Recently retired rider Mike McCarthy won his first race as a trainer Friday at Gulfstream Park with a 3-year-old, Hesa Angel in the first race.
The Washington Horse Racing Commission granted Playfair 40 live racing dates for 2003.
Keeneland sold 1,185 horses for $31,186,000 during the five-day January Horses of All Ages Sale that ended on Friday, but total sales average and median were down from 2002.
South Florida is a 3-year-old mecca because of Gulfstream's Florida Derby Series, which starts on Jan. 18, with the running of the $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III). The series continues Feb. 15 with the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), and comes to a fitting climax March 15 with the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I).
Bob Baffert, Santa Anita's leading trainer the last six meets, seeks his second consecutive victory in the $100,000 San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) on Sunday with Echeverria.
Harlan's Holiday, winner of the 2002 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream, was expected to make his 2003 seasonal debut in the Hal's Hope (gr. III) Saturday at the South Florida track, but those plans went awry, according to trainer Todd Pletcher.
Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens pulled off an upset with First Blush in the Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) on opening day (Jan. 3) at Gulfstream Park and will try to pull off a couple more surprises when he saddles horses in two stakes races this weekend at the South Florida racetrack.
Whywhywhy, 10th as the 5-2 favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), had his first breeze Friday morning at Santa Anita since that Oct. 26 race at Arlington Park.
David Nuesch, former leading rider at Emerald Downs, has joined the jockey colony at Santa Anita, where his book will be handled by Derek Lawson.
Albert Fried's Affirmed Success, returning from a six-month layoff, began his 9-year-old season at Aqueduct on Friday afternoon with a one-length victory in the featured $54,000 allowance race at six furlongs.
The wagering and broadcasting company attheraces has signed an agreement with United States-based The Racing Network international to work together to enhance the acquisition, development, and production of U.S. racing on the attheraces interactive digital television channel in the United Kingdom.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg re-appointed David Cornstein as chair of the Off Track Betting Corp. (OTB) on Jan. 10. Cornstein was first appointed to the board in 1994.
Horsemen and officials at the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority are close to sealing a dates deal for 2003 through 2008, but a final racing calendar for the Garden State may not be known for several months.
The Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers has announced that purse money earned in Canada since Jan. 1, 2003 will be denoted separately in future North American sales catalogues. The new policy will not be retroactive.
- By Tom Precious
The owner of a long-shuttered New York racetrack slated to reopen to tap into the state's video lottery terminal program has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Kentucky Equine Drug Council will ask the Kentucky Racing Commission Jan. 15 to form a committee to tackle the complicated and controversial issue of out-of-competition testing.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Wagering Technology Working Group met Thursday afternoon via teleconference to review several ongoing projects.
Grade I winner Cindy's Hero and Secret Status produced their first foals within a day of each other
Joseph Graffeo announced that his millionaire racemare Two Item Limit has been retired from racing
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