Articles posted February 23, 2002

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Santa Anita Race Report: En Fuego

Think back a few months and see if you can recall the name Above Perfection. Need a hint? She was at Belmont last July, stretching the redoubtable Xtra Heat to the max in the Prioress Stakes (gr. I). If you're still having difficulty, don't worry. You'll be hearing plenty from her this year.

Official: Magna's Florida Training Center Makes Progress

Gulfstream Park chairman Doug Donn visited Palm Meadows, the training facility being constructed by the track's parent company, Magna Entertainment Corp., on Feb. 22 and said he was pleased with its progress. The site is located 55 miles north of Gulfstream in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Millennium Wind Sidelined Again

David and Jill Heerensperger's grade I winner Millennium Wind has developed an abscess in his right front foot and is sidelined again, according to trainer David Hofmans.

Delta Slots Back Up After State-Imposed Shutdown

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The slot-machine parlor at Delta Downs reopened the evening of Feb. 22 after it had been shut down by the state police that morning for various violations. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board had suspended the license of Boyd Gaming, owner of the Vinton track, to operate the 1,500 slot machines that went on line in mid-February.

Split Southwest Stakes Possible

With a large number of trainers expressing interest in running their 3-year-olds in the $75,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 2, the track's racing secretary, Pat Pope, is considering spilling the race into two divisions. Among those possible for the one-mile fixture is the promising Frank Brothers trainee Clergy.

Freedom Crest to Attempt Big 'Cap Off Layoff

Freedom Crest is being prepared to make his 6-year-old debut in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on March 2. The Kentucky-bred son of To Freedom last raced in October, when last in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) after defeating Tiznow and Skimming in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Hnadicap (gr. II).

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