Elrose, a half-sister of Silver Charm by Deputy Minister, will make her racing debut Friday at Fair Grounds in a race which features another well-bred daughter of Deputy Minister in Lassie's Legacy -- a half-sister of A.P. Indy, Summer Squall and Honor Grades.
Can Bob Baffert and Wayne Lukas find a Kentucky Derby contender in a six-furlong maiden race on Saturday? Although it's a longshot, it may be the last chance they have.
The field entry, comprised of all 3-year-olds aside from the 23 individual betting interests, remains the favorite late into the first day of wagering in round one of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Two-time Chilean champion Printemps will make her first start of 2002 in Sunday's $200,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita. Printemps will receive a three-pound concession from 119-pound highweight Spain in the 1 1/16-mile race.
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).
Nice Boots Baby will make her first start for new owner Bill Farish in Saturday's $75,000 Dearly Precious Stakes, going six furlongs at Aqueduct.
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.
Fourteen-year-old stallion Sultry Song has been purchased by Millennium Farms Kentucky part owner Ro Parra from Live Oak Stud,
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 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).
Bits and pieces from around the industry
- By Tom LaMarra
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.
New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey tabbed financier George Zoffinger to head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and criticized previous NJSEA leadership for the way it handled the operation.
Austinpower, a 4-year-old son of leading Japanese stallion Sunday Silence who was bred on a similar pattern as important sires Devil's Bag and Saint Ballado. will enter stud at Alfred Nuckols Jr.'s Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky.
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.
Tiznow, the 2000 Horse of the Year and a finalist for 2001 honors, covered his first mare Feb. 8 at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Klondike Pete, a 4-year-old son of Mr. Prospector, will stand at Drs. A.R. and A.B. Contreras' Rancho San Antonio in Monte Plata in the Dominican Republic
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.
Penn National Gaming's public offering of 4 million shares will sell for $30.50 per share, the company announced today. The net proceeds of about $79.1 million from the offering will be used to repay debt.
- By Tom Precious
The new mayor of New York did not include the sale of the New York City Off Track Betting Corp. in his city budget for the coming year, but he is keeping his options open next year.
- By Tom Precious
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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