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Valid Expectations Tops 2-Year-Old List

First-crop stallion Valid Expectations moved up from third to first on the sires of 2-year-old list when his son Expected Hour won the June 16 Victoria Stakes at Woodbine in his career debut.

Which 25 Years?

By Dan Liebman -- Let's face facts. Fact One: Bob Baffert will get into the Racing Hall of Fame. Fact Two: Bob Baffert will get into the Racing Hall of Fame on the first ballot. The only unanswered question is what year it will be when Baffert accepts his plaque in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Test Pattern

By Ray Paulick -- The 60-day suspension handed down by the three California Horse Racing Board stewards against Eclipse Award-winning trainer Bob Baffert comes as no surprise, given the CHRB track record.

Eltish's First Winner

Florida stallion Eltish was represented by his first winner when his daughter Eltisha won June 18 at 5 1/2 furlongs at Calder Race Course at first asking.

OBSC Sale Begins Tuesday

A colt by Our Emblem posted the fastest quarter mile breeze, stopping the timer in :21 1/5 on Sunday, during this past weekend's Under Tack Shows in preparation for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2001 June Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age sale.

Golden Ballet Arrives in Kentucky

Golden Ballet, leader of the 3-year-old filly division this year on the basis of her two grade I stakes victories before being retired after suffering a bowed tendon, arrived at Craig Banderoff's Denali Stud on Monday, June 18.

Golden Ballet Arrives in Kentucky

Golden Ballet, leader of the 3-year-old filly division this year on the basis of her two grade I stakes victories before being retired after suffering a bowed tendon, arrived at Craig Banderoff's Denali Stud on Monday, June 18.

Trip Edges Hidden Assets in Chicago Breeders' Cup 'Cap

Jockey Craig Perret and trainer Frank Brothers combined for their second Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) wins as Trip rallied to win the seven-furlong, $157,270 race by a half-length on Saturday at Arlington Park. Perret previously rode Safely Kept to victory in the 1991 renewal of the race; Brothers saddled Rose's Record prior to her 1989 win.

NTRA Approves 'Rebranding'; New Caucus to Meet

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors firmed up its plans for the "rebranding" of the Breeders' Cup during a meeting Friday, and also announced that it's new Racing and Breeding Caucus will meet for the first time June 21 in Washington, D.C.

Love At Noon Heads Princess

Gary Stevens, who had an eventful Belmont Stakes week, will return from a five-day break to ride Mike Pegram's Love At Noon in the $100,000 Princess Stakes (Gr. II) at Hollywood Park Saturday.

Legislative Issues Said to Have Stalled OTB Sale

The sale of New York City Off-Track Betting apparently hinges on legislative changes that would make the entity more attractive to potential buyers. Meanwhile, it appears the state legislature may have more time to examine the issue given the fact they may remain in Albany into the summer.

SEC Targets Former Owner of Garden State Park

International Thoroughbred Breeders, which sold Garden State Park in New Jersey to a real estate development company in November for $30 million, is bracing for a civil action and a probe of "certain current and former officers" by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Secret Status and Saudi Poetry Hook Up In Fleur de Lis Handicap

Secret Status and Saudi Poetry will continue their rivalry in Saturday's 27th running of the $300,000-added, Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The pair last tangled in the grade II Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap on Kentucky Oaks Day 2001, where Saudi Poetry pulled the upset and Secret Status finished two lengths back in sixth.

Trio of Triple Crown Runners To Meet in Northern Dancer

Three veterans of the Visa Triple Crown trail -- Meetyouathebrig, Scorpion, and Percy Hope -- will try to build momentum for the second half of their 3-year-old campaigns as they head a field of 10 horses entered in Saturday's $100,000-added Northern Dancer Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Owner Jim Mayer Dead

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Owner Jim Mayer, who won four stakes with his filly Asher, died June 12 of an apparent heart attack in Houston.

Hawthorne Spring Meet Ends With Strong Numbers

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The numbers have been released and they speak for themselves in the success of Hawthorne Spring racing meet. Through the introduction of the $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 and more importantly, the lowered take-out on all wagers, Hawthorne showed a gain in handle and excelled on all three Triple Crown days.

Kentucky Legislators Tour Affected Farms

As Central Kentucky breeders and owners prepare for the "ripple effect" from mare reproductive loss syndrome, Kentucky legislators are in the process of gathering information to assess the damage. Meanwhile, a state equine emergency management plan is in the works.

Youbet.com Predicts Profitability by 2002

Youbet.com, an online horse racing and wagering site that has burned through more than $64 million since 1998, expects to begin turning a profit in 2002. The company also expects to have more than 20,000 subscribers by the end of the year.

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