Recent legislation passed in California and signed by Gov. Gray Davis will allow Northern California racetracks and county fairs to expand simulcasting if the number of live racing dates is reduced. The new law also allows additional simulcasting if live racing is interrupted because of power failures that have plagued the state in recent years.
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Sheikh Maktoum's Summertime Legacy won her second race in a row in Tuesday's Prix des Reservoirs (Fr-III) at Deauville.
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Unlike his non-work last Friday, Fantastic Light lit up the Belmont track Tuesday, as he blazed five furlongs in :59 4/5 with jockey Frankie Dettori aboard, flying home his final quarter in :23 2/5 and galloping out a strong six furlongs in 1:12 3/5. Private clockers caught him a tick faster in :59 3/5. About an hour and a half later, Godolphin's other star, Sakhee, also showed more life, working his five furlongs in 1:01, with regular exercise rider Lee Roebuck up.
- By Tom Precious
Officials in New York are closing in on a historic gambling package that would give some racetracks video lottery terminals, permit up to six Indian-owned casinos in western New York and the Catskill Mountains, and expand the
state's lottery offerings.
Near-millionaire Rob 'n Gin has arrived at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States have generated a groundswell of patriotism, and Thoroughbred names are no exception. Owners have named their young racing prospects in tribute to the country and those who defend and care for it.
An agreement struck over the weekend will allow all online and telephone account wagering services to put the World Thoroughbred Championships on their menus Oct. 27.
Irish group winner Perigee Moon, a half-brother to grade II winner Old Trieste, will enter stud at Michael C. Byrne's Park Stud near Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.
California Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation authorizing the California Horse Racing Board to enter into an interstate compact for owners license but vetoed a bill that would have permitted racetracks and owners to lower takeout on betting handle.
November will be a critical month for many Mid-Atlantic horsemen as they seek to secure racetrack stabling for the winter.
Jennie Rees, racing writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal, has been named the Warner L. Jones Jr. "Horseman of the Year." Rees will accept the award Nov. 17 during a dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs.
In light of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States, and the resulting situation internationally, organizers of the Dubai World Cup program plan an intensive promotional campaign to ensure the 2002 Dubai World Cup is well-received by horsemen, the Gulf News reported.
By Lenny Shulman -- Not satisfied with being a champion amateur steeplechase rider in both the United States and Great Britain, a feat no one else has approached, George Sloan desperately sought to popularize his sport by putting it before the American public.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- What we may have by year's end are as many as a half-dozen proposals for medication.
Canadian Horse of the Year Alywow remains hospitalized at Troytown Veterinary Hospital in Ireland after injuring a leg in a paddock accident.
Striking Song, a son of Unbridled's Song training for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has been declared out of Saturday's race after sustaining a chip to his left hind ankle. The Robert Hess Jr.-trained colt has won one of four career starts, breaking his maiden at one mile in last outing.
Two U.S. horses and one European runner being pointed toward Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships have defected for different reasons.
Volponi sat patiently behind the dueling leaders and kicked home in the stretch to take the $250,000 Pegasus Handicap (gr. II) on Friday night at the Meadowlands.
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Gross sales, average price, and median price all dropped during Monday's opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale. The session's top-selling colt by Unbridled out of Debit My Account sold for $360,000.
Jay Robbins didn't have to say a word following Tiznow's gallop Monday morning. He looked up at Pam York, aboard Andy the pony, and gave her a double thumbs up. This sure wasn't the same obstinate, cantankerous Tiznow we saw on Sunday.
A number of bullet workouts from Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships contenders highlighted Belmont Park's busy work tab Monday morning.
Negotiators are closing in on a deal that could lead to legislation vastly expanding gambling in New York, including authorization for some racetracks to offer video lottery terminals.
The National Weather Service is calling for partly cloudy skies and a high of 53 degrees Saturday in Elmont, N.Y., site of the 18th Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park.
Keeping it all in the family, Marsha J. Naify, has completed the purchase of 505 Farm near Lexington, Ky. The 500-acre Thoroughbred operation has been run by the Naify Trust since the April, 2000, death of Marshall Naify, Marsha's father, who bought the farm a decade ago and raced such stakes winners as Manistique, Swept Overboard, Cliquot, Lacquaria, and David Copperfield.
Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner Officer put in his final workout for Saturday's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) when he worked Monday at Santa Anita under exercise rider Dana Barnes.
Darley Stud Management stallion Pennekamp, who has stood at Kildangan Stud in Ireland since 1997, will stand the 2002 season under the Darley banner at Haras du Logis in France.
Wednesday at Belmont
Read Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships preview stories published in the Oct. 20 issue of The Blood-Horse magazine.
Jockey Victor Carrero broke his right ankle in a starting gate mishap before Sunday's third race at Belmont Park.
Cat Cay dawdled in last place through the fast opening quarter-mile then launched a prolonged rally to earn her first stakes win in Sunday's $109,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland.
The Tattersalls October yearling sale, which ended on Saturday in England, suffered across-the-board declines. At the completion of the five-day sale, 749 yearlings had been sold for a gross of 26,055,700 guineas, an average of 34,787 guineas, and a median of 21,000 guineas. All those figures were down from last year, when 776 horses sold for a gross of 32,256,200 guineas, an average of 41,567 guineas, and a median of 26,000 guineas.
A change of scenery for Tiznow has not made life any easier for trainer Jay Robbins, as the defending Horse of Year had another of his eventful mornings Sunday, balking, kicking, backpeddling, and sidestepping his way around the track.
Jockey Frankie Dettori will work Godolphin's Sakhee and Fantastic Light next Wednesday, after which a decision will be made where to run each horse. Both were cross-entered for the Classic and Turf, with the Classic as first-preference.
Unbridled Elaine, who was returned to trainer Dallas Stewart on Saturday after being conditioned by David Vance since June, worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Sunday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I). The fastest work at the distance Sunday, though, was turned in by Vance-trained Caressing, who won last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
It was a busy morning for Breeders' Cup participants, with a steady stream of workers Sunday. The most amazing move was turned in by Squirtle Squirt, although it certainly was not what trainer Bobby Frankel was expecting.
Coppertree Farm's Quel Senor took the lead from pacesetter
It's A Giggle after a mile, and galloped away to a 5 3/4-length win in the $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase Saturday at the Far Hills Races.
Breeders' Cup hopefuls Brahms, Bet On Sunshine, Chorwon, and Pompeii turned in morning works at Churchill Downs Saturday in preparation for their respective races. Down the road at Keeneland, Sam-Son Farm's Quiet Resolve breezed six furlongs in preparation for the Turf.
Sunday at Keeneland
Cozzy Corner and Chausson Poire finished in a dead heat to win the $113,600 Valley View Stakes at Keeneland Saturday.
Western Pride led from the start and won the $200,000 Calder Derby by five lengths Saturday at Calder Race Course. Tour of the Cat was second, 3 1/4 lengths ahead of Built Up.
Fulfilling his previously untapped potential, Nayef ran his win steak to three by earning his first group I win in Saturday's Dubai Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket.
Trainer Bobby Frankel worked three of his top Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship contenders at Belmont Park on Saturday morning, and Gary Stevens made it official, saying that he is riding Macho Uno in the Classic (gr. I), after working the horse for trainer Joe Orseno.
elmont Park's New York Showcase Fall Festival kicks into gear this weekend with seven stakes featuring horses foaled in the Empire State. The richest contest unfolds Sunday with the running of the $250,000 Empire Classic featuring a field of 10. The wide open nine-furlong contest includes Brave One, coming off a score in the Ashley T. Cole Stakes Sept. 22.
The wide chasm that separates American and European horses was in evidence Friday morning, as Godolphin's big guns – Sakhee and Fantastic Light – both turned in pedestrian works over the main track, much to the satisfaction of assistant trainer Tom Albertrani.
Miss Seffens heads a field of seven distaff sprinters in Sunday's $100,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland over six furlongs. Miss Seffens is a five-time stakes winner, including her triumph in the Storm Cat Stakes earlier in Keeneland's fall meeting. The 4-year-old daughter of Dehere has earned $479,420 thus far in her career for owners Karen and M. Hays Biggs and trainer Steve Wren.
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