Headlines for Tuesday, October 29, 2002

  • Distorted Humor's Fee Raised

    Distorted Humor, who ranks second on the first-crop sire list by progeny earnings, had his fee boosted to $20,000 from $12,500

  • Calder Meet Shows Gain in Wagering

    The 128-day Calder Meet came to a closed Oct. 25 and showed gains in almost every wagering category, both on-track and off. The 2002 season had 10 more days than the 2001 meet, so for comparison purposes daily averages will be used.

  • Captain Countdown to Hamton Farm in Texas

    Multiple stakes winner Captain Countdown, a meet champion at Remington Park and Sam Houston, will enter stud at Hamton Farm near Montalba, Texas.

  • Maryland Racing Dates Approved

    The Maryland Racing Commission approved the 2003 racing schedule at its monthly meeting. Live racing will be conducted on 220 days at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park next year. The 128th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is May 17 at Pimlico.

  • El Prado, winning the Beresford Stakes.

    El Prado's Fee Upped to $75,000

    El Prado, who is tops on the leading sires list by progeny earnings, will stand for $75,000 next season,

  • Vindication's Pedigree: Payson's Business Plan Vindicated

    Nearly four years ago, Virginia Kraft Payson convinced herself it was time for a change. The breeder had been successfully racing her own stock, first with her late husband, Charles, then solo for about 20 years. However, in 1999, she decided to do an about-face and become a commercial breeder.

  • Domedriver's Pedigree: Mile Marker

    The Niarchos family and its Flaxman Holdings operation have enjoyed uncanny success in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). Of the 22 starts made under the blue-on-blue Flaxman silks in Breeders' Cup races, 11 have been in the Mile.

  • Private Gold Works in Rain For Iroquois

    Despite a steady rain on Tuesday, trainer Patrick Byrne put the final touches on Private Gold's training for Sunday's $100,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. Bryne sent the Seeking the Gold colt out for a half-mile workout over a sloppy Churchill oval on Tuesday.

  • Storm Flag Flying's Pedigree: Female Triple

    It didn't take long for anyone with a sense of racing history to start comparing Storm Flag Flying's performance in the Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Arlington Park to that of Personal Ensign's in the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

  • Azeri's Pedigree: A Living Legacy

    When Azeri decimated the field in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), she represented another pinnacle in the legacy left by Allen Paulson.

  • Peace, And Bigger Purses, For Tampa Bay Meet

    Tampa Bay Downs and the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association appear on course to open the 2002-03 racing season without the conflict that has plagued the Florida track in recent years.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Chills and Thrills

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- The competitive races at Arlington Park warmed the chilly 46,118 on hand for the Breeders' Cup races Oct. 26.

  • Volponi owner Phil Johnson receiving the BC Classic trophy.

    Steve Haskin's Classic Story: Sweet Home Chicago

    Phil "P.G." Johnson had a perfect way to spend his 77th birthday. He decided to buy himself a $40,000 present. No luxury car, no cruise around the world; in fact, nothing at all. This was a gift for himself and his family, paid for with nearly 60 years of blood and sweat, compliments of a horse named Volponi.

  • Broun's Essays Return to ESPN Classic

    The essays of Heywood Hale Broun, a colorful voice of the Triple Crown for CBS, are coming back to television in a new 13-week series called Woodie's World on ESPN Classic, debuting Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

  • Fee for Domedriver's Sire Raised

    Indian Ridge, whose son Domedriver won the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will stand next year for 75,000 euros

  • Quarter Horse Track License Denied in Kentucky

    Supporters of live Quarter Horse racing in Kentucky suffered a defeat when the Kentucky Racing Commission declined to issue a license to Southern Bluegrass Racing for a racetrack in Williamsburg.

  • New York Tracks May Face More Casino Competition

    In a move with implications for the state's racing industry, the federal government has given the go-ahead for a western New York Indian tribe to open three casinos, a decision that could pave the way for three other new casinos in New York's Catskill Mountains.