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  • Declan's Moon

    Ellis Pleased With Work for Declan's Moon

    Jay Em Ess Stable's Declan's Moon, the leading candidate to collect an Eclipse Award as the country's top juvenile of 2004 on Monday, worked a half-mile in a bullet :48 1/5 over Hollywood Park's fast main track.

  • Wily Whilly Wire-to-Wire Winner in San Marcos

    Crafty rider Felipe Martinez milked an easy lead with Irish-bred Whilly and had just enough left to hold off Puppeteer in the $150,000 San Marcos Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/4 miles on the Santa Anita Park turf Saturday.

  • Savorthetime Surges to First Lady Victory

    Favored Savorthetime surged past the pacesetting Cologny at the sixteenth pole and pulled away for a 2 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 First Lady Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Shake You Down Works Up Sweat for Millions

    Sunshine Millions Vinery Farms Sprint defending champion Shake You Down worked up a sweat while breezing five furlongs Saturday at Gulfstream Park in his last major move before flying to California for the Jan. 29 renewal. Trainer Scott Lake says the gelding did just what he needed to do.

  • Odd Journey Ends Happily for Mister Acpen

    Chilean group I turf winner Mister Acpen returned to training at Santa Anita earlier this month after more than a year long odyssey stemming from his contraction of a rare disease that was discovered upon his return to the United States from Hong Kong, trainer Kristin Mulhall revealed.

  • Jockeys' Guild, California Regulators Clash

    Jockeys' Guild attorney Barry Broad said Jan. 20 he hoped to have legislation introduced this year that would prevent individuals with financial interest in the business from serving on the California Horse Racing Board.

  • Popular FJ's Pace Retired

    FJ's Pace, a popular campaigner with California fans for many years, has been retired.

  • Rebound Likely for McCann's Mojave

    Consistent sprinter McCann's Mojave, a winner of five of eight career starts, can make amends for his recent fifth-place stakes finish in Sunday's $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

  • McCarron planning school for aspiring riders.

    McCarron Wants to Develop Jockey School

    Retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron announced that he would resign from his position with Magna Entertainment this spring and move to Kentucky, where he intends to open a jockey school.

  • Jockeys' Guild, California Regulators Clash

    Jockeys' Guild attorney Barry Broad said Jan. 20 he hoped to have legislation introduced this year that would prevent individuals with financial interest in the business from serving on the California Horse Racing Board.

  • Solis Returns to Saddle; Kerwin John Back

    Jockey Alex Solis, who suffered a fractured vertebra in a spill at Del Mar July 23, was back in the saddle for the first time Friday morning, working two horses for trainers Jeff Mullins and Richard Mandella.

  • NYRA, NYTHA to Fund R&D for Improved Testing

    The New York Racing Association, in conjunction with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, will fund additional research and development into improved equine testing for performance enhancing substances.

  • Jorge Chavez

    Jorge Chavez Rides Winner Number 4,000

    Jockey Jorge Chavez rode his 4,000th winner Jan. 21 when he guided Louis Siracusano's A Rizzi Reuben victory at Gulfstream in the fourth race of the day.

  • Kentucky State Sen. Damon Thayer.

    Breed Development Plan Gains in Kentucky

    Language that would authorize two breed development funds and eliminate a tax on the sale of yearlings and 2-year-olds in Kentucky has been delivered to Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher for possible inclusion in a tax modernization plan that could be unveiled in early February.

  • Sunshine Millions Attracts 144 Pre-Entries

    The Sunshine Millions, matching California-breds against Florida-breds, will be renewed Saturday, Jan. 29 with eight races worth a combined $3.6 million.

  • Ohio OKs Model Rules, Taps Purses for Tests

    The Ohio State Racing Commission tightened its medication rules Jan. 20 to greatly reflect the model rules offered by the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. In another change, money will be deducted from each purse to defray all or part of the cost to test blood and urine samples.

  • KEEP Announces Contest for Students

    The Kentucky Equine Education Project is taking its mission of 'Horses Work' into classrooms across the Bluegrass. The organization is sponsoring an artwork, poem, and essay contest.

  • Mid-Atlantic Regulators Endorse Medication Policy

    Regulators in the Mid-Atlantic region, who have been working together for years on uniform medication rules, agreed Jan. 20 to endorse the model medication and drug testing policy devised by the national Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

  • Skip to the Stone's First Offspring

    The first foal sired by graded stakes winner Skip to the Stone is a filly born Jan. 21 at Randy and Rebecca Schukay's Brambly Lane Farm near Sparr, Fla.

  • OBSC Sale Ends on Upward Note

    Disclaimed, a 14-year-old stakes producing mare by Affirmed in foal to Yes It's True, was purchased by Second Wind Racing for $100,000 to top the final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2005 winter mixed sale.

  • Aggadan Top-Weighted in Saturday's Aqueduct Handicap

    Taking advantage of lucrative purses for Maryland-bred stakes races, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. sent Aggadan to Pimlico for his last three races. But with the $100,000 Aqueduct Handicap (gr. III) to be run on Aggadan's home track at 1 1/16 miles, the 6-year-old horse will make his next start in that race Saturday.

  • Solid Field in First Lady Saturday at Gulfstream

    Expect an Angel, who won the Chaposa Springs at Calder on New Year's Eve by three lengths, heads a balanced field in the First Lady Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Evangeline Slots: $12M for Horsemen in 2004

    Slot machines at the new Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., pulled in nearly $72 million in gross revenue and generated more than $12 million for purses and breed development in their first year of operation, according to statistics from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

  • Wrona, Lone Star Can't Agree on Contract

    Michael Wrona, widely considered one of the premier announcers in the country, won't be calling races at Lone Star Park this year. He and Lone Star were unable to agree on a contract.

  • Champion Macho Uno's First Foal

    The first reported foal sired by champion Macho Uno is a filly born Jan. 11 at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla.

  • NTRA Dues Model Would Reflect Industry Changes

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which has called 2005 a pivotal year, is working on a revised dues formula that would generate the same amount of money, if not more, yet be more equitable in light of changes in the industry since the organization launched in 1997.

  • Dixieland Opens Oaklawn Park Meeting

    Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., lifts the lid on its 55-day racing season Friday, with the feature race showcasing 3-year-olds going 5 1/2 furlongs in the 65th running of the $50,000 Dixieland Stakes.

  • Colonial Colony, faces Alumni Hall in the Maxxam Gold Cup.

    Colonial Colony, Alumni Hall in Maxxam Gold Cup

    Chris Nolan's Colonial Colony, winner of the 2004 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, and William Farish, James Elkins, and Temple Webber's Alumni Hall, winner of the 2004 Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington Park, figure to vie for favoritism in the Jan. 22 Maxxam Gold Cup, a $100,000 event for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles at Sam Houston Race Park.

  • Songandaprayer Colts Tops at OBSC Open Session

    A yearling colt by Songandaprayer consigned by Wesfield Sales (Robert and Saronda Smith), agent, was bought by M.S.T.S. for $52,000 to top the first of two open sessions of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2005 Winter Mixed Sale.

  • CDI Cuts Off Betting Services, Tightens Standards

    Churchill Downs Inc. has suspended its business relationship with wagering services named in an indictment over alleged illegal gambling and race-fixing, and also is tightening standards for all account wagering services that take signals from the company's racetracks.

  • Dubai Racing Carnival Coverage Begins

    HorseRacing TV will provide live coverage of the 11-date Dubai International Racing Carnival from Nad al Sheba Race Course in Dubai, beginning Thursday.