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Startac a Well-Beaten Second as 'Hoover' Gets the Win

Carl J. Odegaard's Hoovergetthekeys -- racing for the first time since winning the Golden Gate Derby (gr. III) by five lengths in January -- rallied to win Saturday's $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields. Despite blazing early fractions, 3-5 favorite Startac failed to reach contention, finishing seven lengths behind the winner. The Turf Paradise Derby winner closed from last and just managed to finish second, a head in front of Mo Mon, who raced two lengths off hot the early pace.

Windrush Earns Half-Length Stymie Handicap Win

Windrush remained undefeated for the year, winning his third straight race Saturday with a half-length victory in the $109,800 Stymie Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct. Ridden by Joe Bravo, Windrush wore down front-running Turnofthecentury in the final furlong of the race.

D'Wildcat Cruises to 10 1/2-Length Swale Win

Fog City Stable's D'Wildcat settled behind the early pace, moved outside approaching the stretch, and drew off to win the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. III) by 10 1/2 lengths in a dominating performance Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Under jockey Corey Nakatani, the 3-year-old colt completed the seven furlongs in 1:22.25 on a fast track.

Innuendo Wins Second Straight Stakes in Orchid 'Cap

Under jockey Jerry Bailey, Gerald W. Leigh's 6-year-old homebred mare Innuendo stalked early leader Alybgood before drawing off in the stretch to win the $200,000 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIT) by 3 1/2 lengths, Saturday at Gulfstream Park. For Bailey, the win marks his 12th in a stakes on the current Gulfstream meet, tying his own record.

Cheltenham to Retake Entries for Postponed Festival

Britain's Cheltenham Racecourse announced Friday that discussions were taking place between course officials and "all interested parties regarding the availability of dates for the rescheduled National Hunt Festival." Cheltenham further requested ticket holders to retain their tickets until the Festival dates are announced, at which time "they will then have the option of attending on the same day of the week or applying for a full refund."

TVG Generates nearly $2 million for Kentucky Racing

Account wagering by TV Games Network subscribers generated an additional $440,000 in source-market fees for Kentucky horsemen and racetracks since October. The money, distributed this week, raises the total fees generated by the horse racing network to $1.95 million since September 1999.

Golden Ballet Tops Santa Anita Oaks Field

Las Virgenes Stakes winner Golden Ballet heads the field as nine 3-year-old fillies have entered for Saturday's grade I Santa Anita Oaks. The connections of Golden Ballet are hopeful that history will repeat itself as six of the last seven Las Virgenes champions have gone on to victories in Santa Anita Oaks. And the only one that didn't -- the Bobby Frankel-conditioned Keeper Hill in 1998 -- settled for a win in the Kentucky Oaks.

Spain Totes Top Weight in Santa Margarita

D. Wayne Lukas is hoping that Spain can build on her La Canada Stakes victory as a field of eight older fillies and mares have entered for the grade I Santa Margarita Handicap set for Saturday at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Spain, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old by Thunder Gulch, was purchased as a yearling at the September 1998 Keeneland sale for $25,000 and has gone on to win of seven of 21 starts for $2,283,335 in earnings.

Spain Totes Top Weight in Santa Margarita

D. Wayne Lukas is hoping that Spain can build on her La Canada Stakes victory as a field of eight older fillies and mares have entered for the grade I Santa Margarita Handicap set for Saturday at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Spain, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old by Thunder Gulch, was purchased as a yearling at the September 1998 Keeneland sale for $25,000 and has gone on to win of seven of 21 starts for $2,283,335 in earnings.

Champion De La Rose Euthanized

De La Rose, a champion turf filly and grade I stakes producer, was euthanized Tuesday, March 6, at Henryk de Kwiatkowski's Calumet Farm near Lexington because of the infirmities of old age. The 23-year-old mare had dropped weight and been weakened by the harsh winter, according to the farm.

