Critical Eye has won on turf, mud, going short and going long, but the only question remaining is just how long can she go. Critical Eye will be tested in Saturday's 11-furlong $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.
Lazy Slusan, the California-bred, former claiming mare who has become one of racing's top older females, renews her rivalry with Feverish at Hollywood Park on Sunday when seeking the second grade I triumph of her career in the $250,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.
Churchill Downs plans to announce this summer a major renovation project for its historic facility.
Grade I winner Siberian Summer's first winner came out May 30 at Stampede Park when his daughter Swing in Satin won at 3 1/2 furlongs
Florida stallion Open Forum, who heads the nation's first-crop sire list in several categories, might be headed to Central Kentucky. According to trainer Mark Casse, who serves as director of operations for Harry Mangurian Jr.'s Mockingbird Farm, the farm is negotiating with a major Central Kentucky outfit for the sale of the 7-year-old stallion, but the deal is far from being over.
Without fanfare, Magna Entertainment completed its purchase of a Sacramento Valley site for a new home for its Bay Meadows Race Course. Magna closed a $6.3-million deal on 226 acres of freeway-side property in Dixon, located about 19 miles west of Sacramento on Interstate 80.
- By Scott Davis
A final autopsy report issued by the Broward County, Fla., Medical Examiner's office lists the cause of death of John Tammaro Jr.to be an accidental drowning.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Thoroughbred industry is attempting to cultivate new owners through TheGreatestGame.com, and the results of a comprehensive survey completed by The Matrix Group of Lexington in April identify the typical horse owner.
The New York Racing Association says legislation that would allow it to reduce dates at Aqueduct has met no opposition from other racing groups, but at least one legislator has reservations. The bill was reported out of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, and is expected to be approved by the lower House within weeks.
Horse owners should not become too lax even though researchers say the insult that caused the foal losses and other health problems this spring in Kentucky and other states probably is past.
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