The National Thoroughbred Racing Association unveiled its spring 2002 television schedule for Thoroughbred racing and outlined the full complement of programming planned for next year.
Florida's Calder Race Course will again close the National Steeplechase Association season, with two races carded as part of Sunday's racing program. The jumpers will compete in a $25,000 allowance hurdle and the $50,000 Tropical Park Steeplechase Stakes (NSA-III).
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited have announced that John Deere will have entitlement rights to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf, its was announced Friday. The Turf is one of eight races that comprise the $13 million Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. John Deere, the NTRA's official supplier of farm equipment, was the presenting sponsor of the 2001 edition of the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Mark Wilson, president and CEO of TVG, has issued a lengthy statement in response to widely-reported comments made by Jim McAlpine, President and CEO of Magna Entertainment Corporation, at the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program's "Symposium on Racing."
The Thoroughbred Racing Association's (TRA) board of directors elected several new directors Thursday at its regular board meeting in Tucson.
Xtra Heat, who would have been heavily favored in Saturday's Garland of Roses Handicap at Aqueduct, will not run after coming down with a cough Friday morning, trainer John Salzman said from his barn at Laurel.
Louisiana's favorite daughter, Hallowed Dreams, faces a field of 10 boys and one other filly in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Saturday. Winner of the A.B. Leggio Memorial Handicap just one week ago, Hallowed Dreams will carry 120 pounds, including regular rider Sylvester Carmouche.
Seven-year-old Roll Again, a full brother to grade II winner and promising young sire Lord Carson, will begin his stallion career at R.B. and Debby McCutchen's McCutchen Training Center near Kingstree, S.C.
Excerpt for week of December 8.
Excerpt for week of December 8.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors approved a $60-million operating budget for 2002, and officially chose Sam Houston Race Park in Texas to serve as host site of the first Great State Challenge late next year.
Centurian, a 4-year-old gelding by Flying Spur, brought the top price of $40,000 (Australian) at William Inglis & Son's December mixed sale in Melbourne, Australia on Friday. Magic Millions Adelaide purchased Centurian from a dispersal of horses owned by Group One Racing Club. Produced from the Noalcoholic mare Eccentricity, Centurian has won two of his 18 career races.
Jockey Russell Baze captured his 400th victory of the year Thursday, marking the ninth time he has reached that milestone. To put the achievement in perspective, no other rider has won 400 races more than three times in a career. Baze received a Special Eclipse Award after the fourth time he reached 400, in 1995.
After a pair of impressive runs against the boys, the hickory tough Xtra Heat should be happy enough to face only members of her own sex Saturday in the $75,000 Garland of Roses Handicap at Aqueduct. The six-furlong sprint is the first stakes race of the New York track's inner track winter season.
Fourteen-year-old Polar Falcon, French champion sprinter and sire of several group I winners, was euthanized Dec. 5 at a Newmarket clinic following a recent illness thought to be caused by a lung tumor.
- By Tom LaMarra
Tony Chamblin, who resigned earlier this year as president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, has filed lawsuits against two racing commissioners.
A man and a woman were found dead at Camac Thoroughbred Horse Farm, owned by trainer Robert Camac, in rural Salem County, N. J. early Thursday, and while State Police haven't positively identified the bodies, a spokesman for the Salem County prosecutor's office said that both victims lived there, and were found on the rear porch of the farmhouse. Camac, 61, didn't show up at Barn 13 at Philadelphia Park Thursday, leading to strong speculation that the two victims were indeed he and his wife, Maryann.
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