Articles posted February 21, 2002

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Horse Racing's Holy Grail

Saddle up and ride along as award-winning sports author Steve Haskin takes you behind the scenes and into the trenches of the world's most famous and prestigious horse race in Horse Racing's Holy Grail -- The Epic Quest for the Kentucky Derby.

Youbet Joins Stable; Account-Bet Handle Tops $5M

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Youbet.com has been licensed by the California Horse Racing Board to offer account-wagering services to residents of California, effective immediately. Meanwhile, through Feb. 18, account-wagering handle through two other systems topped $5 million in the Golden State.

Bonapaw to Prep Sunday for Dubai Golden Shaheen

Bonapaw has been invited to participate in the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) on the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) undercard. The Golden Shaheen will be run two races prior to the World Cup on March 23 on a straight six-furlong course at Nad Al Sheba.

Hap Favored in Canadian Turf

Team Mott-Bailey will be favored to chalk up another stakes victory Saturday when Hap heads a field of nine older horses in the $150,000 Canadian Turf Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the Gulfstream turf course.

New York City OTB Gets New Boss

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has named Ray Casey, who directed the city's Trade Waste Commission, to head New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., the New York Post reported Feb. 21. Bloomberg also said the city wouldn't sell the betting corporation, at least for now.

Stud Duty for Jump Start Delayed Until 2003

William T. Young's Overbrook Farm announced that homebred grade II winner Jump Start will not stand at stud this year at the Lexington nursery as planned and instead will begin his stallion career in 2003.

Delaware Park Rejoins NTRA

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Delaware has rejoined the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, after a one-year membership hiatus. The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which has been an NTRA member since 1998, also renewed its membership in the NTRA.

New Shooters to Challenge Top Pair in Florida Derby

Although the Florida Derby still is a little over three weeks away, it appears as if at least seven 3-year-olds are pointing for the $1 million, grade I event at Gulfstream Park on March 16. Booklet and Harlan's Holiday, who finished one-two in the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth Stakes, are expected to renew their budding rivalry, with a few new faces ready to join the fray.

Colonial Downs, Virginia Horsemen Have Contract

The Virginia Racing Commission on Feb. 20 approved a contract between Colonial Downs and the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and also discussed a decline in handle at off-track wagering facilities in the state.

Maktoum Family Death Postpones Sakhee's Start

Due to a death of a member of the United Arab Emirate's ruling Maktoum family, racing at Nad Al Sheba has been canceled Thursday, pushing back Sakhee's scheduled start until Sunday. According to Web reports from the Gulf, Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, son of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, died Thursday in an automobile accident.

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