Rock Opera, ridden by 55-year-old Laffit Pincay, Jr., and True Phenomenon, under Thoroughbred racing's comeback jockey of the year, Patrick Valenzuela, won divisions of the featured Oceanside Stakes today before the largest opening-day crowd in Del Mar history, 37,439.
Puzzlement stepped back into 3-year-old stakes picture Wednesday with an allowance victory and is now likely headed directly to the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes.
- By Mike Kane
Opening day attendance and handle records fell Wednesday as the 134th season of racing at Saratoga got off a positive start for the New York Racing Association.
The Virginia track ended its meet with increases in attendance and handle.
Two-year-old Freedom's Daughter won the first stakes at Saratoga this season with a length victory in Wednesday's Schuylerville Stakes.
Lord Arnold Weinstock of England has died, according to The Racing Post. The publication reported the 77-year-old resident of London died at his home Tuesday.
Jockeys injured ar Arlington...Grade I races from Saratoga on the air this weekend.
Trainer Mark Hennig said Gygistar has a slim chance of making the Jim Dandy on Aug. 4; trainer John Kimmel got off to a good start, winning the first and third races; and trainer John Ward said that multiple stakes winner Booklet may return to the races for the first time since the Preakness later in the meet.
The two biggest days of racing at Arlington Park are getting closer, and the track's horse population is changing accordingly.
Racing in the region returns to Laurel Park Thursday and offers patrons free admission and programs to celebrate opening day.
Forbidden Apple is the highweight for the race, but Bill Mott, who won the last two runnings of the race, has a strong contender in Del Mar Show.
The Illinois State District Court on July 23 granted trainer Neil Drysdale a stay of his 45-day suspension and $2,500 fine stemming from positive drug samples taken from Hawthorne Derby (gr. II) winner Flying Dash May 11.
Ashford Stud stallion Woodman, who has shuttled to Australia the last several seasons, will not stand in Brazil for the Southern Hemisphere season.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- In a reversal of form, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky had the greatest momentum and Keeneland sustained a downturn during the 2002 summer yearling sales.
Hallowed Dreams, who has won 25 of 30 starts, has been given the summer off.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman -- The Keeneland summer sale needs to be adjusted. It needs to be tweaked. Revamped. Changed. It absolutely does not need to be abandoned, as some have suggested.
Lord Arnold Weinstock, who won the 200th Epsom Derby (Eng-I) with Troy and raced such other tops stars as Sun Princess and Pilsudski, died July 23 at his home following a lengthy illness
Encino, the 10th highest-priced yearling of 1978, died in June of natural causes at Frances Beckett's Beckett Ranches near Colton, Calif.
Bobby Frankel is entering the Saratoga season enthusiastic, optimistic and realistic...Stronach buys majority interest in Carson Hollow...Holiday Runner works...Puzzlement returns.
Fifty-four no-guarantee seasons and shares have been catalogued for Fasig-Tipton's Champagne sale of select seasons and shares.
- By Mike Kane
Early in a program about the Saratoga season at the National Museum of Racing Monday night, New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz criticized the recent purchase of a majority interest in the Maryland Jockey Club by Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment.
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