Headlines for Tuesday, February 26, 2002

  • Arabian Light to Saudi Arabia

    Prince Ahmed Salman, whose colt Point Given was 2001 Horse of the Year, has sent his grade II winner Arabian Light to stand at his Saudi Arabian farm near the capital of Riyadh

  • Came Home, winning the San Vicente.

    Came Home in Sharp Drill for San Rafael

    Came Home, who is looking to take the next step up the Kentucky Derby ladder, drilled a sharp half in :46 4/5 at Santa Anita Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's one-mile San Rafael Stakes.

  • Indiana House OKs Expanded-Gaming Legislation

    The Indiana House passed legislation Feb. 26 that allows for dockside gaming at riverboat casinos, and pull-tab machines in the state. Lawmakers approved the Senate bill by a 55-43 margin.

  • Kentucky Gaming Bill Introduced; Huge Purse Projections

    Legislation that would authorize electronic gaming devices at eight Kentucky racetracks--and presumably generate $1.7 billion in revenue for the state over six years--was introduced in the House of Representatives Feb. 26. The 177-page document is said to have support in the House, but serious hurdles may loom in the Senate.

  • Churchill Downs Participating in National Gaming Conference

    Churchill Downs is one of 70 leading public and private companies asked to do a presentation before investors Wednesday morning at the 11th Annual CIBC World Markets Gaming, Lodging, and Leisure Conference in New York City.

  • VLT Bill Introduced in Kentucky; Informational Meeting Set

    Legislation that would legalize video lottery terminals at Kentucky's eight racetracks was introduced Tuesday in the state House of Representatives by Rep. Jim Callahan (D-Wilder), whose district includes Turfway Park.

  • Higher Expenses, Slow Slot Conversion Hurt MTR Gaming Stock

    Shares of MTR Gaming Group (Nasdaq:MNTG), owner of Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, fell as high as 27% on Tuesday, a day after the racetrack, casino and hotel operator reported lingering problems in converting its slot machines to higher wagers. The company also surprised analysts by annoumcing higher than expected costs associated with a new hotel.

  • Steve Haskin's Derby Watch-Week 6 (2/26)

    To help sort out the contenders from the pretenders for the 2002 Kentucky Derby, The Blood-Horse's senior correspondent Steve Haskin has listed the horses to look for in coming weeks.

  • Matthews' Appeal Denied

    A federal appellate court has upheld Gary Matthews' conviction for participating in a scheme to defraud a Houston bank out of $65 million. The former chief financial officer for Calumet Farm will be required to serve his entire 21-month prison sentence.

  • A. P. Indy, Lane's End Farm stallion and sire of colt that sold for $900,000 at Fasig-Tipton's Calder sale.

    A. P. Indy Colt Brings $900,000 at FT Calder Sale

    An A. P. Indy colt was purchased by Californian B. Wayne Hughes for $900,00 to top the first half of Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton selected sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Racecourse in Florida.

  • Marco Bay to Live Oak

    Twelve-year-old Marco Bay, sire of stakes winner Bay Street Gal, arrived Feb. 22 at Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud near Ocala, Fla.

  • Who's Bad?

    <i> By Lenny Shulman</i> -- When compared with the transgressions in other professional and amateur sports, maybe racing isn't so bad.

  • Full Brother to Champion Surfside Born

    Champion Flanders produced a Seattle Slew colt, a full brother to 2000 champion 3-year-old filly Surfside, Feb. 25 for William T. Young's Overbrook Farm.

  • Outside Forces Keep MATCH Series on Hold

    The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships, a series of stakes tied together to reward the top horses by division in the region, is on hold pending resolution of racing schedules in Maryland and New Jersey, said Alan Foreman, who created MATCH in the late 1990s. Foreman, chief executive officer of the Maryland-based Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, is hopeful something can be worked out soon.