Lee Lewis' Mystic Lady turned back a stretch-long challenge from Happily Unbridled to win the $75,000 Banshee Breeze Handicap on Friday at Gulfstream Park.
Betty and Robert G. Irvin's two-time stakes winner Jeweled Pirate has been retired from racing and will be bred this season to Three Chimneys Farm stallion Albert the Great.
German-bred Flying Dash balked entering the gate in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland Friday, but was full steam ahead at the wire. Attendance of 14,879 at the Lexington, Ky. track was the largest for a spring opening day since 1985. Attendance last year on opening day was 11,646.
Bob Ezrine, manager of Patchen Wilkes Farm near Lexington, reports that the white mare Patchen Beauty has delivered a white colt by Pioneering.
Racing's Holy Grail - The Epic Quest for the Kentucky Derby--Chapter 5
The rate of reduction in foal losses in Kentucky is slowing, but it is still staggering. The latest figures from The Jockey Club show 32.4 percent less foals dropped in Kentucky this year through April 3 compared with a year ago.
Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, winner of the grade II Lane's End Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, took a step toward an expected start in Kentucky Derby 128 with a solid breeze on Friday over the seven-furlong track at Churchill Downs' Trackside training center.
After a number of meeting the last 10 days, New Jersey horsemen and management of Monmouth Park and Meadowlands are close to finalizing a proposal to determine the amount of Thoroughbred dates for 2002 and beyond.
An offering of 20 million shares of Magna Entertainment (Nasdaq:MIEC) was priced at $6.65 Thursday through underwriters Bear Stearns. The update on the offering caused the company's stock to rise as much as 13.4 percent during trading on Friday.
Churchill Downs has signed a major sponsorship deal with Coors Light, significantly expanded an existing deal with Brown-Forman distillers, and re-signed American Airlines.
Columbine Stable and trainer Beau Greeley hope to end a string of frustrating near misses with Sligo Bay in Saturday's Arcadia Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Paco Gonzalez hopes to set the stage for his own daily double Saturday at Santa Anita Park. He'll start by winning the $200,000 San Bernardino Handicap (gr. II) with Bosque Redondo, then two races later cap off his day by taking the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) with probable favorite Came Home.
Jan Siegel, who raced a number of prominent horses with her husband, Mace, and their daughter, Samantha, died April 4 after a lengthy battle with cancer
Revenue from slot machines is expected to increase Fort Erie Race Track's average daily purse distribution by 8.4 percent for this year's meet beginning April 26.
- By Tom LaMarra
As the Ohio Thoroughbred racing season gets in full swing for 2002, a racetrack operator has renewed his call for changes in the law that governs full-card simulcasting in the state.
Commercial ads are scheduled to begin showing up on jockey and racing silks with the start of the spring meets in California, but they're a little slow to make the starting gate.
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