Articles posted August 29, 2002

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Zabenz Takes New York Writers Cup Steeplechase

New Zealend-bred Zabenz, making his second start in the United States, took command of the $100,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap (NSA-gr. I) in the final turn and pulled away for a 7 1/4-length victory in rainy conditions Thursday at Saratoga.

California Stakes Producer Crystal Cop Dead

Crystal Cop, dam of California champion Ex Marks the Cop, was euthanized in February at Vessels Stallion Farm near Bonsall, Calif., after laminitis set in following surgery to repair a twisted colon.

Zavata the Heavy in 98th Hopeful

Zavata established himself as the horse to beat in the Hopeful with powerful victories in Belmont's Tremont (gr. III) and the Saratoga Special (gr. II). He will seek to become the fourth consecutive favorite to win Saratoga's most prized race for 2-year-olds.

Canadian Champion Sweetest Thing Retired

Sweetest Thing, who won the July 6 Dance Smartly Handicap (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine in what turned out to be her final start, has been retired after trainer and former co-owner Roger Attfield detected some swelling in an ankle following a workout.

Surgery Successful for Bosque Redondo

Bosque Redondo is resting comfortably at Equine Medical Center near Cypress, Calif., after successful surgery to repair a sesamoid fracture of his right ankle and a condylar fracture of the cannon bone suffered during his fifth-place finish in the Aug. 25 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.

Tribunal Retired to Washington

Grade I stakes-placed Tribunal, a $1.8 million yearling purchase, has been sold by Robert and Beverly Lewis to a group of investors from the Pacific Northwest who are in the process of syndicating the 5-year-old son of Deputy Minister

Harrah's to Buy Louisiana Downs

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Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment has announced it has signed a letter of intent to purchase a 95% stake in Louisiana Downs for $157 million.

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