Articles posted March 7, 2001

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Disease Restrictions Force Cheltenham to Postpone Festival

Cheltenham Racecourse on Wednesday expressed "intense disappointment" over the postponement of next week's National Hunt Festival, which was due to start on Tuesday, March 13. The 2001 Festival will now take place either in the week of April 16th or the following week. An announcement about the exact dates will be made as soon as possible.

Del Mar Schedules Over $6 Million in Stakes

Del Mar will offer more than $6 million in stakes money when the San Diego-area track hosts its 62nd summer season of racing. The 43-day meeting opens July 18 and runs through Sept. 5. Highlight of the meeting will be the $1-million Pacific Classic, one of five grade I races scheduled at Del Mar.

Gin Talking Named Maryland-Bred Horse of the Year

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association named Gin Talking the 2000 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly. The daughter of Allen's Prospect finished the season with three consecutive stakes victories, including her second triumph in a Maryland Million event at Laurel.

Family Matters: Monarchos

Monarchos (Maria's Mon -- Regal Band, by Dixieland Band) posted his first stakes win in the Florida Derby (gr. I) to remain undefeated this year. The March 10 race was his first attempt in stakes company in five lifetime starts.

Captain Steve, Aptitude Confirmed For Dubai World Cup

Representatives of 17 different countries totaling 80 international runners have confirmed their participation at the 2001 Dubai World Cup meeting at Nad Al Sheba on March 24. The $6-million group I Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates and the opening leg of the 2001 Emirates World Series Racing Championships, is likely to attract 14 runners, including Captain Steve and Aptitude from the U.S.

Wide-Open Florida Derby Draws Field of 13

For a million-dollar purse, and with no clear-cut favorite, it's no surprise that 13 horses passed the entry box for Saturday's grade I Florida Derby. The likely choices will be Songandaprayer, Monarchos, and Outofthebox. The only real surprises in the field are California invader Trailthefox, last year's Arlington-Washington Futurity winner who was supposed to stay in sprint races, and the Nick Zito-trained It's So Simple, an impressive allowance winner at the meet whom Zito called "the best kept secret on the backstretch."

State of the Breed at KTFMC

Seth Hancock, Alan Porter, John Veitch, and Ric Waldman are constantly asked for their opinions on Thoroughbreds and breeding. On March 6 they shared those opinions with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club in Lexington. About 280 members and their guests listened to the visitors and panel moderator Ed Bowen.

AAEP To Hold Medication Summit

The next Symposium on Racing will include an all-day meeting on medication to be conducted by the American Association of Equine Practitioners. The Dec. 4 "summit" will look at the administration of therapeutic medications and discuss the standards and policies the industry should employ when treating horses for racing.

Wondertross Retired

Grade I stakes-placed Wondertross has been retired from racing, but owners George Steinbrenner and William Condren have not yet decided where to stand the 5-year-old son of Chief's Crown.

Keeneland Unveils 3-Year-Old Filly Bonus

Under a bonus scheme announced Tuesday, Keeneland will award $200,000 to the owner and $50,000 to the trainer of a horse who sweeps the $500,000-added, Grade I Ashland Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, April 7, and the $500,000-added, Grade I Oaks at 1 1/8 miles on Friday, May 4 at Churchill Downs.

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