Headlines for Wednesday, February 20, 2008

  • CHRB members John Andreini, left, Jerry Moss, John Amerman, Chairman Richard Shapiro and John Harris listen to commentary during the meeting.

    Santa Anita to Replace Surface

    Experts from all avenues of the racing industry presented statistics and opinions on synthetic surfaces and Santa Anita track president Ron Charles said the track will replace its Cushion Track as a six-hour special meeting called by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) concluded Feb. 20.

  • Einstein won the 2006 edition of the Gulfstream Park Turf and finished 3rd last year.

    Einstein Heads Gulfstream Park Turf

    Midnight Cry Stables' Einstein won the 2006 edition of the Gulfstream Park Turf (gr. IT) and was a close-up third to Jambalaya last year. In this year's $350,000 edition, the son of Spend a Buck returns to the grass after a sixth-place finish over dirt and faces the likes of Dave, Shamdinan, and Zann.

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    Strong Surf

    MAHUBAH's CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter <P> With only 16 starts under his belt as a 6-year-old, Surf Cat is far from the most durable runner in North America. But when he is right, there are few with more sheer talent. Having run down grade I winner Greg's Gold in the San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 16, Surf Cat has now recorded his fifth win in a grade II race.

  • Washington Owners Back Rescue Farms

    Beginning with the 2008 season, horse owners at Emerald Downs can make contributions to accredited Thoroughbred rescue, retirement and rehabilitation facilities through a voluntary $1 per start minimum contribution from their horsemen's bookkeeper accounts.

  • On the Acorn returns from an absence of more than nine months in the San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT).

    On the Acorn Makes 'Obispo Comeback

    Two-time grade II winner On the Acorn returns from an absence of more than nine months in the $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap (gr. IIT) at 12 furlongs on the Santa Anita turf course Feb. 23.

  • Better Talk Now will head to Dubai for the Sheema Classic (UAE-IT) March 29.

    Better Talk Now Headed to Dubai

    Trainer Graham Motion said Feb. 20 that multiple grade I winner Better Talk Now will fly to Dubai from Florida March 18 to run in the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-IT) at Nad Al Sheba racecourse on the World Cup undercard March 29.

  • The 2004 Kentucky Derby victory by Smarty Jones apparently has done more for Pennsylvania racing than more than 100 Derbies and a long racing history have done for Kentucky, at least as far as legislation goes.

    Analysis: 'Smarty Slots' Take Lead

    The "Smarty slots" in Pennsylvania have been jingling for more than a year. In Kentucky, where the racing industry views Pennsylvania as a major threat, casino legislation broke from the gate in a tangle yet again this year.

  • Racino Officials, Horsemen to Meet

    Isle Racing & Casino at Pompano Park is delaying a decision on possible cancellation of some March and April racing dates.

  • Jose Santos

    Santos Guest at Sports Dinner

    Jockey Jose Santos will return to the limelight Feb. 23 when he joins athletes from various other sports at the 17th Sports Legends Awards dinner at The Omni Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. The event benefits spinal cord research through the Paralysis Project of America.

  • Oregon Set to Welcome Two New ADWs

    Just as the door closes on International Racing Group's operating presence in Oregon, the state is prepared to welcome two new players to the advance deposit wagering scene.

  • Robert Lewis (gr. II) winner Crown of Thorns is off the Derby Trail.

    Crown of Thorns Off Derby Trail

    Triple Crown hopeful Crown of Thorns, winner of the Feb. 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita, is off the Derby trail after suffering a shin injury on his left front leg, trainer Dick Mandella said Tuesday.

  • Curlin co-owner William Gallion.

    Curlin Foreclosure Motion Continued

    A Kentucky judge delayed ruling on the latest motion asking to foreclose on the company that owns a minority interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin Feb. 19, leaving in place, at least temporarily, the colt's clouded ownership structure.

  • Curlin, with Carmen Rosas on board, gets his first taste of the Nad Al Sheba racecourse, and is accompanied by Scott Blasi on his pony Poncho.

    Curlin Canters at Nad Al Sheba

    Horse of the Year Curlin looked in great shape Feb. 20 when he took his first look at the main dirt track of Nad Al Sheba, home to his main target, the $6million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), sponsored by Emirates Airline.

  • Curlin, with Carmen Rosas on board, gets his first taste of Nad Al Sheba, under the watchful eye of Scott Blasi on his pony Poncho.

    Curlin Has First Gallop in Dubai

    Curlin looked in great shape Wednesday morning when taking his first look at the main dirt track of Nad Al Sheba, home to the $6 million Dubai World Cup (gr. I), sponsored by Emirates Airline.