Articles posted January 2, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Federal Trial to Justaplain Farm

Federal Trial, a graded stakes winner on turf, has been retired and will stand in 2002 at Justaplain Farm near Cochranville, Penn. He will stand as the property of Bridlewood Farm for $2,000 ($1,500 for Pennsylvania-breds).

Kentucky Derby 2002: Hitting the Trail

As the masses congregate at the start of the Kentucky Derby trail, there will, as usual, be lots of pushing and shoving until late February and early March when the contenders begin to separate themselves from the pack. But disappointment and frustration can be prevelant just getting to the Derby trail, as evidenced by the number of highly promising juveniles who stumbled along the way last week.

Overbrook's Snow Ridge Posts El Conejo Upset

Snow Ridge swept past two-time defending champion Freespool turning for home and drew clear for a 3 1/2-length victory Sunday in the $109,500 El Conejo Handicap at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Mike Smith at 114 pounds, Snow Ridge ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.05 on a fast main track and paid $39.20, $13.60 and $8.60.

Forest Camp to Stand at Airdrie Stud

Forest Camp, a top 2-year-old of 1999, has been retired and will stand in 2002 at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. Forest Camp, by Deputy Minister -- La Paz, by Hold Your Peace, will stand for $10,000.

Batting for Average

By Dan Liebman -- With today's emphasis on the commercial market, large books of mares, and shuttling, it is highly unlikely we shall ever see another stallion sire 20% stakes winners.

Pinhook of the Year

By Ray Paulick -- Delta Downs appreciated by 1,300% in value in two years--thanks to slot machines.

Churchill Stock on Roller-Coaster Ride

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After rising to a 52-week high of $37.24 at one point Monday, the price of Churchill Downs' stock had fallen $2.72 (-7.36%) to $34.25 by mid-afternoon Wednesday.

Herald-Leader Reporter Wins Eclipse Award for Writing

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday that Janet Patton, a business writer for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, has won the media Eclipse Award for writing in the news/ commentary category.

All-Sources Handle Increases in Maryland

The Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, said the all-sources handle totaled $535,813,090, compared with $530,833,234 in 2000 despite the fact there were three less liveThoroughbred dates and 14 fewer Standardbred dates in 2001.

Xtra Heat Romps in Interborough Handicap

Xtra Heat returned to her winning ways Jan. 1, winning Aqueduct's six-furlong Interborough Handicap by 5 1/2 lengths. With her victory, Xtra Heat has now won 18 of her 23 career starts, with three seconds and a third, for earnings of $1,323,305.

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