The field remained the solid favorite at 6-5 over each of the 23 named betting interests at the conclusion of the second day of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager's opening pool Friday.
Starrer returns to competition in Sunday's $200,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) for older fillies and mares at Santa Anita following a two-month layoff.
Eleven older males who have combined to win 81 races and over $3 million have entered Sunday's $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at Laurel Park.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Baltimore and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas for Saturday and Sunday, which coincides with Laurel Park's biggest stakes weekend of the winter meet.
Grade I winners Affirmed Success and D'wildcat headline a field of 12 for Monday's $200,000 General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel.
Captain Squire, winner of the FedEx Sprint in the Sunshine Millions last month, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita's "muddy" main track Friday in 1:00.20 under Amy Mullins, wife of trainer Jeff Mullins.
Jockey Fernando Valenzuela, sidelined with an injury suffered at Santa Anita last March 2, is set for a comeback.
Trainer Bob Baffert says he is "serious" about running the filly Composure in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 3.
Turfway Park, which attracts a large number of runners from Lexington and Louisville, canceled its Friday card because of the weather. A wintry mix of snow and freezing rain was expected to hit the Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky area by noon and continue well past post time.
- By Victor Ryan
Sentencing for the three former Drexel University fraternity brothers convicted in the Breeders' Cup pick six scandal has again be rescheduled. Chris Harn, Glen DaSilva, and Derrick Davis will be sentenced by Judge Charles I. Brieant in White Plains, New York on March 20 at 9 a.m.
Following discussions between the two Europea auction companies, Goffs and Tattersalls (Ireland) have agreed to swap the sales dates for the 2003 Goffs Orby and Challenge sale and the Tattersalls (Ireland) September yearling sale.
Mirroring the wide-open nature of this year's hunt for the Kentucky Derby, a field of 13 will assemble Sunday to contest the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
- By Tom LaMarra
Two bills introduced in the Kentucky legislature would permit officials to spend money on drug research pertinent to the horse racing and breeding industries out of state if they so desire. Current statute mandates the money stay at Kentucky research facilities.
MTR Gaming Group, Inc., which owns and operates Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort in Chester, West Virginia, announced Friday it has been granted a motion to expedite the appeal of its license to conduct Thoroughbred racing and parimutuel wagering in Erie, Pa. The hearing is scheduled for May.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced a record stakes
schedule worth $19 million for its upcoming 2003 Woodbine Thoroughbred meet.
Millionaire Came Home, whose $40,000 fee is the highest for an incoming stallion, covered his first two mares Feb. 12
Reflecting the lack of a solid favorite, or any favorite at all, Kentucky Derby Future Wager bettors hammered the field down to the even-money favorite after the first day of wagering in pool one Thursday.
Magna Entertainment has agreed to purchase the long-term operating rights of Portland Meadows, as well an interest in the real estate on which the racetrack sits, from developer Thomas Moyer.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Great State Challenge will return to the calendar in 2003 if agreements are reached between a host site and horsemen's groups, and if "financial and other adjustments" are made, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Feb. 13 after a board of directors meeting in Florida.
2001 3-year-old filly champion Xtra Heat seeks to defend her title in Saturday's $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park.
A judge has given Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort and the Mountaineer Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association until Feb. 21 to defend their positions in a dispute over a contract and racing dates.
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