Texan James "Mattress Mac" McIngvale went to $110,000 to acquire a Jade Hunter--Larrikin (by Slew o' Gold) colt as the top-priced offering during Tuesday's Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training conducted by Fasig-Tipton.
New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey presented his 2003 budget in a March 26 speech before state legislators, and among his cost-cutting proposals is a reduction in the operating subsidy for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which oversees Monmouth Park and Meadowlands, by more than half.
Graded stakes winner Semoran was represented by his first winner when his son Uriah's Beginning won March 21 at Delta Downs.
Koji Maeda's Triple Crown nominee Sunday Break gets his prep for the April 13 Wood Memorial (gr. I) when he faces vie other 3-year-olds in a 1 1/8-mile allowance test at Aqueduct on Wednesday.
Fair Grounds reported across-the-board declines in attendance and handle for its 89-day meet that ended Monday.
If you were unable to access bloodhorse.com or other Web sites in Kentucky early Tuesday, the problem was not at your end. Service was lost about midnight Monday and not restored until about 1:00 p.m.
Trainer Michael Matz announced the retirement of graded stakes-winning racemares Batique and Lady Dora.
All 100,000-plus fans at this year's Kentucky Derby will be screened with magnetic wands when they enter Churchill Downs under beefed-up security in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- The free ride is over. Now it is time to pay up to keep the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program on track.
By W. Cothran Campbell -- The pursuit of Thoroughbred horse racing as a hobby or business has always been a formidable, uphill struggle, and much of the world is aghast at the idiocy of we who pursue it. They have a point.
Louisiana champion Sarah Lane's Oates, a 15-time stakes winner, has been retired from racing and is booked to Horse of the Year Point Given.
Country Light was euthanized March 11 following a breeding accident at Andreas and Marilyn Hauke's Double G Ranch near Pinon Hills, Calif.
Woodman, North America's leading active sire by number of foals, will stand the Southern Hemisphere season at TNT Stud in Brazil on a one-year lease arrangement worked out with Irish-based Coolmore Stud.
- By Tom Keyser
Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing in Maryland probably will receive an infusion of about $4.5 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1 as the result of a recent flurry of activity in the General Assembly.
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