Headlines for Tuesday, April 2, 2002

  • Honor Grades, deceased sire of 18 stakes winners.

    Central Kentucky Stallion Honor Grades Dead

    Honor Grades, who might not have been as well known as his half-brothers A.P. Indy and Summer Squall, but who nonetheless achieved plenty of success as a stallion, died unexpectedly March 31 at Darby Dan Farm.

  • Mott Trainee Joins Oaklawn Handicap Field

    Hall of Fame Trainer Bill Mott has joined the Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn Park with his entry of This Fleet is Due in Saturday's $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I). The Oaklawn is part of a double-header with the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I).

  • Two Defect From Apple Blossom Field

    The connections of Caressing and Atelier have opted to skip Saturday's $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), part of a double-header with the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I) in Oaklawn Park's Racing Festival of the South.

  • Pimlico to Open; 28 Stakes on Spring Schedule

    Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, opens April 3 for its 11-week spring meet. The session will feature 28 stakes -- 10 of them graded -- worth $3.6 million.

  • Repent Tops Field of 10 for Illinois Derby

    A field of 10 headed by Select Stable's Repent has been entered for the $500,000 Illinois Derby at Sportsman's Park April 6. The grade II event offers a $1-million bonus to the connections of the winner if that horse goes on to capture any Triple Crown race.

  • Olympian Task

    <i> By Barry Irwin </i> -- If you want to know which illegal drugs might appear next in horse racing, consider that every drug which has found its way into horse racing was first used in track and field or cycling.

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    First Lady of the Turf

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- The late Queen Mother was the "First Lady of the Turf" and her love of horses may have helped her live to 101.

  • McCoy Sets British Jump Riding Record

    Tony McCoy beat Gordon Richards' all-time record 269 winners in a season on Tuesday when he guided Shepherds Rest and Valfonic to victory in back to back races at Warwick.

  • McCoy Sets British Jump Riding Record

    Tony McCoy beat Gordon Richards' all-time record 269 winners in a season on Tuesday when he guided Shepherds Rest and Valfonic to victory in back to back races at Warwick.

  • Champion Johannesburg will make his 2002 debut this weekend.

    Johannesburg: Lingfield Dirt or The Curragh Turf?

    There remains a chance Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Johannesburg could make his 2002 debut on the grass at The Curragh in Ireland April 7 rather than at Lingfield the previous day, trainer Aidan O'Brien said April 2. A decision must be made by the evening of April 4, he said.

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    Two More Nominated to Triple Crown

    Add two more names to the list of Triple Crown nominees. The connections of recent winners Puzzlement and One Tuff Box both paid the necessary $6,000 to make their horses eligible to the May 4 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), May 18 Preakness (gr. I), and June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Came Home, Repent on Target for Weekend Races

    San Rafael Stakes winner Came Home, scheduled to compete April 6 in the grade I Santa Anita Derby, worked a half-mile in :48.20 the morning of April 2 in preparation for the race, co-owner John Toffan said. Meanwhile, Louisiana Derby winner Repent is galloping up to the grade II Illinois Derby to be held the same afternoon.

  • Harlan's Holiday, Repent Favored In Final Pool of 2002 Derby Future Wager

    The third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2002 Kentucky Derby Future Wager begins its four-day run on April 4 with a pair of horses trained by Churchill Downs-based Ken McPeek -- Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Harlan's Holiday and Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Repent -- listed as its top two betting choices.

  • Schwartz: Aqueduct VLT Plan Must be Scaled Back

    Plans by the New York Racing Association to build a world-class gambling facility to house video lottery terminals at Aqueduct will have to be shelved because state regulators are requiring tracks to pay too much of the program's expenses.

  • MTR Gaming Reports Strong Fourth Quarter, Year-End Results

    MTR Gaming Group, owner of Mountaineer Park, reported double digit increases in revenue, net income, and earnings for the fourth quarter and 2001. The West Virginia company (Nasdaq:MNTG) also reported decreases in earnings per share for the quarter and for the year.

  • Lone Star Ready to Kick Off 70-Day Session

    Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, opens April 4 with an appearance by Texas native Jerry Bailey, who will ride in the $50,000 Premiere Stakes that evening. Lone Star just wrapped up its March simulcasting operation with a record handle.

  • Danthebluegrassman Sizzles in Workout; Other 3-Year-Olds See Action

    Danthebluegrassman zipped five furlongs in :58.6 at Santa Anita Park on Monday as he posted the fastest time of the day among the 49 horses working at that distance. His workout was the highlight of a busy workday Monday for 3-year-olds at tracks across the country.