Articles posted February 22, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Wide Rally Wins Palm Beach for Orchard Park

Orchard Park overcame an outside post and a wide trip to win Friday's $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. Under Jerry Bailey, the Bill Mott-trained 3-year-old completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.80 on firm turf.

Fund Raiser to Auction Work of Four-Legged Equine Artists

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ReRun, the national Thoroughbred adoption program based in Kentucky, is beginning what will be an annual event called "Moneigh-Equine Expressions." Horses that have distinguished themselves on the track and in the breeding shed will vie for the honor of becoming the top "equine artist."

'Frolics' Favored in Sunday's Davona Dale

Frolic is the word in Sunday's $100,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park. Smok'n Frolic, a gray daughter of Smoke Glacken who will be making her debut for 2002, figures to be the favorite. Second choice in the 1 1/16-mile event looks to be Stormy Frolic, a Summer Squall daughter trained by Milt Wolfson.

Breeders' Cup Future Wager Scaled Down

Breeders' Cup officials and tote companies have scaled down the size of a proposed World Thoroughbred Championships future wager slated for later this year. Instead of a minimum of 100 betting interests, as originally hoped for, Breeders' Cup's first future pools would offer 24 runners each.

McGee Enters Handicapping Contest for Charity

Daily Racing Form correspondent Marty McGee will be competing for two charities in Gulfstream Park's inaugural Turf-Vivor Thoroughbred handicapping contest that began Friday. Any money McGee wins will go a special fund for Robert Williams, who lost his family in a car accident Feb. 15, and the Jockeys' Guild Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Saarland Gets Shut Out Again; May Head to Big A

The seven-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream that had been intended as Saarland's first start of the year has now failed to fill on two occasions. With Sunday's field again drawing only three horses, trainer Shug McGaughey could head up to Aqueduct for an allowance race next Friday.

NTRA Issues Policy on Alternative Gaming at Tracks

In a follow-up to discussion at its board of directors teleconference meeting Feb. 6, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Feb. 22 released an official policy statement on alternative gaming at racetracks. The NTRA will, in effect, act as a "clearinghouse" for related information. It will not employ its resources in any state without a super-majority vote of its board and a consensus of all "signficant" NTRA members in a given state.

Florida Bill Would Give Hialeah Unopposed Dates

Legislation that would mandate three distinct seasons of Thoroughbred racing in South Florida has been introduced in the House by Rep. Rene Garcia, whose district includes Hialeah Park. Another bill introduced by Garcia calls for statutory changes related to racing dates.

Oaklawn and Turfway Increasing Purses

Good weather and higher handles are driving up purses at Oaklawn Park and Turfway Park. Oaklawn will increase purses by $1,000 per race starting Saturday, while Turfway Park will increase purses 7% beginning with Friday's card. Both purse increases exclude stakes races.

End of the Road to Highcliff in New York

Seven-year-old End of the Road, who earned $248,805, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Carl Lizza Jr. and Joe Bartone's Highcliff Farm near Delanson, N.Y., as the property of James Olson.

Ocala's Cardinal Training Center on Market

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Cardinal Training Center, a Thoroughbred training facility that has been a fixture in northwest Ocala for nearly 20 years, has been listed for sale for $3.5 million.

Woodbine: TV Combats Handle Cannibalization

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While California horsemen fret over the risk of customer cannibalization as a result of account wagering, Woodbine Entertainment officials say they have found just the opposite to be true: Televised racing drives wagering.

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