In Monday's National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Handicap (gr. II), the "smart money" was on Claiborne Farm homebred Patrol, seeking his fourth consecutive victory after finishing third in his career debut.
The way Medaglia d'Oro ran in Sunday's Jim Dandy, trainer Bobby Frankel said he is likely to put a little more spacing in the colt's races. After the Travers, that is.
Magna Entertainment took another major hit in the stock market Monday when its stock dropped 14% to $3.45.
It was a day for superlatives. And there were plenty to go around at the induction ceremonies for the Class of 2002 at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Woodbine Entertainment reported Monday that 32 Thoroughbreds were killed in Sunday's barn fire at Woodbine Racecourse near Toronto, Ontario. The damage estimate was set at $3 million.
Grover "Bud" Delp has made his own way in the Thoroughbred business. His path--from Maryland, to stardom, to the New Orleans-Chicago circuit, and back to Maryland--has led him to racing's pinnacle: the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
It was Tuesday, April 2, 1996. A cool afternoon breeze whipped through the Belmont Park backstretch. There was little activity at one o'clock on a dark day, so no one was around to notice a lone horse being led down Secretariat Ave. to barn 25.
It is small wonder too that Serena's Song was tabbed for induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame this year as top contemporary female. She was brilliant and she was hickory, starting 38 times in a 30-month racing career. It's one thing to race often, it's another to capture 17 graded stakes and hit the board in another 14. She faced the best in her division, butted heads with the boys, and never took a backward step.
Noor beat Calumet Farm's mighty Citation four consecutive times. That alone should be enough to earn a horse entry in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
To those who knew Jack Westrope best, his election to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is an overdue justice, a final, fitting tribute bestowed on one of the finest the game has ever seen.
- By Mike Kane
Jockey Javier Castellano was suspended for 10 days Monday for his role in the spill during the running of the Jim Dandy Sunday that sent jockey Richard Migliore to Saratoga Hospital.
Fasig-Tipton officials were optimistic Monday morning as buyers flocked to the sale barns to view prospects for the Saratoga select yearling sale.
Marsha Naify's 505 Farms and Training Center in Lexington, Ky. will be offered a public auction on Sept. 13,.
- By Tom Keyser
In his first public comments about specific plans for Maryland racing, Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach said the company will tear down Pimlico Race Course and build a new track on the same site.
Dance Brightly's initial winner, Mr. Whitestone, won a six-furlong race Aug. 4 at Ellis Park.
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