Here and There...
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 9/25/2000 12:58:20 PM
Last Updated: 9/27/2000 5:14:02 PM

Charles Town will again increase purses beginning Oct. 1. The new structure will raise purses in the open allowance level to $19,700. Daily purses have averaged about $100,000 a day the last two months at the West Virginia track...Catalogs forBarretts October mixed sale are now available online at www.barretts.com. The sale, Monday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 31, begins at 11 a.m each day at the Hinds Pavilion located on the grounds of Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif. 484 hips are scheduled to be sold...Lemon Drop Kid continues to lead the way in the NTRA National Thoroughbred Poll. The return of Fusaichi Pegasus in the grade I Jerome Handicap moved him from sixth place into second, with Beautiful Pleasure remaining in third. Riboletta dropped from second place into fourth...Calder Race Course will be hosting a "Build Your Own Racetrack" workshop for kids from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 1. Kids can mix up their own 4 1/2 inch base of sand and marble in a cup and find out why the racing surface is one of the most important things at the track. Also at Calder, Oct. 5-7, as part of the Festival of the Sun activities, will be the NTRA Racing Experience. The exhibit is housed in a tractor trailer truck and features interactive games...When live racing returns to Delta Downs Jan. 4, the Vinton, La. track is planning a series "Turf Trivia" contests. The Thoroughbred Turf Trivia Championship series of qualifying rounds will be held on the second Saturday of January, February, and March, with the finals to be conducted on April 7. Prizes for the winners will be announced at a later date...Led by items related to the great Forego, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's annual memorabilia auction at Belmont Park on Sept. 16 took in $13,195. Forego items brought in $1,100 toward the total. Forego's saddle cloth from the 1974 Marlboro Cup along with the Marlboro Cup program autographed by owner Martha Gerry and jockey Heliodoro Gustines drew a winning bid of $700, the sales topper. Souvenirs from Forego's successes in the 1974 Brooklyn Handicap (autographed Blood-Horse magazine cover) and Woodward (two photos) sold for $400. Other top-priced items at the auction were a Peb poster autographed by Hall of Fame jockeys Johnny Longden, Ted Atkinson, Eddie Arcaro and Manny Ycaza, which brought a bid of $525, and a program from the match race between Ruffian and Foolish Pleasure drew $275 ...Ramruma, a triple Oaks winner in Europe in 1999, has reportedly been retired after finishing third as the 4-5 favorite in the Riggs Bank Harvest Stakes at Ascot, England. The filly trained by Henry Cecil for Prince Fahd Salman, won five of 11 starts, including the Epsom Oaks (Eng-I), the Irish Oaks (Ire-I), the Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I).The daughter of Diesis had been expected to contest this year's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs...Rockingham Park officials attributed declines in average daily on-track handle and attendance to inclement weather during the meet that ended Sunday. The Salem, New Hampshire track reported that on-track handle fell an average 9% and on-track attendance was down 3.2%. Boosted by a 16.1% increase in average daily simulcast handle, total handle was up 6.5% (Exact numbers were not included in the meet report)...Jockey Tammi Piermarini concluded her 15-year riding career Sunday when the Rockingham Park meet ended. Piermarini tallied 1,144 wins before hanging up her tack.

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