Headlines for Friday, November 8, 2002

  • Seeking the Gold Tops Stallion Access

    A 2003 no-guarantee season to Seeking the Gold brought the top price of $195,000 to headline the Stallion Access auction at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks on Nov. 8.

  • Say Florida Sandy Nears $2 Million With Win

    All-time New York-bred money-winner Say Florida Sandy edged ever closer to the $2 million mark when he notched this 31st career victory Friday in an allowance race at Aqueduct.

  • Bridesmaid Buffalo Jump in Glorious Song

    Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. But that could all change for Buffalo Jump this Sunday at Woodbine in the $125,000 Glorious Song Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

  • Cellars Shiraz to Run in Calder's Heubeck

    Trainer Bill Cesare confirmed Friday that Bitterroot Investments' 3-year-old filly Cellars Shiraz, impressive winner in the $200,000 Calder Oaks on Oct. 12, would remain at Calder to run in the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap on the main track Nov. 16.

  • Take Charge Lady Works Strongly at Churchill

    Select Stable's Take Charge Lady took aim on an expected start in the $250,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 28 with a sharp five-furlong work on Friday over her home track at Churchill Downs.

  • Roxelana Rambles in Latest Comeback Win

    Roxelana, with Larry Melancon up, took the early lead and turned back a prolonged challenge by Freefourracing for a length victory in Friday's featured $58,200 allowance race for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

  • Mongoose To Stand at Hill 'n' Dale

    Gary and Mary West's Grade 1 winner Mongoose has been retired and will stand at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.

  • Justice Department, FBI Join Pick 6 Probe

    In a dramatic expansion in the investigation into the alleged fixing of a winning Pick 6 ticket during the World Thoroughbred Championships Breeders' Cup Oct. 26, the U.S. Justice Department, through federal prosecutors in Manhattan, along with the FBI, have joined the effort to see if criminal activity was involved.

  • New Tote Security Measures Announced

    The NTRA's wagering technology working group on Friday called for three intitial, concrete steps to improve electronic wagering security in an effort to increase customer confidence. The steps will be implemented immediately by Churchill Downs, Magna Entertainment, and the New York Racing Association, as well as by the three largest totalisator companies. Other racetracks and off-track wagering operators were expected to sign on as well.

  • Megahertz Seeks Rebound in Matiara

    Saturday's $125,000 Matiara Stakes at Hollywood Park will have a decidedly international feel to it, as seven of the 10 scheduled starters were bred outside the United States.

  • Future of Alberta Racing Murky after Licenses Denied

    Officials for Horse Racing Alberta decided against granting long-term racing licenses to Stampede Park or the Calgary Racing Entertainment Group (CREG), which proposed to construct an $80-million racetrack in the province.

  • Touch Tone to Stand in Texas

    Touch Tone, a 4-year-old stakes winner and grade I stakes-placed son of Pick Up the Phone, has been retired and will stand in 2003 at Jim Helzer's JEH Stallion Station near Pilot Point, Texas. He will stand for $2,500.

  • Racinos: Room for Growth, Need for Diversification

    Though the results of the Nov. 5 elections have the potential to be positive for the racing industry in some states, a top casino executive warned against the "irrational exuberance" that could develop at a time when racetrack gaming must become destination gaming.