Articles posted January 30, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Faced With State Cuts, New Jersey Reduces Live Race Dates

Although 141 dates for Thoroughbred racing in 2002 were approved by the New Jersey Racing Commission in December, the fact that a purse supplement from the legislature had been severely reduced and, in fact, may be eliminated from the state budget forced the commission to reduce the dates allocation to 120.

Chief Three Sox to Stoneview in Texas

Multiple stakes winner Chief Three Sox has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Stoneview Farm near Hempstead, Texas, as the property of Richey and Strode Stables.

Lord ofthe Thunder Ready to Make Some Noise

The loud boom you hear at Aqueduct on Feb. 9 could very well be the sound of Lord ofthe Thunder crashing down on the Kentucky Derby trail. The New York-bred son of Saint Ballado will be tackling open company for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile Whirlaway Stakes, and if those close to the colt are correct, we could have a new star on the scene.

Arlington Announces Post Times

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Arlington Park announced its post-time schedule for the meet that begins on Wednesday, June 5 and ends Sunday, Oct. 27.

NTRA Forms Group Purchasing Arm

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has formed its new group purchasing arm today after completing the
acquisition of EquiSource. The plan was announced several weeks ago.

Purses Going Up at Louisiana Downs

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Louisiana Downs announced Jan. 30 an increase of nearly 40% in its average daily purses for the track's June 28 to Sept. 22 meeting. Horses at the Bossier City, La., racetrack will run for $200,000 per day this summer.

Free of Love, Hal's Hope Work For Donn

Free of Love was on the track for an easy workout Jan. 29 in preparation for his forthcoming appearance in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 9. The Richard Violette Jr.-trained runner was clocked in :50 4/5 breezing.

Axis, Maybry's Boy to Square Off in Hutcheson Stakes

Saturday's seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes, recently more of a vehicle for non-Kentucky Derby horses, could provide a fascinating glimpse at the classic picture with the presence of the late-closing Maybry's Boy and the exciting prospect Axis.

Portland Meadows Meet to be Cut Short

The current meet at Portland Meadows in Oregon will end Feb. 10--36 days before its scheduled conclusion--in light of an ongoing problem with surface-water removal at the racetrack.

Jump Start Arrives at Overbrook

Grade II winner Jump Start, who underwent surgery because of a leg injury suffered in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last October, has arrived at William T. Young's Overbrook Farm near Lexington.

Penn National Suit Dismissed

A Nevada court on Jan. 25 dismissed a lawsuit that attempted to label Charles Town Races as a casino and force racetrack owner Penn National Gaming to pay a management fee to a previous owner of the track. The suit, which was filed by Showboat Development, was dismissed on the grounds that case should be heard in West Virginia, where the track is located.

Gross, Average Fall At New Zealand's Premier Sale

The premier portion of the New Zealand national yearling sale series ended on Wednesday with gross revenues of $37,468,340 (approximately $15,849,108 U.S.funds) and an average price of $102,935 ($46,503) for the 364 horses sold. The gross was down by 21.4% and the average was down by 15.6% from last year's comparable figures of $47,666,150 and $122,000, respectively.

New York Stallion Dixie Brass Dead

New York stallion Dixie Brass, who was represented by the earners of $4 million in 2001, died Jan. 28 at James Edwards' The Stallion Park in Millbrook, N.Y.

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