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Fateful Dream Rallies for Inglewood Win

Edmund A. Gann's Fateful Dream raced in last place behind moderate fractions before rallying in the stretch to win the $107,100 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a length over National Anthem on Saturday at Hollywood Park. Under David Flores, Fateful Dream completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.65 on a firm turf course.

Hialeah Race Report: Mott's Bench Goes Deep

Bill Mott is not a bridge player. He's too busy, he says, overseeing the training of nearly 200 horses at multiple locations around the East Coast. But he well understands the concept of trumping his opponents. Take, for example, the April 21 Hialeah Turf Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) to which Mott nominated three runners.

Marciano Upsets Burning Roma in Tesio

Win More Stable's Marciano rallied in the stretch at Pimlico Saturday to catch pacesetter Talk Is Money en route to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $145,500 Federico Tesio Stakes. Buring Roma came home another 1 3/4 lengths back in third. Polar Ray was last in the four-horse field.

Keeneland Race Report: Keats Wires Lexington Field

The talent pool of this year's crop of 3-year-olds runs deep, as witnessed over the last few weeks in major Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep races. An armada of lesser crafts set out April 21 at Keeneland for the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) to test the waters one final time before the main event takes place at Churchill Downs in two weeks. Instead of a boat race, the majority of them found choppy seas and roiling water that all but grounded their Derby dreams on the rocks. Just the opening of the starting gate alone had several starters bailing instead of sailing.

Aqueduct Race Report: Country Hideaway Wins Bed O' Roses

Country Hideaway rallied from next-to-last in the seven-horse field and held off a resurgent Critical Eye to win the $157,700 Bed O' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Aqueduct. Under John Velazquez, the 5-year-old daughter of Seeking the Gold, out of the Pleasant Colony mare Our Country Place, stopped the timer after running a mile in 1:34.98 on a fast track.

Wild Gold Filly Shines In OBS April Under Tack Show

Wild Maiden, a daughter of freshman sire Wild Gold, turned in the fastest eighth-mile work Friday during the third under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April auction of 2-year-olds in training. She stopped the clock in :10 1/5, which also was the fastest time posted for the distance since the series of previews began on Wednesday.

Multiple Grade I Winner Heritage of Gold Retired

Jack Garey's multiple grade I winner Heritage of Gold has been retired and will be bred to Seeking the Gold this year, according to an announcement from Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., where the mare was scheduled to be sent this weekend. Heritage of Gold won or placed in 22 of 28 career starts and retires with earnings of $2,381,762.

Drug Testing Task Force Moves Forward

Jim Gallagher, executive director of the NTRA task force, said Friday the group has reviewed about 700 samples thus far, and hopes to have 1,200 samples finished in a few months. Task force members met Wednesday in Lexington.

Virginia Commission joins NAPRA

The Virginia Racing Commission has become the third racing jurisdiction to join the North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association this year, and the 26th to join the organization since it formed in 1997.

Family Matters: Congaree's Pedigree Profile

When Arazi came to the 1992 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), it was his first appearance at Churchill Downs since winning the previous year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at the Louisville track. He was the 4-5 favorite and was expected to play an important role in the first Saturday in May. He finished eighth that day, while Lil E. Tee earned the rose blanket.

Tattersalls Officials Satisfied With Breeze-Up Sale Results

The Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale concluded in Newmarket, England Thursday with decreases in average and median prices. Although the numbers were down, Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said the sales company was satisfied with the results, considering the potential impact that the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease could have had on the auction.

Tattersalls Officials Satisfied With Breeze-Up Sale Results

The Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale concluded in Newmarket, England Thursday with decreases in average and median prices. Although the numbers were down, Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony said the sales company was satisfied with the results, considering the potential impact that the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease could have had on the auction.

VLT Legislation Picks Up Steam in New York

The legislation, sponsored by six members of the Republican Senate majority, comes a couple months after a similar bill was introduced by a coalition of Republicans and Democrats in the state Assembly. Whether anything comes of the proposals will be known in the coming months, but advocates said the new Senate bill represents a growing recognition -- at least among lawmakers who represent racetracks -- that VLTs can bolster the racing industry.

Slew Back with a Bang

Seattle Slew, back in the breeding shed after major surgery last year, has gotten 19 mares in foal from 22 reported covers as of April 19. "He is doing unbelievably well," said Mickey Taylor, who owns and is the syndicate manager of the son of Bold Reasoning. "He is a very happy horse and pleased to be back at work. He's feeling better all the time. In the past month or two he's gotten a lot stronger, and neurologically he's gotten better as well."

