Friday at Gulfstream Park
Is there still time for an unknown, late-developing 3-year-old to play catch-up and make it to the Derby with a legitimate shot? The answer is yes. And if you think some of the big-name trainers have already emptied all their barrels you're in for a big surprise.
Despite not being able to take bets on the two California Thoroughbred tracks currently operating, the Television Games Network said it is running neck and neck with competing account wagering entity XpressBet on total telephone and Internet handle for the first 12 days of legal advance deposit wagering (ADW) by California residents.
Decarchy, a half-brother of Chester House and Honest Lady, worked three furlongs at Hollywood Park Thursday in preparation for Saturday's Tanforan Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Golden Gate Fields.
For the second straight year Godolphin's Best of the Bests won the Maktoum Challenge Round II (UAE-III) at Nad Al Sheba Thursday night, but the stable is uncertain he'll go on to participate in the prestigious Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) as he did last year.
WinStar Farm announced today that trainer Elliott Walden will become the private trainer for the farm. Prior to the announcement, the public-stable trainer had conditioned about 90% of WinStar's horses.
Frank Stronach, chairman of Magna Entertainment, is proceeding with plans to build a racetrack complex near Ocala, Fla., despite facing several governmental and legislative hurdles.
A field of five will take the gate in the $75,000 Pan Zareta Handicap Saturday at FairGrounds, including the darling of Louisiana, Hallowed Dreams. Hallowed Dreams is one of five finalists for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association's Accredited Louisiana Bred Horses of the Year awards in the 4-year-old and up filly and mare category.
Grade I winner Miss Linda will carry a top-wight of 119 pounds in Friday's $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Norman Pointer had his stakes-winning gelding Rize work an easy three furlongs in :39 4/5 breezing Thursday morning. Rize is slated to start in Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. 1) at 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park and was the lone Donn starter among the 14 entrants to work at Gulfstream on Thursday.
- By Steve Haskin
Assistant trainer Yvonne Azeff, who has been in a coma since suffering a severe head injury in a spill at Gulfstream on Jan. 27, has begun to show progress over the past 24 hours, trainer John Ward Jr. said.
John Veitch and Calumet Farm have once again parted company. The trainer confirmed Feb. 7 that he has sent 14 newly-turned three-year-olds back to the farm from his New York base.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos arrived at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. on the morning of Feb. 7 to begin his new career as a stallion.
If any horse could prevent Affluent from becoming only the third filly to sweep the prestigious La Cañada series, it's Summer Colony.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Habibti, who is an Eclipse Award finalist in the 2-year-old filly catageory, returns to the races after a two-month absence in Sunday's Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. Another 2-year-old filly Eclipse Award finalist, You, is also expected to start in the Las Virgenes.
Phil Borgemenke, a popular rider on the Ohio/West Virginia circuit from the mid-1950s to the mid-70s, died Jan. 29 in Cincinnati.
The 2002 Sportsman's Park Thoroughbred meet is expected to go on as scheduled even though Chicago Motor Speedway has decided to suspend auto racing this year.
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