Articles posted August 20, 2002

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Sunday Silenced

By Ray Paulick -- Sunday Silence, who died in Japan Monday at age 16, saved Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm from bankruptcy in the late 1980s.

Sunday Silenced

By Ray Paulick -- Sunday Silence, who died in Japan Monday at age 16, saved Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm from bankruptcy in the late 1980s.

Promoting the Sport

By Tim Smith -- The NTRA commissioner explains "rest of the story" regarding the recent controversy surrounding Bob Baffert's acceptance of an appearance fee in connection with the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

Pennsylvania Track Plan Could Draw Opposition

The former president of Pocono Downs has a plan to bring Standardbred racing back to the Delaware Valley, but some view his proposal as an attempt to cash in on slot machines should the Pennsylvania legislature approve such a measure.

Industry Leader Albert Clay Dies at Age 85

Albert G. Clay, breeder and long-time Thoroughbred industry leader, died the morning of Aug. 20 at his residence in Mt. Sterling, Ky. Clay was 85. Clay helped found the American Horse Council in 1969, and served as that organization's secretary for many years.

War Emblem Sizzles in Pacific Classic Drill

The Thoroughbred Corp.'s War Emblem had a faster than anticipated workout – five furlongs in a sizzling :57 3/5 under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes -- on Tuesday morning at Del Mar as he prepares for Sunday's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) and his first test against older horses.

Skimming to Stand at Cardiff in California

Multi-millionaire Skimming, winner of the last two runnings of the Pacific Classic (gr. I), has been retired and will enter stud at the Sahadi family's Cardiff Stud Farms near Atascadero, Calif.

Deauville Sale Enters Home Stretch

The Agence Fraincais August yearling sale at Deauville, France entered its final two days Tuesday with the gross and average down from last year's sale.

Hennessy Colt Wins Quarter Horse Derby at Los Alamitos

Jockey Sam Thompson knew if the Hennessy colt Check Him Out behaved in the gates and got a good start, he would win the grade 1 Golden State Derby on Aug. 17 at Los Alamitos. Thompson was right, as Check Him Out was a perfect gentleman before winning the $207,800 race for 3-year-old Quarter Horses.

Greenwood, Centaur Suitors for Maryland Track

At its general membership meeting Aug. 13, the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association discussed two unsolicited proposals for the purchase of Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland from two racing corporations, one of which is Greenwood Racing. But the harness track apparently isn't for sale.

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