Headlines for Friday, February 15, 2008

  • CHRB Names 45 Forum Participants

    There are 45 experts confirmed as panelists for a special California Horse Racing Board forum to discuss synthetic track surfaces Feb. 20 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Undefeated Triple Crown contender El Gato Malo worked six furlongs at Hollywood Park Feb. 15.<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%3D3277578%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    El Gato Malo Posts Bullet Workout

    Undefeated Triple Crown contender El Gato Malo worked six furlongs at Hollywood Park Feb. 15 in a bullet 1:11 4/5, while across town at Santa Anita, Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) winner Crown of Thorns turned in a leisurely drill. The pair is headed for a showdown in the 1 1/8-mile Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita on March 1.

  • Black Mamba is ready to strike in the Buena Vista Handicap.

    Black Mamba Gets Chance to Strike

    After running strongly against the likes of Citronnade, Nashoba's Key, and Precious Kitten in her most recent starts, the New Zealand-bred mare Black Mamba should be ready to strike in the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf course Feb. 18.

  • Divine Park is the highweight, at 117 lbs. General George Handicap (gr. II).

    General George Draws Solid Field

    Trainer Bruce Levine has conditioned Roddy Valente's homebred Bustin Stones through four victories -- including three black type wins -- and a successful comeback from surgery on both knees. But the 4-year-old son of City Zip will have to step it up a notch to remain undefeated when he tackles graded company for the first time in the Feb. 18 General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park.

  • Demon Warlock's first foal, a bay filly out of the stakes-winning mare Miss Manito.

    Demon Warlock Sires First Foal

    The first foal for Washington's 2004 Horse of the Year Demon Warlock was born Feb. 9 at Bob and Barbara Meeking's Allaire Farms in Poulsbo, Wash.

  • Giant Moon took the Count Fleet Stakes and will start next in the Gotham (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 8.

    Giant Moon Works for Gotham

    With exercise rider Cesar Correa in the saddle, Giant Moon, a son of Giant's Causeway, worked in company with New York-bred maiden Mighty Morris. The workmates finished on even terms. Giant Moon's final time on the fast track was the third-fastest of 27 at the distance.

  • Grayson-JC Research to Fund $1.2 M

    On Feb. 15, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation approved a record allocation of $1,226,457 for equine research in 2008.

  • TVG: Handle up, revenue down in 2007.

    TVG: Wagers Up, Revenues Down

    The parent company of TVG Network reported the horse racing television channel realized a 10% increase in wagers processed for 2007, but saw overall revenues decline slightly for the year.

  • Goffs' Sale Posts Declines

    The 2008 Goffs' February Sale concluded Thursday with steep declines in total and average prices when compared with the same sale in 2007.

  • FT Texas Sale Has Sire Power

    Tim Boyce, director of sales for Fasig-Tipton's Texas division, recently announced that the company has cataloged 303 entries for its 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale on April 1 at Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Downey Profile: Z Humor Tops Davis

    On paper, Z Humor tops the field in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, and his running style and jockey Garrett Gomez should get him into position to win. The question will be whether he can relax in the opening stages of the race.