A field of 12 has signed on for the $200,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II), the second leg of the Strub Series for foals of 1998. Western Pride is the 122-pound highweight for the 1 1/16-mile main track event. Western Pride also garnered the highest weight allocation of the 12 entered here by Globeform's ranking of last year's 3-year-olds.
Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Yougottawanna, who upset Officer in the restricted California Cup Juvenile Stakes, will attempt to rebound from a sixth-place finish in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) when he faces five rivals in Saturday's $125,000 Golden Gate Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
Churchill Downs stepped up its political contributions to Kentucky legislators in recent months, sending checks totaling nearly $50,000 to lawmakers in the three months leading up to the 2002 General Assembly, according to a published report in the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Willmott Stables' Stephentown, an impressive allowance winner at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday, will take a major step up in class when he makes his next appearance in the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 16.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International has developed a model rule that could make a proposed Breeders' Cup future wager an annual event and expand early wagering on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
In a year without a lot of clear-cut favorites, Point Given is the lone unanimous choice in 2001 Eclipse Award balloting. The dual classic winner received top honors as champion 3-year-old male and is a finalist, along with Tiznow and Johannesburg, for Horse of the Year honors. Finalists in each of the Eclipse categories were announced Thursday.
Zonk has never won in New York, but that could change in Saturday's oversubscribed grade III Affectionately Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles at Aqueduct.
Total wagering at the racetracks of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority -- Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands -- exceeded $1.5 billion in 2001.
Churchill Downs and officials with the city of Louisville, Ky. have requested help from the federal government in dealing with security for the May 4 Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks, and the Pegasus Parade that is staged Derby week.
A total of 205 juveniles has been cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's February select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. The number is down from 2001, when 217 were catalogued. This year's auction is scheduled for Feb. 5. Under tack shows will be held Monday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Feb. 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EST).
The 2002 Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale in Australia got off to a promising start on Thursday.
The betting public will receive larger payoffs when wagering at Woodbine. The Toronto-area track is reducing takeout by 1% for exactor and daily double wagers on foreign race betting.
- By Ray Paulick
Talks between Magna Entertainment and the TV Games Network are over, according to TVG president Mark Wilson, who has been negotiating with Magna chief executive officer James McAlpine in hopes of striking a deal to bring Santa Anita, Gulfstream Park, and other Magna tracks to TVG's racing and wagering network.
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