The New York harness track raised some eyebrows in December when it said its primary option in the event of an emergency was to "say the Rosary," but it recently submitted a proper evacuation planand was licensed for 2001.
California Horse Racing Board chairman Robert Tourtelot on Thursday authorized the Los Alamitos Quarter Horse Racing Association to conduct its Friday racing program in the afternoon, beginning with a 12:35 p.m. post. The change, along with permitting the association to race Saturday and Sunday afternoons if necessary, is in the interest of conserving electrical energy during the current shortage, according to a statement from the CHRB.
Steve Haskin, whose exclusive coverage of the Triple Crown -- including weekly updates and list of top contenders -- begins Monday, will also answer e-mail questions about the Triple Crown.
Kelly Kip, one of Thoroughbred racing's top sprinters who last fall because of a leg injury, will enter stud at Barbara and David La Croix' Meadowbrook Farms of the Ocala Jockey Club in Ocala, Fla., where he will stand for $3,500 this year. He is being syndicated at a cost of $12,500 per share.
Turnberry Isle will be looking to recapture his European form when he faces off against Millennium Wind in the grade III, $100,000 Santa Catalina Stakes Sunday. The Santa Catalina is the first major prep race for aspiring 3-year-olds on the road leading into the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby. Turnberry Isle and Millennium Wind will break alongside each other as they have drawn post positions No. 5 and No. 6 respectively.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Breeders' Cup Distaff champion Spain will be looking to add the second leg of the La Cañada series to her resume when the gate loads Sunday for the grade II, $150,000 El Encino Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile event for 4-year-old fillies. The La Cañada Series concludes Sunday, Feb. 11 with the $200,000 La Cañada Stakes.
Odds-on favorite Feverish shot through a gap at the top of the stretch, opened up three lengths on the field of seven older fillies and mares at the eighth-pole, then held off the late run of Lovellon to win the $98,525 Paseana Handicap by one length Thursday at Santa Anita Park.
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