Headlines for Thursday, March 7, 2002

  • Steeplechase Season Begins at Little Everglades

    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.

  • You, shown winning the Las Virgenes, faces eight other fillies in the Santa Anita Oaks.

    Seven Fillies Oppose Habibti and You in Santa Anita Oaks

    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).

  • Burning Roma Returns in Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship

    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.

  • 'Ladies' Day at Fair Grounds Saturday

    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 Honeybee Highweight

    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.

  • Dunkelberger Rides Winner in Aqueduct Return

    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.

  • Chicago Skyline Displayed on Breeders' Cup Logo

    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.

  • Cauthen, Bush Promoted at WinStar Farm

    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.

  • Owners Plunk Down Florida Derby Fee For Puck

    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.

  • Commission Wants Head Tax from Delta Downs

    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 Renews Breeders' Cup Sponsorship

    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.

  • Sakhee Heads Dubai World Cup Invitees

    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.