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14 Entered for Saturday's Epsom Derby

About five hours before Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), England will know the results of its Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I). Fourteen horses are entered for the 12-furlong race, and four trainers have multiple entries, including a foursome scheduled to run for Barry Hills.

Padua, Lukas Change Financial Operations

Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables of Summerfield, Fla., announced June 2 it is taking over the financial operations of the training center developed in 1998 on what was formerly Silverleaf Farm. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who moved his training operation from Westerly Training Center in California's Santa Ynez Valley to coincide with the development of Padua, had served as general manager for the Sanans and based his D. Wayne Lukas Racing Stables at the farm.

NoCal Fair Meets Deal With Thoroughbred Shortage

The Northern California fair meets will offer more than 30 fewer Thoroughbred races this season because of a horse shortage in the state, officials said during the California Horse Racing Board meeting June 1. The board approved the fair meets during the meeting.

Veterinarian Sheds Light on Cloudy Fetal Fluids

A Kentucky veterinarian who specializes in mare reproduction, fetal ultrasound, and fetal sexing has studied pregnancy videos 1996 and 1998 and foal production the following years and has found that some degree of cloudiness in chorionic or amnionic fluid did not necessarily mean the mare would lose her foal or she would have an abnormal foal.

Point Given Works in Slop at Churchill; 'Ben' On Track

Preakness (gr. I) winner Point Given had his final major workout before Saturday's mile and a half Belmont Stakes (gr. I), going five furlongs on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs in company with another 3-year-old from trainer Bob Baffert's stable. The son of Thunder Gulch covered the distance in :59 3/5, according to Baffert.

Monarchos, Pletcher Pair Work For Belmont

Belmont Stakes action picked up Sunday morning with solid works by Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, Derby runner-up Invisible Ink, and Arkansas Derby and Spiral winner Balto Star, all of whom worked five furlongs over a muddy track. In France, Grandera boosted the form of Dr Greenfield with a troubled third-place finish in the French Derby.

First Winner Sired by Genuine Risk's Son

Virginia stallion Genuine Reward, the first live foal produced from Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Genuine Risk, was represented by his first winner when his son Top Reward won a 1 1/16-mile claiming race June 2 at Pimlico.

Caressing Works Five Furlongs for Acorn Stakes

Belmont Park's Triple Tiara series for 3-year-old fillies begins Friday with the 71st running of the one-mile, $200,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I), which will likely feature Carl F. Pollard's champion Caressing. Caressing completed her major preparation for the Acorn with a five-furlong work over a fast track at Churchill Downs on Sunday.

Dr Greenfield Turns in Sharp Work for Belmont

Team Valor's Dr Greenfield, winner of the listed Dee Stakes at Chester in his last start, worked a half-mile out of the gate Saturday morning at trainer Gerard Butler's yard near Lambourn, England. Butler, a former assistant to D. Wayne Lukas and Rodney Rash, said the son of Dr Devious couldn't be doing any better.

Despite Improvements, NYRA Spending Still Questioned

The New York Racing Association has made improvements in its financial practices in recent years, but state auditors have questioned a number of big-ticket expenses, including money NYRA donated to charity but did not report to federal tax officials and consulting and lobbying expenses.

Florida Derby Gets Later 2002 Date

Gulfstream Park announced that the Florida Derby (gr. I), its premier prep for the Triple Crown, would be run March 16 next year--one week later than usual and seven weeks before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The track also has shifted the dates of other key stakes races.

Monarchos, Point Given Gearing Up For Belmont Showdown

With the Belmont Stakes just over a week away, the questions persist: will the Test of the Champion live up to its billing as a showdown between Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos and Preakness winner Point Given, or will one of the other horses who have run well in Derby or Preakness, such as A P Valentine, Invisible Ink, Dollar Bill and Thunder Blitz, knock off the big two?

Haskin's Belmont Report: Why Point Given Should Dominate

We're going to venture out on that precarious and proverbial limb, even at the risk of leaving certain trainers dumfounded over our out-of-the-norm audacity. We're not going to be brazen enough to state emphatically that Point Given is the biggest lock in the Belmont Stakes since Secretariat. But...

OJC Now Woodbine Entertainment Group

The OJC on Friday changed its name to Woodbine Entertainment Group, and also unveilved a new Web site that reflects the change. In a prepared statement, WEG said the new name better reflects the scope of the company and its business.

Absolute Auction Set for Garden State Park

"You've read racing history...perhaps you've seen racing history...now you can own a part of America's finest horse racing history!" reads the brochure that is being distributed by Ken Geyer Auctioneers. The auction
will begin June 22 at 6 p.m. and run through June 26.

Here and There

Jersey Derby retains graded status, near record nominations for the Florida Stallions Stakes, and Retama Park reaches an average $100,000 a day in purses

Ex-Claimer Lazy Slusan Seeks Second Grade I Win

Lazy Slusan, the California-bred, former claiming mare who has become one of racing's top older females, renews her rivalry with Feverish at Hollywood Park on Sunday when seeking the second grade I triumph of her career in the $250,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

Deal in Works for Sale of Open Forum

Florida stallion Open Forum, who heads the nation's first-crop sire list in several categories, might be headed to Central Kentucky. According to trainer Mark Casse, who serves as director of operations for Harry Mangurian Jr.'s Mockingbird Farm, the farm is negotiating with a major Central Kentucky outfit for the sale of the 7-year-old stallion, but the deal is far from being over.

Magna Closes $6.3-Million Land Deal in NoCal

Without fanfare, Magna Entertainment completed its purchase of a Sacramento Valley site for a new home for its Bay Meadows Race Course. Magna closed a $6.3-million deal on 226 acres of freeway-side property in Dixon, located about 19 miles west of Sacramento on Interstate 80.

The Demographics of Horse Ownership

The Thoroughbred industry is attempting to cultivate new owners through TheGreatestGame.com, and the results of a comprehensive survey completed by The Matrix Group of Lexington in April identify the typical horse owner.

NYRA, Legislator Clash on Aqueduct Dates Bill

The New York Racing Association says legislation that would allow it to reduce dates at Aqueduct has met no opposition from other racing groups, but at least one legislator has reservations. The bill was reported out of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, and is expected to be approved by the lower House within weeks.

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