Headlines for Wednesday, February 6, 2008

  • NYRA Deal Said to Be Within Reach

    A tentative deal is within reach to give the New York Racing Association a 25-year franchise to run Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga, legislative sources said Feb. 6, the same day NYRA indicated live racing at Aqueduct could end Feb. 14.

  • Tough Tiz's Sis stands out among the half-dozen entered in the Santa Maria Handicap.

    Tough Tiz's Sis Tops Santa Maria

    Tough Tiz's Sis, a grade I winner for trainer Bob Baffert on Santa Anita Park's Cushion Track during the Oak Tree meet last fall, takes on five rivals in the $250,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 9.

  • Time for Peace Pipe, Shapiro Says

    Now that voters in California have decisively approved a massive increase in Indian gaming for four large Southern California tribes, the chairman of the state's horse racing board says it is time for the tribal casinos to help out his ailing industry with financial mitigation.

  • Island Fashion

    'Fashion' Foals Storm Cat Filly

    Multiple grade I winner Island Fashion foaled a dark bay or brown filly by leading sire Storm Cat Feb. 4 at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington, the farm announced Feb. 6.

  • Student Council headlines the San Antonio Handicap.

    Student Council Heads San Antonio

    Millennium Farms' Student Council, back-to-back winner of the Pacific Classic (gr. I) and the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) in 2007, looks to rebound from an eighth-place finish in the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) when he heads a field of nine in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 9.

  • George Washington

    George Washington Sires Filly

    George Washington, who was euthanized after breaking down in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) in October, sired his first reported foal.

  • Turfway Park

    Turfway Park Adds Stakes in March

    Turfway Park has added the St. Patrick's Day Handicap to its annual stakes schedule. Carded for 4-year-olds and up at six furlongs, the overnight handicap will be run March 17.

  • Two Out of Oaks Future Wager

    Wagering has been suspended on a pair of fillies listed as betting interests in Pool 1 of Churchill Downs' 2008 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which leaves the four-day pool with 22 wagering interests that include 21 individual horses and a mutuel field that includes all other 3-year-old fillies.

  • Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey successfully bid $1.3 million for the Keeneland July 1978 sale topper Nureyev (above).

    Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey Dead

    Bloodstock legend Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey, a lynchpin in the success of the Niarchos family's racing and breeding operation, died Feb. 3 at his home in Newbury, England.

  • The coveted Triple Crown trophy.

    One Added to Triple Crown Noms List

    Due to an oversight on the part of Triple Crown Productions, there is an addition of one early nominee for this year's Triple Crown. The addition increases the nomination total to 449, just one below the record of 450 posted in 2007.

  • Leelanau to Tower Farm

    Leelanau, a Churchill Downs' track-record setter, has been acquired by Jack Barr for stallion duty at Wally and Janet Hartwig's Tower Farm near Somonauk, Ill.