A Pine Bluff colt turned in the fastest eighth of a mile work Monday at Calder Race Course, covering the distance in 10 1/5 seconds during the first under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Comapany's select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The auction is scheduled for Feb. 5 at Calder in South Florida.
Oliver's Twist, who missed Timber Country by a half-length in the 1995 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will be relocated to Linda Wood's Menoken Farms near Montrose, Colo.
- By Tom Precious
The new mayor of New York City left open the prospect that he may still proceed with the sale of New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., a deal some of his aides are pushing him to make to raise money for the deficit-ridden city. But whether he will proceed with the sale of the $1-billion betting empire that was begun by his predecessor, Rudolph Giuliani, remains a question.
Grade II turf winner El Angelo has been moved to Chris Nolan's Lakeside Farm near Sellersburg, Ind.
Thoroughbred racing will make a rare Super Bowl appearance Feb. 3 during FOX's telecast of football's championship game.
- By Tom LaMarra
The city of Louisville, Ky., has made a pitch to the federal government for special security status for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, but the matter remains up in the air. Mayor Dave Armstrong met with Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge last week.
Anees, whose victory in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) secured him a championship, and 2000 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable were represented by their first foals.
Weekly reports from Steve Haskin analyze leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby.
Eleven-year-old Comet Shine, a champion in Canada as a 2-year-old, arrived Jan. 26 at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds near Vacaville, Calif.
Two contenders for Saturday's grade II Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park worked Monday morning in preparation for the seven furlong, $150,000 test.
Fifty-three broodmares and broodmare prospects owned by Louisiana oilman John Franks will be sold during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale on Feb. 11. Dan Kenny Bloodstock will act as agent for Franks, a four-time Eclipse Award winner as outstanding owner. Franks periodically reduces the numbers in his broodmare band to accommodate fillies freshly retired from the racetrack to his farm in Ocala, Fla.
All the details have not been finalized, but Barretts plans to prevent consignors from treating their juvenile sale horses with clenbuterol within 72 hours of presale under tack shows.
Two South Florida senators have filed a bill that would allow racetracks and jai-alai frontons to operate video lottery terminals. The machines could get serious consideration this year when legislators are faced with cutting $1 billion from the state budget.
John Henry, the former leading money-earner who has been a popular attraction at the Kentucky Horse Park since his arrival in 1985, is recuperating from colic surgery performed Jan. 25 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington.
- By Tom LaMarra
Oaklawn Park's three-day opening weekend lured more than 45,000 patrons for what officials at the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack said was one of the strongest meet kick-offs in the past 10 years.
John Oxley's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos will enter stud this year at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. The 4-year-old son of Maria's Mon will stand for $25,000 live foal, with Oxley retaining about 40% interest in the colt.
Sixty-one horses sold for a gross of $4,903,500 (approximately $2,074,181 in U.S. funds) and an average of $80,385 ($34,121) during the opening session of the Premier yearling sale in New Zealand on Monday. The median for the session reached $70,000 ($29,610). Eighty-two percent of the horses offered were sold, an improvement over the 74% clearance rate on last year's first day, according to a press release issued by New Zealand Bloodstock Ltd.
Cyclades, a gelded 6-year-old grandson of Alleged, collected a career high win in taking the $270,000 (New Zealand funds) Wellington Cup (NZ-I) Jan. 26 for Auckland publisher Wendy Pye.
The same week Kentucky's Thoroughbred racetracks and horsemen agreed on how to divvy up revenue from video lottery terminals or slot machines, a state legislator unveiled a plan for land-based casinos that could be operated by parties other than tracks.
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