Headlines for Wednesday, January 2, 2002

  • Seinne Makes Surface Switch for Saturday's San Pasqual

    Nelson Bunker Hunt's Seinne will attempt to become the fourth surface switching stakes winner of the young Santa Anita meet when trainer Ron McAnally sends out the Chilean-bred in Saturday's $200,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. III).

  • Johannesburg, winning the 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

    Johannesburg Rings in New Year Favored for Two Classics

    Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Johannesburg begins 2002 as the future-book favorite for both the Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) and the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Both races will be run on May 4.

  • Federal Trial to Justaplain Farm

    Federal Trial, a graded stakes winner on turf, has been retired and will stand in 2002 at Justaplain Farm near Cochranville, Penn. He will stand as the property of Bridlewood Farm for $2,000 ($1,500 for Pennsylvania-breds).

  • Honey Fox Handicap Oversubscribed; Guaranteed Pick 6 Offered

    Gulfstream Park's first Friday program of the 2002 season will be highlighted by two features -- the $100,000 Honey Fox Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares, and an enticing new target for bettors in the Guaranteed Pick 6.

  • Fisher Named Director of Marketing and Communications at TOBA

    Gay Fisher has been named director of marketing and communications for the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. She will be responsible for managing TheGreatestGame.com, membership development, and the organization's annual awards dinner.

  • Kentucky Derby 2002: Hitting the Trail

    As the masses congregate at the start of the Kentucky Derby trail, there will, as usual, be lots of pushing and shoving until late February and early March when the contenders begin to separate themselves from the pack. But disappointment and frustration can be prevelant just getting to the Derby trail, as evidenced by the number of highly promising juveniles who stumbled along the way last week.

  • Overbrook Farm's Snow Ridge, upset winner of the El Conejo.

    Overbrook's Snow Ridge Posts El Conejo Upset

    Snow Ridge swept past two-time defending champion Freespool turning for home and drew clear for a 3 1/2-length victory Sunday in the $109,500 El Conejo Handicap at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Mike Smith at 114 pounds, Snow Ridge ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.05 on a fast main track and paid $39.20, $13.60 and $8.60.

  • Forest Camp to Stand at Airdrie Stud

    Forest Camp, a top 2-year-old of 1999, has been retired and will stand in 2002 at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. Forest Camp, by Deputy Minister -- La Paz, by Hold Your Peace, will stand for $10,000.

  • Batting for Average

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- With today's emphasis on the commercial market, large books of mares, and shuttling, it is highly unlikely we shall ever see another stallion sire 20% stakes winners.

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

    Pinhook of the Year

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Delta Downs appreciated by 1,300% in value in two years--thanks to slot machines.

  • Churchill Stock on Roller-Coaster Ride

    After rising to a 52-week high of $37.24 at one point Monday, the price of Churchill Downs' stock had fallen $2.72 (-7.36%) to $34.25 by mid-afternoon Wednesday.

  • Herald-Leader Reporter Wins Eclipse Award for Writing

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday that Janet Patton, a business writer for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, has won the media Eclipse Award for writing in the news/ commentary category.

  • Here and there ...

    Racing and breeding news from the Thoroughbred industry

  • All-Sources Handle Increases in Maryland

    The Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, said the all-sources handle totaled $535,813,090, compared with $530,833,234 in 2000 despite the fact there were three less liveThoroughbred dates and 14 fewer Standardbred dates in 2001.

  • Xtra Heat draws off to win the Interborough Handicap.

    Xtra Heat Romps in Interborough Handicap

    Xtra Heat returned to her winning ways Jan. 1, winning Aqueduct's six-furlong Interborough Handicap by 5 1/2 lengths. With her victory, Xtra Heat has now won 18 of her 23 career starts, with three seconds and a third, for earnings of $1,323,305.