Prince Ahmed Salman, whose colt Point Given was 2001 Horse of the Year, has sent his grade II winner Arabian Light to stand at his Saudi Arabian farm near the capital of Riyadh
Came Home, who is looking to take the next step up the Kentucky Derby ladder, drilled a sharp half in :46 4/5 at Santa Anita Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's one-mile San Rafael Stakes.
The Indiana House passed legislation Feb. 26 that allows for dockside gaming at riverboat casinos, and pull-tab machines in the state. Lawmakers approved the Senate bill by a 55-43 margin.
American steeplechase legend Lonesome Glory died Feb. 25 from injuries suffered in a paddock accident at trainer Bruce Miller's farm.
- By Tom LaMarra
Legislation that would authorize electronic gaming devices at eight Kentucky racetracks--and presumably generate $1.7 billion in revenue for the state over six years--was introduced in the House of Representatives Feb. 26. The 177-page document is said to have support in the House, but serious hurdles may loom in the Senate.
Churchill Downs is one of 70 leading public and private companies asked to do a presentation before investors Wednesday morning at the 11th Annual CIBC World Markets Gaming, Lodging, and Leisure Conference in New York City.
Legislation that would legalize video lottery terminals at Kentucky's eight racetracks was introduced Tuesday in the state House of Representatives by Rep. Jim Callahan (D-Wilder), whose district includes Turfway Park.
The first two mares covered by first-year stallion El Corredor at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington are in foal
Shares of MTR Gaming Group (Nasdaq:MNTG), owner of Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, fell as high as 27% on Tuesday, a day after the racetrack, casino and hotel operator reported lingering problems in converting its slot machines to higher wagers. The company also surprised analysts by annoumcing higher than expected costs associated with a new hotel.
To help sort out the contenders from the pretenders for the 2002 Kentucky Derby, The Blood-Horse's senior correspondent Steve Haskin has listed the horses to look for in coming weeks.
A federal appellate court has upheld Gary Matthews' conviction for participating in a scheme to defraud a Houston bank out of $65 million. The former chief financial officer for Calumet Farm will be required to serve his entire 21-month prison sentence.
An A. P. Indy colt was purchased by Californian B. Wayne Hughes for $900,00 to top the first half of Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton selected sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Racecourse in Florida.
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Philadelphia Park will offer a $1.8-million stakes schedule this season with 10 fewer events than last year.
Twelve-year-old Marco Bay, sire of stakes winner Bay Street Gal, arrived Feb. 22 at Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud near Ocala, Fla.
By Lenny Shulman -- When compared with the transgressions in other professional and amateur sports, maybe racing isn't so bad.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- John Magnier's proposal to give racing a Ryder Cup flavor is certainly worth examining.
Egyptband, winner of the 2000 French Oaks, the Prix de Diane Hermes (Fr-I), has died from complications from colic.
Champion Flanders produced a Seattle Slew colt, a full brother to 2000 champion 3-year-old filly Surfside, Feb. 25 for William T. Young's Overbrook Farm.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships, a series of stakes tied together to reward the top horses by division in the region, is on hold pending resolution of racing schedules in Maryland and New Jersey, said Alan Foreman, who created MATCH in the late 1990s. Foreman, chief executive officer of the Maryland-based Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, is hopeful something can be worked out soon.
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