Five Thoroughbred tracks called off their cards Sunday because of the second major snowstorm to hit the Northeast this season. Racing was closed at Aqueduct in New York, Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., Laurel outside Baltimore, Philadelphia Park and at Suffolk Downs near Boston.
Macho Uno, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in his last start of 2000, arrived safely at Gulfstream on Saturday. The newly turned 3-year-old was shipped by van from Frank Stronach's Adena Springs South Farm in Ocala, and is bedded down with trainer Joe Orseno's stable.
Radical Riley, a 15-1 shot, came from next to last to edge Buckle Down Ben by a head Saturday in the grade III, $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream. Cee Dee, a 20-1 shot, was third, only half a length behind the first two. Master Planner, the 2-1 favorite, was fourth in a field of eight.
Now that Magna Entertainment has reached a membership agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the Breeders' Cup championship day races are destined for the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita. "I've been meeting with the Breeders' Cup, and there's another meeting scheduled soon," Sherwood Chillingworth, executive vice president of the Oak Tree Racing Association told the Los Angeles Times. "We hope to get the date and we're very optimistic."
- By Greg Risling
A decision to reduce the number of pari-mutuel clerks at Santa Anita racetrack has angered union leaders, who say the cutback is having a ripple effect on the industry's labor work force in Southern California. For the first time in more than a decade, there are less than 100 clerks taking bets at Santa Anita during the week. There are somewhere between 85-90 clerks during the week about 200 clerks manning betting windows on the busier weekend days.
- By Greg Risling
Two brothers who allegedly tried to extort $200,000 from jockey Gary Stevens are scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday, authorities said. Mark Frankel, 25, of Sherman Oaks and his 29-year-old brother, Adam Frankel, of Encino were arrested and booked last month on suspicion of extortion and conspiracy. Although the case hasn't been filed with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, investigators said the suspects' arraignment will occur Wednesday in an Inglewood courtroom.
Horse of the Year nominee Kona Gold is scheduled to breeze Monday or Tuesday in advance of his first start of the year in next Sunday's grade II Palos Verdes, according to trainer Bruce Headley. Nine older sprinters have been nominated to the Jan. 28 grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Handicap, including Breeders' Cup Sprint champion and Horse of the Year finalist Kona Gold.
Trainer Frank Alexander worked Remsen Stakes (gr. II) winner Windsor Castle on Saturday at Gulfstream in preparation for the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) over 1 1/16 miles here Feb. 17. With Robbie Davis in the saddle, Windsor Castle was timed in 1:13 4/5 for six furlongs (handily) and got the half-mile in :48 4/5.
Keeneland sold 11 horses for $72,700 during its January Internet Auction on Thursday. The online sale provided consignors an opportunity to sell horses which failed to reach their reserve bid during the recently completed January Horses of All Ages Sale. Keeneland offered 64 horses that either did not reach their reserve or were withdrawn from the January sale. Keeneland has held online auctions in conjunction with the September yearling, November breeding stock and January sales.
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