Articles posted February 7, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

TVG Chief Pleased With Early California Account Wagering Figures

Despite not being able to take bets on the two California Thoroughbred tracks currently operating, the Television Games Network said it is running neck and neck with competing account wagering entity XpressBet on total telephone and Internet handle for the first 12 days of legal advance deposit wagering (ADW) by California residents.

Stronach Proceeding with Plans for Ocala Track

Frank Stronach, chairman of Magna Entertainment, is proceeding with plans to build a racetrack complex near Ocala, Fla., despite facing several governmental and legislative hurdles.

Hallowed Dreams to Face Short Field in Pan Zareta

A field of five will take the gate in the $75,000 Pan Zareta Handicap Saturday at FairGrounds, including the darling of Louisiana, Hallowed Dreams. Hallowed Dreams is one of five finalists for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association's Accredited Louisiana Bred Horses of the Year awards in the 4-year-old and up filly and mare category.

Rize Gets Easy Move for Donn

Rize Gets Easy Move for Donn

Trainer Norman Pointer had his stakes-winning gelding Rize work an easy three furlongs in :39 4/5 breezing Thursday morning. Rize is slated to start in Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. 1) at 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park and was the lone Donn starter among the 14 entrants to work at Gulfstream on Thursday.

Azeff Still in Coma, But Beginning to Respond

Assistant trainer Yvonne Azeff, who has been in a coma since suffering a severe head injury in a spill at Gulfstream on Jan. 27, has begun to show progress over the past 24 hours, trainer John Ward Jr. said.

Habibti Returns in Las Virgenes

The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Habibti, who is an Eclipse Award finalist in the 2-year-old filly catageory, returns to the races after a two-month absence in Sunday's Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. Another 2-year-old filly Eclipse Award finalist, You, is also expected to start in the Las Virgenes.

Former Jockey Phil Borgemenke Dead

Phil Borgemenke, a popular rider on the Ohio/West Virginia circuit from the mid-1950s to the mid-70s, died Jan. 29 in Cincinnati.

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