Southern California-based jockey Iggy Puglisi, injured in a Saturday night spill at Los Alamitos, has been transferred to Arcadia Methodist and may be released in a few days, according to agent Richie Silverstein.
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).
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, 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).
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.
English runner Madame Jones, who made 61 starts last year, winning 11 handicaps, will be bred and continue racing in 2002.
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.
Dusty Stimpson, a jockey who last month rode the winner in one of the richest stakes in Quarter Horse racing, was killed in a traffic accident. He was 29.
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.
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.
Magna Entertainment is moving forward with its plans to recreate Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. The plans include specialty shops and entertainment facilities.
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.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman -- 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.
Four stakes races highlight the opening week of Thoroughbred racing at Gulfstream Park. The South Florida racetrack opens a 90-day meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3 that extends through April 24.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Delta Downs appreciated by 1,300% in value in two years--thanks to slot machines.
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.
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.
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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.
- By Tom Keyser
When the Maryland Racing Commission meets in late January, its executive director, Ken Schertle, won't be sitting at the head table -- for the first time in 16 years.
Aided by balmy late fall weather, Hawthorne Race Course posted improved numbers for on-site and total handle during its November-December meet. Hawthorne wound up operations on New Year's Day.
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.
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