Articles posted February 25, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Bailey Named New Rider For Repent

Jerry Bailey has been named as the new rider for Repent, trainer Kenny McPeek said Monday. Bailey replaces the colt's regular rider Tony D'Amico, who just a few days ago lost the mount on McPeek's other Derby contender Harlan's Holiday

Churchill Downs Stock Jumps 9% on Monday

Churchill Downs stock rallied Monday, rising $3.22 on heavy trading. What drove the increase can only be speculated, but it came the day before Indiana legislators are to vote on a bill that expands gambling at racetracks and riverboats, and video lottery legislation is to be introduced in Kentucky.

Seattle Slew Temporarily Out of Stud Duty

Leading sire Seattle Slew has been taken temporarily out of stallion service at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., to undergo a neurological examination and semen analysis.

Lundy Appeal to be Denied, A New Hearing Already Requested

A federal appellate court indicated in mid-February it did not intend to change the status of former Calumet Farm president J.T. Lundy's conviction on charges of bribery and deceit. Lundy immediately requested another hearing before the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals headquartered in New Orleans.

Grade I Winner I'm Sweets Euthanized

I'm Sweets, a graded stakes winner all three years she raced, was euthanized Feb. 25 at age 19 at Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable near Malvern, Pa., because of the infirmities of old age.

Electricity Possible Cause of Fatal Barn Fire

Leading New York owner Carl Lizza hoped to broaden the scope of his mostly homebred racing stable by buying a large number of yearlings in 2001. His hopes perished in a late-afternoon barn fire Feb. 23 that killed 22 horses in training at Mike O'Farrell's Ocala Stud in Florida.

Champion Gourmet Girl Retired

Gary Tanaka's Gourmet Girl, who was honored with an Eclipse Award as champion older female of 2001 the previous week, has been retired from racing according to trainer Pico Perdomo.

Grade II Winner Postponed to New Zealand

New York grade II winner Postponed has arrived in New Zealand for stallion duty following his purchase by a partnership of Karaka Group, Chatham Lodge Thoroughbreds, and Fayette Park Stud.

Legislation Targets New Jersey Racing Panel

A New Jersey senator who was instrumental in the passage of legislation that authorized off-track and account wagering in the state introduced a bill Feb. 21 that calls for reconstitution of the New Jersey Racing Commission. If passed, the legislation would allow Gov. Jim McGreevey to appoint all new members to the panel.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report (2/25): Deja Vu-saichi

Yes, we have been here before. Two years ago, Japanese-owned Fusaichi Pegasus, trained by Neil Drysdale, broke his maiden sprinting in January, then won a 1 1/16-mile allowance race in February as a springboard to victories in the San Felipe, Wood Memorial, and the Kentucky Derby. Now, we have Japanese- owned Sunday Break, trained by Neil Drysdale, breaking his maiden sprinting in January, then winning a 1 1/16-mile allowance race in February.

Good Vibrations Surround Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

With apologies to the Beach Boys, there have been some good vibrations going on at Calder Race Course in the days leading up to Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction could benefit from the participation of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai and Ryanair founder Tony Ryan of Ireland. Both men have been very active in other areas of the Thoroughbred market, but have not been prominent before as buyers at juvenile sales.

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