Articles posted January 25, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Veil of Avalon Captures Del La Rose Handicap

Slight favorite Veil of Avalon overtook Snow Dance in the final strides to win Friday's $100,000 De La Rose Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a nose in a blanket finish at Gulfstream Park. 30-1 longshot Wander Mom finished third, a neck behind Snow Dance.

Two Jockeys Injured at Aqueduct

Jockeys Heberto Castillo Jr. and Robert Villafan were hospitalized Friday after suffering injuries in a spill during Aqueduct's seventh race. Castillo's mount, Madame Viceroy B B, sustained a fractured left front leg and was euthanized.

Robert Strauss Named Del Mar Board Chairman

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Robert S. Strauss, former ambassador to Russia and one-time chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will replace the retiring John Mabee as chairman of the board of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Also, Betty Mabee, John's wife and partner in Golden Eagle Farm, has been added to Del Mar's board of directors.

Squirtle Squirt Sprints into Palos Verdes

Breeders' Cup Sprint champion and Eclipse Award finalist Squirtle Squirt begins his 2002 campaign in Sunday's $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita. Squirtle Squirt delivered to trainer Bobby Frankel his first Breeders' Cup victory last October at Belmont Park, but hasn't scared away the competition, which has come up strong for the six-furlong contest.

Group Attempts to Assist Horse Refused Entry

A 7-year-old Thoroughbred stallion has spent five days crisscrossing the Mediterranean Sea because of an error in the horse's documentation that the destination country will not accept. The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) is trying to cut through the red tape that's preventing Shorten Sail from landing at his final destination: Cyprus.

Tracks, Horsemen Agree on Splits in Kentucky

Kentucky's Thoroughbred racetracks and horsemen's associations apparently struck a deal the week of Jan. 21 on revenue splits that will lead to alternative-gaming legislation. Under the plan, the state, not the racetracks, would get the lion's share of revenue from track-based slot machines or video lottery terminals.

Circle H Ranch Adds Strike Gold and Hollycombe

Circle H Ranch in Murrieta, Ca., will stand Strike Gold and Hollycombe for the 2002 breeding season. Hollycombe is beginning his stallion career for a fee of $3,000. The son of Capote, out of the Proudest Roman mare Confirm, is owned by John Toffan. Hollycombe's biggest race came at age five, when he won the grade II Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap, defeating Old Trieste.

Oaklawn Kicks Off 54-Day Meet

Oaklawn Park raises the curtain on its 54-day meet Friday in the heart of Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. The oval first saw racing in 1905.

Horsemen Respond in Dispute at Tampa Bay

Horsemen have taken issue with comments made by Tampa Bay Downs general manager Peter Berube as to the role of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association in purse reductions at the Florida racetrack.

A New Beginning for California Racing?

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The California Horse Racing Board has granted licenses to two companies to offer account wagering effective immediately, and betting will begin. But the licenses are time-sensitive, and some deals with horsemen remain in limbo.

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