Articles posted October 2, 2000

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Stevens To End Retirement on Wednesday

Gary Stevens returns to the saddle Wednesday, when he is named to ride four mounts on opening day of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet. Stevens retired after riding mounts on Dec. 26, opening day of the last meet at Santa Anita, due to degenerative arthritis in his right knee.

Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic Starts Strong

The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale got off to a solid start on Monday, with 10 horses bringing individual prices of $100,000 or more. The opening session of the three-day auction also registered slight increases in average and median from a year ago and a significant upswing in gross revenue.

Calfornia Veto Will Impact Pari-Mutuel Industry

California Gov. Gray Davis, who is opposed to the expansion of gambling in his state, has vetoed legislation that would have paved the way for account wagering. The decision is a blow to racetracks and account-wagering providers who hoped for serious growth in pari-mutuel handle.

Fusaichi Pegasus, Adonis, Others Work at Belmont

Jerome Handicap (gr. II) winner Fusaichi Pegasus breezed over a fast Belmont Park strip Monday, covering the distance in :49.82. The Neil Drysdale trainee will likely make his next start in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic. Also working at Belmont Monday were Affirmed Success, Albert the Great, and Bevo.

Skimming Assigned Highweight for Meadowlands Cup

The Bobby Frankel-trained Skimming was assigned highweight of 122 pounds for the $400,000 Meadowlands Cup Handicap (gr. II), a pound more than Golden Missile and three more than Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus. Each of the three top weighted horses, however, are under consideration for other races.

Weekend Recap: Tiz Now or Next Year?

By Steve Haskin -- Despite some brilliant performances this past weekend on both sides of the Atlantic, it is unlikely that any of the top races will have much of an impact on the Breeders' Cup. The big question will be whether the owners of Tiznow will cough up $480,000 to run in the Classic following the colt's powerful race in the Super Derby.

Handle Up, Crowds Good at Arlington International

Arlington International Racecourse reported a significant increase in handle and solid attendance following its 103-day meet. Total handle from all sources increased 10.7% to $333,177,106, up from a total handle of $300.9 million reported in 1997, which is when Arlington last ran a live meet. Last year, Arlington's dates were run at Hawthorne Race Course.

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