River Downs in Cincinnati signed on Pepsi-Cola to sponsor Ohio's richest race for 2-year-old fillies, the $100,000 Bassinet Stakes. The newly named Pepsi Bassinet Stakes will be contested on Saturday, Sept. 1, during River Downs Cradle Stakes Weekend Festival. River Downs opens for live racing April 13, post time 12:55 p.m. ...Apprentice rider Shawnah Shelton won her first race Thursday, scoring aboard Playasultrytune in the fourth race at Hialeah Park. ...John McEvoy will sign copies of his book, "Great Horse Racing Mysteries", at Keeneland on Friday, April 13, in front of the gift shop. ...The Barretts May 15 sale of 2-year-olds in training catalogue is now available online at barretts.com...Meet totals from Turfway Park showed across the board declines. The 61-day meeting ended April 5 and was six days shorter than a year ago because of harsh winter weather. For the meet, on-track handle was down 14.4% to $26,525,408 and total handle decreased 6.4% to $234,200,955...CBS Sports reporter Armen Keteyian will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Collegiate Sports Journalism Seminar April 26-29 at Churchill Downs. Thirty collegiate journalists will be attending this year...Because of excessive rain in England, Tattersalls announced one of its work days for its April 18-19 2-year-olds sale has been canceled. No breezes will be held April 17, but instead only on the two sale mornings...Tony Bennett, the official artist of Kentucky Derby 127, is scheduled to autograph posters bearing his official paintings that commemorate the 2001 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks on two occasions at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby Week. Autograph sessions for "Art of the Kentucky Derby" series posters are scheduled on Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 4, and Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 5. Bennett will autograph posters only in the one-hour sessions that will be conducted in the Clubhouse Garden area near the track's paddock. The sessions are scheduled from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EDT) each day. ... Amy Poche has taken the position as Pedigree Account Representative and John Broadbent has been named Vice President of Sales with Bloodstock Research Information Services, Inc. ...Colonial Holdings, which owns Colonial Downs racetrack in Virginia, more than doubled its losses in 2000, according to an earnings report issued Monday. The company's net loss for 2000 increased to $2,869,000, or 39 cents per share, from a net loss of $1,139,000, or 16 cents per share, for 1999. For its fourth quarter, Colonial Holdings reported a net loss of $1,523,000, or 20 cents per share, compared with a profit of $24,000, or 1 cent per share, for the fourth quarter of 1999....Captain Countdown, the winner of two stakes at Sam Houston Race Park, was honored as Horse of the Meet and Champion Texas-bred for the 2000-01 Thoroughbred meeting on April 1. Others receiving honors were: Candid Glen, turf runner; Fifty Stars, champion 3-year-old; Texas Prime Time, claimer of the meet;Paula Reeder and Doug Smith's P&D Racing Stable, leading owner; Steve Bourque,leading jockey; and Todd Meachum,leading trainer....Saturday's all-source handle of $9,273,123 million was a single-day record at Hialeah Park. The previous mark of $8,421,464 million was set Flamingo Day, April 1, 1995...The next book in the Thoroughbred Legends series, Spectacular Bid, has been released. The book was written by Tim Capps. For more information: www.thoroughbredlegends.com

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