Articles posted February 21, 2002

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Horse Racing's Holy Grail

Horse Racing's Holy Grail

Saddle up and ride along as award-winning sports author Steve Haskin takes you behind the scenes and into the trenches of the world's most famous and prestigious horse race in Horse Racing's Holy Grail -- The Epic Quest for the Kentucky Derby.

Youbet Joins Stable; Account-Bet Handle Tops $5M has been licensed by the California Horse Racing Board to offer account-wagering services to residents of California, effective immediately. Meanwhile, through Feb. 18, account-wagering handle through two other systems topped $5 million in the Golden State.

TVG Launches Redesigned Web Site

TVG launched its newly redesigned Web site,, featuring complete interactive wagering capabilities with real-time odds and betting pool information.

New York City OTB Gets New Boss

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has named Ray Casey, who directed the city's Trade Waste Commission, to head New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., the New York Post reported Feb. 21. Bloomberg also said the city wouldn't sell the betting corporation, at least for now.

Delaware Park Rejoins NTRA

Delaware has rejoined the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, after a one-year membership hiatus. The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which has been an NTRA member since 1998, also renewed its membership in the NTRA.

New Shooters to Challenge Top Pair in Florida Derby

New Shooters to Challenge Top Pair in Florida Derby

Although the Florida Derby still is a little over three weeks away, it appears as if at least seven 3-year-olds are pointing for the $1 million, grade I event at Gulfstream Park on March 16. Booklet and Harlan's Holiday, who finished one-two in the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth Stakes, are expected to renew their budding rivalry, with a few new faces ready to join the fray.

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Colonial Downs, Virginia Horsemen Have Contract

The Virginia Racing Commission on Feb. 20 approved a contract between Colonial Downs and the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and also discussed a decline in handle at off-track wagering facilities in the state.

Report: VLT Bill on Hold, at Least for This Week

Legislation that would authorized video lottery terminals at Kentucky's eight racetracks probably won't be filed until the week of Feb. 25, a racetrack official said Feb. 20.

Maktoum Family Death Postpones Sakhee's Start

Maktoum Family Death Postpones Sakhee's Start

Due to a death of a member of the United Arab Emirate's ruling Maktoum family, racing at Nad Al Sheba has been canceled Thursday, pushing back Sakhee's scheduled start until Sunday. According to Web reports from the Gulf, Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, son of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, died Thursday in an automobile accident.

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