Headlines for Friday, March 23, 2001

  • Fair Grounds to Launch Internet Wagering

    Fair Grounds on Saturday joined the ranks of U.S. racetracks offering its own Internet wagering system. The New Orleans track will introduce Net Bet, an integrated Internet and telephone account wagering service. Net Bet will provide real time odds, full race programs, web casts of live races, archived race replays, and online betting.

  • New Zealand mare Sunline, working at Nad al Sheba Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's Dubai Duty Free.

    Sunline Seeks New Earnings Mark in Duty Free

    New Zealand racemare Sunline could become the first Australasian horse to reach the elusive AUS$10-million earnings mark with a victory in Saturday's $US2-million (AUS$4.09 million) Dubai Duty Free, a turf race on the Dubai World Cup card at Nad al Sheba racecourse in the United Arab Emirates. A victory would be worth US$1.2-million (AUS$2.45 million).

  • TVG Targeted for Two More States

    A deal between TV Games Network's parent company and Comcast, the nation's third leading cable operator, will put the horse racing network in two more states before September.

  • Portland Meadows Changes Operators

    Real estate developer Tom Moyer bought the operating rights for Portland Meadows, Oregon's largest racetrack. The change, however, does not bring much stability to the state's Thoroughbred racing industry.

  • Godolphin Racing's Street Cry will prep for the Kentucky Derby in Saturday's UAE Derby that is part of the Dubai World Cup card.

    Stage Set For World Cup; Street Cry in Derby Prep

    Mike Pegram's Captain Steve and Godolphin's Best of the Bests, co-favorites at 7-4 for Saturday's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with British bookmaker William Hill, will break from the starting gate alongside each other in post-positions 11 and 10 respectively as a dozen international runners face the starter for the $6 million pot, richest in racing with $3.6 million earmarked for the winner. Also competing in the 1 1/4-mile test is Bobby Frankel-trained Aptitude.