Articles posted February 14, 2002

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Val Royal Misses Training With Fever; Kilroe Start Up in the Air

Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Val Royal has an elevated temperature and will miss some training time over the next few days. Trainer Julio Canani was uncertain Thursday if Val Royal would be able get in enough conditioning to make his anticipated 2002 debut in the March 2 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IIT).

Top 3-Year-Olds Clash in Fountain of Youth, Allowance Races

The blurry Kentucky Derby picture should begin clearing up Saturday, as a number of Triple Crown hopefuls meet to determine who makes that all-important leap forward. The grade I Fountain of Youth Stakes, which drew a field of eight, is split right down the middle, with four stakes winners facing off against four up-and-coming stars. And in supporting allowance races, two promising colts lock horns in a prep for the Florida Derby, and a former Coolmore colt makes his U.S. debut.

Patriots Coach To Present Eclipse Award

Bill Belichick, head coach of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, will present the Eclipse Award for Champion Older Male at the Eclipse Awards ceremony Feb. 18 in Miami Beach.

A Day at the Races is a Family Bargain

A day at the races for a family of four is a better bargain then the four major league team sports, according to a University of Arizona study. The study compated the fan cost index produced by Team Marketing Report for major league sporting events with a similar cost index for Harness Tracks of America (HTA) and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA).

Sex Sells, But Ad Campaign Was a Quickie

A British Columbia Standardbred track piqued the community's interest with radio advertisements that parodied phone sex, but the campaign won't be back next season. That's not to say the campaign wasn't successful, though.

Keeneland To Catalogue 249 Juveniles For April Auction

Keeneland will catalog a near-record 249 horses for its 10th annual sale of 2-year-olds in training that is scheduled for April 16 in Lexington. The total is 50 more than the number cataloged a year ago and four less than the record 253 horses cataloged for the 1994 sale.

Packed House Greets Slots at Delta Downs

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Hundreds of eager gamblers lined up Wednesday outside Delta Downs in Vinton, La., to gamble in its new 1,500-machine slots parlor. Boyd Gaming, the track's owner, officially opened the large casino after months of legal snags and delays and an investment of more than $165 million.

Saratoga Officials Approve VLTs For Harness Track

Video lottery terminals will be coming to Saratoga Springs following approval Wednesday evening by local officials of a resolution permitting the devices at a Standardbred track located just down the road from the New York Racing Association's premier flat track.

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