Headlines for Friday, March 9, 2001

  • Point Given Works Seven Furlongs as Prep for San Felipe

    Leading Kentucky Derby (gr. I) candidate Point Given worked seven furlongs at 1:24 4/5 at Santa Anita on Friday just before the first race. "I clocked him 1:23 3/5, going out a mile in 1:37 3/5," said trainer Bob Baffert. Dana Barnes was aboard the son of Thunder Gulch, who is pointing for the March 17 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).

  • Gary Stevens, who will ride Aptitude in the Dubai World Cup.

    Captain Steve, Aptitude Have World Cup Preps; Frankel Names Stevens

    Mike Pegram's Captain Steve and Juddmonte Farms' Aptitude, America's two entries in the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on March 24, each worked in Southern California on Friday, one day before they are scheduled to leave on their long journey to the desert nation. Also on Friday, trainer Robert Frankel indicated that Gary Stevens will ride Aptitude for the first time in the World Cup.

  • Nine Entered for Louisiana Derby

    A field of nine 3-year-olds was entered Friday at Fair Grounds for the track's Louisiana Derby. The 11/6-mile race will be run Sunday and has a 4:10 post time (Central time).

  • Japanese Racing Suffers Business Declines Again in 2000

    Like its ailing economy, racing in Japan is slumping. The Japan Racing Association reported a third consecutive year of declines in 2000 in both on-track attendance and total handle. With government-sanctioned wagering on soccer set to begin in Japan this year, 2001 promises to be a major challenge for the JRA.

  • Cheltenham to Retake Entries for Postponed Festival

    Britain's Cheltenham Racecourse announced Friday that discussions were taking place between course officials and "all interested parties regarding the availability of dates for the rescheduled National Hunt Festival." Cheltenham further requested ticket holders to retain their tickets until the Festival dates are announced, at which time "they will then have the option of attending on the same day of the week or applying for a full refund."

  • TVG Generates nearly $2 million for Kentucky Racing

    Account wagering by TV Games Network subscribers generated an additional $440,000 in source-market fees for Kentucky horsemen and racetracks since October. The money, distributed this week, raises the total fees generated by the horse racing network to $1.95 million since September 1999.

  • Zippy Chippy's Next Battle to be Against Pacer

    Zippy Chippy, the maiden who recently lost his 89th race at Penn National Race Course, will go up against a Standardbred pacer on March 17 at Freehold Raceway, a New Jersey harness track. Last year, Zippy Chippy lost a match race with a minor-league baseball player.

  • Account-Bet Provisions Stripped From Arkansas Bill

    Legislation that would grant Oaklawn Park a reduction in its pari-mutuel excise tax is back in the Arkansas Senate's Committee on Revenue and Tax after having failed to pass the Senate Thursday. The bill has already been amended to strike out language that would authorize Oaklawn and Southland Greyhound Park to engage in account wagering.