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  • First VLT Election in Florida Set for March

    The Broward County (Florida) Commission voted Tuesday to approve a plan allowing voters to decide whether to allow video lottery terminals at the county's four pari-mutuel facilities, although a number of details are still undetermined.

  • BC Mile Winner Domedriver's First Foal

    The first reported offspring sired by 2002 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Domedriver arrived Jan. 17 at Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard in France.

  • Seattle Shamus to Oakhurst in Oregon

    Seattle Shamus, whose :20.96 is believed to be the fastest opening quarter-mile ever run at Santa Anita, will enter stud at Dr. Jack Root's Oakhurst Thoroughbreds near Newberg, Ore.

  • Grade I Winner Kicken Kris to Japan

    Kicken Kris, a grade I winner for Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable, has been sold for stallion duty to Hidaka Breeders Association in Japan. The 5-year-old son of Kris S. arrived Jan. 12 in Japan.

  • Top Horse Players Vie For Handicapper of Year Title

    Defending champion Kent Meyer of Sioux City, Iowa heads a field of 214 horseplayers who will gather at Bally's Las Vegas on Jan. 21-22 to vie for horse racing's official title of "Handicapper of the Year" and a first-place prize of $200,000 in the $400,000 <i>Daily Racing Form</i>/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.

  • Semoran to Oklahoma Veterinary Center

    Graded stakes winner Semoran will stand at Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Ranch near Stillwater.

  • Louisiana Brings Back Stallion Stakes

    The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Association is bringing back the Louisiana Stallion Stakes program. The program originally began in the late 1970s and was discontinued during the 1990s.

  • Race For Education to Award $300,000 in Scholarships

    The board of directors of the Race For Education voted to award $300,000 in scholarship money this year to young people in the equine industry, bringing the total amount the group has awarded since its inception in 2002 to $725,000.

  • Fusaichi Samurai, highly-regarded colt who has some catching up to do on the Triple Crown Trail.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Is Class of '05 the Fastest Ever?

    "Too fast to last." That is an old slogan that racing fans hope does not ring true in 2005. If it doesn't, then we're in for a memorable winter and spring on the road to the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), as a legion of brilliant young horses across the country prepare to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

  • FTC charity auctions raise more than $320,000

    The proceeds from the Florida Thoroughbred Charities' "Bright Futures" auction reached an all-time high, raising over $60,000 from its live and silent auctions and over $260,000 from its stallion seasons auction. The live and silent auctions/cocktail party was held at Steinbrenner's Yankee Ramada Inn Jan. 16.

  • National HBPA OKs Paper, Supports Security

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has endorsed a white paper on simulcasting and also heralded its support of industry efforts to police the sport in the wake of federal indictments in New York.

  • Panel Stresses Benefits of Racing to Regulators

    Despite divergent agendas, a blue ribbon panel from the Thoroughbred industry spoke to state lawmakers at the annual meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States in Duck Key, Fla., Jan. 15.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Raising the Stakes

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Getting caught is no picnic, but occasional fines, suspensions, and hefty legal bills are included in the price some horsemen have been willing to pay to live on, or over, the edge of the game's rules and regulations.

  • Stablemates

    <i>By Joe Hickey</i> -- Bonds made as classmates, teammates, roommates, shipmates, and soulmates often last a lifetime. And so, too, can bonds made among stablemates.

  • Tyler Baze rides Sharp Lisa to victory in the Santa Ynez Stakes.

    'Lisa' is Sharp in Santa Ynez Victory

    Sharp Lisa, the 9-10 favorite, wore down No Bull Baby in the stretch run and scored a 1 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day card at Santa Anita Park.

  • Horsemen: No Position Yet on Rebate Shops

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's board of directors will decide Jan. 18 whether to endorse an updated "white paper" on simulcasting, but it won't decide--at least for several months--its position on high-volume rebate operations.

