Headlines for Monday, January 7, 2002

  • Keeneland's January Sale Starts Strongly

    Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale got off to a solid start on Monday. The number sold, gross revenue, and average price all experienced big increases from last year's first session. The buy-back rate declined significantly. And the second-highest-price in the auction's history was recorded when Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Desert Stormer (in foal to Kris S.) sold for $3.6 million.

  • Poteen to Old English Rancho

    Poteen, a U.S. stakes winner and classic-placed in England, will enter stud at Old English Rancho in Sanger near Fresno, Calif.

  • Actor James Gandolfini was among the cast from "The Sopranos" at Aqueduct Monday.

    'Sopranos' Mob Takes Over Aqueduct

    Cast members of the megahit HBO series "The Sopranos" were at Aqueduct Racetrack Monday taping an episode to be aired during next season's schedule. Among the more notable stars present in the Equestris dining room, where the scenes were shot, were James Gandolfini, who plays Tony Soprano, Steve Van Zandt, who plays Silvio, Joe Pantoliano, who was cast last year as Ralph, and Jerry Adler, who plays Hesh.

  • Desert Stormer, sold for $3.6 million.

    Keeneland January Sale Off to Strong Start

    Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale got off to a solid start on Monday. The number sold, gross revenue, and average price all experienced big increases from last year's first session. The buy-back rate declined significantly. And the second-highest price in the auction's history was recorded when Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Desert Stormer (in foal to Kris S.) sold for $3.6 million.

  • Harlan's Holiday, Saarland Work at Gulfstream

    Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) winner Harlan's Holiday was on the track at Gulfstream Park Monday morning, and the 3-year-old breezed five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 in preparation for the Jan. 19 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III). Another 3-year-old working at Gulfstream was Remsen Stakes (gr. II) Saarland, who breezed a half-mile in :51 3/5 Sunday.

  • Traditionally Works Toward Skip Away; Trajectory Out With Injury

    Traditionally, the royally-bred winner of last year's Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I), worked a half-mile in :49 2/5 over a fast track at Gulfstream Park on Sunday and trainer Shug McGaughey said he will probably run him in Saturday's Skip Away Stakes (gr. III).

  • Valid Appeal, at Mockingbird Farm at age 26.

    Florida Stallion Valid Appeal Euthanized at Age 30

    Harry Mangurian's pensioned stallion Valid Appeal, whose male line remains vibrant through such young sons as Valid Expectations and Valid Wager, was euthanized Jan. 5 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • 2001 Eclipse Award won by Barbara Livingston and stolen the night of the awards in Miami, 2002.
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Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt

    Eclipse Awards Dinner Moved to Fontainebleau in Miami Beach

    Because of construction problems that have delayed the opening of the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood Fla., the 31st annual Eclipse Awards Dinner is being moved to the grand ballroom at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort in Miami Beach.

  • Former Laurel Owner Schapiro Dies

    John David Schapiro, former owner of Laurel Race Course, died Saturday from heart failure at a hospital in Baltimore, Md. He was 87. In 1952 he introduced the Washington D.C. International, a turf race designed to attract the best horses from around the world.

  • Pearls of Dubai Sale-Topper Upset

    Next Knight, who topped last year's Pearls of Dubai sale, was upset by a Kentucky-bred son of Mister Baileys in a mile grass race at Nad al Sheba Racecourse Sunday.