Headlines for Tuesday, October 22, 2002

  • Churchill Downs' Revenues, Earnings Improve

    Churchill Downs Inc. reported Tuesday that net revenues for the third quarter ending Sept. 30 totaled $125.6 million, an increase of 3.6 percent, compared with $121.2 million for the same period last year.

  • BC Official: Arlington Not Necessarily a One-Timer

    If you assume this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be the first and last at Arlington Park, you may very well be wrong. If the Oct. 26 event meets with the satisfaction of Breeders' Cup, Arlington could become a regular host facility for the event.

  • Grand Slam Colt Tops Final Session of Fasig-Tipton Sale

    A Grand Slam colt out of the Lyphard mare Pracer bought a session-high price of $140,000 to top the final day of the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale. The colt, which was consigned by Woods Edge Farm, was purchased by the Fustok family's Buckram Oak Farm.

  • Aidan O'Brien Horses Arrive at Arlington

    After a 45-minute drive in rush hour traffic that normally would take 10-15 minutes, two vans carrying Aidan O'Brien's eight Breeders' Cup horses finally pulled up to the Arlington Park quarantine barn just after 6 p.m.

  • Arlington 'All-Star Announcers Day' Line-up Set

    Announcers from racetracks across the United States, one from Canada, and one future racecaller, will participate in the 2002 All-Star Announcers Day at Arlington Park on Friday, the day before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Even Jockey Wonders Where 'Rock' Will Roll

    With just days to go before the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park, the question of whether Rock Of Gibraltar would compete in the Classic or the NetJets Mile remained unanswered. Even the colt's jockey said he doesn't know.

  • "In Front:" Marshall Cassidy Returns

    Marshall Cassidy, the voice of racing in New York from 1979 to 1990, will return to the announcer's booth, this time at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz. He will call the races at Turf Paradise beginning Oct. 25 through Nov. 2.

  • Trainer Jimmy Toner, whose Blazing Fury sidelined by injury.

    Blazing Fury Out of BC Turf with Tendon Injury

    Caeser Kimmel and Ronald Nicholson's Blazing Fury has been declared out of Saturday's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). He suffered a tendon injury after galloping at Belmont Park Tuesday morning.

  • Classic's Perfect Drift Among Workers Tuesday at Churchill

    Major preparations by Breeders' Cup contenders based at Churchill Downs were completed Tuesday as Perfect Drift and three other horses bound for Saturday's races turned in their final preps before shipping to Arlington Park for Saturday's races.

  • Trainer Bobby Frankel arrived at Arlington with six entrants for Saturday's events.

    Frankel Horses Settle in Nicely; Will Gallop Wednesday

    The number of Breeders' Cup horses on the grounds nearly doubled Monday afternoon when Bobby Frankel's six-horse arsenal stepped off the Brook Ledge van at 3 p.m. Those arriving were Medaglia d'Oro and Milwaukee Brew (Classic), Beat Hollow and Aldebaran (Mile), Starine (Filly & Mare Turf), and Denon (Turf). Filly & Mare Turf starter Banks Hill, who captured the race last year, was due to arrive Tuesday from California.

  • Kayce, Susan, Bill, and Karri Casner.

    Karri Casner's Memorial Service Set for Saturday

    A memorial service will be held to honor the life of Karri Casner on Saturday at 11 a.m. (CDT) at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas. Casner, who died in the Oct. 12 terrorist attack on the Indonesian island of Bali, was a daughter of WinStar Farm's Bill and Susan Casner.

  • Arlington to Get Some Showers This Week

    The weather report for Saturday at Arlington Park changed again Wednesday morning. The track is the host of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships for the first time on Saturday.

  • Dollase Says It's Great to be Back

    Wally Dollase was on top of the world in 1996 and '97, when he saddled eight Breeders' Cup starters. He won the Distaff with Jewel Princess in '96 and finished second in the Classic with Deputy Commander. In 1997 Career Collection finished second in the Juvenile Fillies. The following year, he had a big chance in the Distaff with Sharp Cat, but the filly tied up badly during Breeders' Cup week and nearly died. Now, he is back with Good Journey.

  • Azeri, shown winning the 2002 running of the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap, carries on the legacy of breeder Allen Paulson.

    Paulson Legacy Lives On at Breeders' Cup

    Allen Paulson died in July of 2000, but the legacy of his breeding successes continues. Paulson, the leading breeder of Breeders' Cup horses by earnings, will be represented by two runners Saturday at Arlington Park in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Door Opened for New Leading Sire of Breeders' Cup Winners

    The leading Breeders' Cup sire by earnings, Deputy Minister, does not have an entrant this year. That could open the door for another sire to take over that title, the likely candidates being Storm Cat, Seattle Slew, Mr. Prospector, and Sadler's Wells.

  • Inside Look at Arlington Park Examines Biases

    The palatial grandstand wasn't all that was new when Arlington Park reopened in 1989 as Arlington International Racecourse. Horses raced over a new nine-furlong main surface and a single, one-mile turf course with movable rails that replaced the old two-course setup.

  • Siberian Summer to Creston

    California stallion and grade I winner Siberian Summer will be relocated to Alex Trebek's Creston Farms near Creston, Calif.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    A Life Well Lived

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i><br>Bill Casner once said he felt like "a kid outside the candy store, looking in at horses I felt I should have had, but couldn't have."

  • Arlington Has Made Every Effort for a 'World-Class Event'

    When Breeders' Cup Ltd. selected Arlington Park to host the World Thoroughbred Championships, the organization and racetrack were sailing into uncharted water. With Arlington having seating capacity of 12,000, no track that small had ever been considered for racing's biggest event.

  • Believe or Naive

    <i>By Tom Keyser</i> <br>Boy was I naïve. When I started covering horse racing in March 1996 I thought this would be fun.

  • Sunline to race for last time on Saturday.

    Top Field Assembled For Cox Plate to See Sunline Off

    Eight high-class runners will accompany Sunline on the occasion of her final race on Oct. 26. It is fitting the career send-off for the long-serving New Zealand champion will be in the Cox Plate (Aust-I), Australia's weight-for-age championship an event she collected twice.