Headlines for Thursday, June 14, 2001

  • Dubai World Cup winner Captain Steve returns Saturday in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.

    Captain Steve and Unshaded Top Stephen Foster Field

    Captain Steve and Unshaded head a strong field of eight older horses in Saturday's $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile race highlights a card offering total purses of $1.3 million.

  • Secret Status and Saudi Poetry Hook Up In Fleur de Lis Handicap

    Secret Status and Saudi Poetry will continue their rivalry in Saturday's 27th running of the $300,000-added, Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The pair last tangled in the grade II Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap on Kentucky Oaks Day 2001, where Saudi Poetry pulled the upset and Secret Status finished two lengths back in sixth.

  • La Vida Loca Looks To Keep American Record Perfect in Regret

    La Vida Loca, an Irish import who is unbeaten in three starts since her arrival in the United States, will attempt to keep that streak intact Saturday when she faces seven rivals in the 32nd running of the $150,000-added, grade III Regret Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Churchill Downs.

  • Trio of Triple Crown Runners To Meet in Northern Dancer

    Three veterans of the Visa Triple Crown trail -- Meetyouathebrig, Scorpion, and Percy Hope -- will try to build momentum for the second half of their 3-year-old campaigns as they head a field of 10 horses entered in Saturday's $100,000-added Northern Dancer Handicap at Churchill Downs.

  • Belmont TV Ratings Up 61%

    The final television ratings for the Belmont Stakes rose 61 percent to a 4.5 and 13 percent market share. The combined ratings for the Triple Crown rose 49 percent to a 6.1 rating and a 17 percent market share.

  • Owner Jim Mayer Dead

    Owner Jim Mayer, who won four stakes with his filly Asher, died June 12 of an apparent heart attack in Houston.

  • Hawthorne Spring Meet Ends With Strong Numbers

    The numbers have been released and they speak for themselves in the success of Hawthorne Spring racing meet. Through the introduction of the $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 and more importantly, the lowered take-out on all wagers, Hawthorne showed a gain in handle and excelled on all three Triple Crown days.

  • With stallion Old Trieste in the foreground, Kentucky state Rep. Carolyn Belcher, left, and state Sen. Joey Pendleton, center, listen to Jonabell Farm president Jimmy Bell, right.

    Kentucky Legislators Tour Affected Farms

    As Central Kentucky breeders and owners prepare for the "ripple effect" from mare reproductive loss syndrome, Kentucky legislators are in the process of gathering information to assess the damage. Meanwhile, a state equine emergency management plan is in the works.

  • Youbet.com Predicts Profitability by 2002

    Youbet.com, an online horse racing and wagering site that has burned through more than $64 million since 1998, expects to begin turning a profit in 2002. The company also expects to have more than 20,000 subscribers by the end of the year.

  • Big Jag On Road To Recovery

    Millionaire sprinter Big Jag remains in the Dubai Equine Clinic following a March training accident that left the gelding with a fractured left sesamoid. Big Jag was in Dubai preparing for the Dubai Golden Shaheen, a race he won in 2000, when the career ending injury occurred.

  • Highland Legacy in Final Plate Move

    Highland Legacy, Canada's champion 2-year-old colt of 2000 prepped for the June 24 Queen's Plate with a five furlong workout Thursday morning over Woodbine's fast main track in 1:01 1/5 handily, galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 3/5.

  • Highland Legacy in Final Plate Move

    Highland Legacy, Canada's champion 2-year-old colt of 2000 prepped for the June 24 Queen's Plate with a five furlong workout Thursday morning over Woodbine's fast main track in 1:01 1/5 handily, galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 3/5.

  • Gold Nugget Seeks Dallas Turf Cup Repeat

    Leland Cook's Gold Nugget will face stiff competition from horses trained by two Hall of Famers when he seeks a repeat victory in Saturday's $300,000 Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star Park.

  • Radio/television personality Don Imus.

    On Heels of Triple Crown Success, Imus and Francesa Eye Breeders' Cup Bets

    WFAN radio sports personality Mike Francesa said on Thursday's syndicated "Imus in the Morning" show that the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has offered Francesa $80,000 in charity wagers for the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup--$10,000 for each of the eight championship races -- similar to the promotion that the NTRA worked out with Imus and Francesa for the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

  • Gold Case's First Winner

    Undefeated stakes winner Gold Case was represented by his first winner June 13 when Glenbriar Girl won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Arlington Park.

  • Petrushka, retired after injuring a tendon.

    Champion Petrushka Retired Due to Tendon Injury

    Petrushka, the 2000 champion 3-year-old filly in England and Ireland, has been retired after suffering a strain to her right fore tendon while finishing fifth in the Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I) at Epsom last Friday, June 8.