Articles posted January 18, 2002

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Lido Palace Headed to Donn Handicap

Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, a staple in Southern California but a rarity in South Florida, plans on saddling Jerome and John W. Amerman's Lido Palace in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park. In other news, Mr. Pleasantfar is passing on the Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. III) to tackle instead the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I)

Sheikh Mohammed Honored With Special Eclipse Award

"In recognition of his extraordinary contributions and accomplishments in both racing and philanthropy," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been selected to receive a Special Eclipse Award, according to an announcement Friday from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Grade II Winner Comeonmom Will Stand in New York

Comeonmom, winner of the1998 Remsen Stakes (gr. II), will stand the 2002 breeding season at Linda Reading's Reading Farm in West Falls, N. Y. The six-year-old son of Jolie's Halo -- Single Blade, by Hatchet Man, is scheduled to arrive Feb. 20 at the farm. His fee will be $2,000 live foal.

TV Distribution Still Unclear for California Tracks

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With the California Horse Racing Board only days from ruling on four applications for license to conduct advance deposit wagering, it isn't clear where three of the state's major tracks -- Santa Anita Park, Bay Meadows, and Golden Gate Fields -- are going to have their races televised.

Former Regulator to Head New York Program

An upstate New York law school is beginning a new center to study racing and wagering issues, and officials hope it will be in the forefront of tackling various policy issues. The Albany Law School has hired Bennett Liebman, a former state racing and wagering board member, to head its new Program on Racing and Wagering.

Placentitis-Causing Bacterium Gets Name

Each year throughout the United States, mares lose their pregnancies due to placentitis or an infection in the placenta. Placentitis causes lesions in the placenta, which provides nourishment from the mare to the fetus. When that nourishment is disrupted, the fetus might be compromised, or die.

English Stallion Unfuwain Dead

Unfuwain, a French champion and English group II winner whose major winners at stud included Alhaarth, Petrushka, and 2001 star Lailani, died Jan. 16 as a result of a neurological condition that developed at the end of the previous week.

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