Queen's Plate winner Wando scared off the competition for Sunday's $500,000 Prince of Wales for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds at Fort Erie Race Track, and was installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite in a field of seven.
The $100,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares usually draws high profile shippers, but there are two home team representatives in Saturday's race at Monmouth Park who could get the job done.
Phillip and Marcia Cohen and Steve Klesaris' undefeated Hennie's Song has passed each of her five tests in impressive fashion, but Saturday's $500,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) at Delaware Park will be her most difficult yet.
Even though he is void of stakes experience, Ruler's Court will be a heavy to win Hollywood Park's $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) Saturday, a six-furlong event for 2-year-olds.
Fasig-Kentucky's July yearling sale experienced downturns in its two-day run that ended Thursday in Lexington. But auction company officials were satisfied with the results.
Trainer Jerry Dobbs, who has one of the hottest stables at Canterbury Park, will attempt to keep the fire burning with an equally hot jockey Buck Harris, who rides Wadsworth in the $100,000 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit on Saturday.
Ron Charles has been elected chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California by the organization's board of directors.
Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) winner Spoken Fur will attempt to move one step closer to the NYRA's $2 million Triple Tiara bonus Saturday in the 1 1/2-mile Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved Thursday a racing license to Presque Isle Downs, which is slated for construction in Erie, Pa.
Two of the American Saddlebreds that were recovering from injections of a caustic substance in their left front pasterns, incuding former five-gaited world champion Wild Eyed and Wicked, were euthanized Thursday morning in Versailles, Ky.
- By Tom Precious
In a case closely watched by the racing industry, a New York judge today upheld legislation permitting racetracks in New York to offer video lottery terminals.
John Ward, trainer of Sky Mesa, having already stated he's not crazy about the weight spread for the Jim Dandy Stakes, said Thursday that his colt's next start will be determined by the weights for the Haskell Invitational, to be released tomorrow.
Perfect Drift and Iron Deputy, both winners of graded stakes last time out, will clash in a field of five set for the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park Saturday.
- By Tom Precious
Federal prosecutors are preparing an indictment against the New York Racing Association that will allege a corporate conspiracy that permitted corruption to occur at its three racetracks. Sources also say the state is currently developing a contingency plan in case the NYRA is ousted from its duties.
At a meeting of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association at Monmouth Park Wednesday night, horsemen opposed a proposal to cut September dates at the Oceanport track to 3 days per week in order to keep purses at the current $300,000 level.
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