Articles posted May 10, 2002

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Lawn Mower Returns to Grass for Ascot Handicap

California Derby fifth-place finisher Lawn Mower returned to turf racing for Sunday's $100,000 Ascot Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Bay Meadows. The 1 1/16-mile turf event attracted a field of seven 3-year-olds, including Italian stakes winner Six Hitter and the well-bred maiden Hecandigit.

NTRA Signs Licensing Deal for Interactive Game

Sega Enterprises and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association have entered into a three-year licensing agreement designating Sega's Derby Owners Club-World Edition, a Thoroughbred breeding, training, and racing simulator, as the NTRA's official, branded interactive video game.

Honoring Slew: Ceremony Set For July

A public memorial service honoring the deceased Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew has been scheduled for 8:00 p.m. July 19 at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky.

War Emblem Comes from 'School of Hard Nucks'

This Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner doesn't come from the school of hard knocks; he comes from the school of hard nucks. War Emblem was bred and raised at Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky., an operation headed by one of the last true Kentucky hardboots, Charlie Nuckols.

Derby Was Memorable 'Blind Date' For Espinoza

On the morning of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the phone rang in Victor Espinoza's hotel room--it was a wake-up call he won't soon forget. On the line was trainer Bob Baffert, reminding Espinoza he wanted to see him regarding his mount aboard War Emblem that afternoon.

The Heat is on in Genuine Risk

Xtra Heat will no doubt bring the heat to Belmont Park by way of sizzling fractions in the Genuine Risk (gr. II) at six furlongs on Sunday.

Massachusetts Panel to Study Expanded Gaming

Expanded gambling, including slot machines at racetracks, took a hit May 9 when the Masschusetts House voted against it, but legislators did establish a committee to make recommendations on the issue by the end of the year.

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