Articles posted December 26, 2001

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Santa Anita Race Report: Monster Mast

Amidst calendar-picture weather, a crowd of 27,713 marched forward on Dec. 26 to take in Santa Anita's seasonal opener, and there, standing front and center yet again, was Bobby Frankel, placing perhaps the final bow on his gift-wrapped year following Mizzen Mast's clear-cut triumph in the $200,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) in 1:22.13.

Chaposa Springs Choice is Gold Mover

Edward P. Evans' 3-year-old filly Gold Mover appears to be the class among 10 fillies and mares entered in the $100,000 Chaposa Springs Handicap (gr. III) at seven furlongs on the main track at Calder on Saturday. Jockey Eibar Coa will be aboard the daughter of Gold Fever for trainer Mark Hennig.

La Prevoyante Features Long Island Rematch

Gerald Robbins and Jay Weiss' Queue, Roger Attfield and partners' Sweetest Thing, and F. Eugene Dixon's Lady Dora finished one-two-three, respectively, last out in the 12-furlong Long Island Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct on Nov. 10.

Bobby "Cotton" Gallimore Dead

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Retired jockey and trainer Bobby "Cotton" Gallimore, who was aboard co-champion Old Hat in several of the mare's wins, died Dec. 21 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Sports Writer Kim Brazzel Dies

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Kim Brazzel, who served as a correspondent for The Blood-Horse, died the night of Dec. 23 following an auto accident near Hot Springs, Ark.

Grand Slam II Draws Solid Fields

With four graded stakes on the card, Saturday's Grand Slam II at Calder Racecourse has drawn solid fields for each race that highlights the final weekend of the South Florida track's 2001 meet. The races and their fields are:

Grand Slam II Draws Solid Fields

With four graded stakes on the card, Saturday's Grand Slam II at Calder Racecourse has drawn solid fields for each race that highlights the final weekend of the South Florida track's 2001 meet. The races and their fields are:

Kentucky HBPA Files Suit, Seeking Clarification of Horseracing Act

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Louisville, Ky., on Dec. 19, the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has requested clarification on whether the Interstate Horseracing Act, which grants local horsemen's groups sanctions over outgoing signals, supercedes simulcasting contracts between racetracks.

Slow Growth in North American Purses

The boom from simulcasting is over and North American purses are now growing progressively slower every year like a freight train struggling up a mountain pass. The problem this time around is that the next mountain peak may still be a ways off, and the downhill side does not appear to be very steep.

Dealing With MRLS on the Farm: No Magic Bullet

Kentucky farm managers and owners are taking steps to prevent the reoccurrence of mare reproductive loss syndrome while fervently hoping last year's devastation was a one-shot deal. There are almost as many theories of what caused MRLS as there are people addressing the problem, so preventative measures differ from farm to farm.

With MRLS Outbreak, 2001 Was Year of Loss For Breeding Industry

The worst health problem to hit the Thoroughbred industry since CEM and EVA occurred during the spring of 2001. What was grouped by the industry under the heading of mare reproductive loss syndrome actually was two reproductive situations. The first was the loss/abortion of late-term or at-term gestations. Some foals were born compromised and later died. The second situation was early fetal loss.

With MRLS Outbreak, 2000 Was Year of Loss For Breeding Industry

The worst health problem to hit the Thoroughbred industry since CEM and EVA occurred during the spring of 2001. What was grouped by the industry under the heading of mare reproductive loss syndrome actually was two reproductive situations. The first was the loss/abortion of late-term or at-term gestations. Some foals were born compromised and later died. The second situation was early fetal loss.

Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., Southern California's Rising Star

Jose Valdivia Jr. is a rising star in the bright constellation that is the Southern California riding colony. His recent win aboard Val Royal in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) showed the rest of the world what two continents have already learned--Valdivia, 27, is a profound talent who is carrying forth the grand racing tradition of his family.

Millionaire Jostle Back in Training

Multiple grade 1-winner and millionaire Jostle, who was purchased by Pete Whittman at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $1.7 million, has been placed back in training at Churchill Downs under Elliott Walden's care.

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