Edmund Gann's Peace Rules, breezed a half mile over Belmont's main track in :48 Friday morning in his first workout since finishing a distant fourth behind Visa Triple Crown hopeful Funny Cide in the May 17 Preakness (gr. I). NYRA clockers caught the colt galloping out five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
It took 2002 standout Chopinina awhile to get over her broken romance, but trainer Alec Fehr feels she's ready to go for her 2003 debut in Sunday's $278,200 Nassau Stakes (Can-II) for fillies andmares on the grass at Woodbine.
The 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships hosted by Arlington Park on Oct. 26 had an economic impact of approximately $57 million, according to a study performed by the Roosevelt University Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration.
Ten monetary awards worth $1,000 each will be given away by random drawing to graduating high school seniors and college students in attendance at Churchill Downs on Sunday as the track joins with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association to present the annual "KTA Scholarship Day."
The field for Saturday's Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) was reduced by one on Friday when trainer Graham Motion decided against shipping Dr. Brendler from his Maryland base to Churchill Downs for the race.
The formation of a new amateur jockeys organization was announced by the Amateur Riders Club of America and the National Steeplechase Association.
Colonial Downs will host "Race into Reading," a book-signing session on June 15. Six authors will be at the track to autograph copies of their latest titles.
The West Nile virus vaccine that is manufactured by Fort Dodge Animal Health may be causing abortions in pregnant mares and deformities in foals, according to an article that appeared Friday on the Denver Post Web site.
The American Graded Stakes Committee has reviewed the status of two grade III stakes that were forced off the turf May 26, reinstating one and not the other.
Colonial Downs racetrack in Virginia will give away two bobbleheads in June--jockey Ryan Fogelsonger on June 14 and trainer Ferris Allen on June 28.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced it will host a fundraiser for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation on June 13, 2003.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association radio campaign has been awarded an ADDY Best of Show Broadcast award,the American Advertising Federation (AAF) announced.
Storm Flag Flying, last year's Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly, will likely face six challengers next Friday in the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, according to New York Racing Association racing secretary Mike Lakow.
Identifying mare reproductive loss syndrome as the culprit, Fasig-Tipton officials said the company would catalogue significantly fewer yearlings this year for its Kentucky select sale. However, the number for the Saratoga select auction will be about the same as in 2002.
Belmont Park was visited by a long, lost friend Friday morning...the sun. But it's not supposed to stay very long.
- By Tom Precious
A dispute over video lottery terminal revenue splits has been resolved by the New York Racing Association and the group that represents horsemen at NYRA-operated racetracks.
The Belmont Stakes (gr. I), when Funny Cide will bid to win the Triple Crown, is not the only major race being run on June 7. The 224th running of the Vodafone Derby at Epsom Downs in England will be run earlier the same day.
Gus Schickedanz's Mobil, winner of four of his last five, is the early 9-5 favorite in the field of six for Saturday's Plate Trial at Woodbine.
The future of Remington Park and perhaps the future of the entire Thoroughbred industry in Oklahoma could depend on a vote by House of Representatives to legalize electronic gaming at the state's racetracks.
A resolution to place the issue of racetrack video lottery terminals on the November ballot will be introduced in the Ohio Senate, probably the week of June 3, Sen. Louis Blessing said. The Senate recently removed a proposal for VLTs from the proposed state budget.
As Funny Cide continues in his pursuit of the Triple Crown, it is bringing to the fore the question of why some horses are gelded and others are not. Dr. Larry Bramlage, on-call veterinarian for the American Association of Equine Practitioners, sheds light on the subject.
Lilac Queen, unbeaten in three starts since joining trainer Bobby Frankel, should be the solid favorite Saturday at Belmont in the grade II Sheepshead Bay. The turf stakes is over 1 3/8 miles.
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