Headlines for Thursday, March 28, 2002

  • Irving's Baby Seeks 'Deeliteful' Result in Friday's Next Move

    Irving's Baby will attempt to become broodmare Irving's Girl's second offspring in six days to win a graded stakes race when the 5-year-old mare by Quiet American faces six rivals in Friday's $100,000 Next Move Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

  • Kalookan Queen to Face Males in Potrero Grande

    Luis A. Asistio's Kalookan Queen will face males for the first time Saturday, when she goes to post for the $200,000 Potrero Grande Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita. One expected starter she won't have to face in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint is D'wildcat, who will ship to Keeneland for the April 14 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes.

  • Ocean Sound to Try Arkansas Derby; Holdthehelm Likely

    Trainer James Cassidy has decided to keep Rebel Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Ocean Sound at Oaklawn Park to run in the April 13 Arkansas Derby (gr. II). Another Southern California-based horse likely for the Arkansas Derby is Holdthehelm.

  • Prairie Meadows Strikes Purse, Lease Deals

    Prairie Meadows will pay $15 million per year in purses and $20 million annually to its landlord, Polk County, under separate deals worked out by the racetrack. Both agreements will begin in 2003.

  • Rare Friends To Make 3-year-old Debut in Achievement Stakes

    The first major stop on the Road to the Queen's Plate happens at Woodbine on Sunday in the $164,700 Achievement Stakes. The six-furlong event for three-year-olds foaled in Canada will feature some familiar faces, and some new additions.

  • Account Wagering a Work in Progress, Officials Say

    More than $14.5 million has been wagered through California's advance deposit wagering system in the first two months of operation, or about 3.5% of total handle. But while account wagering services had a burst of activity, officials said they were concerned about the leveling off of wagering and the number of new account holders over the past four weeks.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from around the industry...

  • Countess Diana Foals A.P. Indy Colt

    Champion Countess Diana produced her second foal, an A.P. Indy colt March 26 for Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner's WinStar Farm.

  • Westminster's First Winner

    Ten-year-old stallion Westminster was represented by his first winner when a son from a test crop won March 21 at Oaklawn Park.

  • At the Threshold, Sire of Derby Winner Lil E. Tee, Dead

    At the Threshold, whose son Lil E. Tee won the 1992 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) for W. Cal Partee, died March 23 of an apparent stroke at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Ind.

  • Orchard Park Solid Graveline Favorite

    Orchard Park looms the ultimate horse-to-beat in Friday's $75,000 added Gravelines Stakes, going 1 1/8 miles on the grass, for 3-year-olds because he's got the complete package working for him.

  • Millionaire Honor Glide Retired

    Honor Glide, who remains the only winner of the Mid-America Triple, has been retired from racing following an unplaced effort in the March 23 Pan American Handicap (gr. IIT).