Bill Bannasch, who raced as the Plan B Stable, died of cancer at age 61 Sunday night at his home in Solana Beach near Del Mar, trainer Mark Glatt said.
The Television Games Network increased its handle by 251% from 2001 to 2002, the network announced Wednesday in releasing its final handle numbers for 2002.
Horse of the Year Azeri is scheduled to make her 5-year-old debut in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park on April 5.
Milwaukee Brew is set to defend his title for owner Frank Stronach and trainer Bobby Frankel in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on March 1, but with war drums in the Middle East beating loudly, Frankel could add Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner Medaglia d'Oro to the Big 'Cap mix.
Thanks to his diligent staff and a turn of good fortune, Santa Anita track superintendent Steve Wood was able to seal the main track only minutes before a powerful rainstorm hit early Tuesday morning, nearly 24 hours before it was expected.
Grade I winners Xtra Heat and Carson Hollow headline Saturday's $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (grade II) at Laurel Park.
New Jersey announces champions...2003 racing dates set for Finger Lakes.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in a white paper on simulcasting, has called for tighter security in the export of signals as well as a review of domestic and international wagering hubs.
Account wagering through several hubs based in Oregon continued to ramp up in the fourth quarter of 2002, according to figures released by the Oregon Racing Commission.
- By Tom LaMarra
A look at the financial dealings of the multimillion-dollar Kentucky Health and Welfare Fund, a benevolence organization that already has been the subject of a review by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, will continue later this year, legislators said during a Feb. 12 hearing.
Hall of Fame trainer Phil "P.G." Johnson said he is planning an ambitious eight-race campaign for Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi in 2003, with the goal to win the richest race in North America once more.
After a substantial absence, TVG is back in the feature-story business. On Sunday, Feb. 16, the network will air the first installment of a two-part series titled "In Training: The Sales," which will conclude the following evening. Airtime both nights is 8-8:30 p.m. ET.
Saturday's John B. Conally features seven-year-old Green Fee and Candid Glen, the winner of the last two runnings of the $200,000 race.
Grade I-winning daughter of Mr. Greeley has not raced since October, but is one of six horses entered in Gulfstream's Shirley Jones Handicap.
Champion Storm Flag Flying breezed a half-mile in 50 3/5 at Gulfstream Park Wednesday...Florida Derby hopeful Senor Swinger also worked.
Offlee Wild completed preparations for Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) with a lightning-quick five-furlong drill in :57.40 on a fast Gulfstream Park main track Wednesday.
New Mexico breeding industry has been rejuvenated by money from trackside slot machines.
Three horses purchased by leading buyer Michael Gill at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s select sale of 2-year-olds in training have been returned because of possible unsoundness.
- By Tom LaMarra
A Delaware legislator has introduced a bill that calls for expansion of video gaming to "qualified entertaiment zones" along the Delaware River. Currently, only three racetracks in the state--Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway--are permitted to have video lottery terminals.
Kafwain and Sky Mesa are among the 3-year-olds nominated to the April 5 race.
A filly from the second southern crop of Red Ransom topped the Melbourne Premier yearling sale which closed on Tuesday. The 2-day auction in Melbourne, Australia recovered from a quiet first day to post significant overall gains.
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