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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Notes: Feb 3

- Kentucky moves to implement statewide workers compensation insurance for jockeys and exercise riders, racing against the legislative clock: The last day to file a bill is Feb 14, but bill requests must be made by Monday. [Courier-Journal, Louisville] It's the second move by the industry to bolster on-track coverage since the injury at Gulfstream to jockey Gary Boulanger, who continues to improve. Gulfstream increased its on-track coverage limit to $500,000 from $100,000 for the balance of the meet.

- A pair of undefeated Derby hopefuls worked out Thursday morning. Declan's Moon turned in a sharp five furlongs in :59 4/5, while Rockport Harbor went the same distance in 1:02 1/5. [Bloodhorse]

- Saint Liam, Dutrow look ready to roll as they take on Roses In May in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at the Gulf on Saturday. [Daily Racing Form]

- The first major 2 year old sale of the year, the Ocala Breeding Sales Company (OBS) select sale of 2 year olds at Calder Race Course, takes place on Tuesday. The under-tack show, in which prospective sales horses "breeze" for the buyers, if you want to call 2 furlongs in :21.40 breezing, took place last Monday. You can download catalog pages here, via the OBS website.