Articles posted February 18, 2003

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Could Pleasanton Replace Bay Meadows?

Northern California's Alameda County Fair wants to install a $3 million turf course at its Pleasanton racing facility later this year. But the fair's chief executive officer wants to see it used for more than an annual 11-day summer meet.

Final Destination in Game Buena Vista Win

New Zealand-bred Final Destination won the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) for older fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park on Monday, her second victory in two U.S. starts for owner Edmund Gann and trainer Bobby Frankel.

Report: EPO Antibodies Found in Texas Horses

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Antibodies for erythropoeitin, a blood-doping substance commonly known as EPO, were found in six racehorses at Sam Houston Race Park, the Dallas Morning News reported Feb. 18.

Badge of Silver Romps in Risen Star

Badge of Silver vaulted into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) picture with a dominating 10-length triumph over 11 rivals in the $150,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) Sunday at Fair Grounds.

Classy Starrer Beats You in Santa Maria

Starrer was ready to roll down the backstretch in the $200,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, but jockey Patrick Valenzuela knew better than to let her go so soon.

East Coast Blizzard Cancels Laurel, Aqueduct

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Blizzard-like conditions in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area wiped out racing at Laurel Park for the entire Presidents' Day weekend, forcing the Maryland Jockey Club to reschedule the winter meeting's two major stakes this Saturday. At Aqueduct, racing was postponed after Sunday's first race and for Monday's entire card/

Public Opts for Unknown in Derby Pool I

In spite of a brutal winter storm that hampered wagering in several key racing markets in the Midwest and East, Pool 1 of Churchill Downs' 2003 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) closed strongly on Sunday and ended with the mutuel field as a record-setting favorite.

Pardon the Interruption

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An ice storm that paralyzed parts of the Bluegrass over the holiday weekend disrupted operations of Blood-Horse Publications, including bloodhorse.com. Now that limited electrical service has been restored, race reports and other news since the outage occurred early Sunday will be available online as soon as possible. As electrical and telephone service is restored to the Bluegrass, Blood-Horse Publications will be resuming its operations as well. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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