Articles posted May 22, 2003

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Ministers Wild Cat Surfaces in Barrera

Ministers Wild Cat, once considered a threat for Triple Crown races, seeks to regroup for the summer with a return in the $150,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs at Hollywood Park Monday.

De Seroux Anticipates 'Glorious Weekend'

Trainer Laura de Seroux hopes to repeat the memorable Memorial Day weekend she experienced last year when Azeri won the Milady (gr. I) on Saturday and Astra captured the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares on turf on the following Monday. With Astra retired, de Seroux will send out highly regarded Dublino in the $350,000-added Gamely.

Ontario Horsemen Reach Accord with Woodbine


Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) signed off on a new five-year contract that guarantees the province 167 live Thoroughbred dates each year through 2008.

Officials: Sale of Scioto to MTR Gaming a Go

Officials with Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio, said May 22 all systems are go on its purchase by MTR Gaming Group, owner of Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in West Virginia.

OBS Construction Project Under Way

A construction project for a covered walking ring is underway at the Ocala Breeders Sales Company in central Florida. A planned timetable for the new addition would have the basic structure in place, and roofed, for the June 2-year-old sale with the project being completed prior to their yearling sale in mid-August.

Hi Dubai Among 21 Remaining in Vodafone Oaks

All the leading contenders for the 2003 Vodafone Oaks remain in the June 6 classic after the final forfeit stage on May 22. Godolphin looks to have a particularly strong hand in the £375,000 race over 12 furlongs. The Maktoum family's operation will be aiming for a fourth Oaks success following Balanchine (1994), Moonshell (1995) and Kazzia (2002).

NTRA Summer Racing Tour Returns to CBS June 14

The "NTRA Summer Racing Tour," presented by Long John Silver's, returns to CBS on June 14 with the first of four consecutive Saturday programs that will feature races in five Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships divisions.

Dominion Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the next Dogwood Dominion Award, which goes to a man or woman who is truly an "unsung hero" of the Thoroughbred racing industry.

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