Chilukki, who won an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly of 1999 for Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable, has been retired and will be bred to leading sire Storm Cat. Trainer Bob Baffert said the decision to retire the daughter of Cherokee Run was made by the McNairs after some filling was detected in an ankle just before Baffert left for Dubai, where he captured the March 24 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with Mike Pegram's Captain Steve.
Point Given, who is expected to go off as the heavy favorite in the Apr. 7 Santa Anita Derby, breezed a sharp half in :47 1/5 at Santa Anita Tuesday. The son of Thunder Gulch captured the San Felipe Stakes in his only start this year.
- By Tom Precious
At the New York Capitol building Tuesday afternoon, legislative sources were already predicting the new partnership of the New York Racing Association, Churchill Downs Inc., and the TV Games Network has a strong edge over the group headed by Magna Entertainment in the bidding for New York City Off-Track Betting Corp.
Captain Steve, on the strength of his win in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), surpassed Tiznow in the latest NTRA National Thoroughbred poll released Tuesday afternoon.
A group of Camden, S.C., residents have secured pledges worth more than $1 million in the hope of purchasing the Camden Training Center from William S. Farish, who notified key members of the community last November of his intent to sell the 385-acre facility.
Richard, Bertram, and Elaine Klein's Stay Sound, a popular Kentucky-based stakes horse who won the grade III Hawthorne Derby in 1998, has been retired and eventually will have a new home as a stallion.
Choke is the most common disorder involving the esophagus in horses. Horses can become choked on many different substances, most commonly grain or hay, but also beet pulp, corn cobs, and apples.
Churchill Downs Inc. ended weeks of speculation Tuesday when it confirmed it has joined the New York Racing Association and the TV Games Network in a bid to purchase New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. The company has withdrawn the bid it previously submitted on its own behalf to the New York City Development Corp., which is overseeing the possible sale of New York City OTB.
By John W. Russell -- Question: What sport advertises its product by focusing on frantic fans rather than prominent players? You've got it: Thoroughbred racing.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- We have what should be a runaway winner in one of the divisions of the annual Eclipse Awards, which honor the equine and human champions of our sport. Whether it's an Award of Merit, which is given to a worthy individual nearly every year, or a Special Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement when warranted, Laura Hillenbrand is deserving.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has banned horses from entering the state if they come directly or indirectly from countries where outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease have occurred.
For the first time since its inception in Maryland in 1990, the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash will be run this year in the fall instead of the summer. The $300,000 race, one of only two grade I six-furlong events in the country, will headline a "fall festival day" of a half-dozen stakes Nov. 17 at Laurel Park, said Lou Raffetto Jr., chief operating officer of the Maryland Jockey Club.
Mark Johnston, a leading rider in Maryland for more than a decade, will begin riding at Delaware Park when the track opens April 7. For the first time since late 1989, Johnston will be based somewhere other than
John's Call, the venerable gelding who won two grade I turf stakes last year at age 9, will race again at 10, trainer Tom Voss said. A chestnut gelding by Lord at War, John's Call has won 15 of 36 career starts for earnings of $1,534,207.
For the second consecutive week, the 10 top stallions held down the fort, although there were several minor switches in the ranks.
A slight decline in on-track wagering was offset by simulcast business as overall handle increased for the seventh straight year during the 88-day Fair Grounds meet that concluded Monday. The New Orleans track reported a total of $430.2 million, or an average of $4.89 million per day, was wagered on Fair Grounds races, a 1.3 percent increase over the $424.9 million wagered last season.
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