Mrs. John Magnier's Castle Gandolfo raced four-wide while in fifth-place heading into the stretch before rallying under Michael Kinane to win the Fosters-International Trial Stakes on the all-weather course at Lingfield Saturday.
Despite losing Rebel Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Ocean Sound to the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), 12 runners are still expected for the April 13 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park with the addition of Gold Dollar to the likely field of runners.
Johannesburg remains favored in pool three of the Kentucky Derby future wager despite drifting up to 5-1 at the close of Friday's wagering after beginning the day at 4-1.
Lee Lewis' Mystic Lady turned back a stretch-long challenge from Happily Unbridled to win the $75,000 Banshee Breeze Handicap on Friday at Gulfstream Park.
Betty and Robert G. Irvin's two-time stakes winner Jeweled Pirate has been retired from racing and will be bred this season to Three Chimneys Farm stallion Albert the Great.
German-bred Flying Dash balked entering the gate in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland Friday, but was full steam ahead at the wire. Attendance of 14,879 at the Lexington, Ky. track was the largest for a spring opening day since 1985. Attendance last year on opening day was 11,646.
Bob Ezrine, manager of Patchen Wilkes Farm near Lexington, reports that the white mare Patchen Beauty has delivered a white colt by Pioneering.
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The rate of reduction in foal losses in Kentucky is slowing, but it is still staggering. The latest figures from The Jockey Club show 32.4 percent less foals dropped in Kentucky this year through April 3 compared with a year ago.
Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, winner of the grade II Lane's End Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, took a step toward an expected start in Kentucky Derby 128 with a solid breeze on Friday over the seven-furlong track at Churchill Downs' Trackside training center.
After a number of meeting the last 10 days, New Jersey horsemen and management of Monmouth Park and Meadowlands are close to finalizing a proposal to determine the amount of Thoroughbred dates for 2002 and beyond.
An offering of 20 million shares of Magna Entertainment (Nasdaq:MIEC) was priced at $6.65 Thursday through underwriters Bear Stearns. The update on the offering caused the company's stock to rise as much as 13.4 percent during trading on Friday.
Churchill Downs has signed a major sponsorship deal with Coors Light, significantly expanded an existing deal with Brown-Forman distillers, and re-signed American Airlines.
Columbine Stable and trainer Beau Greeley hope to end a string of frustrating near misses with Sligo Bay in Saturday's Arcadia Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Paco Gonzalez hopes to set the stage for his own daily double Saturday at Santa Anita Park. He'll start by winning the $200,000 San Bernardino Handicap (gr. II) with Bosque Redondo, then two races later cap off his day by taking the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) with probable favorite Came Home.
Jan Siegel, who raced a number of prominent horses with her husband, Mace, and their daughter, Samantha, died April 4 after a lengthy battle with cancer
Revenue from slot machines is expected to increase Fort Erie Race Track's average daily purse distribution by 8.4 percent for this year's meet beginning April 26.
As the Ohio Thoroughbred racing season gets in full swing for 2002, a racetrack operator has renewed his call for changes in the law that governs full-card simulcasting in the state.
Commercial ads are scheduled to begin showing up on jockey and racing silks with the start of the spring meets in California, but they're a little slow to make the starting gate.
Johannesburg is the early favorite in pool three of the Kentucky Derby future wager offered by Churchill Downs, taking in $6,549 of $40,282 wagered on Thursday. After beginning the day the 6-1 co-second choice, the undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner is currently available at 4-1.
A contentious field of eight sophomores will line up and face the starter in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), for which Came Home was installed as the 6-5 morning-line favorite.
Say Florida Sandy worked six furlongs between races at Aqueduct Thursday ahead of a potential start in the April 13 Carter Handicap (gr. I).
Tattersalls has appointed Kentucky based bloodstock agent Lincoln Collins as a representative in North America.