City West Expected in Inglewood

The $100,000-added Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Hollywood Park is expected to mark the North American bow of Argentine-bred star City West, second highweight at 119 pounds. City West, a 4-year-old colt in the Patrick Biancone barn, won four of five starts last year in Argentina, three of the victories in Group I competition. Eddie Delahoussaye has the call.

Haskin's Report: Balto Star Will Get the Derby Distance

There has been a lot of talk about Balto Star recently. His last two races – actually, last three -- have been so mind-boggling, especially his Thoro-Graph numbers, people simply don't know what to make of him. Balto Star is the horse Bob Baffert is afraid of, despite being a gelding, a son of sprinter Glitterman, and a confirmed front-runner. If you go by logic, all three of those factors should add up to Balto Star having too much going against him. Then again, maybe they shouldn't.

Trip to Derby May be on Line in Coolmore Lexington

Ten 3-year-olds, some of which may be looking for a berth in the May 5 Kentucky Derby, will square off Saturday in the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. The Lexington, a grade II event, was won in 1999 by Charismatic, who went on to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He then finished third in the Belmont Stakes even though he suffered a career-ending injury.

McCarron Goes

Chris McCarron rode his first winner at old Bowie Race Course in 1974, and on Saturday, he'll have a chance to ride the 7,000th winner of his career in Maryland during the "Spring Challenge" at Pimlico Race Course.

Attard Gets Hall of Fame Induction

Retired jockey-turned-trainer Larry Attard has been announced as the newest member of the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame. Attard will be inducted in a ceremony with three others at the 27th annual Mississauga Sports Dinner on June 7, 2001 at the Capitol Banquet Centre.

Record $17 Million Wagered On Toyota Blue Grass Day

Wagering on Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Day program totaled an all-time Keeneland record of $17,076,993, topping the previous high for a single day by more than $2.8 million.
Saturday's mutuel handle increased 31 percent from the corresponding day in 2000 and erased the previous record of $14,202,152 set on Blue Grass Day in 1999. Win, place and show wagering on the Blue Grass totaled $1,924,646, topping Keeneland's single-race record.

Queen Elizabeth Broadcast On TVG

TVG will provide tape-delayed coverage of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Gr. I) from Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong, featuring the globetrotting French star Jim and Tonic, the winner of the $2 million Dubai Duty Free Stakes (gr. I) in his last race. With a purse $1.3 million, the international event will be aired on TVG Sunday, April 22 starting at 11:00 a.m. (EDT).

Commission Puts Conditions on Delta Downs License

Though Delta Downs has secured a $7-million loan as payment for liens tied to construction work, the Louisiana State Racing Commission has ordered the track to submit a financial statement by Aug. 10 or risk loss of its license, according to published reports.

Solid Start to Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale

The opening day of the Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale saw solid international trade with buyers from throughout Europe and the Far East all making a significant impact on proceedings and Irish based vendors dominating the top of the market with the top four lots all coming from across the Irish Sea. Average for the day was up 1% to 23,223 guineas for an aggregate of 1,184,400 guineas.

Danehill Colt Leads Australian Sale

A son of Danehill topped all bidding during the third-day of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale at Newmarket, with the half-brother to group two winner, Schubert, bringing $1,100,000. The colt, out of Rossignol, was purchased by Adrian Nichol of B.B.A. Ireland, who eventually won out over local bloodstock agent Anton Koolman. The colt will be trained at Randwick by leading trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Meeker: No Collusion on Florida Racing Dates

In an April 17 letter to Hialeah chairman John Brunetti, Tom Meeker, president and chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc., flatly denied allegations of collusion with Magna Entertainment Corp. in their filings for 2002 racing dates for their Florida properties. Churchill Downs owns Calder Race Course, and Magna Entertainment owns Gulfstream Park.

Virginia Plans to Stick With New Schedule

There was little discussion by the Virginia Racing Commission Wednesday about the planned June-July meet at Colonial Downs even though it remains possible there could be racing in Maryland as usual during that period. Colonial Downs gets about 75% of its horses from neighboring Maryland.

Fillies Turn In Fast Works in Ocala

Stormy Kris, a daughter of Whitney Tower, turned in the fastest eighth-mile work Wednesday during the first under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April auction of 2-year-olds in training. Consigned by Rising Hill Farm, agent, Stormy Kris covered the distance in 10 :2/5 seconds. The filly was produced from the 11-year-old Kris S mare Surely Kris.

New York, California Still Tops in Handle

Total pari-mutuel handle in the United States crept up 0.7% to $18.16 billion in 1999, according to the latest statistical information released by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Handle on horse races was up 1.7% from 1998, while Greyhound and jai alai handle fell 4.8% and 11.6%, respectively.

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