Mountaineer Park has cancelled live racing on Monday, Jan. 1, and Tuesday, Jan. 2, with racing scheduled to resume at the Chester, W. Va., track on Jan. 13. Rose Mary Williams, the track's director of racing, said Sunday the decision to cancel was based on forecasts for a winter storm which passed through the Northeast on Saturday. However, a report on the Equibase web site on Friday said that racing was cancelled due to a "dispute" between the local Horsmen's Benevolent and Protective Association and management.
Saturday at Fair Grounds
Evening Promise rallied from 10th-place in the 12-horse field to win the $114,400 Monrovia Handicap (gr. IIIT) Friday on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita. The win improves her career record on the Santa Anita turf to five wins from six starts.
Smooth Player, a multiple graded stakes winning mare, has been retired due to a strained suspensory, according to trainer Dan Hendricks. The California-bred daughter of Bertrando will be shipped to Kentucky to be bred to an as yet undetermined stallion.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and Super Derby (gr. I) winner Tiznow worked seven furlongs in 1:24 2/5, handily, under regular rider Chris McCarron Friday at Santa Anita.
Hallowed Dreams won her second consecutive race after having her record-tying 16-race win streak snapped this summer, holding on for a neck victory in a tough allowance race Friday at Fair Grounds. In the feature race, Song for Annie led all the way to win the $75,000 Furl Sail Handicap by 4 1/2 lengths.
Xtra Heat led at every call under a hand ride from jockey Mark Johnston to win the $75,000 Kattegat's Pride Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths on Friday at Laurel Park. The 2-year-old daughter of Dixieland Heat earned her eighth career win from nine starts and seventh stakes win.
A fire early Wednesday morning resulted in the deaths of seven horses at Upson Downs Farm near Goshen, Ky. The farm is owned by Alex and Sarah Rankin, regular consignors at Kentucky auctions. The names of the seven horses weren't released. Alex Rankin said he arrived at the farm at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, and the barn was burning. He said the fire apparently started sometime after midnight.
Breeder John Gaines, who delivered some pointed remarks toward Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association during an awards banquet in Arizona earlier this month, will be the guest speaker on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at the monthly meeting of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club.
Stewards of the Hong Kong Jockey Club on Friday fined jockey Greg Childs HK$300,000 (about US$$37,514) for breaching rules of racing by "engaging in conduct prejudicial to the good reputation of horse racing in Hong Kong." The action stems from a conversation Childs reportedly had with another rider, Justin Sheehan, prior to the Hong Kong Mile on Dec. 17 and Childs' reported post-race public comments about the conversation with Sheehan. Childs rode the top New Zealand mare Sunline to victory in the Mile; Sheehan finished third aboard Adam.
The Racing Network announced Friday that the lineup on its flagship channel TRN 1 will include Gulfstream Park, which becomes the 40th thoroughbred signal to join TRN's stable of racetracks when racing begins Jan. 3.
Live racing at Aqueduct has been cancelled for both Saturday and Sunday due to a impending storm. Racing will resume on Monday (New Year's Day) with a 10-race live card, featuring both the Interborough Handicap and the re-drawn Gallant Fox Handicap, originally scheduled for Saturday. Citing the same storm forecast, Philadelphia Park cancelled racing and training for Saturday.
Prominent breeder-owner Mrs. Henry D. Paxson, who earned an Eclipse Award as leading breeder of 1980, died Dec. 27 at a Doylestown, Pa., hospital from complications from pneumonia.
Supporters of a Fargo racetrack got a $1 million commitment from the North Dakota Racing Commission Wednesday. The commitment, however, has strings attached.
Not counting Manistique and Riboletta, who combined to clean the table of nearly everything in sight this year, only one man has been able to pick off anything of significance in the California division for older fillies and mares. With the late-season flowering of both Smooth Player and Feverish, the Dan Hendricks barn has jumped front and center with a proper one-two punch for 2001.
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