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Time, and Perhaps Medication Rules, Stymie Magna Series

The first of two rounds in Magna Entertainment's "Super Track Racing Series" has been canceled because of a lack of time to prepare and possibly complications tied to medication rules. The first round of the series -- six $100,000 races at Santa Anita Park March 3 -- has been scrapped, the Magna-owned California track announced Tuesday. The second round, scheduled for March 10 at Gulfstream Park, Magna's Florida track, will go as planned, officials said.

Slew Colt Brings $1-Million at Fasig-Tipton Sale

A Seattle Slew colt produced from the grade I winner Chic Shirine was purchased by Irish agent Demi O'Byrne for $1-million as the top priced offering during the early portion of Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton Florida selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Racecourse. O'Byrne said the colt had the best pedigree of the offerings in the sale and had a nice workout during the under tack show, getting an eighth of a mile in 10 3/5 seconds. O'Byrne said the colt will be trained by Patrick Biancone for John Magnier and Michael Tabor.

Britain, Ireland Suspend Racing Because of Disease

Officials in Great Britain have ruled that horse racing will be suspended for at least a week, effective Wednesday, because of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. In Ireland, racing also has been canceled, and horses and Greyhounds can't be shipped to the island country from Great Britain.

Gilded Time Still Tops; Broad Brush Moves Up

Gilded Time, who was the sole sire last week with progeny earnings of more than $600,000, has company this week, but still holds the No. 1 ranking by 2001 progeny earnings. Broad Brush moved up from the No. 12 spot to fifth. His runners have earned $560,049 and include the filly Pompeii, who won the Feb. 19 Rare Treat Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

Back the Series

By Kenneth E. Kirchner -- Magna Entertainment Corp.'s plan for an East Coast/ West Coast team series is a fascinating idea that deserves the consideration and support of the entire racing industry.

Tiznow Questionable for Santa Anita Handicap

Tiznow, the 2000 Horse of the Year who was upset in his last start, is questionable for Saturday's $1-million Santa Anita Handicap. According to the Los Angeles Times, the colt is still being plagued by foot problems. "It's better than even money that he'll be able to run," trainer Jay Robbins said Monday night. "A lot will depend on how he comes out of a gallop [today]."

Monarchos, Hero's Tribute Work For Ward

Trainer John Ward, Jr. had his highly regarded 3-year-old Monarchos out for a five-furlong workout on Monday. With jockey Jorge Chavez in the saddle, Monarchos had a very easy trial and was clocked in 1:04 1/5 breezing. According to Ward, the colt is right on schedule for his next start, the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) to be run over 1 1/8 miles here on March 10.

Pleasant Breeze Works Way into Gulfstream Park 'Cap

Pleasant Breeze, fourth in the grade I Donn Handicap, worked five furlongs at Payson Park in 1:02 Monday, prompting trainer Jim Bond to announce the horse as a definite starter in the grade I Gulfstream Park Handicap this Saturday. Meanwhile, trainer Ralph Ziadie entered his perennial handicap star Sir Bear in Wednesday's $63,000-added Cryptoclearance Stakes but is still not ruling out the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Contagious Disease Could Impact European Racing

Black smoke from a flaming pyre of livestock carcasses drifted across a busy highway - a grim reminder for passing commuters of the growing toll of Britain's first outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in two decades. More new cases were confirmed Monday. The disease affects only cloven-hoofed animals, but others can carry the virus. Horse racing officials are considering calling a halt to races, as they did during a similar outbreak in 1967.

Latour Edges Favored Gold Mover in Davona Dale

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Latour earned a hard-fought victory over 7-10 favorite Gold Mover after dueling with that rival since leaving the backstretch, notching her third consecutive victory in Sunday's $103,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. Under jockey John Velazquez, the 3-year-old filly stopped the timer in 1:45.51 after 1 1/16 miles on a fast track.

Mr Ross Splashes Home with Essex 'Cap Victory

Mr Ross settled in sixth-place after the opening half mile before launching a wide rally to win the $75,000 Essex Handicap (gr. III) by 1 3/4 lengths on a sloppy track at Oaklawn Park on Saturday. Remington Rock finished second, followed by Maysville Slew, Gatewood, Mister Deville, and Lights On Broadway. Dust On the Bottle dumped rider Tim Doocy after breaking awkwardly from the gate.

Put It Back Earns Best Turn Win

Put It Back led from the start under jockey Noel Wynter and beat Stake Runner by 5 1/2 lengths Saturday in the $75,000 Best Turn Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct. The win was the first in a stakes race for both Put It Back and Wynter.

Lu Ravi Returns Victoriously in Chou Croute

Under jockey Pat Day, 3-5 favorite Lu Ravi made her 2001 debut a winning one, easing away to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Chou Croute Handicap, Saturday at Fair Grounds. The 6-year-old mare completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.17 on a fast track.

California Board Discusses Horse Shortage

With Northern California-based horses being lured to other racing jurisdictions offering higher purses and increased turf racing during the summer, members of the California Horse Racing Board asked racing leaders Friday to outline their efforts to stem the exodus and prevent fields from shrinking to disastrous levels.

