Articles posted March 20, 2003

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Valenzuela to Serve Additional Three-Day Ban

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela has withdrawn his appeal of a three-day suspension issued by Santa Anita stewards on Dec. 31 and will serve the days concurrent with the five-day ban he is to begin on Friday.

Mullins, Stute Planning to Saddle in Dubai

Jeff Mullins, who trains Captain Squire and Lusty Latin, both already are in Dubai for the March 29 World Cup card, plans to leave for Dubai on Sunday, he said from Santa Anita on Thursday.

Affluent, Solis to Team Again for Apple Blossom

Alex Solis, who won the Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) aboard Affluent but opted to get off of her to ride Got Koko in the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I), will be back aboard the daughter of Affirmed when she meets Horse of the Year Azeri in the April 5 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.

Danthebluegrassman Returns to Work Tab

Mike Pegram's grade III winner Danthebluegrassman, who hasn't started since a ninth-place finish in the Ack Ack Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on Oct. 27, returned to the track Thursday for his first official workout since then, completing four furlongs in :49 2/5 handily at Santa Anita.

Danthebluegrassman Returns to Work Tab

Mike Pegram's grade III winner Danthebluegrassman, who hasn't started since a ninth-place finish in the Ack Ack Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on Oct. 27, returned to the track Thursday for his first official workout since then, completing four furlongs in :49 2/5 handily at Santa Anita.

Repeat Winners for Three Kentucky Awards

Jockey Jon Court, trainer Bernie Flint, and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey continued remarkable runs of success on the Kentucky racing circuit in 2002 and all have been named repeat winners of 13th Kentucky Thoroughbred Media awards that honor the jockey, trainer, and owner who collected the highest total of victories at Kentucky racetracks each year.

Favored Lion Tamer Draws Outside in Lane's End

Michael Tabor's Lion Tamer drew the outside post 9 for Saturday's Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park. The son of Will's Way, who will be making his first start beyond seven furlongs, was installed the 6-5 morning live favorite by Mike Battaglia. Second-choice Champali, the local hope for the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, will break from post 2.

Big 3, Pick 3 Returns on April 12

The 79th running of Aqueduct's grade I, $750,000 Wood Memorial for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs on Saturday, April 12, 2003 will once again be the first leg of the Big 3 Pick 3. The Big 3 Pick 3 is a $1 national wager in which fans try to pick the winner of three important prep races for 3-year-olds planning on running in the upcoming Visa Triple Crown races.

Champion Vindication Ready to Resume Training

Undefeated champion Vindication has responded well to treatment and is ready to resume training. The son of Seattle Slew has been sent to Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables' training center near Summerfield, Fla.

Texas Legislation Calls for VLTs at 10 Racetracks

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Texas Sen. Ken Armbrister recently filed a bill to legalize video lottery terminals at the 10 licensed horse and dog racetracks in the state. The legislation apparently cames in response to pleas for alternative gaming at tracks from the Texas Horsemen's Partnership, the Texas Racing Agri-Industry Council, and the Texas Thoroughbred Association.

Newest Track in Indiana Readies for Thoroughbreds

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Indiana Downs has battled winter weather to get ready for its first Thoroughbred meet, but officials believe things will fall into place by opening night April 11 and grand opening day April 12.

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