Kentucky Secretary of Commerce Jim Host told the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club that the state's administration will work to promote the horse industry.
The market for 2-year-olds in training continued to build on this year's gains when the action moved to Barretts in Southern California Tuesday. A daughter of Awesome Again brought $2 million, breaking the world record for a juvenile filly sold at public auction.
Island Fashion, who has won consecutive grade I races at seven furlongs, hopes to make history Saturday by becoming the first filly to win the grade I, 1 1/4-mile Santa Anita Handicap.
Cat Fighter, winner of the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on Feb. 14, was purchased by John Sikura for $1.3-million to top the dispersal of horses of racing age owned by The Thoroughbred Corp. that preceded the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training Tuesday in Pomona, Calif.
Grade II winner Parade Ground, whose first crop raced last year, has been moved to Dr. Kirk Shiner's Flat Top Ranch near Toponas, Colo.
Jockey Kieren Fallon will be investigated by British racing officials after a questionable ride in a race Tuesday at Lingfield.
Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms announced that the first two mares bred to farm stallion Empire Maker are in foal.
Graded stakes winner Skip to the Stone got his first mare in foal, a 5-year-old named Mae Beau Kay.
Two horses trained by Nick Zito--Birdstone and Eurosilver--top the list of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders compiled by Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse. Champion Action This Day follows the top pair.
Neil Howard said Tuesday he will run Risen Star (gr. III) winner Gradepoint in Sunday's $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), as well as runaway allowance winner Breakaway, both owned by William S. Farish.
Calder Race Course will become the latest Florida track to open a poker room when its live Thoroughbred meet begins April 26.
Buckram Oak Farm's homebred Eurosilver ranks high on most Kentucky Derby (gr. I) followers' lists, including the one compiled by The Blood-Horse's Steve Haskin, who has the son of Unbridled's Song No. 2 on his Derby Dozen.
- By Tom Precious
A Manhattan law firm with broad investigative experience has been named by a federal judge to oversee the finances and operations of the New York Racing Association to ensure it is in compliance with an oversight process ordered last year by the U.S. Attorney's office.
Cynics be damned, it's time to see what the Derby gods might be scheming. With the equine version of March Madness starting next weekend, this is the last opportunity in a while to look at the Derby in an ethereal sense.
Maker's Mark, the distiller of premium Kentucky bourbon, will issue a limited edition bottle commemorating the 33rd running of the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) on March 20.
The Virginia House of Delegates approved legislation March 1 to allow the number of off-track betting parlors in the state to go from six to 10.
Five-year-old Father Steve, a half-brother to grade II winners Miss Indy Anna and Time Zone, will enter stud at Dr. Jesse Clement's Lake Hamilton Equine near Royal, Ark.
El Angelo, a grade II winner, died Feb. 8 because of complications from colic.
By Ray Paulick -- How serious is the drug problem in contemporary sports? Serious enough that President Bush, a former partner in Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers, has called for a White House summit to examine the use of steroids among amateur and professional athletes participating in football, basketball, hockey, baseball, and track and field.
By Morton Cathro -- Racing fans shopping for that increasingly scarce commodity, the equine hero, are finding slim pickings these days as the shelf life of star Thoroughbreds continues to deteriorate at an alarming rate.
Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm announced that Careless Flirt is the first mare in foal to grade II winner Sunday Break.
A spokesman for Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry says the governor could sign the gaming bill on his desk by early next week.
Retired New York trainer Richard O'Connell, who conditioned millionaires Capades and Thunder Rumble, died Feb. 29 from complications of pneumonia.
March 2, 1989
Sunday Silence at Santa Anita
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