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Oregon Hub Handle Tops $13M for Quarter

The Oregon wagering hub first operated by NTRA Services and now in the hands of the TV Games Network handled $13,033,508 for the second quarter of this year, more than double the first-quarter handle and by far its best three months ever.

K. O. Punch's First Winner

The first winner by graded stakes winner K. O. Punch came out Aug. 6 when his daughter Two Hits won at six furlongs at Prairie Meadows.

Ohio Blood Samples to be Tested for West Nile

The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have collected 143 blood samples from horses in Lake County, Ohio, to determine if the horses have been exposed to West Nile virus. The first confirmed incidence of the virus in a bird was found in that area.

Chapter 2

By Sean Clancy
From The Saratoga Special, reprinted with permission

Padua Removes Many Horses From Lukas

Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables has removed most of its racehorses from trainer D. Wayne Lukas' barn as part of a re-evaluation of its operation. During the Keeneland July sale, Nadia Sanan, who acts as the family's racing manager, had said Lukas would remain the Padua trainer.

TVG, Horsemen Work on Purse Protection

As the California horse racing industry awaited action by Gov. Gray Davis on account wagering legislation, the TV Games Network and Thoroughbred Owners of California announced they had reached an agreement in principle to protect purses should live handle be negatively impacted by account betting.

Thunder Rumble Returns to The Stallion Park for 2002

Millionaire Thunder Rumble, whose big wins came at Saratoga in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II), and Saratoga Cup Handicap, has returned to James F. Edwards' The Stallion Park in Millbrook, N.Y., where he stood his first four seasons at stud.

Increased Concern

By John Hettinger -- To my way of thinking, one of the most positive developments in our industry in recent times has been the increased concern for the health and welfare of the horse.

Rotten Apple

By Ray Paulick -- If the privatization of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation was a horse race, the inquiry sign would have lit up immediately after the city's mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, on Aug. 2 announced the bureaucracy would be sold to a group headed by Frank Stronach's Magna Entertainment and Bob Green's Greenwood Racing.

Valid Expectations Staying in Texas

First-year stallion Valid Expectations, whose 2-year-old progeny earnings of $503,705 place him first among all sires, will remain at William S. Farish's Huisache Farm near Hempstead, Texas, for the 2002 breeding season, instead of being sent to Farish's Kentucky nursery, Lane's End Farm, near Versailles, Ky.

Phone Trick to Milfer Farm in New York

New York breeder/owner Dr. Jonathan Davis will add prominent sire Phone Trick to the stallion roster at his Milfer Farm near Unadilla, N.Y. Nineteen-year-old Phone Trick, who stood for a syndicate at John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International near Lexington, is scheduled to arrive at the farm this week.

Thunder Gulch Moves to Top of General Sire List

Central Kentucky-based stallion Thunder Gulch advanced to the top of the 2001 sire list by progeny earnings when the $900,000 from Point Given's triumph in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) were added to his total.

Expectations High For Saratoga Yearling Sale

The nation's economy may be on the skids, but the mood in the Thoroughbred marketplace is upbeat. After stronger than expected results at Kentucky's July auctions, the action moves to Saratoga, where Fasig-Tipton will conduct the 81st edition of its select yearling sale beginning Tuesday night.

Monmouth Park, Saratoga Set Attendance Records

Monmouth Park's $500,000 gamble paid dividends Sunday when a record crowd of 47,127 turned out to watch Point Given in the $1.5-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at the New Jersey track. Saratoga Racecourse, where the numbers were inflated by a t-shirt giveaway, also reported record attendance Sunday.

Five Star Day Wires Vanderbilt

Five Star Day set a brisk pace, then pulled clear in the stretch to win the $200,000 A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) on Sunday at Saratoga. Five Star Day's winning time was only 1/5 of a second off Prospect Bay's stakes record of 1:08 1/5 in 1996 and only 2/5 from the track record of 1:08 posted by Spanish Riddle in 1972.

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