Headlines for Monday, December 9, 2002

  • Contamination Blamed for UK, Irish Morphine Positives

    The regulatory bodies for racing in England and Ireland said in a joint statement they are "gravely concerned" over 20 test samples that screened positive for morphine taken from horses racing in those two countries in recent days.

  • NTRA 'Moment of the Year' Voting Begins

    Voting is underway at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Web site, www.ntra.com, for the fourth annual "NTRA Moment of the Year."

  • Sportsman's Park Turns Back Challenge to ITW Licenses

    The Illinois Racing Board Monday turned back an effort by Maywood Park Trotting Association and Balmoral Racing Club to strip the National Jockey Club of its intertrack wagering licenses in Peru, Joliet, and Crestwood.

  • Abuzaid to Milfer in New York

    Five-year-old Abuzaid, a full or half-brother to four stakes winners, has arrived for stallion duty at Dr. Jonathan Davis' Milfer Farm near Unadilla, N.Y.

  • Toccet's Owner Adds Spice to Dull December

    No one can accuse Toccet's owner Daniel Borislow of not going down without a fight. With each decisive victory by the son of Awesome Again, Borislow has become more frustrated by his colt's defeat in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), in which he virtually lost all chance after breaking from the 13 post.

  • Madame Pietra Extends Habibti's Streak

    Favorite Madame Pietra came from off the pace under Patrick Valenzuela to post a 2 1/2-length victory over Habibti in Sunday's $71,950 Corona Handicap at Hollywood Park.

  • Mi Cielo Juvenile Colt Sets Course Record in Japan

    Eighth pick Eishin Champ (Mi Cielo-Eishin Michigan, by Manila) pulled off a record-setting upset Dec. 8 and gave rider Yuichi Fukunaga his second group I win in a week with a neck win over Sakura President in Japan's 2-year-old colts' showcase, the Asahi Cup Futurity Stakes (Jpn-I).

  • Mi Cielo Juvenile Colt Sets Course Record in Japan

    Eishin Champ, a 2-year-old son of Mi Cielo, set a course record of 1:33.5 for 1 mile when he won Sunday's Asahi Cup Futurity Stakes (Jpn-I) over a turf course rated good at Japan's Nakayama Racecourse.