Headlines for Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Jeanne Mirabito with Our Mims

    Promise Keeper

    A chance meeting with a forgotten champion leads Jeanne Mirabito to create a haven for pensioners.

  • L.J. McKanas

    Tampa Bay Trainer Could be 'Lone Survivor'

    Tampa Bay Downs trainer Leon McKanas, longtime fan of the CBS-TV hit series Survivor, will get his chance to appear in the show's new season, which begins airing Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.

  • Emmett Park Moves into Risen Star Field

    Gore Range Stable's Emmett Park has joined the Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford (gr. II) field at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as he drew in off the also-eligible list following the scratch of Bond Holder.

  • L'Amour de Ma Vie rolls home to win the Balanchine.

    L'Amour de Ma Vie All Heart in Balanchine

    L'Amour de Ma Vie flashed an impressive acceleration off the turn to the win the $200,000 Balanchine (UAE-II) Feb. 20 at Meydan while anxious favorite Certify suffered her first defeat.

  • That Handicapping Show: Risen Star Stakes

    Claire Novak and Frank Angst hope to continue their winning streak this weekend with two key Kentucky Derby prep races, the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes and Risen Star Stakes. Don't forget to check Frank and Tom's picks in last weeks That Handicapping Show for the Barbara Fritchie that is running this weekend. They are sticking with their picks! Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Risen Star Stakes.

  • Mike Smith, right, with his aunt Nedra Matteucci after his recent induction into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.

    Q&A With Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith

    "I try to ride the best I know how to ride," Smith said. "I love horses, I truly do. I like people to know that and I hope it shows in my riding, let's put it that way. I have to be the best I can possibly be."

  • Smith to Co-Chair Racehorse Ranking Committee

    International Federation of Horseracing Authorities chairman Louis Romanet has appointed Phil Smith, the British Horseracing Authority's head of handicapping, as co-chairman of the World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee.

  • Split Decision in Instant Racing Ruling

    The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled the state's horse racing commission has the statutory authority to allow wagering on historical racing, but questions about taxation will require further action in circuit court.

  • Calabrese Splits With Trainer Kirk Ziadie

    Owner Frank Carl Calabrese and trainer Kirk Ziadie have ended a high-profile partnership in which they each led in wins at two recent race meets at Calder Casino & Race Course and at the first summer/fall meet at Gulfstream.

  • Downey Profile: What Gets FOY Top Billing?

    The Fountain of Youth Stakes is comprised almost entirely of early-pace and stalking types, with a couple of closers looking to narrow the gap late. Let's try to sort them out.