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  • ESPN Airs Handicapping Contest Sunday

    Trying to piggyback on the phenomenal success of televised poker, the racing industry has high hopes for ESPN's one-hour program covering the National Handicapping Championship, which will air Sunday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. ET.

  • Conformation Development in Growing Thoroughbreds

    Selection of Thoroughbred horses for racing and breeding is based primarily on equine performance, pedigree, and phenotype (physical characteristics). Although conformation plays a critical role in the evaluation of horses, current methods of analyzing equine conformation are largely subjective and vary according to personal opinion and individual experie...

  • CHRB Takes Second Look at Jockey Weights

    For the second time in less than nine months, the California Horse Racing Board approved a 45-day public comment period for a series of rule changes that would replace the scale of weights assigned to horses starting in the state.

  • Virginia Derby Purse Increased to $750,000

    Based on the approval of the 2005 Thoroughbred racing and stakes schedule by the Virginia Racing Commission at its February meeting, Colonial Downs and the Virginia Thoroughbred horsemen have agreed to increase the purses for Colonial's two marquee stakes events.

  • Madcap Escapade and Society Selection Tangle in Shirley Jones

    The Feb. 19 Shirley Jones Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park should be one for the record books when a pair of heavy hitting 4-year-old fillies – Madcap Escapade and Society Selection-- clash for the first time in the seven-furlong race.

  • Trainer Dermot Weld Scores 3,000th Career Win

    Irish trainer Dermot Weld scored his 3,000th career win Feb. 17 at Nad al Sheba Racecourse when King Jock, under jockey Pat Smullen, posted a 1 3/4-length victory in the San Siro International Stakes over 1,500 meters on the turf during the Dubai International Racing Carnival.

  • Jockey Nelson Injured in Spill

    Leroy Nelson, who fell off his mount in the second race Wednesday at Gulfstream Park, suffered a separated shoulder and will be out of action for an indefinite period, according to Jockey Guild representative Roger Velez.

  • Bear Fan Favored to Defend Barbara Fritchie Title

    Bear Fan has been installed as the even-money morning-line favorite by Laurel Park handicapper Frank Carulli as the 6-year-old daughter of Pine Bluff attempts to defend her title in Saturday's $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II).

  • California Pari-Mutuel Clerks' Rep Outlines Tote Problems

    Pari-mutuel clerks in California said they are experiencing numerous problems with the state's tote system machinery and are concerned with the racing board's consideration of eliminating a four-second cancellation delay that gives them a last-gasp chance to correct a mistake.

  • Tougher Drug Sanctions Coming in California?

    Encouraged by Santa Anita's recent success uncovering excessive levels of sodium bicarbonate, the California Horse Racing Board's medication committee Wednesday tackled a wide range of other complicated issues with an eye to future technology and tougher penalities.

  • Spanish Chestnut, winning the San Rafael.

    Spanish Chestnut Has Gate Work; Santa Catalina Next

    San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) winner Spanish Chestnut remains on schedule for his next start in the March 5 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) and the Florida-bred tuned up for the 1 1/16-mile event with a six-furlong work in 1:14 from the gate on Wednesday morning over a fast track Santa Anita.

  • Twice As Bad Preparing for Return

    Mercedes Stables' grade II winner Twice as Bad, sidelined since finishing seventh in the Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) at Calder Race Course last July 10, is back to work and is considered possible to make his return to racing before the end of the current Santa Anita meeting, trainer Vladimir Cerin said.

  • Ghostzapper Works at Palm Meadows

    Stronach Stable's Ghostzapper, Horse of the Year in 2004, continues to progress in his training, working a handy five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 on Monday at the Palm Meadows Training Center in preparation for a possible start in the April 9 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II).

  • Afleet Alex, with Jeremy Rose aboard, worked Wednesday at Oaklawn Park.

    Afleet Alex Returns With Sharp Work at Oaklawn

    Cash Is King Stable's Afleet Alex, winner of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) and runner-up in the voting for 2-year-old champion, had his first work of the year at Oaklawn Park Wednesday, drilling a sharp half in :47 flat with jockey Jeremy Rose aboard. It was the second fastest of 40 works at the distance.

  • Milkshake Testing Gets Underway in New York

    Testing for the practice known as milkshaking begins in New York today (Feb. 16). The testing, which has come together quickly, has been lauded throughout the backside, but at least one trainer thinks the New York Racing Association should not have made the information public.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Incomparable Gaines

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Best comment I ever heard about John Gaines was from Lexingtonian Arnold Kirkpatrick, who said Gaines was "smarter than a tree full of owls."

  • Inspired Visionary

    <i>By Greg Avioli</i> - John had the amazing ability to synthesize large amounts of information and draw immediate and clear conclusions.

  • Louisiana Legends Night Highlights

    'Louisiana Legends Night,' showcasing eight Louisiana-bred stakes events, highlights a revamped stakes calendar for the 2005 Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino Thoroughbred Meeting.

  • Owner Louis F. Goodwin Dead

    Louis F. Goodwin, an owner for 34 years, died Feb. 10 at his home in Glen Burnie, Md., south of Baltimore.

  • Virginia Owner Sheilah Rathbun Dead

    Sheilah Rathbun, who owned a successful breeding and racing operation near Middleburg, Va., with her husband, Henry, died Jan. 10 in Arlington, Va.

  • Racing Industry Raises more than $120,000 for Noah Fund

    More than $120,000 was raised for Noah Grove, the son of Bowie, Md.-based trainer Chris Grove, during a Laurel Park fundraiser Feb. 13. The 5-year old was diagnosed with bone cancer last February and to save his life he underwent a through-the-knee amputation.

  • Newbury Announces All-Weather Track

    Newbury, one of Britain's most prominent racecourses, has announced plans for a 15-furlong all-weather (dirt) course with five and six-furlong straight races and a chute for contests over seven furlongs and a mile.

  • Endless Summer Disqualified; Mitchell Penalized

    Prince Khalid Abdullah's 2000 Group II Richmond Stakes winner Endless Summer was disqualified from that race at a Feb. 11 British Jockey Club hearing Feb. 11 after it was discovered the colt was technically three when winning the contest for 2-year-olds.