Nine 2-year-old fillies were entered in the $200,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I), but Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Harmony Lodge will skip Friday's Saratoga feature.
Thursday at Monmouth Park
The nation's most populous state is one step closer to offering account wagering. In the waning hours of the 2000 legislative session on Thursday night, the California Assembly voted 56-6 in favor of a compromise bill permitting what it calls "advance deposit wagering" for pari-mutuel racing but also requiring backstretch reforms that could result in labor unions being represented among stable workers. Read the full text of the bill here.
Grade I winner Stephen Got Even was retired from racing due to an injury the colt sustained while training toward a start in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I). The 4-year-old son of A.P. Indy--Immerse, by Cox's Ridge, will stand in 2001 for a fee of $30,000 live foal at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Shadow Caster, the longest shot in the field for the Forego Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga, zipped through the stretch to stun graded stakes winners Intidab and Successful Appeal, winning Wednesday's feature race by a length. Those two rivals, along with Iron Punch, followed Shadow Caster over the line and forced a photo for second, won by Intidab.
License Fee breezed four furlongs over the turf training course at Saratoga Wednesday in preparation for Monday’s $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. IIT), in which she will likely face Stronach Stables’ turf distaff star Perfect Sting.
The Pacific Racing Association, operators of Hastings Park Racecourse, and the Ontario Jockey Club have agreed to spend the next 120 days looking at the feasibility of involving the OJC in British Columbia's horse racing industry.
Millionaire Stephen Got Even was retired to stand stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, KY.
Coolmore stallion Hennessy, who ranks among the leaders on the first-crop sire list by progeny earnings, will be headed to East Stud in Japan for the 2001 Northern Hemisphere season following his Southern Hemisphere duties at Coolmore Australia this fall.
Although Runnin Horse Farm’s Rize emerged from his front-running upset victory in Sunday’s Iselin Handicap (gr. II) without any problems, the gelding’s career is on hold as offers pour in to owners Les Steiner and Peter Lombardi.
Wednesday at Ellis Park
Steady rain forced Laurel Park to cancel 56 turf races during its summer meet and was also cited for a 5% drop in total handle and a 4% decline in attendance.
Brief racing and breeding news items.
Although the biggest players in North American racing are among the bidders for the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, the New York Racing Association reportedly has the inside track to purchase the company.
Final testimony and closing arguments were heard in Broward County, Fla., court Monday in the lawsuit brought by Robin Martin against former fiancée Steve Weiner concerning ownership of the 8-year-old gelding Val’s Prince.
The Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling sale concluded Tuesday with a 5.7 percent increase in average sales price compared to last year.
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