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Godolphin Juveniles Arrive in Southern California

This year's mass invasion of Godolphin-owned 2-year-olds is now complete, American-based trainer Eoin Harty said Thursday. A total of 52 juveniles are now in California, with roughly half currently stabled at Fairplex Park and the others still in quarantine at Hollywood Park.

First Winner for Distorted Humor

First crop sire Distorted Humor was represented by his first winner as a sire when his first starter, Awesome Humor, went wire-to-wire to earn a neck-length win in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Keeneland Thursday.

Tates Creek Wins Duel With Snow Dance

Juddmonte Farms' homebred Tates Creek won a stretch duel with Snow Dance as the 4-year-old daughter of Rahy posted a facile head victory in Thursday's Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland.

TVG To Launch Quarter Horse Show

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On Saturday, TVG will unveil a new show devoted to Quarter Horse racing.Called "The Quarters," it will feature on-site production from Los Alamitos Racecourse in Cypress, California, and run from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. (ET) on Thursday through Saturday and 9 p.m. to
midnight (ET) on Sunday each week.

Snow Ridge Draws Seven For Carter

Snow Ridge, unbeaten in three starts in 2002, drew post seven as the 120 pound highweight in the 11-horse Carter Handicap (gr. I) field at Aqueduct Saturday.

Harlan's Holiday Leads Workouts

Several key players in this weekend's Triple Crown prep races had workouts Thursday morning. On Saturday, the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) will be run in Kentucky at Keeneland, the Wood Memorial (gr. I) will be contested at Aqueduct in New York, and the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) will close out the meet at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.

Schaap to Deliver Sports Journalism Seminar Keynote

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ESPN correspondent Jeremy Schaap, who went head-to-head with former Indiana University men's basketball coach Bob Knight in one of the most-watched television interviews of the decade, will
deliver the keynote address at Churchill Downs' annual Collegiate Sports Journalism Seminar.

NBC to Telecast Blue Grass Live

NBC Sports kicks off coverage of horseracing's 3-year-old picture Saturday with a 90-minute telecast of "NTRA's Road to the Kentucky Derby." The show will air from 4:30-6 p.m. (ET) and will feature live coverage of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) from Keeneland.

Golden Gate Equine Hospital Gets Go-Ahead

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Construction on a 3,600-square-foot equine medical facility at Golden Gate Fields can finally begin. The project was approved April 9 by the planning commission in Albany, Calif., where the track is located.

Breeders' Cup Sprint Sponsor Discontinues Operations

Penske Auto Centers, which sponsored the $1-million Breeders' Cup Sprint and a series of prep races last year, announced April 6 it has discontinued operations of all of its automotive service centers. The company, part of the Penske group, operated service centers at Kmart stores in 44 states.

Racing on Television

As the road to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) gets shorter, the telecasts of premier 3-year-old Thoroughbred racing heats up in prep races televised on "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)-produced series on the ESPN networks.

Two Undefeated Fillies in Fantasy

A pair of undefeated fillies leads the field of seven in Friday's $200,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. The Fantasy goes 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies with a 6:05 p.m. (CST) post.

NTRA Works to Eliminate Withholding Provision

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National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials met with President Bush's legislative team and key members of Congress the week of April 8 in an effort to promote legislation to eliminate the 30% withholding on foreign wagers into United States pari-mutuel pools.

Repent Could Be Back For Travers

Repent, who suffered a chip in his left front ankle in the Illinois Derby, will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday, and trainer Kenny McPeek is hopeful he'll be ready for the Travers Stakes.

Medaglia d'Oro Ready for Wood

The horse is named for a brand of espresso coffee, and in his last
start, he woke up as if he had swallowed a double shot of the stuff.
Saturday afternoon, Medaglia d'Oro will try to keep his Triple Crown
hopes brewing when he steps onto Aqueduct's main track for the 78th running of the grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial.

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