Headlines for Wednesday, April 18, 2001

  • Fillies Turn In Fast Works in Ocala

    Stormy Kris, a daughter of Whitney Tower, turned in the fastest eighth-mile work Wednesday during the first under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April auction of 2-year-olds in training. Consigned by Rising Hill Farm, agent, Stormy Kris covered the distance in 10 :2/5 seconds. The filly was produced from the 11-year-old Kris S mare Surely Kris.

  • TVG's "The Works" Return

    TVG today announced its broadcast schedule of live events from Churchill Downs surrounding the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), highlighted by "The Works."

  • New York, California Still Tops in Handle

    Total pari-mutuel handle in the United States crept up 0.7% to $18.16 billion in 1999, according to the latest statistical information released by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Handle on horse races was up 1.7% from 1998, while Greyhound and jai alai handle fell 4.8% and 11.6%, respectively.

  • Strebel Elected President of NAPRA

    Sherry Strebel of the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission was elected president at the North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association's (NAPRA) Spring business meeting held in Orange Beach, Ala.

  • Lucky Tec off Queen's Plate Trail

    Lucky Tec, 20-1 and ninth choice in the Queen's Plate winter book, was injured and knocked off the trail to the 142nd Queen's Plate after suffering an injury in training on Wednesday morning.

  • Steve Haskin

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Picture Still Confusing

    Now that this past weekend's preps have had time to sink in, is the Derby picture more or less clear than it was last week? Although only five strong horses emerged – Congaree, Monarchos, Millennium Wind, Balto Star, and Jamaican Rum – the opinion here is that the Derby picture still is very confusing, based on the number of horses trying to buck history.

  • Hawthorne: Reduced Takeout Rates and Turf Racing

    Hawthorne Race Course, which carried the Thoroughbred sport in the Chicago-area during a two-year dark period at Arlington Park in the late 1990s, will open May 1 for the first of two meets and feature reduced takeout rates on wagers. The meet will mark the return of grass to the Chicago racing calendar.

  • New York Horsemen Back Push for Takeout Reduction

    Richard Bomze, president of the New York THA, said Wednesday the organization that represents horsemen at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga met the week of April 9 and decided to support the plan pushed by NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz.

  • KTOB Announces Kentucky-bred Champions

    The board of directors of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders announced their Kentucky-bred champions and other award winners Wednesday morning. The winning connections will be honored at their annual luncheon April 25 at Keeneland.

  • Champion 2-year-old male Macho Uno is one of two Breeders' Cup winners produced from Broodmare of the Year Primal Force.

    Primal Force Named 2000 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year

    Primal Force, the only mare to produce two Breeders' Cup winners, has been named Kentucky Broodmare of the Year for 2000 by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. Owned by Frank Stronach, Primal Force produced homebred Breeders' Cup winners Awesome Again and Macho Uno. The latter was named best 2-year-old male of 2000 by the organization.

  • Sam Houston Offers Unique Derby Challenge

    Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, Texas will offer a unique challenge to on-track handicappers for the May 5 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) -- select the correct order of finish of all the runners and win $1 million.

  • Japan Racing Report: Agnes Tachyon is Popular Winner

    The first jewel of Japan's Triple Crown went to the fans' No. 1 choice, as Agnes Tachyon took the Satsukisho (Jpn-I) by 1 1/2 lengths April 15 at Nakayama Race Course. Agnes Tachyon (Sunday Silence--Agnes Flower, by Royal Ski) clocked 2:00.30 over the 2,000 meters of very firm turf, netting ¥97 million ($781,313 U.S.) for owner Takao Watanabe. Dantsu Flame (Brian's Time--Inter Pyrenee, by Sanquirico) crossed the line in second place, easily holding off Jungle Pocket (Tony Bin--Dance Charmer, by Nureyev).