It's been a long wait for trainer Ben Cecil, but he's oozing confidence over the upcoming 2003 debut of his Eclipse-winning race mare Golden Apples. She begins her 5-year-old season Saturday at Del Mar in the grade I, $400,000 John C. Mabee Handicap.
"He's working really well. He's real happy. He's like he was a couple of years ago." Is he really the same "old warrior?" "Oh, yeah, he's the same old guy." That's jockey Alex Solis talking about his favorite horse, Kona Gold, in preparation for a start Saturday in the 58th edition of the grade II, $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap at 6 furlongs on the main track.
The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday waived three of its own rules for one day only -- October 25, 2003 -- to accommodate horses, owners, and trainers participating in the Breeders' Cup hosted by the Oak Tree Racing Association at Santa Anita.
For the second straight day, there were no perfect tickets in the Pick Six at Del Mar, resuling a carryover of $562,576 for Friday's eighth-race program which begins at 4 p.m. (Pacific time).
Chapel Royal remained unbeaten in three career starts and picked up his second graded stakes victory with an eye-catching win in the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course Thursday.
Trainer John Ward said Thursday that he is leaning toward running Sky Mesa in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park on Aug. 3 instead of the Jim Dandy (gr. II) at Saratoga. "I'd say I'm 60-40," Ward said.
- By Mike Kane
Jockey Jose Santos received a 10-day suspension from the New York state Racing and Wagering Board steward for careless riding in the sixth race Wednesday.
Marylou Whitney Stable's Bird Town established herself as a leader in the 3-year-old filly division this spring wirh wins in the Kentucky Oaks and Acorn, both grade I's. She will face seven rivals in Saturday's Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Millionaire Manndar, a dual grade I turf winner, has been sold and will stand the 2004 season at Ballykisteen Stud in Ireland
Owner Dan Borilsow said Thursday he is making arrangements to send Toccet to France for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Oct. 5.
Snow Dance will go for her second straight graded stakes win against a tough of distaff turf runners that includes graded stakes winnes Heat Haze, Voodoo Dancer, Wonder Again, and Delta Princess among others.
Trainer John Ward, believing that Funny Cide will be vulnerable in his first start since the Belmont, has opted to run Sky Mesa against the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 3.
Kris Kin will seek to become the third winner of the Vodafone Derby (Eng-I) in the last 10 years who went on to capture the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot, England on Saturday.
The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will conduct an "Amber Alert" free sign-up for the children of horsemen and stable employees at the KHBPA office in Louisville on Monday, July 28.
General counsel Ed Hannah and Peter Beresford, executive vice president of marketing and strategic planning, have resigned their positions effective Aug. 29.
Penn National Gaming, Inc. today reported record second quarter results for the period ended June 30, 2003
The sale of Scioto Downs Harness Racing Track to MTR Gaming has been approved by Scioto shareholders.
- By Victor Ryan
A memorandum circulated by the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association earlier this month that questioned the business practices of Racing Services Inc. may lead to a meeting in Las Vegas between the two entities.
The organizers of "Old Friends," a proposed facility for retired Thoroughbreds, held their first formal event at Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky., on July 23. The group hopes to use equine star power to publicize the Thoroughbred industry.
Colonial Downs near New Kent, Va., ended its seventh Thoroughbred meet with records in total handle, on-track handle, and daily average total handle.
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