William S. Farish's Mineshaft, an impressive winner of the Pimlico Special (gr. I) in his most recent start, breezed four furlongs at Churchill Downs on Tuesday as trainer Neil Howard prepares the colt for a run in the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) on June 14.
Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Evening Attire breezed five furlongs over Belmont's training track rated good in 1:02 2/5 with exercise rider Danny Vogt up. The 5-year-old colt has not run yet in 2003. This was his fifth work of the year.
Effective Thursday, June 5, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas will reduce its purse structure approximately 9 percent due to slower than usual business levels since the start of the year.
Vin Cox, who recently established his own bloodstock agency following a longtime association with William Inglis and Son Ltd, will represent Keeneland in Australasia.
The downward trend of equine abortions in Kentucky continued during the third week of May, based on figures released Monday by the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) in Lexington.
Chisholm, Jarvis and Reddam's Ten Most Wanted took one more step toward the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with a seven-furlong work in 1:25 over a fast Hollywood Park main track Tuesday morning.
Playfair Race Course, which was to have opened in September for its first live meet since 2000, will not operate for simulcasting or hold its live meet.
Midway Road and Scrimshaw, the second- and third-place finishers in the Preakness Stakes, both turned in solid works Tuesday. Whereas Scrimshaw is a confirmed starter for the Belmont Stakes, no decision has been made yet regarding Midway Road.
- By Nick Hahn
When patrons arrive at Colonial Downs this summer for live racing, there will be a few changes, said John Mooney, general manager of Colonial Downs and president of the Maryland-Virginia Racing Circuit.
Because of complications with its schedule, NBC initiated a time change for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in which Funny Cide will attempt to win the Triple Crown.
The first match race at Los Alamitos in more than 10 years lived up to the hype, as mules Black Ruby and Taz put on another competitive and charismatic show before the world famous Black Ruby defeated her archrival once again.
Political Intrigue, the dam of Monday's Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes (gr. IT) winner Redattore, was euthanized beause of complictions from laminitis on March 22 .
Two Indiana racetracks made their cases for and against a second off-track betting parlor in Indianapolis. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission heard the arguments but made no decision.
Congress passed a $350-billion tax cut measure on May 23, but the bill did not include a clause eliminating an existing 30% withholding tax on winning pari-mutuel wagers placed by foreigners through U.S. betting pools.
- By Mark Popham
The huge redevelopment plan at Britain's Ascot Racecourse, involving an all-new grandstand and costing £180 million, has yet to receive planning permission but speculation continues to mount about which other British racecourse might host the 2005 royal meeting.
The Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station has published the scientific papers from the August 2002 workshop on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, convened at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center.
The number of Eastern equine encephalitis cases in Florida has risen to 68 for this year, further substantiating an earlier suspicion that 2003 will be a tough year for fighting the disease. Florida's case count for all of 2002 was 25 horses.
Millionaire Precocity's first winner came May 25
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