Articles posted May 1, 2002

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Woodbine Subsidiary Acquires Hastings Park

Woodbine Entertainment Group announced Wednesday that it has acquired through its subsidiary, Hastings Entertainment Inc., "substantially all" of the assets of Pacific Racing Association, which operates Hastings Park in Vancouver, Canada.

Trainers Cite Load Time as Reason for Post Position Picks

When choosing post positions at Wednesday's Kentucky Derby draw, trainers of this year's Derby entrants seemed to focus on minimizing the amount of time their horses would have to spend in the starting gate while the bulky field loads for Saturday's 128th renewal of the 1 1/4-mile classic.

Fosters-International Third Dupont Wins Italian 2,000 Guineas

With Dupont's desperate nose-length win in Wednesday's Premio Parioli--Italian Two Thousand Guineas at the Campanelle, both the second- and third-place finishers from the Fosters-International Trial Stakes have returned to post a victory in their next start. The Fosters-International winner Castle Gandolfo will make his next start in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

ESPN Extends Racing Broadcasts Trough 2008

ESPN, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), and Triple Crown Productions announced an agreement Wednesday to renew multiple horseracing series and programming through 2008.

Dubai-Singapore-England Triple Possible for Caller One

Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) repeat winner Caller One, currently in Singapore preparing for a race there on May 11, may make his follow-up start in England during the Royal Ascot meet. The Jim Chapman trainee is one of four American horses pre-entered in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I), a six-furlong turf dash for horses 3-year-old and older.

Prairie Meadows Rental Agreement is Approved

The Polk County, Iowa, board of supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a five-year, $100 million rental agreement with the operators of Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino.

Millionaire Val Royal to South Africa

Millionaire Val Royal, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) in stakes-record time of 1:32.05, has been purchased from David Milch by a partnership that includes Lionel Cohen and Newsells Park Stud owner Andreas Jacobs.

You's Work Pleases a Confident Frankel

If you blinked, you might have missed You on Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs. As soon as the regular break for renovation work was finished about 8:30, she trotted onto the track, jogged down the backstretch, and then blew out three furlongs in :37 3/5 with jockey Joe Deegan in the irons.

A P Valentine on the Way to Fatherhood

A P Valentine, who was sent to reproductive specialist Dr. Phillip McCarthy after being yanked from stallion duty at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., earlier this year, impregnated the first mare he was bred to at McCarthy's Watercress Farm near Lexington.

Security Policies Set for Preakness at Pimlico

The Maryland Jockey Club has joined local, state, and federal law enforcement and other government agencies to develop and implement a thorough series of safety and security procedures May 17-18 for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and Preakness Stakes, respectively.

Galileo to Shuttle to Australia

Coolmore's Galileo, who won last year's group I English and Irish Derbys and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, will shuttle to Coolmore Australia for the Southern Hemisphere season.

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