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  • Belmont Celebration Honors John Hettinger

    John Hettinger, long time chairman of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, will be honored at this year's annual Belmont Celebration June 10, the eve of the 137th running of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Report: 2004 Breeders' Cup Generated $47.4 Million For Texas

    The 21st running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships last October at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas helped generate $47.4 million in new economic activity for that state, according to a study released Thursday.

  • Artie Schiller, Better Talk Now Head Dixie

    Two of the nation's best turf runners in the form of Artie Schiller and Better Talk Now hook up in Saturday's CompUSA Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico when they take on four rivals as each attempts to win their second consecutive race in as many starts this year.

  • Gators N Bears in Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap

    When Gators N Bears enters the gate for Saturday's $200,000 Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course, he'll be doing more than defending his 2004 Maryland Breeders' Cup title. He'll be looking for his first win of the year against an evenly matched field of eight runners in the six-furlong race.

  • Nine Draw In For Pimlico's Sir Barton

    A field of nine 3-year-olds passed the entry box for Saturday's Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard at Pimlico Race Course. Highweight Killenaule, third in last year's Remsen Stakes (gr. II) behind winner Rockport Harbor, and undefeated Pinpoint, under the second-high impost, lead the field.

  • Pass 'Hall' to Win Schaefer

    In the race immediately preceding the Preakness (gr. I) at Pimlico Saturday, eight older horses will contest the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) over nine furlongs.

  • Breeders' Cup Tickets On Delay

    By this time last year, Lone Star Park officials had already reported selling 34,000 tickets for the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. This year is much different

  • Monarchos Gets First Winner at Belmont

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos was represented by his first winner when his daughter Fifth Avenue won May 18 at Belmont Park at five furlongs in her first outing.

  • Mothers to Be

    While the socialization process of transforming fillies and mares from racetrack careers into broodmares might be easier than it is for stallions, biologically it is significantly more complex for distaffers to begin their reproductive duties.

  • Trainer Mitchell Can't Forget Star Over the Bay

    Trainer Mike Mitchell tried to concentrate on work in his Hollywood Park stable office Wednesday but found it impossible to forget about grade I winner Star Over the Bay, whose winner's circle pictures hung on the wall.

  • Stewards to Hear Jockeys on Unapproved Ads

    Three jockeys who appear to have worn unapproved advertising during the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) are expected at a hearing before Churchill Downs stewards May 21 in Louisville.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, left, is shilouetted as he walks around the Stakes barn at Pimlico Wednesday.

    Derby Winner Arrives at Pimlico

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo arrived at Pimlico Race Course at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in pursuit of the second leg of the coveted Triple Crown in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Premiere Radio to Deliver Preakness Radio Broadcast

    Premiere Radio Networks will deliver the exclusive radio call of the 130th Preakness Stakes May 21 live from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The one-hour broadcast will begin at 5:30 p.m. (ET) with The Preakness Stakes post time scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

  • Dr. Catherine Kohn

    Noon Chat to Offer Expert

    Ask an expert about EHV. Dr. Catherine Kohn, of The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine answers your questions live at noon.

  • Track-Surface Woes Force Evangeline Shutdown

    Louisiana racing officials planned to meet May 18 to discuss a strategy in the wake of an announcement that live racing at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino would be halted until June 30 so the new racing surface can be overhauled.

  • Strong Demand For Juveniles Continues at Barretts Sale

    Strong demand for juveniles at public auction continued at the Barretts May Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training held May 17 at the Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex Park in Pomona, California. A total of 193 horses were reported sold for gross receipts of $7,663,700, an 8.6% jump over the same sale a year ago when 189 youngsters sold for a total of $7,053,000.

  • Champion sprinter Housebuster, romping in a paddock in 2004.

    Champion Sprinter Housebuster Dead

    Housebuster, the last two-time Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, died May 15 after he was taken to a veterinary clinic. The 18-year-old son of Mt. Livermore is represented as a stallion by 32 career stakes winners.

  • The Power of Ten

    <i>By Morton Cathro</i> - When owner Jerry Moss attached his green-and-pink colors to slot 10 during the post-position draw for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), he unwittingly was saddling Giacomo for a wild ride through storied Derby history.

