Headlines for Friday, February 22, 2008

  • Carl Nafzger is a two-time Kentucky Derby winner.

    12 Finalists Named for Hall of Fame

    Trainer Carl Nafzger and jockey Edgar Prado topped the list of 12 finalists for election to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in 2008 when the museum announced nominees Feb. 22. Notably missing from the list was California conditioner Bob Baffert, who has been eligible for election for the past two years.

  • Former Gulfstream Announcer Dead

    Ross Morton, Gulfstream Park's announcer for 23 years and Finger Lakes' announcer throughout its 46-year history, died the night of Feb. 20 in Hollywood after suffering a massive stroke. He was 74.

  • Champion Shirocco, son of So Sedulous.

    So Sedulous Euthanized

    So Sedulous, the dam of German and Italian champion Shirocco, has been euthanized due to an illness. She was 17.

  • Gulfstream Challenges Tribal 'Pact

    Gulfstream Park has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a compact allowing tribal casinos to offer Class-III slots and banked card games in Florida, the latest attempt by the track to curb gaming competition from neighboring wagering facilities.

  • Downey Profile: Weird Times in FOY

    The old Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times," ably describes the many odd goings-on in Sunday's running of the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes. While there is intent and purpose to everything we're seeing, and there is nothing new under the sun, this race has some odd features.

  • Greg Gilchrist trained Vicarino broke the five-furlong track mark at Bay Meadows Feb. 21.

    Vicarino Breaks Bay Meadows Mark

    Heavy favorite Vicarino broke the five-furlong track mark at Bay Meadows Feb. 21 even though he spotted his rivals a head start in the $42,400 sprint feature.

  • Penn National Race Course

    Penn National Cancels Feb. 22 Card

    Live racing at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. was canceled Feb. 22 after a snowstorm dumped around six inches of snow in the Central Pennsylvania area.

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    West Point Derby Contenders Work

    Three top contenders from the West Point Thoroughbreds string prepared for starts in graded stakes while breezing for their respective trainers Feb. 21. Led by 4-year-old Awesome Gem, the worktab also included potential Derby contenders El Gato Malo and Saratoga Russell.