The fields are set for the four $100,000 stakes races to be run on Saturday's Grand Slam I program at Calder Race Course -- the biggest afternoon of racing on the national calendar that day.
Zibilene, a half-sister to 1994 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Barathea, sold for 1.5 million guineas (approximately $2,239,178) to top the third session of the Tattersalls December mare sales in England. The price was the third highest ever for a mare sold in England.
The deal between William T. Young's Overbrook Farm and the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders Association for the sale of Overbrook's first-crop stallion Boston Harbor has been completed.
In the aftermath of Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit, it was all about time and money. Participants said they wouldn't have much more to say until the official minutes of the meeting are released, and that the success of any proposal hinges on a funding mechanism.
The racing industry's quest for uniformity in medication and drug testing continued Wednesday with a lively panel discussion on the issue at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing in Tucson. Meanwhile, the jury is out as to whether there will be considerable change in Kentucky, a major racing state where officials appear split on the issue.
Coolmore Stud's John Magnier has reportedly called for Breeders' Cup Ltd. to stage its World Thoroughbred Championship Day races in Europe in alternate years.
Doug Atkins, racetrack executive, Thoroughbred owner, trainer, and breeder, died at his home in Solana Beach, Calif. home after a lengthy battlle with cancer on Nov. 29. He was 76.
Before the early (and we stress early) list of classic hopefuls gets too long, we're going to sort out the growing number of promising 2-year-olds and take a crack at where they might fit in the 2002 Kentucky Derby picture. We're sure there will be omissions, but this at least will provide an idea who might be some of the major players next spring. Horses are listed in alphabetical order:
Hoosier Park broke a record for all-sources handle during its 70-day meet that ended Dec. 3, but also reported declines in on-track handle, attendance, purses, and starters per race.
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