TVG to Feature Coverage of Phoenix Gold Cup

TVG will feature live on-location coverage of the 46th running of the Phoenix Gold Cup, Turf Paradise's $100,000 six furlong sprint for three year olds and upward, this weekend. Coverage from the Valley of the Sun will begin at 2 pm (EST) on Saturday, March 11 with TVG racing analyst and host, Caton Bredar live from Turf Paradise. Bredar will provide interviews with trainers, jockeys, owners and track personnel as well as in-depth analysis of events leading up to, during, and after the race.

Spain, Lovellon Top Santa Margarita Field

D. Wayne Lukas is hoping that Spain can build on her La CaƱada Stakes victory as a field of eight older fillies and mares have entered for the grade I Santa Margarita Handicap set for Saturday at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. An invitational event, the Santa Margarita serves as Santa Anita's championship for older fillies and mares on dirt.

149 Remain Nominated to Vodafone Derby

A total of 149 horses remain in the 2001 Vodafone Derby, run at Epsom on Saturday, June 9, after the first forfeit stage. They include 32 trained in Ireland, 19 currently stabled in Dubai and six from France. The number of entries at this stage has been bettered only once in the last four years.

Dean Kutz 2001 George Woolf Award Winner

Dean Kutz is the winner of the 2001 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Kutz becomes the 52nd winner of the award that has been presented annually since 1950 and honors the memory of one of the greatest Thoroughbred jockeys in history. Kutz, 44, will receive the award in a winner's circle ceremony on Sunday, March 25 at Santa Anita.

Disease Restrictions Force Cheltenham to Postpone Festival

Cheltenham Racecourse on Wednesday expressed "intense disappointment" over the postponement of next week's National Hunt Festival, which was due to start on Tuesday, March 13. The 2001 Festival will now take place either in the week of April 16th or the following week. An announcement about the exact dates will be made as soon as possible.

Del Mar Schedules Over $6 Million in Stakes

Del Mar will offer more than $6 million in stakes money when the San Diego-area track hosts its 62nd summer season of racing. The 43-day meeting opens July 18 and runs through Sept. 5. Highlight of the meeting will be the $1-million Pacific Classic, one of five grade I races scheduled at Del Mar.

Gin Talking Named Maryland-Bred Horse of the Year

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association named Gin Talking the 2000 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly. The daughter of Allen's Prospect finished the season with three consecutive stakes victories, including her second triumph in a Maryland Million event at Laurel.

Captain Steve, Aptitude Confirmed For Dubai World Cup

Representatives of 17 different countries totaling 80 international runners have confirmed their participation at the 2001 Dubai World Cup meeting at Nad Al Sheba on March 24. The $6-million group I Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates and the opening leg of the 2001 Emirates World Series Racing Championships, is likely to attract 14 runners, including Captain Steve and Aptitude from the U.S.

AAEP To Hold Medication Summit

The next Symposium on Racing will include an all-day meeting on medication to be conducted by the American Association of Equine Practitioners. The Dec. 4 "summit" will look at the administration of therapeutic medications and discuss the standards and policies the industry should employ when treating horses for racing.

Wondertross Retired

Grade I stakes-placed Wondertross has been retired from racing, but owners George Steinbrenner and William Condren have not yet decided where to stand the 5-year-old son of Chief's Crown.

Keeneland Unveils 3-Year-Old Filly Bonus

Under a bonus scheme announced Tuesday, Keeneland will award $200,000 to the owner and $50,000 to the trainer of a horse who sweeps the $500,000-added, Grade I Ashland Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday, April 7, and the $500,000-added, Grade I Oaks at 1 1/8 miles on Friday, May 4 at Churchill Downs.

Hickey to be Honored by Kentucky HBPA

Jay Hickey, president of the American Horse Council, will be honored by the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association as its "Man of the Year" for 2000. Hickey will be feted March 19 at the organization's annual awards dinner in Erlanger, Ky.

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