Headlines for Thursday, February 28, 2002

  • Zippy Chippy Defeats One at Penn National

    Zippy Chippy extended his string of futility to 93 races Thursday night at Penn National, finishing eight in a five-furlong maiden special weight race.

  • Sunday Break Back on Track

    Sunday Break worked three furlongs at Hollywood Park Thursday morning, less than a week after a winning performance in a Santa Anita allowance race.

  • No Cakewalk for Malabar Gold in Kilroe Mile

    Malabar Gold will try to stretch his speed around two turns when he takes on Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) champ Val Royal in Saturday's Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IIT) on the Camino Real Turf Course at Santa Anita Park.

  • Essence of Dubai, winning the Norfolk Stakes last fall.

    Essence of Dubai Wins UAE 2,000 Guineas

    With Godolphin sending out six of the eight starters, Thursday's UAE 2,000 Guineas at Nad al Sheba was won by Norfolk Stakes winner Essence of Dubai, who scored by a nose over another Godolphin colt, the English-bred Firebreak.

  • Talk Is Money to Millennium in Kentucky

    Stakes winner Talk Is Money, a $1.8 million yearling purchase, has been retired from racing and will stand at Millennium Farms Kentucky near Lexington.

  • Godolphin Racing's Street Cry, won his prep for the Dubai World Cup.

    Street Cry Victorious in World Cup Prep

    Godolphin Racing's Street Cry rolled to an 8 1/2-length triumph over State Shinto (by Pleasant Colony) in Thursday's third round of the Maktoum Challenge (UAE-II) at Nad al Sheba Racecourse. Royal Tryst, a U.S.-bred son of Kingmambo, finished third.

  • Sir Bear Breezes for Gulfstream Park Handicap

    Barbara Smollin's Sir Bear, the defending champion in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I), breezed a half-mile at Calder Race Course Wednesday in :49 4/5 while tuning up for the 2002 edition of the 1 1/4 event slated for March 30.

  • Hal's Hope Gets Five Furlongs in Crème Fraiche Prep

    Rose Family Stable's Hal's Hope, winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) two years ago and most recently seventh in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 9, worked five furlongs handily in 1:00 4/5 at Calder Race Course Feb. 26 in preparation for the Crème Fraiche Handicap (gr. III) on March 10 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Coolers Return to NYRA Tracks

    The New York Racing Association will again permit coolers to be brought in to all three of its tracks - Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga - in limited areas.

  • Without Change, California Racing in 'Serious Peril'

    Despite a workers' compensation crisis, California trainers continued to enter horses for weekend programs in the state. But officials are concerned about the ramifications if the situation isn't resolved soon.

  • OTB Corp. Gets OK to Operate New York Track

    Permission has been granted for the first time ever in New York for an off-track betting corporation to run a racetrack. After years of battling industry opposition and eventually paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to make the critics go away, Western Regional Off Track Betting Corp. was given approval by state regulators Feb. 27 to reopen Batavia Downs.

  • Bagshot to Oakhurst in Oregon

    Stakes winner Bagshot, who placed in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) and Strub Stakes (gr. II) in consecutive starts, has been retired from racing with earnings of $729,104 and will enter stud at Dr. Jack Root's Oakhurst Farm in Newberg, Ore.

  • In California, It's Crunch Time for Trainers on Insurance

    Given the state's mandate that trainers at racetracks must carry current workmens' compensation policies, horsemen whose policies expire March 1 were scrambling to find alternatives this week. The crisis threatens to force some trainers out of the business.