Articles posted October 31, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Maple Leaf Distance Suits Small Promises

Small Promises is much like the Energizer bunny made famous in a series of well known television commercials – she just keeps going and going and going.

Autotote Fires Employee in Connection with Pick 6 Case

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An employee of Autotote, the totalizator service of Catskills OTB, has been fired for alleged wrongdoing with regards to the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Six that is currently being investigated by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

Knickerbocker is Wide-Open Affair

Unlike the New York basketball team that bears the same name, you can bet on the grade II, $150,000 Knickerbocker Handicap at 1 1/8 mile on the turf Saturday. One of the final turf stakes of the year in New York is a wide-open affair.

Pretty Wild Out to Make Amends in Nashua

Without the presence of Sky Mesa or Whywhywhy, Einar Robsham's Pretty Wild figured to be tough in the Oct. 5 Champagne (gr. I). Pretty Wild, a son of longshot Alabama (gr. I) winner Pretty Discreet, went to the post the 6-5 favorite in the Champagne and ran awful, finishing a distant fourth.

Sunland Park to Shine With $500,000 WinStar Derby

Fueled with revenue from slot machines, the richest live racing season in the historyof Sunland Park Race Track and Casino begins Nov. 19. The 80-day meet, which continues through April 6, 2003, will have all-time record purse distribution of $16 million. Average daily purses at the track just west of El Paso, Texas, should exceed $200,000.

Perfect Drift Returns to Track

The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Arlington Park was a tougher journey than anticipated for Stonecrest Farm's homebred Perfect Drift, but the 3-year-old gelding came out of the race little worse for the wear

2003 Preakness Logo Unveiled

The Maryland Jockey Club today unveiled the 2003 Preakness logo. The 128th running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the middle jewel of the Visa Triple Crown, will be run May 17, 2003 at Pimlico Race Course.

Racing Museum Opens Online Gift Shop

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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has opened an online gift shop at: hall.racingmuseum.org/shop/asp/

Judge Declines to Dismiss Suit Challenging VLTs at Tracks

A lawsuit seeking to block video lottery terminals at racetracks in New York "is ripe for review,'' a state judge has ruled in rejecting pleas by the state and racetracks to dismiss the legal action. Gambling foes say they may now seek an injunction to block any further development of the VLT program.

Rockingham Park to Close; Development Planned on Property

Rockingham Park plans to close in a few years in what would mark the end of the state's first and only horse racing track. The owners of the 96-year-old track want to develop the 170-acre property in Salem for retail, office and residential use.

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