Articles posted February 25, 2004

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Dark Days Ahead for Playfair

Playfair's racing days could be over for good. The 65-acre property that includes the track near Spokane, Wash., is listed for sale for $7 million and all of its contents and equipment--starting gate, tractors, seating, and more--will be auctioned March 4.

Tapit Shines in Laurel Park Work

Tapit worked in-between races Wednesday afternoon at Laurel Park, drilling seven-furlongs under jockey Ramon Dominguez in 1:29.70.

Live Racing Returns to Chicago on Friday

Live racing returns to the Chicago area Friday as the National Jockey Club at Hawthorne opens its spring meet at the track near Cicero, Ill. Opening day features a 10-race card with first post at 1:10 p.m. The 47-day meet runs through May 13

English Bloodstock Agent Peter Wragg Dead

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Peter Wragg, a prominent bloodstock agent who was the brother of trainer Geoff and a son of champion jockey and leading trainer Harry, died last week at the age of 76 after a lengthy illness.

Breeder/Owner Einar Paul Robsham Dead

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Einar Paul Robsham, who won the 1995 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga with homebred Pretty Discreet, died Feb. 22 of heart disease at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Report: Churchill Considering New Track in California

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Churchill Downs Inc., which owns Hollywood Park in Inglewood Calif., is considering building a new racetrack in the Golden State at an abandoned Marine Corps air base about 45 miles south of Hollywood in Irvine.

Sekiguchi Selects Trainer for High-Profile Colt

After having asked for invitations from trainers around the world to offer to condition the $2.79-million Sunday Silence yearling he bought at the 2003 Hokkaido foal sale, owner Fusao Sekiguchi has decided to keep the colt in Japan.

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