Headlines for Thursday, March 21, 2002

  • Astra Finds Santa Ana is Tough Spot for Return Race

    Astra returns at Santa Anita Saturday from a seven-month layoff, but the Santa Ana Handicap (gr. I) is no easy spot as the starting gate will also be populated by grade I winners Janet, Tout Charmant, Golden Apples, and Starine.

  • Macho Uno Returns in Saturday Allowance

    Stronach Stable's Macho Uno will make his first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic in a one mile and 70 yard allowance race at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Local Dropouts Leave Rebel Ripe for Shippers

    With a host of local horses not entered in Saturday's $100,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. III), two horses shipping in from out of town -- Jeremiah Jack and Ocean Sound -- will likely vie for favoritism in the Oaklawn Park feature race.

  • Request for Parole 8-5 Favorite for Spiral

    Local hope Request for Parole, winner of last month's John Battaglia Memorial Stakes and two-for-two over the local surface, drew post two and was installed the 8-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Lane's End Spiral Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park.

  • Forest Heiress One to Beat in Cicada Stakes

    Forest Heiress may very well be the horse to beat in Saturday's Cicada Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs, but she could face a tough challenge from highweight Proper Gamble.

  • Severe Winds in Texas Kill Five Horses

    A storm that whipped through Medina County, Texas, the evening of March 19 killed five horses and destroyed three barns at Gene and Judy Palmieri's Silver Spur Ranch located about a half-hour southwest of San Antonio.

  • Daughter of Hollywood Park President Killed in Car Accident

    Jillian Baedeker, the 19-year-old daughter of Hollywood Park president Rick Baedeker, died along with two friends following a car accident during the early morning hours of March 20, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from around the industry...

  • Keeneland Alters Takeout Rates for Spring Meet

    Keeneland, which last fall experimented with a reduced 16 percent pari-mutuel takeout, has made adjustments for its spring meet, which begins April 5. The takeout for win, place, and show wagers will remain 16 percent, but for exotic bets, it will go back up to 19 percent.

  • Nayef, left, and Mubtaker worked in company at Nad al Sheba Thursday.

    Nayef Fastest Among World Cup Card Workers

    Hamdan al Maktoum's Nayef worked six furlongs on turf in 1:13.40 at Nad al Sheba Racecourse Thursday in preparation for Saturday's $2-million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I).

  • Youbet.com Exec to Join Magna

    Ron Luniewski, the co-chief executive officer of Youbet.com, is resigning from the online horse racing wagering company to run Magna Entertainment's new XpressBet interactive wagering business.