Articles posted February 24, 2005

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Kentucky Derby Trail: Bubbling Under the Surface

Although there are only two minor stakes this weekend, Nick Zito and Shug McGaughey will have important tests for two of their big horses. This also is a good time to see if there are still any live longshots in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) future book lurking out there who might be worth taking a hard look at.

Daydreaming Heads Sabin Field

The Ogden Mills Phipps-homebred filly Daydreaming will be making her first start of the year when she leads a field of six fillies and mares, including the top three finishers in Banshee Breeze Handicap, in Saturday's $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) going 1 1/8 miles over the main track at Gulfstream Park.

A Dozen Sophomores Vie in Sam F. Davis

A group of 12 3-year-olds has passed the entry box in Saturday's $100,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, a prelude to that track's signature Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) March 19. Trainer Nick Zito sends out two of the top entries in Andromeda's Hero and G P's Black Knight.

Bailey Selects GolfPodium for Exclusive Speaker Representation

Equisponse, Inc., the sports marketing firm that represents Hall of Fame jockey and avid golfer Jerry Bailey has formed an alliance with GolfPodium for exclusive representation of Bailey's speaking engagements, corporate events, and personal appearance opportunities.

Bailey Selects GolfPodium for Exclusive Speaker Representation

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Equisponse, Inc., the sports marketing firm that represents Hall of Fame jockey and avid golfer Jerry Bailey has formed an alliance with GolfPodium for exclusive representation of Bailey's speaking engagements, corporate events, and personal appearance opportunities.

MEC Files Countersuit in Oregon

Attorneys for Magna Entertainment Corp. filed countersuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon Feb. 18 to formally answer a $1-million breach-of-contract action brought against the company by the Oregon Greyhound Association.

Purses at Louisiana Downs Increased for 2005 Season

Harrah's Louisiana Downs announced today that they have increased purse offerings for the 2005 racing season, which opens April 29 and runs through Oct. 9, to average $210,000 per day. In addition, the purse for the Super Derby XXVI (gr. II) was increased from $500,000 to $750,000 and the distance returned to 1 1/4 miles.

Oak Tree Donates $100,000 to University of Arizona RTIP

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The Oak Tree Racing Association has contributed $100,000 to the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program to help endow a proposed faculty chair to conduct business industry research and head the RTIP's masters degree program.

Dorothy Scharbauer, Raced Alysheba, Dead

Dorothy Turner Scharbauer, who campaigned Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Horse of the Year Alysheba, died shortly after midnight Wednesday following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Adelaide Sale Ends Quietly in Australia

Day three of Adelaide's thus far record-breaking Magic Millions yearling sale came and went before a small gathering of local buyers. It was not the way Magic Millions would have liked it to wind down following two record-breaking days of sales.

Total TVG Handle Up 42% in 2004

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Total wagering on the TV Games Network increased 42% in 2004, and grew 29% in the fourth-quarter of 2004, the network said in a Feb. 24 release. The increase in business was punctuated by record single-day total wagering of $5,148,375 on May 1, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) day.

Fusaichi Pegasus Colt Ups Adelaide Sale Record

All over the world the awesome presence of Fusaichi Pegasus is being felt. On Wednesday, day two of Adelaide's Magic Millions yearling sale, his strapping chestnut son from the Brief Truce group II-winning mare So Gorgeous, topped South Australia's all-time yearling sale record at Aus$330,000.

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