Articles posted December 14, 2000

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Hollywood Park Racing: Pincay Celebrates Anniversary

If Laffit Pincay Jr.'s career is made up of a million small battles waged in the name of determination, skill, and endurance, then his victory aboard Men's Exclusive in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (gr. III) will be emblazoned in the mind forever. It was one of those rare, ineffable instances when sport

Fair Grounds Racing: Big Day For 'Little Man'

Louisiana Champions Day is when the little man can stand at center stage, and they don't get much smaller than Peter Orlando. Right On the Mark, a 6-year-old gelding owned and trained by Orlando, gave the 59-year-old his first stakes win in 40 years of racing in the Champions Day Classic Dec. 9. "I'm just a small guy," Orlando explained. "It's just me by myself and four horses. I breed 'em and race 'em. That's all I do."

Churchill Puts Three Stakes Worth $1.2 Million on One Card

There is no change in Churchill Downs' stakes schedule in the total number of stakes events and purses, but a significant change in the scheduling of several spring meet events next year will create an important day of stakes races with total purses of $1.2 million on Saturday, June 16. The day will be headlined by the $750,000- added Stephen Foster Handicap

Churchill Puts Three Stakes Worth $1.2 Million on One Card

There is no change in Churchill Downs' stakes schedule in the total number of stakes events and purses, but a significant change in the scheduling of several spring meet events next year will create an important day of stakes races with total purses of $1.2 million on Saturday, June 16. The day will be headlined by the $750,000- added Stephen Foster Handicap

Danzig Season Tops Inaugural Online Auction

Topped by a Danzig season sold for $280,000, Equine Spectrum.com bloodstock exchange kicked off its online auctions on a successful note Wednesday. Equine Spectrum, a venture formed by breeding farms and bloodstock agencies, reported 21 of the 24 listed nominations were sold. With more than 80 bidders from North American and Europe participating, the sale grossed $1,321,500 for an average price of $62,928.

Posts Set for Sunday's Hong Kong Races

A different kind of post position draw entertained attendees at Wednesday's Hong Kong International Races barrier draw ceremony. The first three races, the group III Sprint, and the group I Mile and Vase followed a format where a chosen guest, usually a steward from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, drew random pills to indicate order of receiving the posts. The gate numbers were then handed to the horses' connections in a sealed envelope; however, no one could open their envelope until the entire field had representation on stage. Then they displayed their numbers all at once.

Top Quarter Horse Trainer Apparent Suicide Victim

Steve Van Bebber, one of the country's most successful quarter horse trainers, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in what officials believed was a suicide. Van Bebber, who was 50, was the nation's leading quarter horse trainer this year in earnings and victories. He is third on the career victory list and sixth in prize money.

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