Mike Pegram's Danthebluegrassman won't be making the trip to Texas for this Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III), trainer Bob Baffert said on Tuesday, because the condition that forced his being scratched from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) had not improved to the trainer's satisfaction.
Mike Pegram's Danthebluegrassman, a surprise entrant in Saturday's Kentucky Derby who was scratched on the morning of the race because of a muscle problem, showed no ill effects from the problem when he worked a half-mile in :50 3/5 at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
Trainer Billy Turner said the late Seattle Slew stood alone in comparison to racing's other Triple Crown winners. "He was undefeated. He set track records. He did everything he had to do." Yet Turner said some people resented the horse who won the 1977 Triple Crown, just four years after Secretariat.
An attorney for The Thoroughbred Corp. says his client is not obligated by contract to split the $1 million bonus earned by War Emblem for winning the Illinois Derby (gr. II) and the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Belmont Park opens its admission gates for the 55-day Spring/Summer meet on Wednesday when 10 colts and geldings will take the gate for the $100,000 Westchester Handicap (gr. III) going a mile on the dirt.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, in its 2001-02 annual report released May 7, outlines a $59.5-million budget that relies heavily on revenue from Breeders' Cup Ltd. and membership dues.
Seattle Slew, who celebrated his 102nd stakes winner the day of this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), was the first horse since Native Dancer in the 1950s to win outright championships at ages two through four.
Reports from Central Kentucky and Ohio note that many farms are seeing no cases of early fetal loss, late-term abortions, or term births of compromised foals.
According to Dr. Richard Holder, a practitioner with the Lexington, Ky., firm of Hagyard-Davidson-McGee who specializes in mare reproduction and fetal sexing, early fetal loss is occurring this year as it did last year, just at a much lower rate.
Tampa Bay Downs concluded its 76th anniversary season of Thoroughbred racing May 5th with handle its live races from all-sources averaging nearly $2.1 million per day. The previous high was 1.8 million per day during the 1999-2000 season.
A profound sadness permeates Three Chimneys Farm Tuesday. Its marquee stallion Seattle Slew, who with the exception of the last 30 days was an integral part of the farm for 17 years, is gone.
- By Tom LaMarra
TV Games Network and AmericaTAB have signed a patent license and content agreement that allows AmericaTAB to accept wagers on TVG's exclusive partner tracks, and implement TVG technology.
Last fall, E. Allen Murray, and his wife, Audrey, took a chance on purchasing the young Kentucky stallion Our Emblem and standing him at their Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md. All Our Emblem has done since then is have his name thrust into the national spotlight as the sire of Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem and Triple Crown contender Private Emblem.
William Inglis and Son's Australian broodmare sale concluded at Newmarket Tuesday, with the final session bringing the overall gross revenue to a $26,875,800 (approximately $14,499,494 in U.S. funds), which was the highest total in the histroy of the auction.
Seattle Slew, the only horse to win the Triple Crown while undefeated, died Tuesday morning at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.
Online wagering company America Tab has gained access to many of the country's premier racetracks by entering into a patent and content licensing agreement with the TV Games Network.
Ralph Evans' grade II winner March Magic has been retired from racing and bred April 26 to Unbridled's Song.
Saarland, 10th-place finisher as the co-second choice in the Kentucky Derby, underwent surgery Monday to remove a chip fracture from the front of his left front fetlock joint, according to Dr. Larry Bramlage.
This was certainly not one of the most inspiring Derbys. In addition, we blew it, pure and simple. We were sniffing up the right tree, but lost our scent at the last minute. In the end, however, the best horse did win.
Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Crimson Hero breezed five furlongs in 1:03 1/2 under exercise rider Jamie Sanders at Churchill Downs on Monday in preparation for the May 18 Preakness Stakes.
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