Philip and Marcia Cohen's Closing Argument, winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and one of the most prominent 3-year-olds on the 2005 Triple Crown trail, worked a handy five furlongs in 1:01.40 at Palm Meadows Feb. 28.
Dearest Mon, the highly regarded sophomore owned by Beverly Green and trained by Rick Violette Jr., worked four furlongs handily at Palm Meadows Feb. 28 in :48.60 in preparation for Saturday's $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes, one of five grade II events on tap for the Spectacular Saturday III program at Gulfstream Park.
Ken McPeek-trained Kansas City Boy, runner-up in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III), turned in a five-furlong breeze Feb. 28 at Gulfstream Park in preparation for Saturday's $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II).
Trainer Ralph Ziadie vanned the promising Port Town from his Calder Race Course base to Gulfstream Park for a Feb. 28 morning workout with an eye on a 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) Saturday.
The skies were cloudy over south Florida on Feb. 28, but the outlook was bright for the Fasig-Tipton select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Who are the potential sale toppers this year? Following are some of the horses that buyers, consignors, sale company officials were talking about Monday, the day before the sale
Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male Declan's Moon was recently named 2004 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year in an annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.
- By Scott Davis
Emotions and cash are flying in the final weeks before a March 8 vote to permit slot machines at pari-mutuel facilities, including Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course, in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in south Florida.
As a part of TVG's commitment to responsible wagering, TVG announced Monday that it has created the AWARE Program Responsible Wagering Community Grants.
Ladbrokes, the world's biggest bookmaker, is sponsoring the final British classic of the year, the St. Leger (Eng-I) at Doncaster, England.
Danehill's final generation at Australia's yearling sales has sparked much speculation about succession.
Australian horses being primed for raids in Asia and Europe had a day out at Melbourne's Caulfield oval Feb 26. Elvstroem and Makybe Diva staged a thrilling St. George (Aust-II) renewal, and Fastnet Rock broke a 120 year-old weight record to land the Oakleigh Plate (Aust-I).
A bay filly by Arch breezed an eighth of a mile on grass in :9 4/5 Sunday at Calder Race Course in preparation for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Tattersalls, the premier bloodstock auctioneers in Europe, have made two significant changes to the October Yearling Sales held at Newmarket, England this year.
- By Gary West
Gaming issues are being widely discussed in Austin, Texas, as the state's legislators look for revenue that might enable them to overhaul school finance.
- By Tom Keyser
Despite the passage of slot-machine legislation by both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly, the headline in the Feb. 27 Baltimore Sun cautioned: "Slots' Future Still Uncertain."
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