Zippy Chippy extended his losing streak to 92 races Thursday night at Penn National when the 11-year-old Compliance gelding finished last of seven in a six-furlong maiden race. The Felix Monserrate trainee finished 20 1/2 lengths behind sixth-place finisher Dig That Jazz and nearly 33 lengths behind the winning Judge Me Ladies.
French group I winner Beat Hollow, making his U.S. debut after a 19-month layoff, beat Little Ghazi by a length Thursday in the $61,000 feature race at Santa Anita.
The respective winners of the first two legs of the three-race Strub Series will face each other for the first time in the series finale, Saturday's $400,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Val Royal continued working toward his return to the races Thursday at Santa Anita and Ashland (gr. I) and Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) winner Fleet Renee worked five furlongs on fast dirt at Tapeta Farm. Others working Thursday were Printemps; Bella, Bella, Bella; Crafty C. T.; Griffinite; Sarah Lane's Oates; and Silver Charm's half-sister by Deputy Minister, Elrose.
Eugene Melnyk, who recently finalized his purchase of Mockingbird Farm near Ocala, Fla., has renamed the property Winding Oaks Farm.
- By Mike Kane
Karen Murphy, an attorney representing owner Michael Watral, said she is coordinating an investigation into the unexpected death Jan. 28 of leading New York stallion Dixie Brass.
The benefits of equine genome research will be explored during a presentation on March 2 at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) convention in Dallas, Texas. "Genome Research 101 for the Horse Industry" will be held from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (CST) at the Hotel Inter-Continental Dallas. It will sponsored by the the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), AQHA, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, and the Morris Animal Foundation.
A regulatory amendment adding clenbuterol to the list of therapeutic medications for which trace levels are permitted in post-race equine urine samples received final approval Wednesday from the Office of Administrative Law (OAL).
- By Tom LaMarra
The New York Racing Association has ended dark-day simulcasting at Aqueduct, and its chairman, Barry Schwartz, targeted the product at Gulfstream Park as the main reason for the move. The president of Gulfstream disagrees with Schwartz's assessment of the product.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club purchased 10 yearling colts at the New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale, which took place at Karaka near Auckland from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30.
Dat You Miz Blue will make her 5-year-old debut in Saturday's $75,000 Correction Handicap, going six furlongs on Aqueduct's inner track.
The first foal for millionaire Royal Anthem is a colt that arrived Jan. 30 at Dennis Alquist's Tsa-La-Gi near Midway, Ky.
Godolphin Racing's Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Sakhee will make his 2002 debut and Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in late February as a prep for the March 23, $6-million Dubai World Cup.
- By Tom LaMarra
In an open letter to the California Thoroughbred industry, Thoroughbred Owners of California chairman Jack Owens said the organization has taken its "stewardship role very seriously" in regard to account wagering, and said its agreement with Magna Entertainment is a "critical benchmark" for negotiations with other companies.
- By Tom LaMarra
For comparison purposes, New Jersey's Thoroughbred horsemen will lose more than 40 racing dates in 2002 if the current schedule approved Jan. 30 by the New Jersey Racing Commission stands.
Classic winner Red Bullet completed his last major workout on the Gulfstream Park oval before a scheduled appearance in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 9. Red Bullet was officially clocked in :47 3/5 breezing for a half-mile.
Champion Silverbulletday produced her first foal, an A.P. Indy colt, Jan. 30 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington
- By Steve Haskin
Assistant trainer Yvonne Azeff, seriosuly injured after being thrown from her pony at Gulfstream last Saturday, appears from all signs to be making improvement at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, trainer John Ward said Thursday. Azeff has been unconscious since the accident. Although Ward had heard that Azeff's condition had been upgraded, hospital spokesperson Tara Bauer said Thursday afternoon her condition still was listed as serious.
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All eyes will be on Came Home in Saturday's $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. Last year's Hopeful Stakes winner will be making his first start since finishing seventh in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but trainer Paco Gonzalez has the homebred son of Gone West ready for a solid performance.
Ten-year-old stallion Sri Pekan, who stood at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, has been sold to the Turkish Jockey Club for stallion duty at the Izmit National Stud.
D. Wayne Lukas-trained Scorpion blew out three furlongs in :35 over a Santa Anita track rated "good" Wednesday morning in preparation for Saturday's $400,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II).
A strapping chestnut colt by Gold Brose sold for $145,000 (approximately $61,335 in U.S. funds) Wednesday to top the opening session of the select colts portion of the New Zealand national yearling sale series. Trainer Bryce Tankard purchased the colt from Fayette Park Stud.
The Northern Hemisphere breeding season hasn't even started yet and already Coolmore Stud is making plans for the Southern Hemisphere season.
- By Nick Hahn
Legislation that would remove impediments to horse racing in Virginia passed the state Senate Jan. 29. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kenneth Stolle, was approved by a 27-12 vote. It now goes to General Laws Subcommittee in the House of Delegates.
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