United States entries Delta Form, Sarafan, Falcon Flight and Texas Glitter try their luck against many of the finest runners in the world in four turf stakes Sunday that make up the Hong Kong International Races.
In just eight days of live racing, Turfway Park's track maintenance crew has already been hit with four inches of snow, one inch of ice and several inches of rain. It's to their credit the track has only lost five races due to track conditions heading into the second full weekend of racing.
Albert Funk, 73, a former president of Prescott Downs, died Tuesday at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., following a brief illness.
Tout Charmant, winner of the 2000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on the turf at Hollywood Park, worked seven furlongs in 1:28.40 at Santa Anita Friday for the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on grass Dec. 21.
A stable that enters a maiden in a Grade I stakes race could not have a better name than Always Believe, Inc.
Starrer, winless in five races since her victory in last year's Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, will try to repeat in Sunday's 21st running of the $150,000 stakes race for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.
Star Track Farm's Grey Comet and David Cassidy's Unswept are the colts to beat in Sunday's $75,000 Damon Runyon for New York-bred juveniles going 1/16 mile at Aqueduct.
Michigan Governor John Engler moved quickly Friday, appointing R. Robert Geake as the state's racing commissioner.
Early bird nominations to the inaugural Sunshine Millions closed Dec. 9 with more than 300 applications. The series of races, worth $3.6 million in purse money, will be Jan. 25, with four events at Gulfstream Park in Florida and four at Santa Anita Park in California.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association made its annual presentation Friday at the Symposium on Racing in Tucson., Arizona.
The number of 2002 foals nominated to the Breeders' Cup program is down 8% from last year, largely due to mare reproductive loss syndrome, which resulted in the loss of nearly 20% of the pregnancies of Kentucky-based mares when it swept through the region in the spring of 2001.
Five high profile out-of-town trainers will converge on Laurel Park Saturday for the $100,000 Anne Arundel Stakes (grade III) for 3-year old fillies. Fourteen horses are expected in the 1 1/8-mile test.
The Hong Kong International races on Sunday will be shown on TVG beginning at 2 a.m. (ET). The special 2 1/2 hour telecast will include live coverage the group I Hong Kong Cup, group I Hong Kong Vase, and group I Hong Kong Mile, and tape delayed coverage of the group II Hong Kong Sprint. All races are on turf.
TVG will provide live coverage of three of the four Hong Kong International Races Sunday from Sha Tin Racecourse.
Peter Nugent, a former director of Tattersalls in England and Ireland, died at age 83.
- By Tom Precious
A horsemen's group has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Monticello Raceway in New York, alleging the track pocketed at least $1.3 million over the past six years in funds that should have gone to purses.
After months of legal wrangling and negotiations, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority is close to presenting the New Jersey Racing Commission with participation agreements between itself and two other racing companies in the state in regard to account and off-track wagering.
Horsemen and management at New Jersey's two state racetracks are close to a deal on a revision of 2003 racing dates.
Making her first appearance since being sold privately last month, champion Xtra Head will line up for the $75,000 Garland of Roses at Aqueduct Saturday.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms has bought a portion of the breeding rights in pro tem 2-year-old male leader Vindication from Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables
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