Headlines for Tuesday, January 15, 2002

  • Stephen Got Even, the Donn Handicap winner and now a stallion at Lane's End Farm.

    Hilbert Dispersal, Announced Monday, Now Cancelled

    One day after it was announced, the dispersal of 25 horses owned by Stephen and Tomisue Hilbert has been cancelled because of "unforeseen timing complications," according to William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm, which was in charge of preparing the horses for sale.

  • Keeneland Sets $3.65M Spring Stakes Slate

    Nineteen stakes worth $3.65 million will be offered during Keeneland's 16-day spring meet from April 5-26. Anchoring the rich stakes program are two grade I races -- the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass for 3-year-olds and the $500,000 Ashland Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Charlie Ross, one of Secretariat's grooms at Meadow Farm.

    Secretariat's Old Grooms Still Remember

    In the spring of 1969, a magical seed was planted in the equine garden known as The Meadow, located in Caroline County, Va., just north of Richmond. From that seed the following spring would sprout a legendary creature who would one day transcend the Sport of Kings and forever alter the course of racing history.

  • Desert Stormer topped the Keeneland January sale.

    Feel Good Story of the Year: Keeneland January Sale

    Are you tired of reading stories about mare reproductive loss syndrome? Do you wish all the reports about Osama bin Laden, the war in Afghanistan, and the struggling economy would just go away? Here, finally, is some good news: Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale turned in a performance that was better than expected.

  • Worldly Victor is First Stakes Winner For Sire

    Worldly Victor, a 21-1 longshot, came from far back under Pat Day to win the $73,000 Dave Feldman Stakes on Monday at Gulfstream Park. With the win, Worldly Victor became the first stakes winner for his sire, World Stage, a son of Sadler's Wells.

  • Suzi Shoemaker: "People overestimate how much they should pay."

    Fee Follies: Breeding at the Right Level

    The late John M.S. Finney once compared the science of Thoroughbred breeding with Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. "Where E represents equine investment," Finney said, "M represents money, and C represents confusion--E equals MC squared."

  • Jockey Gerard Melancon.

    Crackdown: Rider Gerard Melancon Wins Race Against Addiction

    Addiction to crack cocaine can cost you your job, your family, and sometimes your life. Just ask jockey Gerard Melancon, who came close to losing the whole package. Melancon, currently vying for the top spot among riders at Fair Grounds, tumbled as far as a man can fall since his heady days of early stardom nearly 20 years ago.

  • Merci Monsieur

    <i>By Pierre Bellocq</i> -- John D. Schapiro's constant encouragement, his belief in my artistry, and his shared enthusiasm in the development of amateur sport in America have been important factors in my determination.

  • Ray Paulick &lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    The Endless Fight

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- TVG isn't the only one getting hurt by the impasse with Magna over account wagering in California.

  • Maria's Mon Colt Tops First Session Of OBS Mixed Sale

    A yearling colt by Maria's Mon, sire of 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos, brought $160,000 on Monday to top the consignor preferred session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's winter mixed sale in Central Florida. Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey bought the dark bay or brown colt out of the winning Farma Way mare Cowgirl.. He was consigned by Nancy Bauman, agent for Bob Seeger.