"Thoroughbred Classics," a series that spotlights some of horse racing's greatest races, has returned following a two-month hiatus. Last spring, the series focused on horse racing's Triple Crown. This summer and fall, the 13-episode series, that airs on ESPN Classic, will serve as a lead up to the 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
In an exclusive arrangement with bloodhorse.com, Sean Clancy's daily "Here and There at Saratoga" and "A Cup of Coffee" will be republished here on the same day they are circulated in Saratoga.
Overheard at Saratoga
I'll be the first to admit, this is the 10th try at this column today. It's Wednesday, nearing 11:00 at night and I got one big long blank screen in front of me. I tried a gate column but it never got its card. I mean wouldn't stand, back out, much less break and run down the track. Dwelt would be the word.
British-bred Caitano has been added to the list of European campaigners likely to invade the Midwest for the 19th running of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 18.
The Lexington-based office of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has relocated.
- By Tom Precious
Setting the stage for a nasty battle between two racing giants, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani Thursday afternoon tapped a group led by Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment over the New York Racing Association as the winning buyer of the lucrative New York City Off Track Betting Corp.
Classic winner Point Given, the favorite for Sunday's Haskell Invitational (gr. I), arrived at Monmouth Park's Barn 15 at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday after being vanned from Newark Airport.
Magna Entertainment reported an 11% increase in revenue and a 21% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization for the second quarter ending June 30. The recent quarter was the first to include all the company's operations.
Bessemer Trust Company in conjunction with its sponsorship of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will donate 30 spots of national television time to three equine-related charities. The spots represent portion of Bessemer's recently announced sponsorship of Thoroughbred racing's richest day.
With attendance up 12 percent and overall handle showing a 17 percent increase during the first six days of the Saratoga meet, New York Racing Association officials are extolling the virtues of the new takeout law that went into effect in mid-July.
My Own Business, Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt in his native Venezuela last year, finished sixth in his U.S. debut Wednesday at Saratoga. Carrying top weight of 120 pounds and facing six domestic competitors, My Own Business was ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Carlos Morales in the 1 1/8-mile, $57,000 allowance test.
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