A field of eight will go postward in Saturday's Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I). Highweight in the field is local legend Mr Ross, who will carry 118 pounds in the $500,000, 1 1/8-miles contest.
Only six fillies and mares passed the entry box for Saturday's Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park, but oh, what a cast. Of the six, all are grade I winners.
A field of 12 has been drawn for the $100,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge April 6 at Lone Star Park. The race for 3-year-olds will be held at one mile on the turf.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's 2002 advertising campaign will be visible in some markets the weekend of April 6, and in full gear by the time the Kentucky Derby rolls around May 4.
Right after Gulfstream Park simulcasts the Illinois Derby (gr. II) Saturday, it will run its own Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep, the Aventura Stakes.
We are well aware that the term 3-year-old analysis this year is an oxymoron. Maybe 3-year-old guesses would be more suitable a title. But the trouper that we are, we will attempt to link the word analysis with 3-year-old and try to make some kind of sense of this weekend's stakes, which actually look crystal clear compared to what is in store for us the following weekend.
Take Charge Lady, who is undefeated in two races this year, drew the No. 5 post position for the $500,000 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday at Keeneland.
Some New York breeding farms have experienced an unusual number of foaling problems so far this breeding season, and slightly higher incidences of sickness and herpes virus abortions.
Evening Attire and Ground Storm, the one-two finishers in the Aqueduct Handicap (gr. III), face off again Saturday in the Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III).
Belmont Park will soon become the first racetrack in the United States to have an on-site, year-round child care center. Construction of the new facility began in March and should be completed this fall. When fully operational, it will accommodate 80 children each day.
Ray Paulick, editor-in-chief of The Blood-Horse magazine and author of the recently released book Sunday Silence, has donated his entire compensation for writing the book to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and to Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped.
The world in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will provide the backdrop for the American Horse Council convention April 6-9 in Washington, D.C. The official theme for the convention is "2002...A World Changed."
With the ground at the Curragh drying up after a several days of beautiful weather, plans for Johannesburg are now to run in the seven-furlong Gladness Stakes on Sunday, as originally planned.
Lost the Code, dam of champion and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Squirtle Squirt, has been pronounced in foal to major sire Storm Cat.
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Cee Dreams, a $20,000 claim who won last year's $150,000 California Cup Matron Handicap, has been euthanized.
At her high desert ranch, Dalene Knight can't help but dream of a white-hot year. That's white like the snow that dusts her Painted Desert Farm near Redmond in eastern Oregon. And white like the Thoroughbreds that run in her fields.
If you thought April 1 was just a day for jokes and laughs, guess again. It also was a day to celebrate.
The Australian Eastern yearling sale ended with a flourish Thursday as three horses each sold for more than $1 million (approximately $534,000 in U.S. funds).
Delaware Park will have many new faces on the backstretch when it opens for its 65th season April 27. Trainers new to the Stanton, Del., racetrack include Leo Azpura, David Donk, Scott Lake, Barclay Tagg, and Jeff Trosclair.
Trainer James Cassidy reported late Wednesday that Ford, Pearson and K M Stable's Rebel Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Ocean Sound will not start next in the April 13 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and will run instead in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland on the same day.
The number of horses expected for the April 13 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) expanded to 12 Wednesday with the addition of Dial A Hero, It'sallinthechase, Like A Hero, and Guppie's Secret. But Oaklawn Park officials are beginning to fear the connections of Rebel Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Ocean Sound may opt for the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) instead.
Trainer Richard Jackson on Wednesday declared Remington Rock a non-starter for Saturday's Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I) due to sickness. The defection of Remington Rock from Oaklawn Park's Saturday co-feature leaves an expected field of eight for the 1 1/8-mile race.
The trainers of Azillion and Bunk N Ted have decided on jockeys Corey Nakatani and Angela Owens, respectively, to guide the colts when they go postward in the April 13 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
A report detailing research of early fetal losses due to mare reproductive loss syndrome points to pastures as the suspected source of the syndrome.
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