  • Stockholder Hopes for Sunshine Millions Dividend

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was on hand Jan. 17 to oversee workouts by many of his top Gulfstream Park-based horses including Dapple Stables' Stockholder, who is being pointing toward the $1-million Ocala Breeders' Sales Classic, the highlight of the Jan. 29 Sunshine Millions program.

  • Back-to-back Derby winner Jimmy Winkfield featured on evening news.

    CBS News to Feature Jockey Winkfield

    African-American jockey Jimmy Winkfield, who won back-to-back runnings of the Kentucky Derby at the turn of the 20th century, is the subject of a feature on the CBS "Evening News" that will air today, Monday, Jan. 17.

  • Zabeel Recovering From Leg Injury

    A paddock accident to a hind leg of the great Zabeel sent a scare through Cambridge Stud in New Zealand where the champion has been standing for 10 years. He was immediately confined to his stall.

  • National HBPA Seeks Answers on Drug Uniformity

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association medication committee, in response to concerns from affiliates in Kentucky and Ohio, has asked its affiliates to make known their position on the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium's proposal for uniform medication and drug testing.

  • Girl Warrior holds on to best A.P Adventure in Sunday&#39;s El Encino.

    Girl Warrior Scratches Out El Encino Victory

    Girl Warrior battled along the inside to narrowly hold off the odds-on choice A.P. Adventure by a head in her stakes debut for trainer Neil Drysdale, winning the $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-old fillies Sunday at Santa Anita Park.

  • Holy Bull winner Second of June returns to action.

    Sunshine's Classic Next for Second of June

    Second of June, on the comeback trail after a 3-year-old season shortened by a serious injury, will race in the $1 million Ocala Breeders' Sales Classic, the highlight of the Jan. 29 Sunshine Millions program.

  • Amazing Buy, with Norberto Arroyo Jr. aboard, captures the Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct.

    Amazing Buy Passes Busanda Tests

    Amazing Buy made owner Ernie Paragallo look good Sunday when she won the $80,550 Busanda Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct in her first race against winners and over a route of ground.

  • Sweet Catomine and David Flores win the Santa Ysabel Stakes, Sunday at Santa Anita.

    Sweet Catomine Glides to Santa Ysabel Win

    Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Sweet Catomine kicked off her 3-year-old campaign with a facile win over four overmatched foes in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park Sunday.

  • Tyler Baze Draws Three-Day Suspension

    Tyler Baze, Santa Anita's leading rider with 18 wins through Saturday, has been suspended three days (Jan. 19-21) "for failure to make proper effort to maintain a straight course in the stretch" aboard Like A Tiger, a one-length winner in Friday's fourth race.

  • Action This Day retired to Castle Lyons.

    Enigmatic Action This Day Retired

    Unable to recapture the ability that he displayed in winning the 2003 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at odds of 26-1, the enigmatic Action This Day has been retired and will stand at Castleton Lyons outside of Lexington, Ky., trainer Richard Mandella said Sunday.

  • Cozy Guy Tunes Up for Sunshine Classic

    California Cup Classic winner Cozy Guy worked five furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track Saturday in 1:01 2/5 in preparation for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 29.

  • Portland Cancels Racing Again Sunday

    With no thaw in temperatures in the Portland metropolitan area, Portland Meadows Racetrack has canceled its live racing program Sunday for the second time in as many days due to frozen track conditions.

  • Disappointment Turns to Joy at Inglis Classic

    Last week at the Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast, one of Australia's most prolific winning trainers, Canberra-based Barbara Joseph, walked away disappointed that she had missed out on a relative to her fabulous pair of females Ain't Seen Nothin' and Commands Nothin'.

  • Unbeaten Saintliness Wins Affectionately

    Stronach Stables' lightly raced Saintliness kept her record spotless Saturday at Aqueduct, getting the jump on six rivals and winning the $81,275 Affectionately Handicap for fillies and mares by three-quarters of a length over Miss Fortunate.