  • Magna Entertainment Lands Michigan Racing License

    Acting Michigan Racing Commissioner Christine C. White awarded the one available racetrack license in the Detroit Metropolitan area to Michigan Racing Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of Magna Entertainment Corporation (MEC).

  • Wine Ruling Could Impact Account Wagering

    A United States Supreme Court ruling that overturned Michigan and New York laws that keep wine produced out of state from being shipped to in-state customers could have implications for account wagering, a National Thoroughbred Racing Association official said.

  • Retired Trainer Kay Erik Jensen Dead

    Retired trainer Kay Erik Jensen, who is believed to be the only rider to win a steeplechase and flat race on a single card, died May 13 at his Warrenton, Va., home.

  • Tampa Bay Management Duo Promoted

    Tampa Bay Downs announced Monday that Margo Flynn has been promoted to vice president of marketing and publicity and Greg Gelyon has been named vice president of finance.

  • Kentucky Takes More Time on Drug Penalties

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority delayed action May 16 on a hard-hitting, comprehensive schedule of penalties for medication violations--including ones designed to make racehorse owners and veterinarians more accountable.

  • Ashado Heads Pimlico BC Distaff Field

    Ashado, who missed the Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) on Kentucky Derby day because her trainer was not satisfied with her weight assignment, may run this Friday carrying that same 123 pounds.

  • Trainer Nick Zito, who may start three horses in the Preakness Stakes.

    Zito May Start Three in Preakness; Two Work at Churchill

    Although High Fly will have to wait until Tuesday morning to earn his way into the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) field during a scheduled half-mile workout at Churchill Downs, stablemates Noble Causeway and Sun King punched their tickets to Pimlico Race Course after pleasing trainer Nick Zito with their respective five-furlong workouts Monday morning

  • Going Wild Has 'A Good Morning' in Preakness Workout

    Going Wild, who finished 18th of 20 in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), had his final Preakness Stakes (gr. I) tune-up at Churchill Downs Monday morning, drilling five furlongs in 1:01.40 for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The work ranked 11th of 20 times at the distance.

  • Closing Argument Pleases Trainer With Fast Work

    Closing Argument, the Successful Appeal colt, who came within a half-length of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) glory, had trainer Kiaran McLaughlin smiling Monday morning after he breezed a half-mile in :49 flat over the main track at Belmont Park in his final preparation for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Darley Sires Battered in Sydney Weanling Sale

    Spin is an interesting exercise. For example, some will look at the results of Sunday's Australian 2005 select weanling sale conducted at Newmarket in Sydney, and say it was a successful sale.

  • Healthy Again, Nashinda Invincible in Hendrie

    Jockey David Clark and Nashinda, who teamed up to take the six-furlong Whimsical Stakes on April 15 at Woodbine, were unbeatable again, this time in Sunday's $211,900 Hendrie Handicap (Can-III) for older fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs at the Toronto oval.

  • Divine Win in French One Thousand Guineas

    The undefeated French star Divine Proportions ran her winning streak to seven, barely breaking a sweat while easing up at the end for a five-length victory in the Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I) Sunday at Longchamp.

  • Godolphin's Shamardal Rebounds In Big Way

    Last year's European champion 2-year-old colt Shamardal, considered a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prospect for his new Godolphin team until he flopped in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) in March, bounced back in a big way Sunday at Longchamps, winning the Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-I) in front-running style.

  • Salt Lake Filly, Illinois Storm Colt Among Fastest Workers

    A colt and a filly shared the fastest eighth of a mile time when they stopped the clock in :10.0 seconds Saturday during the second session of the under tack show for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Van Driver Fined $500 in 'Catomine Case

    Horse transportation driver Dean Kerkhoff was fined $500 by Hollywood Park stewards for his role in misidentifying Pam and Marty Wygod's champion Sweet Catomine as a stable pony before transporting her from Santa Anita to Alamo Pintado Equine Clinic near Los Olivos and back in early April.

  • Australian jockey Danny Nikolic celebrates aboard Mummify after winning the Singapore Airlines International Cup.

    Singapore Success for Mummify; Star Over The Bay Breaks Down

    Australia's sole representative Mummify denied the proven international performer Phoenix Reach Sunday night to win the $1.8 million Singapore Airlines International Cup (Sng-I) in a thrilling finish. Unfortunately, American challenger Star Over The Bay broke down during the race and was euthanized.