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Oaklawn Cancels Racing Wednesday

In the interest of the safety, Oaklawn Park has cancelled both live and simulcast programs for Wednesday, Feb. 6. The decision was made Wednesday morning following a four-inch snowfall overnight in the Hot Springs area.

Johannesburg Cantering; No Decisions Until Spring

For all you Johannesburg fans who have been picturing the son of Hennessy hibernating for the winter in a den somewhere in the bowels of Ballydoyle, fear not. Last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and likely 2-year-old champion has been cantering and doing as well as can be expected at this time of the year.

OBS Calder Auction Ends With Record Average

A sale record was established for average price at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's select juvenile auction at Calder Race Course Tuesday. In addition, the median price increased dramatically from a year ago, rising to the second-highest level in the South Florida sale's history.

2001 U.S. Purses and Handle Set Records

Gross purses rose 3.6% and pari-mutuel handle increased 1.6% in the United States for 2001, setting records in both catagories, according to the 12th edition of "The Jockey Club Fact Book," released online today.

First Joint Model Rules Meeting a Success

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The North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association (NAPRA) and the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) held the first joint Pari-Mutuel Model Rules committee meeting Feb. 1-2 at Lone Star Park.

Twin Dream

By Gary McMillen -- Talking to twins Dennis and Jimmy Richard is like listening to a Cheech and Chong record. They finish each other's sentences. Each seems to know what the other is thinking about. Lately, they have a one-track mind, and that's getting their sprinter Bonapaw to Dubai.

By All Accounts

By Ray Paulick -- Concern for the racing fan and the industry doesn't appear to be driving some of the decisions regarding account wagering in California.

Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Shows Increases

Queen Suite, an 11-year-old Bates Motel mare believed in foal to El Prado, was purchased by Frank A. Bonsal Jr. for $60,000 to top Monday's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale at Timonium, Md. A half-sister to the dam of stakes winner True Valay, Queen Suite was consigned by Mr. and Mrs. Rick Abbott's Charlton.

Major Winner Ciro to Japan

Five-year-old Ciro, a grade I turf winner in the U.S. and a group I winner in France, has been sent to Japan to stand at Yushun Stallion Station.

VLT Legislation Introduced in Arizona

According to an article in the Feb. 5 edition of the Arizona Republic legislation has been introduced to allow Thoroughbred and Greyhound tracks to operate video lottery terminals (VLTs) at their facilities.

Tiznow Repeats as California Champion

Tiznow, who was California's Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male of 2000, was voted the top older male of 2001 by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

MRLS Meeting Focuses on Communication Network

There may not be answers as to the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome, but there's certainly a desire for more information. More than 300 people turned out at meeting in Lexington Monday night to exchange information and prepare for the 2002 breeding season.

John Henry Back Home

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Two-time Horse of the Year John Henry, who underwent colic surgery Jan. 25 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington, arrived back home at the Kentucky Horse Park Feb. 4.

Penn National Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Stock Offering

Penn National reported a record fourth quarter Monday with revenue climbing 48.1% and net income jumping 105.2%. The Pennsylvania racetrack and casino company also announced it will be offering 2.5 million in additional shares of common stock, which should generate about $74 million. Another 1 million shares will be offered at the same time by the Carlino Family Trust.

Labamta Babe Out Four Months With Suspensory Strain

Labamta Babe, impressive winner of the Santa Catalina Stakes, has been taken off the Kentucky Derby trail after suffering a minor strain of the suspensory in his right front ankle, trainer Bobby Frankel said Monday. The son of Skywalker likely will be out for about four months, according to Frankel.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Mission Impossible? (2/4/2002)

Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to infiltrate Paco Gonzalez' heavily armed fortress and slip Came Home a major dose of stamina builder. As much as we'd love to accomplish that mission and get this talented colt all the way to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May, we can't help seeing all those sprinters and milers staring out at us from his pedigree

Two Juveniles Share Fastest Time in OBSC Preview

Two juveniles from the Cleveland Wheeler consignment each breezed a quarter mile in :21 3/5 as the fastest time for the distance during Sunday's Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2002 Selected Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

Redattore Spoils Lido Palace's Return

Already a grade I winner on turf, Redattore added a grade II win on dirt Sunday at Santa Anita in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II). Under Alex Solis, Luis Alfredo Taunay's Redattore completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.66 on a fast track.

Wooden Phone Sidelined with Shoulder Fracture

A shoulder fracture will force 2001 Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner Wooden Phone to the sidelines, according to trainer Bob Baffert. The conditioner said the injury was detected by a nuclear scan and that the 5-year-old will be out for about three months.

Frequent Flyer Bailey to Ride You in Las Virgenes

Jerry Bailey will have the opportunity to log more frequent flyer miles next weekend, when the jockey will fly to California from his South Florida base for the fourth straight weekend. Bailey will ride Bobby Frankel-trained You in the Feb. 10 Las Virgenes Stakes.

Fountain of Youth Still the Plan for Maybry's Boy

Trainer Shug McGaughey said Sunday that Maybry's Boy, a beaten favorite Hutcheson in Saturday's Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III), is still on track for the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) despite his fourth-place finish in the seven-furlong sprint. Meanwhile, the Hutcheson one-two finishers are less likely to start in the Feb. 16 Fountain of Youth as their respective trainers don't particularly like the two-week spacing between races.

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