Articles posted January 17, 2002

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New Hampshire Gambling Fight Turns Ugly

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Edward Callahan, vice-president and general manager of Rockingham Park, is demanding a formal public apology from New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial candidate Gordon Humphrey over remarks made during a public hearing of the Ways and Means Committee of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The committee conducted a public hearing Jan. 15 on four bills to expand gambling.

Rock and Roll to Stud in New York

Rock and Roll, who owns the highest Beyer Speed Figure for 3-year-olds of 1998, will enter stud at Michael and Debra Lischin's Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, N.Y.

Derby Winner Monarchos Makes 2002 Debut Saturday

John C. Oxley's Monarchos, who capped a strong winter-spring campaign with victories in the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) last year, makes his 4-year-old debut here Saturday as he preps for Gulfstream Park's $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Feb. 9.

Seven 3-Year-Olds Compete in Holy Bull

Harlan's Holiday and Nokoma lead the seven-horse field entering Saturday's Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/16- mile Holy Bull is a major prep for the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. 1) on March 16. In the past four seasons, Hal's Hope (2000) and Cape Town (1998) have used the event as a springboard to victory in the Florida Derby.

Godolphin Trio Upset in Maktoum Challenge

Skoozi, a 6-year-old bred in New Zealand, overtook China Visit in deep stretch to post a nose victory over China Visit in the first round of the Maktoum Challenge (UAE-III) Thursday at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. Royal Tryst, a U.S.-bred son of Kingmambo, finished third.

Positive Momentum as Oaklawn Meet Opens

It may be the last major winter meet to get underway, but it won't be the least on a number of fronts. Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., is looking forward to a strong 2002 season because of higher purses, an increase in on-track business, and plenty of interest by horsemen.

Trio Works Toward Mac Diarmida

Pleasant Divorce, Halo's Stride, and Two Point Two Mill were all on the Gulfstream Park track prepping for Sunday's $100,000 Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. IIIT), covering 1 3/8 miles over the turf course.

Kiss A Native Pointed Toward Donn

John Franks homebred' Kiss A Native breezed five furlongs in 1:03 Wednesday morning at Calder Race Course in preparation for his upcoming engagement in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 9. Prior to Wednesday's work, Kiss A Native breezed five furlongs last Friday in 1:02 4/5.

One Mare Sold During Keeneland Internet Sale

One mare sold for $10,400 during Keeneland's online auction for horses that did not meet their reserve during the January mixed sale. Stakes winner Crafty Ember, a 15-year-old daughter of Crafty Prospecter, was purchased by Weather Hill, agent, from Lantern Hill Farm, agent. She sold in foal to Catrail.

Former Trainer Ron Gallion Sr. Dies

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Ron Gallion Sr., who trained on the Southern Ohio/ West Virginia/ Northern Kentucky circuit during the 1970s and 80's, passed away after a brief illness in Dayton, Ohio, last week.

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