Articles posted January 23, 2003

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Fairplex Park at Forefront of CHRB Meeting

Fairplex Park was at the center of the California Horse Racing Board's attention once more Thursday. Just a couple of months after the CHRB turned down a proposed lease of the Los Angeles County Fair's end-of-summer racing dates to Hollywood Park, Fairplex issues were in the middle of things once more -- on a couple of fronts.

Xtra Heat Bobblehead Giveaway Set at Laurel

Champion Xtra Heat has been immortalized as a bobblehead doll. The Maryland Jockey Club will distribute 4,000 Xtra Heat bobbleheads to paying customers attending the February 17th racing program, a card featuring the General George Handicap (gr. II).

Estimraar Stays On to Win Maktoum Challenge

Kentucky-bred Estimraar continued his ascent at Nad al Sheba racecourse with a 1 3/4-length victory over State Shinto in the Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (UAE-III), a prep for the $2-million Godolphin Mile (UAE-I) won last year by Grey Memo.

FUNNY CIDE

Chestnut colt, foaled April 20, 2000
Distorted Humor--Belle's Good Cide, by Slewacide

SIBERLAND

Bay gelding, foaled March 12, 2000
Siberian Summer--Valley Deb, by Debonair Roger

SEATTLE HOOFER

Dark bay/brown colt, foaled Jan. 19, 2000
Seattle Slew--Star of Broadway, by Broad Brush

Gabriel Named Arlington Racing Secretary

Arlington Park announced that Frank G. Gabriel Jr., who was named executive vice president of racing operations last Nov. 4, will add the role of racing secretary to his current list of duties.

Illinois Horsemen to Sue over Recapture Money

Attorneys for the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association will file for an injunction in the next few days to stop the "recapture" payment made annually to the state's racetracks from the horsemen's purse fund since 1995.

LION TAMER

Chestnut colt, foaled Feb. 28, 2000
Will's Way -- Olympio, by Tippecanoe Creek

INDY DANCER

Bay colt, foaled Jan. 26, 2000
A.P. Indy -- Dance With Grace, by Mr. Prospector

OMEGA CODE

Bay colt, foaled Feb. 7, 2000
Elusive Quality -- Tin Oaks, by Deputy Minister

OFFLEE WILD

Dark bay/brown colt, foaled April 5, 2000
Wild Again--Alvear, by Seattle Slew

SCRIMSHAW

Dark bay/brown colt, foaled April 2, 2000
Gulch--Rogue Girl, by Sham

WHYWHYWHY

Chestnut colt, foaled March 13, 2000
Mr. Greeley--Thorough Fair, by Quiet American

PEACE RULES

Chestnut colt, foaled April 26, 2000
Jules--Hold to Fashion, by Hold Your Peace

PEACE RULES

Chestnut colt, foaled April 26, 2000
Jules--Hold to Fashion, by Hold Your Peace

EMPIRE MAKER

Dark bay or brown colt, foaled April 27, 2000
Unbridled--Toussaud, by El Gran Senor

Maryland Panel OKs 'Head-to-Head' Wagering

Bettors on May 16-17 will be able to play the new "head-to-head wager" that debuted at the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The wager will be offered on the Preakness Stakes, Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Pimlico Special, and other stakes at Pimlico Race Course those two days.

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