Elliott to receive Woolf Memorial Jockey Award

Barbara D. Livingston
Jockey Stewart Elliott has more than 4,700 wins in his career.

Stewart Elliott, who won the 2004 Kentucky Derby aboard the popular colt Smarty Jones, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.

The award is voted on by riders nationwide and reflects career achievement and personal character. Elliott, 51, is riding at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting. He is scheduled to receive the trophy in a ceremony at Santa Anita in late March.

The award was first presented in 1950 and honors the late jockey who died as a result of injuries suffered in a spill at Santa Anita in 1946.

Epicharis to run in UAE Derby

Japan Racing Association
Epicharis (right) wins the Hyacinth Stakes in Tokyo on Sunday.

Epicharis, who won the Hyacinth Stakes last Sunday in Tokyo to move to the top of the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby points list, has accepted an invitation to the United Arab Emirates Derby on March 25 at Meydan, the Japan Racing Association said on Thursday.

This is a significant step for Epicharis, for it puts him on the same schedule now as Lani, who won the UAE Derby last year before coming to the United States for the Kentucky Derby, in which he finished ninth. Lani subsequently was third in the Belmont Stakes.

Longtime trainer Penney dies at 82

Jim Penney, one of the all-time leading trainers in Washington, died Wednesday at his home in Edgewood, Wash. Penney, 82, was part of the Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 2003.

He won the Longacres Mile a record five times. His last win in the Mile was with Flamethrowintexan in 2006. His other Mile winners were Sabertooth, Edneator, Theologist, and Silver Mallet.

Trainer Farro serving 15-day suspension

Patricia Farro, one of the leading trainers in Pennsylvania for the past five years, began serving a 15-day suspension on Feb. 15 after one of her horses tested positive for clenbuterol, according to Pennsylvania racing commission records.

Farro did not appeal the penalty and will be suspended until March 1, the records show. The clenbuterol positive was detected in a post-race sample from Billy Lion Heart, who finished first in a $20,000 claiming race on Jan. 14 at Parx racetrack near Philadelphia. Billy Lion Heart was disqualified. Farro was also fined $500.

Derby Watch: Mo Town proving a bargain buy

Barbara D. Livingston
Mo Town, here winning the Remsen at Aqueduct last fall, was bought for $200,000 - just before prices on the offspring of his sire, Uncle Mo, exploded.

In the summer of 2015, trainer Tony Dutrow had a handful of 2-year-olds from the first crop of Uncle Mo. He liked the promise they had shown and wanted to get more. So, at the Keeneland yearling sale that September, getting an Uncle Mo colt was paramount to Dutrow.

Tiz a Slam early 3-1 favorite for Queen's Plate

Michael Burns
Tiz a Slam capped off his 2-year-old season by winning the Cup & Saucer Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Cup and Saucer Stakes winner Tiz a Slam has been installed as the early 3-1 favorite for the 158th Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on July 2.

The Queen’s Plate winter book, compiled by Ron Gierkink and Alex Campbell of Daily Racing Form and Keith McCalmont, manager of communications for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, offers hypothetical odds on all 91 3-year-olds nominated to the Canadian Triple Crown.

Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not for Wednesday, Feb. 22

Tom Keyser
Sam F. Davis winner McCraken is the 5-1 favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.


Ness serving 100-day suspension for clenbuterol positives

Tom Keyser
Trainer Jamie Ness

Jamie Ness has reached a settlement with Florida regulators in which the trainer will serve a 100-day suspension stemming from multiple clenbuterol positives in 2012 while being able to transfer his horses to his wife and his assistant, the trainer confirmed Wednesday.

Laurel Winter Festival handle rises 36 percent

The Maryland Jockey Club’s reconfigured Winter Festival last weekend resulted in a 36 percent gain in handle compared to a year ago.

Traditionally, the six-stakes Winter Festival had been spread over the Saturday and Monday cards on Presidents Day weekend. This year, all six stakes were run on Saturday, which resulted in all-sources handle of $4.93 million, a 61 percent gain over the $3.06 million handled in 2016.

The combined handle on the Saturday and Monday cards last weekend was $6.77 million, compared to $4.99 million last year.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Eight new names for Pool 3

Emily Shields
Royal Mo (right), on his way to winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita, is among the new wagering interests in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

Eight new names are among the separately listed wagering interests in Pool 3 of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opens Friday at noon Eastern. The only futures pool toward the 2017 Kentucky Oaks will coincide with the three-day wagering window.

The mutuel field, the 24th or “all others” option, is pegged by Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia as a 4-1 morning-line favorite for Derby Pool 3, which closes Sunday at 6 p.m. Unique Bella is the 8-5 program choice in the Oaks pool, which closes a half-hour later.

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