Headlines for Wednesday, August 8, 2001

  • Dollar Bill gets new jockey for Travers.

    Chavez to Ride Dollar Bill in Travers

    Trainer Dallas Stewart said Wednesday night that Jorge Chavez will replace Pat Day aboard Dollar Bill in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes. Day, meanwhile, picked up the mount on Stonerside Stable's This Fleet is Due, who finished a fast-closing fourth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the $1.5 Million Haskell Invitational Handicap.

  • Saudi Poetry's brother, sold for $3.3 million Wednesday night.

    Saratoga Sale on Record Pace; Saudi Poetry's Full Brother Brings $3.3 Million

    Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga yearling sale is on pace to break last year's all-time record average price of $305,847, defying the conventional wisdom that many observers took into this year's start of the yearling sale season in July. Wednesday's numbers were up 70% from the second night session's gross in 2000, the average was up 56%, and the median 29%.

  • Swan Named Acting Chairman of Jockey's Guild

    Quarter Horse jockey Tomey Jean Swan was named acting chairman of the board for the Jockeys' Guild Wednesday. Pat Day resigned as president of the organization June 21 after a contentious board meeting in which Matrix Capital Association was hired to manage the group's affairs. When Matrix was hired, the executive committee of the Guild fired all six staff members including national manager John Giovanni and all six regional managers (two were later rehired).

  • NYRA to Support VLT Legislation; Schwartz Rips Stronach

    At a press conference at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, New York Racing Association chairman Barry Schwartz announced that the board of trustees of the NYRA agreed to support the introduction of video lottery terminals at Aqueduct and Belmont Park under conditions that would further the racing industry in New York State.

  • Six Appear Set for La Jolla

    A field of six, including a pair of uncoupled runners from the Bobby Frankel barn, might go postward for Saturday's grade III, $150,000 La Jolla Handicap for 3-year-olds.

  • NYRA: VLTs OK at Aqueduct and Belmont

    The New York Racing Association board of trustees on Wednesday announced it would support the introduction of video lottery terminals at Aqueduct and Belmont Park under conditions that would "further the racing industry in New York state." Saratoga, located in upstate New York, is not in the mix.

  • Colonial Downs Figures Up

    Colonial Downs showed increases in attendance and handle for its first ever summer Thoroughbred meet that ended Tuesday.

  • Swan Named Acting Chairman of Jockeys' Guild

    Tomey Jean Swan, a pioneer in the Quarter Horse industry, has been named acting chairman of the board of The Jockeys' Guild, which currently is undergoing a major reorganization. She was elected unanimously by the guild's executive committee, according to a prepared statement.

  • Grade I Winner Dreams Gallore Retired

    Gary Tanaka's Dreams Gallore, whose big win came in the 1999 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing because of an ankle chip. The 5-year-old mare ran unplaced in the July 29 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga in her final start.

  • Report: Stronach Wouldn't Mind Owning NYRA

    Less than a week after Magna Entertainment was tapped as the winning bidder for New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., the company's chairman, Frank Stronach, said he would like to add the New York Racing Association franchise to his portfolio.

  • Bertram Linder with one of his foals

    Bert Linder: Leading Man at Saratoga Sales

    If you look hard enough you can probably see a set of footprints embedded in the ground outside Barn 5 North at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga sale complex. Those footprints belong to Bertram Linder, who for 43 consecutive years pounded his beat in front of that barn, selling not only yearlings, but a part of his very being.

  • Laurel-at-Pimlico Meet Opens Today

    After a four-week break for the Colonial Downs' meet in Virginia, Thoroughbred racing returns to Maryland for a two-week summer meeting at Pimlico that was originally scheduled for Laurel.