In what seems to be a mini-trend in Standardbred racing, a group of horsemen will purchase Vernon Downs in upstate New York for more than $9 million pending approval by the racetrack's shareholders and the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. The deal has been approved by the board of directors, track president Justice Cheney said.
Top sprinter and world-traveling stakes winner Big Jag was euthanized Sept. 24 after a training injury last March developed into a severe case of laminitis.
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Trainer Paddy Gallagher is hopeful that Al Desima can turn the tables on probable favorite Tranquility Lake in Saturday's $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita.
Nany's Sweep was entered but scratched by trainer Kathy Walsh from Wednesday's Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap down the hillside turf course in favor of a start on the dirt in Saturday's $200,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
The Thoroughbred Corporation, which will likely have three starters in the 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 27 at Belmont Park, will donate 10 percent of purse monies earned that day to the NTRA's New York Heroes Fund.
After much speculation, Macho Uno, last year's 2-year-old champion, is headed to the $300,000 grade III Ohio Derby at Thistledown Saturday. He heads the field with early odds of 3-5.
The Churchill Downs Inc. board of directors on Thursday endorsed a comprehensive plan to rebuild and modernize the company's flagship racetrack in Louisville, Ky. The racetrack's $127-million, two-phase master plan outlines the most sweeping changes at the historic facility in more than a century.
Daily Racing Form, whose offices at 100 Broadway were within a few blocks of the World Trade Center, is creating a charitable fund that will include the company's donation $1 for every newspaper it sells at Belmont Park on Oct. 27 for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
At least two of Polk County's five supervisors want the county to sell Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino instead of continuing to lease the facility to the Racing Association of Central Iowa.
Cloud Hopping, a 4-year-old son of Mr. Prospector, will enter stud at Sean and Barbara Kelly's Wycombe House Stud near Reddick, Fla.
MTR Gaming Group (Nasdaq:MNTG), the owner/operator of Mountaineer Racetrack & Gaming Resort in West Virginia, reported a 20 percent drop in revenue in the two weeks following the Sept 11. terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
Centennial Farm's King Cugat will go after his first grade I victory Saturday after drawing post 5 for the $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park. The Turf Classic is part of "Champions on Turf" Day at Belmont that also includes the running of the Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles and the 6 1/2-furlong Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II), also for fillies and mares.
Mike Ogburn has been hired as Churchill Downs' new director of investor relations. The Louisville, Ky., native is the primary contact for investors who want more information about the racing conglomerate.
Macho Uno, winner of the Pennsylvania Derby in his last start, has fully recovered from a slight bout with colic and will run in Saturday's $300,000 Ohio Derby as originally planned, trainer Joe Orseno said Wednesday. "We did his blood, and it came back fine," Orseno said. "It wasn't like he was sick, it was just a slight case of colic."
Last year, the day before the Breeders' Cup, officials from the organization and the TV Games Network traveled to Ohio to strike a deal allowing Winticket.com, Beulah Park's account-wagering subsidiary, to accept wagers on the eight races. Eleven months later, with the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships asoon approaching, no agreement is in place to cover the same situation.
Two-time Breeders' Cup-winning owner Ernie Paragallo has pledged $1 million to the NTRA Charities-New York Heroes Fund.
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John Greely IV and C. Beau Greely, owners of Wintergreen Stallion Station near Midway, Ky., announced Wednesday that the first-year stud fee for Ecton Park will be $15,000 live foal, payable Nov. 1.
John Oxley's Beautiful Pleasure worked six furlongs in 1:12 2/5 Tuesday morning at Keeneland and will likely use the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Oct. 6 as her final prep for the World Thoroughbred Championships.
Came Home, who set a stakes record in winning the seven-furlong Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga earlier this month, will start in Saturday's one-mile Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) according to co-owner John Toffan.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Habibti showed her readiness for Sunday's Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Oak Tree Tuesday morning with a five-furlong drill in :58 4/5.
Gold Legend will move to Clarence and Dorothy Scharbauer's Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas, for the 2002 breeding season.
The Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park, which has produced 21 winners of Breeders' Cup events, kicks off Wednesday afternoon with a fund-raising effort for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Oak Tree will match all donated funds up to $100,000.
Claiborne Farm stallion Unbridled was given a clean bill of health by the University of Kentucky Diagnostic Lab.
Friday night's $500,000 Meadowlands Cup (gr. II) is expected to draw a field of five to seven horses with a list of solid credentials for the mile and an eighth test. The one with the most impressive resume is Robert Meyerhoff's Include.
The Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) on Sept. 30 was expected to be a rematch of Del Mar's Debutante Stakes (gr. I), a race won by Habibti, with Who Loves Aleyna second and Tempera third. But it looks as though Habibti will be the only one of those three contesting the one-mile Oak Leaf.
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Pompeii, winner of the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga on Aug. 24 at 1 1/4 miles, has just the stout-distance lineage it takes to stand up to the rigors of the nine-furlong Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Came Home is by Gone West, by Mr. Prospector, who was the third-leading sire in the United States in 1995. Gone West's best year on the track was 1987, when he captured the grade I Dwyer Stakes, and a pair of grade II's, the Gotham Stakes and the Withers Stakes. Gone West earned $682,251 from 17 lifetime starts.
It's not hard to see where El Corredor gets his speed. The 4-year-old colt is by a sprinter and out of a mare by a sprinter. Of course it is not always that simple. The leader of the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) division, Kona Gold, has nothing but stamina influences in his family.
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After doing more about-faces than a soldier in boot camp, trainer Bob Baffert has decided that Officer, the leading juvenile in the universe right now, will make his next appearance in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park Oct. 6 at 8 1/2 furlongs. Officer, by Bertrando, is perfect in four starts, including wins by six, eight, and seven lengths in his first three races. In his most recent effort, the Sept. 5 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II), Officer won, geared down, by 1 1/2 lengths.
The results of this past weekend only further confused the Classic picture. Guided Tour showed a new dimension in the Kentucky Cup Classic, stalking the front-running Balto Star the entire way before wearing him down. But trainer Niall O'Callaghan doesn't seem too excited about throwing him in with tougher company at Belmont Park. O'Callaghan will discuss the options with the gelding's group of owners before committing one way or the other.
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