Here and There
Updated: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 3:28 PM
Posted: Monday, February 26, 2001 5:30 PM
Canadian champion Primaly
produced her first foal, a Coronado's Quest filly, on Feb. 6 for Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable. Primaly (Alydeed -- Primarily, by Lord At War) won the 1997 Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Can-IR) and placed in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and Mazarine Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-I) the year she earned a Sovereign Award as best 2-year-old filly. The 6-year-old mare is booked to Deputy Minister. ...Janice Towles
has been promoted to Manager of Registration Services of The Jockey Club. Towles fills a position held for the past four years by Rick Bailey
, who has moved into The Jockey Club's Information Technology Group, where he will concentrate on the Registry's software development needs, especially the DNA project for parentage verification. DNA typing is scheduled to begin with the 2001 foal crop. ...Bryan Krantz
, president and general manager of Fair Grounds Race Course, was elected the 30th president of the Thoroughbred Racing Association at the annual Board of Directors meeting at Tampa Bay Downs. The TRA is a trade organization of 43 U.S. and Canadian racetracks whose races generate more than 75 percent of the more than $15 billion wagered annually. ...Kris Prather
, leading rider at Turfway Park, who also leads the nation in number of wins, enters Wednesday's live card four wins away from breaking the mark for most wins in a meet at Turfway. The current record is 85 victories, set by Tony D'Amico
during last year's Winter/Spring Meet. Prather will ride nine of the 10 live races Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Turfway will increase its purses seven percent. The increase, the second in two weeks, will augment Association purses for all maiden, claiming and allowance races. The extra purse money is due to the cancellation of eight live racing cards during this meet. Turfway
is moving the first post for live racing to 4:10 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays until the conclusion of the Winter/Spring Meet April 5. ... Remington Park
increased attendance and overall handle during its 22-day Winter Thoroughbred Meeting. Total attendance for the 2001 session was 62,576 -- a 2.6 percent increase over last year. The on-track pari-mutuel handle on the Remington races just missed the totals from 2000. The crowds played $3.19 million on live races this year compared to $3.28 last year. The track also saw an increase in the amount of money wagered on its live product from all other sources. This year a total of $6.53 million was played on Remington verses $4.45 in 2000. The total handle of the meet was $18.87 million -- a 3.8 percent increase over last year. ...Keeneland
has catalogued 199 horses for its ninth annual sale of 2-year-olds in training. The sale will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. Pedigree pages for the April sale are posted online at www.keeneland.com Catalogues will be mailed later this week. ...The Ontario Jockey Club
released a $16 million Woodbine Thoroughbred stakes schedule for 2001, with opening day March 31. The lineup includes 103 added-money events, with the Canadian International (Can-I), which is worth $1.5 million, to be contested Sept. 30. Woodbine is also hosting the first and third legs of the Canadian Triple Crown. The Queen's Plate is set for June 24, with The Breeders' Stakes planned for Aug. 11. The second leg of the Triple Crown, The Prince of Wales Stakes, will be contested July 22 at Fort Erie.
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