Headlines for Monday, March 19, 2001

  • Australia Import Ban To Change Tuesday

    The Australia import ban on horses from England and Ireland, put in place last week because of the foot and mouth disease outbreak, may soon be lifted, the Australian Associated Press reported Monday.

  • Saint Damien Scores In OBS Championship Stakes

    Trainer Kenny McPeek was dreaming of a Triple Crown campaign after Saint Damien fought off a late bid from Saved by the Sword to win the colts and geldings division of the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes. In a steady rain Monday in Ocala, Fla., the 3-year-old son of Saint Ballado -- Wife Begone completed the 1 1/16 miles in the slop in 1:47 3/5. The winning rider was Edgar Prado.

  • Capote Belle's First Foal

    Grade I winner Capote Belle produced her first foal, a Storm Cat filly, March 17 for owners Robert and Lawana Low at Mr. and Mrs. Craig Bandoroff's Denali Stud near Paris, Ky.

  • Pacific Classic Returns to ESPN

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's premier event -- the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic -- once again will be televised by ESPN when it is presented for the 11th time at the shore track on Sunday, August 19.

  • TRA, HTA Pursue 'Structured Relationship'

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America, two trade associations already linked through the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, are pursuing a "structured relationship" that would allow them to share information and work on joint projects. The relationship -- not a merger, officials said -- has been discussed at recent TRA and HTA conventions.

  • Monarchos, tops on Steve Haskin's top Kentucky Derby contenders list, winning the Florida Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Top 20 -- March 19

    Steve Haskin, the award-winning turf writer and senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse, updates his top Kentucky Derby contenders weekly. During his 29 years with the Daily Racing Form, Haskin became known for his insightful coverage of the Triple Crown races. Haskin won the Red Smith Award for Kentucky Derby writing in 1997, 1999, and 2000.and received the David Woods Award for best Preakness story in 1997. In 1999, he co-authored "Baffert: Dirt Road to the Derby" with trainer Bob Baffert and wrote the book, "Dr. Fager" for Eclipse Press'"Thoroughbred Legends" series in 2000.

  • Point Given, in his "eye-catching" San Felipe win.

    Haskin's March 19 Derby Report: Stars Shine as Clouds Lift

    Just over a week ago, the clouds over the Derby trail were so thick, everyone was fumbling along in the dark, trying to get even the slightest glimpse of the Twin Spires. Now, all of the sudden, the clouds have lifted and the stars are shining brightly. First <b>Monarchos</b> lit up the sky in the Florida Derby. And at Santa Anita this past Saturday, two more stars emerged, as visible against the night sky as the top of Bob Baffert's head.

  • Queen Expresses Concern Over Racing's Return Despite Disease

    The <i>Mail On Sunday</i>newspaper in Britain reported the Queen, who owns and breeds horses and has her own racecourse, Ascot, thinks that the sport should be suspended while the foot and mouth outbreak continues. The British Horseracing Board confirmed that the Queen has expressed her concern. Tristram Ricketts, secretary general of the BHB, said: "Last week Her Majesty the Queen expressed her concern that racing should consider its response to the foot and mouth outbreak very carefully, but has not asked for horseracing to stop.