Headlines for Wednesday, May 23, 2001

  • Youbet Notches Record Week

    Youbet.com just completed its busiest week ever. The Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and a handicapping contest held in conjunction with the <i>Daily Racing Form</i> attracted $2.6 million in online wagers for the week ending May 19.

  • 27 Still Aiming for Epsom Derby

    Twenty-seven horses passed the second forfeit stage today for the June 9 Epsom Derby (Eng-I), the same day as the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). A supplementary entry stage has a deadline of June 2.

  • This insect is now leading suspect in cause of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.

    Researchers Shift Attention to Eastern Tent Caterpillar

    Discussions of results obtained to date by several scientists and consultants working on the investigation into the cause of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) on Monday have caused the investigation to shift to a more thorough examination of the potential role of the Eastern Tent Caterpillar (ETC) in MRLS.

  • Tuesday May Have Been Hialeah's Swan Song

    The doors closed Tuesday on Hialeah Park's 75th -- and possibly its last – live racing meet. With legislation set to take effect on June 30 that discontinues the historic track's exclusive hold on spring racing dates, even the normally optimistic chairman of the board John J. Brunetti was forced to admit the likelihood that Hialeah has hosted its last live race. "By now you have heard that Hialeah Park will probably end its racing career with our last racing day, May 22," he wrote in an open letter printed in the track program, "This is sad, but true."