Articles posted February 18, 2002

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Bargain Filly Sizzles to Eclipse Award Honors

The year 2001 was a hot one for anyone trying to keep pace with Xtra Heat. The bargain-basement $5,000 purchase brought attention to the oft-neglected sprint filly division by her domination of her rivals week in and week out, then nearly shook the industry to the core when she just failed to pull off a major upset at the World Thoroughbred Championships in the Penske Auto Center Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

Rose Emerges as Top Apprentice

His first trip to a racetrack came in 1999. As an apprentice rider the following year, he would win with his very first mount. In a short but very successful career, things have come easy for Jeremy Rose.

Fifth Eclipse Award For Bailey

It's safe to say that Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey had a good year in 2001. Not only did he win 44 graded stakes races, 14 of which were grade I, he also ended the year as North America's leading rider by earnings and won his fifth Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey.

Posthumous Eclipse to Steeplechaser Pompeyo

The crazy, mixed-up world of the race for the 2001 steeplechase Eclipse Award took a tragic turn on Jan. 19 when Pompeyo died due to complications from an injury suffered in September. In the voting, however, he became a fitting winner. "In my heart, he deserves it the most because he hasn't been beaten," said the horse's trainer, Sanna Neilson, who conditioned all three Eclipse Award finalists for Augustin Stable.

Champion Fantastic Light Shines Around the World

Long before Fantastic Light ever stepped on a racetrack, the employees of Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum's Gainsborough Farm in Kentucky knew that the son of Rahy was going to be special. Watching him romp in the pasture with other yearlings, they were impressed by his fiery spirit and desire to dominate.

Champion Tempera: A Good One For Harty

It's only fitting that Tempera is the first horse to represent trainer Eoin G. Harty with an Eclipse Award. The daughter of A.P. Indy gave Harty his first career stakes win on Aug. 4, 2001, when she romped to a nine-length victory in the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar.

Johannesburg Conquered the World in Championship Campaign

Johannesburg proved to be a citizen of the world in 2001. The bay colt raced twice in England, once in France, three times in Ireland, and once in the United States. One other thing--he won all seven times. Perfect on the racetrack, Johannesburg easily outdistanced his rivals and was named the 2-year-old male Eclipse Award winner.

One Big Win Earns Eclipse Award for Banks Hill

Juddmonte Farms' Banks Hill made only one of her seven 2001 starts in the United States, but she made it count in a big way. She went one-for-one with a stunning victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) against many of the top horses in her division.

Squirtle Squirt Sprints to Eclipse Award

The racetrack is the great equalizer. Breeders' Cup Day 2001 hammered home that point. On racing's biggest day, not only did some of the game's heaviest hitters--like Sheikh Mohammed, Juddmonte Farms, and members of the Coolmore group--win races, but so, too, did David Lanzman.

Champion Gourmet Girl Adds to Cee's Tizzy's Success

Tiznow isn't the only grade I-winning or millionaire offspring by Cee's Tizzy. Gourmet Girl, one of only two older females to win two grade I races on dirt in 2001, is also by the California sire. Gourmet Girl and two of her top divisional rivals, Lazy Slusan and Tranquility Lake, were 6-year-olds in 2001. All three were based in California, but Gourmet Girl and Lazy Slusan appeared to be gunning for each other, meeting four times during the first half of the year.

Triple Crown Success Pushes Point Given to the Top

Point Given was admired by just about everyone associated with horse racing in 2001. Turf writers were at a loss for adjectives and handicappers returned to the old adage, "If you can't beat him, join him," making him the betting favorite in all seven of his starts. Even casual racing fans got excited about the horse affectionately called "The Big Red Train" and went in droves to local tracks for a chance to watch racing's newest superstar.

Tiznow Shows Championship Mettle for Second Year in Row

The eyes are the windows of the soul. That has been said many times, but on Oct. 27 the racing world saw proof of it. For the second year in a row, we witnessed the same fire being lit in the eyes of Tiznow. And for the second year in a row, we were provided a rare look into the soul of a Thoroughbred. And for the second year in a row, Tiznow has captured an Eclipse Award and become a champion.

Princess Enjoys a Treat at Aqueduct

The Thoroughbred Corporation's People's Princess rallied to post a 1 1/4 -length victory in Monday's 30th running of the grade III, $108,600 Rare Treat Handicap for fillies and mares 3 years old and up at Aqueduct.

Bold Upset at Gulfstream Park

Bold World took the lead in the far turn and ran away from the field to win the $71,000 Dame Mysterieuse Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Monday at Gulfstream Park.

Wrangler Lassos General George Field

Stronach Stable's Wrangler moved on the outside as the field left the turn and headed into the stretch and went on to an easy victory in the General George Stakes (gr. II) that highlighted Monday's President's Day card at Laurel Park.

Rally for Randy at Arlington Park

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Arlington Park has established a "Rally For Randy" Fund to assist former jockey Randy Romero who is undergoing kidney dialysis while awaiting a transplant. Arlington will initiate the fundraising effort with a $2,000 donation and invites all other racetracks to participate in the effort.

Hong Kong Jockey Club, Sale Company at Odds

The Hong Kong Jockey Club, a major and regular buyer at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale in Australia, continues to insist it will boycott the annual auction over the issue of X-raying prospective purchases.

California in Quandary Over Workers' Comp

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California horsemen could be facing a hefty increase in the amount they pay toward workers' compensation insurance if they are unable to reach an agreement with a new high-risk policy carrier by the time contracts expire with their current representative March 1.

The Envelope, Please...Eclipse Awards Announced Tonight

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The wait is almost over and tonight we will find out if Tiznow successfully defended his Horse of the Year title when he won the Breeders' Cup Classic or if he will be dethroned by either Point Given or Johannesburg, the other two finalists as racing's best for 2001.

Gone West Filly Tops Fasig-Tipton Work Tab

A Gone West filly produced from the grade I-placed Slewpy mare Verbasle worked a quarter-mile in 21 1/5 Sunday as the fastest time for the distance during the Under Tack Show for the Feb. 26 Fasig-Tipton selected sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Gone West Filly Tops Fasig-Tipton Work Tab

A Gone West filly produced from the grade I-placed Slewpy mare Verbasle worked a quarter-mile in 21 1/5 Sunday as the fastest time for the distance during the Under Tack Show for the Feb. 26 Fasig-Tipton selected sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Repent May Run Next in Dubai

Trainer Kenny McPeek said Monday he and the owners of Risen Star Stakes winner Repent are thinking seriously about running their colt next in the $2-million UAE Derby (gr. II-UAE) at Nad al Sheba Racecourse on March 23.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Repent's Star Rises to the Top

In the wild, wacky, wonderful world of cliches, you could say Repent finally showed us a light at the end of the tunnel, giving us something to sink our teeth into; something we can hang our hat on; something to bring a smile to our face and twinkle to our eye. OK, you get the point. In short, Repent's victory in Sunday's Risen Star Stakes finally gave us something to get excited about.

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