Articles posted June 26, 2003

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Zavata Shows Some Stick in Allowance Win

Michael Tabor's Zavata, a graded stakes winner last year who finished last in his first try as a 3-year-old, was all business Thursday at Monmouth Park as he outgamed Rockin on Ready to win the $41,000 allowance feature by a length.

All Eyes On Ipi Tombe in Locust Grove

The international reputation of Ipi Tombe has helped limit the opposition to only five rivals as the South African champion makes her American racing debut Saturday in the $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

Bullet Grass Work for Santa Catarina; American Oaks Next

Bob & Beverly Lewis' grade II winner Santa Catarina worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 1/5 handily over the turf course at Hollywood Park Thursday in preparation for the $750,000 American Oaks on July 5. With Hall of Famer Gary Stevens in the irons for trainer Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old filly was caught galloping out the six furlongs in 1:12 and change.

Maturing Ten Most Wanted Drills for Swaps

Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Ten Most Wanted continued toward his scheduled start in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park with a five-furlong work in :59 1/5 over the Inglewood, Calif., oval's fast main track on Thursday morning.

Total Handle Record Set by Stockton Fair

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The total amount of money wagered on races at the recently concluded 10-day San Joaquin County Fair meet at Stockton, Calif. increased 10% to a record $16.95 million, officials reported.

CHRB to Undertake Marketing Study

California Horse Racing Board commissioners Alan Landsburg and John Harris were appointed to form an ad hoc committee to examine efforts in the state to market horseracing.

Pletcher Enters Three in Tremont

Trainer Todd Pletcher entered three juveniles in a field of eight set for Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000-added Tremont at five and a half furlongs. Pletcher entered Limehouse, Heckle and Korsakoff, but Limehouse or Heckle will be scratched in favor of Churchill Downs' Bashford Manor on July 6th.

Morluc's Future Uncertain After Ascot Injury

Mike Cloonan's star turf sprinter Morluc is back home in the Churchill Downs barn of trainer Randy Morse after a disappointing trip to England in which the son of Housebuster was injured in one of the premier events of the famed Royal Ascot meet.

Churchill Downs Inc. Raises $77,000 for TRF

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Churchill Downs Inc. raised $77,300 for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation ("TRF") during fundraisers held in Louisville, Ky., and Miami during June 2003. All proceeds from the fundraisers will go to the care and feeding of horses retired to – or being rehabilitated at – TRF farms.

Claiming Crown Handicapping Contest Available

Registration is now open for the 2003 Claiming Crown Handicapping Contest at www.ntra.com. The contest, keyed to the July 19 Claiming Crown Day card at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., challenges handicappers to pick one horse in each of the 11 live races run that day.

Dalakhani Puts Streak on Line in Irish Derby

The Aga Khan's French Derby (Fr-I) winner Dalakhani, who is undefeated in six career starts, is expected to face up to six runners from trainer Aidan O'Brien's powerful Ballydoyle Stable in Sunday's Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I) at the Curragh.

July Cup Next Up for Ascot Hero Choisir

Prize money for the July meeting at Newmarket will hit the £1 million mark for the first time this year. The meet, which runs from July 8 through July 10, is also expected to include the return of Royal Ascot hero Choisir in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I).

OTB Expansion, Account Wagering Set in Virginia

Racing fans in Virginia probably will have more outlets at which to place wagers in the coming months. New off-track betting parlors and account wagering are expected to increase handle in Virginia, and ultimately lead to more racing days at Colonial Downs.

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