Stronach's Daughter Vice Chair at Magna International

Belinda Stronach, the 34-year-old daughter of Magna International chairman Frank Stronach, has been named chief executive officer and vice chairwoman of the company. Magna International reported a 6% decline in fourth-quarter earnings from the year-earlier period. Revenue climbed 6%.

Florida Derby Field Taking Shape; 7-8 Likely Starters

With the final major preview event in the books, the field for Gulfstream Park's $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) on March 10 is starting to take shape. The top three finishers in last week's grade I Fountain of Youth Stakes – Songandaprayer, Outofthebox and City Zip – are expected to top a field of eight or nine in the 50th anniversary running of the Florida Derby, centerpiece of the winter meeting for 3-year-olds.

Youbet Faces De-Listing By NASDAQ

Youbet.com Inc., the online live event and horse racing wagering company, announced Friday that it received notification from The Nasdaq Stock Market that it is not in compliance with the National Market's listing maintenance standard regarding minimum bid prices. This standard requires that the company's common stock maintain a minimum bid price of at least $1.00 per share. In order to comply with this standard, the company's common stock must have a minimum bid price of at least $1.00 for 10 consecutive trading days prior to May 21, 2001.

Louisiana Derby Possible For Millennium Wind

Trainer David Hofmans said he would prefer to stay at Santa Anita and run Millennium Wind in the March 17 San Felipe Stakes but that he's also looking at going east for the $750,000 Louisiana Derby March 11. "A lot depends on the weather," Hofmans said. "We're pointing for the San Felipe but we're keeping all of our options open."

Digital Photo Capability Added to Jockey Club Site

The Jockey Club announced Friday that owners and breeders can now complete the entire Thoroughbred registration process, except for the DNA/blood-typing kit, over the Internet
following the integration of digital photo capabilities into Jockey Club Interactive, the registry's Website. Jockey Club executive vice president and executive director Gary Carpenter called the ability to submit digital photos via Jockey Club Interactive another example of utilizing the latest technology for the benefit of all owners and breeders.

Jorrocks On For Santa Anita Handicap

European import Jorrocks cleared quarantine and arrived at trainer Bob Hess Jr.'s barn Wednesday ready to roll in the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap on March 3. "We bought him specifically to run in this race," said Hess. In other Big 'Cap developments, Horse of the Year Tiznow was among those working Thursday in preparation for the grade I test.

Account Wagering, Tax Reduction Bill Introduced in Arkansas

"Recognizing Oaklawn's significant contributions to tourism and retirement in Arkansas and an increased challenge to compete with race tracks in surrounding states," state senator Terry Smith (D-Hot Springs) filed a two-pronged pari-mutuel bill Thursday in an effort to protect Oaklawn's economic contributions to Arkansas. If passed, Senate Bill 602 would amend the state privilege tax rate on pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing, while also authorizing Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis to conduct account wagering.

Caressing, Golden Ballet Head Oaks Nominations

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Caressing, the Eclipse Award winner as the champion 2-year-old filly of 2000, and rising California-based star Golden Ballet head a roster of 167 fillies nominated to the 127th running of the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks. The total number of fillies nominated to the Oaks is highest since 1989, when 181 fillies were nominated, and the eighth largest total in the history of the race. An Oaks record 191 fillies were nominated in 1986 and 1987 and 158 were nominated last year.

Sam Houston Holds Internet Handicapping Contest

As a special promotion for Saturday's Connally Breeders' Cup Turf card, Sam Houston Race Park will debut the Connally Breeders' Cup Online Handicapping Contest. The contest is open to all racing fans, 21-years of age or older, with a total of $1,000 in prizes to the top four finishers. There is no entry fee for the Connally Breeders' Cup Online Handicapping Contest.

Internet Gaming Opponent Optimistic of Bill's Chances

A Republican Congressman who will re-introduce legislation to ban gambling over the Internet is optimistic of the bill's chances as a result of last fall's presidential election. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he the legislation should get favorable treatment by the Bush administration.

Gilded Time Heads 2001 Sire List

The race for leading sire of 2001 has begun, and the leader so far is Gilded Time. The 11-year-old stallion is represented by the earners of $614,886 through Feb. 17, and his runners include graded stakes winners Early Flyer and Lasersport. The two 3-year-olds battled it out in the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) and San Miguel Stakes (gr. III), with Early Flyer defeating Lasersport in the San Vicente and Lasersport taking the better of Early Flyer in the San Miguel. Gilded Time (Timeless Moment -- Gilded Lily, by What a Pleasure) stands at Tom Simon's Vinery Kentucky near Lexington.

NTRA, Breeders' Cup Announce Organizational Structure

With their joint operating agreement having been in place since Jan. 1, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup have announced organizational structures in regard to personnel. There are some changes in the laundry list of names and titles.

Tiznow, Others On Track For Big 'Cap

With the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap only 11 days away, a star-studded field is rounding into shape, with Horse of the Year Tiznow, Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes runner-up Aptitude and turf star Bienamado all likely to make the starting gate for the 64th running of the 1 1/4-mile event. Also scheduled for Big 'Cap day is the $400,000 Kilroe Mile on the Camino Real turf course for older horses while Santa Anita Derby hopefuls will traverse two turns in the one-mile, $200,000 San Rafael Stakes.

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