Articles posted March 12, 2004

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Cat Singer Breaks Fair Grounds Turf Mark

Cat Singer, making his first career start on turf, turned in a course record-setting performance in winning the featured $34,000 allowance/optional-claiming event Friday at Fair Grounds.

Showdown at Santa Anita

By Dick Downey -- The final local showdown for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby unfolds Sunday as some of the most well-known names in West Coast racing contest the Grade II San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 mile.

Sightseek vs. Three in Rampart

Juddmonte Farms' homebred Sightseek, a four-time grade I winner and Eclipse Award finalist for champion older female last year, makes her second start of the 2004 campaign Sunday against just three rivals in the 1 1/8-miles Rampart Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.

Tampa Bay Derby is Pletcher's to take

Our guest picker, Mike Pearson, loves speed, and sometimes the cheaper the better. But there's nothing cheap about his preferences in the Tampa Bay Derby. Pearson's day job is prosecuting felons, and he never takes the easy way out. He's been on a handicapping roll of late, prompting TheDowneyProfile.com to ask him to apply his talents here.

Harrah's Top Bidder in Fight for Final Illinois Casino License

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An auction between three companies seeking to buy Illinois' tenth casino license, which would provide 15% of adjusted gross revenue to the horse industry, closed Thursday with Harrah's Entertainment the highest bidder. A final decision on who gets the license will be made by the Illinois Gaming Board Monday.

Report: MJC to Promote Industry Through TV Ads

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The Maryland Jockey Club March 12 will begin broadcasting television advertisements designed to promote horse racing and the importance of racing and breeding to the Maryland economy.

Kentucky HBPA Sets Silent Auction for Rowland Fund

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The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in conjunction with its annual dinner dance, will hold a silent auction March 15 to benefit the "Michael Rowland Family Fund." Rowland, a longtime jockey, died as a result of injuries suffered in a racing accident at Turfway Park in early February.

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