A court-approved consignment of 52 horses from Bella Thoroughbreds will be sold preceding the second session of the 2002 Barretts January Mixed Sale on Jan. 23.
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, a U.S. stakes winner and classic-placed in England, will enter stud at Old English Rancho in Sanger near Fresno, Calif.
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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.
Mike Flynn, former executive director of New York Thoroughbred
Breeders Inc., has been hired to replace Tim Capps, former executive vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.
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.
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, 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).
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.
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.
Britain's Ascot Racecourse has been given Group I status for its six-furlong Cork & Orrery Stakes at the Royal meeting in June which is being extended to five days for this year only to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
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.
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.
- By Tom Precious
Video lottery terminals, despite the objection of the New York Racing Association, have taken a key step closer to coming to a Saratoga Springs harness track.
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