- Chalk up another 2005 stakes winner for stallion Forestry, as his two-year old Somethinaboutbetty took the restricted Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship at Laurel on Monday for trainer Todd Pletcher. She’s a half-sister to stakes winner Petunia; and her second dam is multiple graded turf winner Betty Lobelia.
- Richard Schosberg was just as surprised as the rest of us that his Attila’s Storm couldn’t catch longshot Proud Tower Too in the Malibu.
"Personally, I'm surprised we didn't win…..He (Valenzuela) had him in a great spot, the horse had been training good. I thought he was going to go on, but the other horse was tough. He couldn't get past him, plain and simple." [Pasadena Star News]Perhaps he shouldn’t be too surprised; Attila’s Storm did stick a nose in front around the eighth pole, so he may very well have won the race had it been six furlongs. It’s possible that seven furlongs is just not his ideal distance. That final eighth was run in 13 seconds, yet he couldn’t get by the Cal-bred for the win.
- Wednesday is the deadline for license applications for Pennsylvania casinos, both those that will be located at seven racetracks, plus two at resorts, and five stand-alone locations. Of the latter, two will be in Philadelphia, and one in Pittsburgh, where the competition is shaping up as particularly tough, with five known aspirants for the single license. One of those is the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, striving to keep the franchise in Pittsburgh by using gambling proceeds to build a new arena. The Pens’ prospects got a boost yesterday when one of the prospective bidders dropped out and endorsed the club’s bid, and a state official said that whoever wins the license should fund a new arena. The Penguins have said they will move if they cannot build a new rink. In Philly, Donald Trump is one of three applicants that are known thus far, and nine others are thought to be applying for the remaining two stand-alone licenses.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will be quite busy over the next few weeks examining the applications. This is a weighty matter, and not just in terms of the financial windfall the license winners stand to gain -
The first slots license application submitted this month came from Pocono Downs harness racetrack near Wilkes-Barre and weighed more than 400 pounds, taking up several large boxes. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]- It’s the post-Afleet Alex era for trainer Tim Ritchey, but Robert Yates in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Ritchey will maintain a string of 35 horses at Oaklawn Park, where Alex prepped for the Triple Crown series last year. Ritchey says “I’ve got four 2-year-old colts that are very nice.” He’ll keep two of them at the Hot Springs racetrack and try the same route that nearly gave him a Triple Crown winner last year, hopefully without any messy lung infections this time. Menacing won his debut at Delaware around two turns and was then thrown to the wolves in the Grade 1 Champagne. He’s by Lemon Drop Kid, out of Canadian stakes winner Masada (Pleasant Tap). Dixiewink (Dixie Union) is already stakes placed, having run third to Private Vow in the G2 Futurity.