Articles posted October 22, 2002

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Churchill Downs' Revenues, Earnings Improve

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Churchill Downs Inc. reported Tuesday that net revenues for the third quarter ending Sept. 30 totaled $125.6 million, an increase of 3.6 percent, compared with $121.2 million for the same period last year.

Grand Slam Colt Tops Final Session of Fasig-Tipton Sale

A Grand Slam colt out of the Lyphard mare Pracer bought a session-high price of $140,000 to top the final day of the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale. The colt, which was consigned by Woods Edge Farm, was purchased by the Fustok family's Buckram Oak Farm.

Arlington 'All-Star Announcers Day' Line-up Set

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Announcers from racetracks across the United States, one from Canada, and one future racecaller, will participate in the 2002 All-Star Announcers Day at Arlington Park on Friday, the day before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Even Jockey Wonders Where 'Rock' Will Roll

With just days to go before the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park, the question of whether Rock Of Gibraltar would compete in the Classic or the NetJets Mile remained unanswered. Even the colt's jockey said he doesn't know.

"In Front:" Marshall Cassidy Returns

Marshall Cassidy, the voice of racing in New York from 1979 to 1990, will return to the announcer's booth, this time at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz. He will call the races at Turf Paradise beginning Oct. 25 through Nov. 2.

Frankel Horses Settle in Nicely; Will Gallop Wednesday

The number of Breeders' Cup horses on the grounds nearly doubled Monday afternoon when Bobby Frankel's six-horse arsenal stepped off the Brook Ledge van at 3 p.m. Those arriving were Medaglia d'Oro and Milwaukee Brew (Classic), Beat Hollow and Aldebaran (Mile), Starine (Filly & Mare Turf), and Denon (Turf). Filly & Mare Turf starter Banks Hill, who captured the race last year, was due to arrive Tuesday from California.

Karri Casner's Memorial Service Set for Saturday

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A memorial service will be held to honor the life of Karri Casner on Saturday at 11 a.m. (CDT) at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas. Casner, who died in the Oct. 12 terrorist attack on the Indonesian island of Bali, was a daughter of WinStar Farm's Bill and Susan Casner.

Dollase Says It's Great to be Back

Wally Dollase was on top of the world in 1996 and '97, when he saddled eight Breeders' Cup starters. He won the Distaff with Jewel Princess in '96 and finished second in the Classic with Deputy Commander. In 1997 Career Collection finished second in the Juvenile Fillies. The following year, he had a big chance in the Distaff with Sharp Cat, but the filly tied up badly during Breeders' Cup week and nearly died. Now, he is back with Good Journey.

A Life Well Lived

By Ray Paulick
Bill Casner once said he felt like "a kid outside the candy store, looking in at horses I felt I should have had, but couldn't have."

Believe or Naive

By Tom Keyser
Boy was I naïve. When I started covering horse racing in March 1996 I thought this would be fun.

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