Penny Marie beat Twin Set by a nose Thursday in the $82,450 Winter Solstice Handicap to give Kent Desormeaux his fourth win of the day at Santa Anita.
The National Steeplechase Association season kicks off Sunday, when Little Everglades Steeplechase near Dade City, Fla., hosts a five-race card. The season had been expected to begin Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs but a lack of entries forced the cancellation of the scheduled race.
Even though Santa Anita's main track is expected to be the stage on which Habibti and You renew their budding rivalry with other entrants in a supporting role, the track has assembled a field of nine 3-year-old fillies for Saturday's $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I).
Harold Queen's Burning Roma will make his 4-year-old debut Saturday in the seven-furlong, $200,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship Handicap (gr. II). The Kentucky-bred son of Rubiano will start from post seven under Edgar Prado.
The expected battle of the 'ladies' never materialized in the Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III), the local prep race for Saturday's Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) won by Take Charge Lady, but Lake Lady will attempt to rebound from a fourth-place finish in that race in Saturday's $350,000 feature.
Cozy Susie, a two-time winner on turf but a maiden of the main track, will go to post as the highweighted filly in Saturday's Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
Travis Dunkelberger returned to Aqueduct March 7, nearly a month after he suffered cracked ribs in a frightening spill. Dunkelberger rode five horses, and won the day's finale on wire-to-wire winner Dancingintherain.
Elements from Chicago's world-famous skyline take center stage on the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships logo. The 19th Breeders' Cup is scheduled for its Arlington Park debut Oct. 26.
The $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, will highlight a $1.9-million stakes schedule at Fort Erie Race Track this season.
Fourteen stakes, including the grade III New Hampshire Sweepstakes for 3-year-olds and up on the turf, will highlight the 2002 season at Rockingham Park.
Thehorse.com, the Web site for The Horse magazine, has published an online article detailing and showing photographs from the surgery on Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.
Doug Cauthen has been named president and chief executive officer of WinStar Farm, and Gary Bush has been named general manager and chief operating officer of the Versailles, Ky., farm.
Youbet.com has been notified by the Nasdaq Stock Market that it isn't in compliance with the $1 a share minimum bid price standard.
- By Tom Keyser
Leaders of Maryland's racing industry are scrambling to agree on a racing bill that could persuade the General Assembly to grant as much as $5 million for purses.
In a surprise move, Classic Contenders Stable on Thursday plunked down the $3,000 fee to nominate Puck, a 3-year-old colt who has won or placed in all four career starts, to the March 16, $1-million Florida Derby.
Four veteran Kentucky horsemen have formed a new company that will consign horses to major Thoroughbred auctions.
The Louisiana Racing Commission is at odds with Delta Downs over the racetrack's refusal to pay a little-known head tax. Racing commissioners want Delta Downs to pay 25 cents for each patron that enters its doors for horse racing or to play slot machines.
Alberto-Culver has agreed to continue as the presenting sponsor of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. I), the same role it filled on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships program the past two years.
Chicago sports legends and Sue the dinosaur will play key roles in events surrounding the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park.
A total of 135 horses remain engaged after the first forfeit stage for the 2002 Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) at Epsom Downs on June 8.
Sheikh Hamdan's homebred Sakhee, who won last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) and ran a close second in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), heads a field of 11 runners invited to contest the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at 1 1/4 miles on dirt March 23.
- By Nick Hahn
An attempt to legalize account wagering and expansion of off-track betting outlets in Virginia failed by a one-vote margin on Wednesday.
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