Articles posted April 2, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Pimlico to Open; 28 Stakes on Spring Schedule

Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, opens April 3 for its 11-week spring meet. The session will feature 28 stakes -- 10 of them graded -- worth $3.6 million.

Olympian Task

By Barry Irwin -- If you want to know which illegal drugs might appear next in horse racing, consider that every drug which has found its way into horse racing was first used in track and field or cycling.

First Lady of the Turf

First Lady of the Turf

By Ray Paulick -- The late Queen Mother was the "First Lady of the Turf" and her love of horses may have helped her live to 101.

McCoy Sets British Jump Riding Record

Tony McCoy beat Gordon Richards' all-time record 269 winners in a season on Tuesday when he guided Shepherds Rest and Valfonic to victory in back to back races at Warwick.

McCoy Sets British Jump Riding Record

Tony McCoy beat Gordon Richards' all-time record 269 winners in a season on Tuesday when he guided Shepherds Rest and Valfonic to victory in back to back races at Warwick.

Two More Nominated to Triple Crown

Two More Nominated to Triple Crown

Add two more names to the list of Triple Crown nominees. The connections of recent winners Puzzlement and One Tuff Box both paid the necessary $6,000 to make their horses eligible to the May 4 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), May 18 Preakness (gr. I), and June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

Came Home, Repent on Target for Weekend Races

San Rafael Stakes winner Came Home, scheduled to compete April 6 in the grade I Santa Anita Derby, worked a half-mile in :48.20 the morning of April 2 in preparation for the race, co-owner John Toffan said. Meanwhile, Louisiana Derby winner Repent is galloping up to the grade II Illinois Derby to be held the same afternoon.

Schwartz: Aqueduct VLT Plan Must be Scaled Back

Plans by the New York Racing Association to build a world-class gambling facility to house video lottery terminals at Aqueduct will have to be shelved because state regulators are requiring tracks to pay too much of the program's expenses.

MTR Gaming Reports Strong Fourth Quarter, Year-End Results

MTR Gaming Group, owner of Mountaineer Park, reported double digit increases in revenue, net income, and earnings for the fourth quarter and 2001. The West Virginia company (Nasdaq:MNTG) also reported decreases in earnings per share for the quarter and for the year.

Lone Star Ready to Kick Off 70-Day Session

Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, opens April 4 with an appearance by Texas native Jerry Bailey, who will ride in the $50,000 Premiere Stakes that evening. Lone Star just wrapped up its March simulcasting operation with a record handle.

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