Articles posted January 11, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

De Bertie is 'De Best' in Escena Stakes

Favored De Bertie pulled away from longshots Sara's Success and Lily's Affair in the final strides to win the $75,400 Escena Stakes on Friday at Gulfstream Park. Jockey Manuel Aguilar appeared to escape serious injury after he was thrown to the track on the first turn.

San Gorgonio Boasts Wide-Open Field

Multiple graded-stakes winner Tout Charmant heads a field of nine fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on the turf in the $150,000 grade III San Gorgonio at Santa Anita Park Sunday. The 6-year-old Slewvescent mare, who finished second to Perfect Sting in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, will have to run well to keep her racing career going. If she shows signs of slowing down, she will likely keep a date with Storm Cat in the breeding shed.

Chris Mellerick Killed in Car Crash

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Chris Mellerick, co-owner of Larkhill, a sales prep and boarding operation near Paris, Ky., was killed the evening of Jan. 10 when his vehicle ran off I-64.

Hook and Ladder Heads Mr. P Field

A field of nine older horses are set to fly six furlong's in Sunday's $100,000 grade III Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Vying for favoritism will be Hook and Ladder, who has not lost in three tries at the venue, and Istintaj, who looks to repeat his win in last year's running of the Mr. P.

AQHA Membership at Record Level

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The American Quarter Horse Association reported that its membership reached a record level in 2001, with 333,886 members on its roster at the close of business on Dec. 31.

Hunter Farm Latest Central Florida Property to be Sold

A portion of another historic Thoroughbred farm in central Florida has been sold. Hunter Farm, which spans more than 320 acres near Ocala and features a three-quarter-mile dirt track and one-mile turf course, has been divided up into five parcels by owner Dennis Diaz, who raced champion and 1985 Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck.

Istintaj Seeks Repeat in Mr. Prospector

Istintaj showed his liking for Gulfstream Park's racing strip last year when he ran twice in stakes races and won both of those races. One of them was the Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) and, according to trainer Mark Hennig, the 6-year-old will be back to seek a repeat victory in this year's running of the race, which carries a $100,000 purse and will be run over six furlongs Sunday.

Arroyo Leaves Sportsman's Park; Joins Racing Board

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H. Eddie Arroyo has resigned his position as general manager of the National Jockey Club at Sportsman's Park to rejoin the Illinois Racing Board as Senior State Steward at all Chicago-area Thoroughbred tracks.

Johannesburg Propels Hennessy to Top of Juvenile Sire List

Johannesburg was the "big horse" for Hennessy prior to last year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, having won all six of his races in Europe, three of them in group I company. His 1 1/4-length triumph in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I) put Hennessy on top of the list of leading sires of 2-year-olds in 2001 and convinced management of Irish-based Coolmore to jump the son of Storm Cat's 2002 stud fee from a previously announced $20,000 to $45,000 live foal.

OBS Restricts Use of Clenbuterol At Juvenile Sales

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company will restrict the use of certain medications in the 2002 2-year-old sales. Clenbuterol may not be used within 72 hours of the under tack show and the use of procaine penicillin and furosemide (Lasix/Salix) will not be permitted.

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