Articles posted March 15, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Baze Picks Up Woolf Award and Santa Anita Victory

Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award Friday at Santa Anita. While at Santa Anita, Northern California's leading jockey also visited the winners' circle following the second race, when he and Sempai won in front-running style.

Frankel-Gann Attempt to Upset Siphonic Again, Enter Medaglia d'Oro in San Felipe

Siphonic will go to post Sunday as the 122-pound highweight and likely favorite for the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) as he rebounds from a second-place finish in the Jan. 19 Santa Catalina Stakes. Though the horse that beat him that day, Edmund Gann's Bobby Frankel trainee Labamta Babe, won't be running due to injury, Gann and Frankel will be represented by recent acquisition Medaglia d'Oro.

Jocks Fined For Thursday Altercartion

Jockeys Jose Espinoza and Lorenzo Lezcano were each fined $250 for their roles in a jocks' room disturbance on Thursday at Aqueduct.

Is Medication Really the Root of Racing's Problems?

Uniformity in equine drug-testing and medication use won't come easy if comments made by panelists at the University of Florida's Equine Medical Symposium are any indication. If anything, the March 15 discussion revealed splits within the racing industry and brought up the question as to whether medication is really the root of the industry's problems.

Saarland, Mayakovsky Make 2002 Debuts in Gotham

Bettors at Aqueduct on Sunday will basically be clueless when it comes to wagering on the one-mile Gotham Stakes. The two overwhelming favorites in the field of seven, Saarland and Mayakovsky, not only will be making their first start of the year, they have absolutely nothing in common.

N.C. Horseman Herbert Turner Dead

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Herbert L. Turner, an avid owner and breeder in North Carolina, died March 8 at the age of 72 in Winston-Salem due to a heart ailment.

Congressional Report Details Lundy's Pardon Attempt

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A report released Thursday by the federal House Committee on Government Reform details a scheme by former Calumet Farms president J. T. Lundy to secretly share profits from a Venezuelan coal deal with President Clinton's half-brother in an effort to secure a pardon.

Swale Draws Five Sprinters

A field of five will contest the seven-furlong, $150,000 Swale Stakes on the Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

Denon Heads San Luis Rey Field

Denon, who will try to deliver yet another graded stakes win to conditioner Bobby Frankel, will carry highweight of 118 into Saturday's running of the $250,000 San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita.

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