The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has formally opposed the proposed transfer of this year's Fairplex Park meet to Santa Anita Park. The Del Mar board of directors met during a special session May 29 and voted unanimously to oppose the plan.
A large group of talented turf runners are keeping the Aug. 17 Million open as an option.
Edmund Gann's You worked five furlongs at Belmont Park Wednesday ahead of an expected start in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at that track on June 7.
Three grade I winners and six other rivals are scheduled to contest Saturday's $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) at Suffolk Downs.
Big Red now has his own Web site at www.secretariat.com.
The business unit that served as the information technology group for The Jockey Club and a technology consultant for the Thoroughbred industry has become a wholly owned subsidiary of The Jockey Club.
New Phoenix Stable's Sarava, winner of Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico, breezed four furlongs in :49.20 for trainer Ken McPeek. Jockey Patricia Cooksey was in the saddle for the work by the son of Wild Again, who will make his fourth start for McPeek in the Belmont Stakes.
Godolphin Racing's Essence of Dubai, ninth in the Kentucky Derby, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 over the main track with exercise rider Lee Roebuck aboard.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Racing fans from the baby boomer generation were spoiled by the remarkable careers of the three most recent Triple Crown winners, Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and Affirmed (1978). Maybe that's why the knockers are lining up to take their shots at War Emblem as he bids for the Triple Crown.
By Steve Montemarano -- The flagrant use of the whip in horse racing is out of step with how society has changed over the decades. What was once tolerated may now be perceived as wrong.
Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem had his first serious work since his May 18 Preakness triumph, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Wednesday at Churchill Downs.
Our Emblem, the sire of Triple Crown contender War Emblem, has been purchased by WinStar Farm in partnership with Taylor Made Farms and will stand the 2003 season at Taylor Made in Kentucky. The fee has not been determined.
Sam and Jeri Knighton's Request For Parole, winner of the John Battaglia Memorial and fifth in the Kentucky Derby, will not run in the Belmont Stakes, after trainer Steve Margolis discovered the beginnings of a stress fracture in the colt's left front leg.
No one in Illinois government seems to like the idea of slot machines at racetracks, but the proposal remained on the table as the legislature's spring session went into overtime in an attempt to find new revenue sources to solve a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall.
In the fifth of 11 installments on previous Triple Crown winners, here is an excerpt from The Blood-Horse of Issue of June 14, 1941 on Whirlaway winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.
King Midas, a winning 6-year-old son of Bluebird, brought the top price of 150,000 dirhams ($40,839) during the Thoroughbred portion of the Emirates Racing Association's horses in training sale Monday and Tuesday in Dubai.
Kentucky's budget woes could negatively impact the state's racing industry, which is counting on tax breaks to alleviate some financial strain.
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