Articles posted February 27, 2002

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Mandella Duo Drills For Big 'Cap

The Richard Mandella-trained Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) duo of Cagney and Kudos were both put through their final drills Wednesday morning in preparation for Saturday's $1 million event, set at 1 1/4 miles over the main track.

Fourteen Entered For Big Cap

The largest field in nearly 20 years was entered Wednesday for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). Euchre and Milwaukee Brew, a Frank Stronach-owned entry, was made the 7-2 favorite in the 1 1/4-mile race for older horses. A field of 14 will go postward in the evenly-matched field.

Churchill Stock Continues to Rally, MTR Gaming Slips

The approval of electronic pull-tabs in Indiana and the introduction of video lottery legislation in Kentucky pushed Churchill Downs stock up $1.80 to $41.80 per share Tuesday. On the flip side, MTR Gaming was downgraded by a major investment bank and its stock dropped 8.8%

NTRA, John Deere Offering Financing, Leases

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), John Deere, and John Deere Credit (JDC), announced Wednesday low-rate financing as well as lease offers are now available on John Deere tractors. The JDC offer is in addition to the special discounted prices on John Deere tractors offered to NTRA members. These financing options are available to current-year supporters who have directly contributed at least $1,000 to the NTRA, subject to John Deere Credit approval.

TVG To Show Barretts Works

TVG will air the preview works from the Barretts Selected 2-year-olds sale from Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif. The show will air Feb. 28 for one hour beginning at 11:00 a.m. The sale will be held March 5.

Lane's End Returning To Keeneland July Sale

William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm is returning to Keeneland's July yearling sale in 2002. A former leading consignor in July, Lane's End switched the focus of its marketing program for young horses to Keeneland's September yearling sale in 2000 and continued that strategy in 2001.

Maryland Factions Strike Deal; 'Special' Suspended

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The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association reached a four-year deal Feb. 27 that resolves conflict that has lingered for years over racing dates and stakes schedules. As part of the deal, though, the grade I Pimlico Special will be suspended for 2002.

Stevens Gets Mount on High Star; McPeek Pair Work

First there was John Velazquez, who is the regular rider of Kentucky Derby contenders Saarland and Nokoma. Then it was Jerry Bailey, who already was in great shape with Siphonic and Blue Burner, adding Repent to his roster of live Derby mounts. Now you can add Gary Stevens to the list of top riders doubling up (and even tripling up) on hot Derby mounts.

Seattle Slew To Undergo Surgery

Central Kentucky sire Seattle Slew will undergo surgery this week, and his return, if ever, to stallion service will depend upon what is in the best interests of the horse, according to a press release by Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert N. Clay on behalf of stallion manager Mickey Taylor and syndicate members

Kentucky Horsemen Briefed on Gaming Legislation

Kentucky horsemen were urged Feb. 27 to participate in a grass-roots campaign to contact legislators and urge them to support legislation that would authorize electronic gaming devices at the state's eight racetracks. The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives Feb. 26.

In Excess Filly Tops Barretts Workouts

A half-sister to multiple California champion Cover Gal posted the fastest one furlong time of 10.1 seconds during Monday's training preview in preparation for the March 5 sale of selected 2-year-olds in training conducted by Barretts Equine Ltd.

Fasig-Tipton Gross, Average Increase; Buy-Back Rate Soars To 45.3%

The Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training turned in one of its most successful performances ever on Tuesday at Calder Race Course. Gross revenue increased. The average price reached its second-highest level ever. And the median established an auction record. But the sale also was a treacherous experience for consignors as the buy-back rate soared to 45.3%.

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