH Buys Interest in Pure Clan

    IEAH Stables has reached an agreement to acquire a majority ownership interest in the undefeated Pure Clan, a leading contender for the grade 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. She will race in the silks of IEAH Stables, and current owner Lewis Lakin retained a piece of ownership in the deal.

  • Icy Atlantic is one of several stakes winners in Gulfstream Park&#39;s $75,000 Shotintheheart Handicap Feb. 14.

    Florida-breds Get Gulfstream Boost

    Gulfstream Park's $75,000 Shotintheheart Handicap Feb. 14 will be the first of as many as four Florida-bred stakes it will add this season.

  • NYRA Wins 25-Year Franchise

    The New York Racing Association, written off as dead a year ago by its competitors, has won the rights to a 25-year exclusive franchise to continue operating Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga racetracks.

  • NASDAQ: MEC Not in Compliance

    Share of Magna Entertainment Corp. have traded under $1 for more than 30 straight days, prompting NASDAQ to notify the racing and gaming company it was out of compliance with marketplace rules and faces delisting.