Headlines for Friday, May 10, 2002

  • Lawn Mower Returns to Grass for Ascot Handicap

    California Derby fifth-place finisher Lawn Mower returned to turf racing for Sunday's $100,000 Ascot Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Bay Meadows. The 1 1/16-mile turf event attracted a field of seven 3-year-olds, including Italian stakes winner Six Hitter and the well-bred maiden Hecandigit.

  • Natalie B. Friendly Dies at 73

    Natalie Brooks Friendly, a Thoroughbred owner with her husband, Ed, died May 9 after a 15-year bout with cancer.

  • NTRA Signs Licensing Deal for Interactive Game

    Sega Enterprises and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association have entered into a three-year licensing agreement designating Sega's Derby Owners Club-World Edition, a Thoroughbred breeding, training, and racing simulator, as the NTRA's official, branded interactive video game.

  • Seattle Slew, at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in April.

    Honoring Slew: Ceremony Set For July

    A public memorial service honoring the deceased Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew has been scheduled for 8:00 p.m. July 19 at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky.

  • War Emblem Comes from 'School of Hard Nucks'

    This Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner doesn't come from the school of hard knocks; he comes from the school of hard nucks. War Emblem was bred and raised at Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky., an operation headed by one of the last true Kentucky hardboots, Charlie Nuckols.

  • Grayson To Fund New MRLS Research Project

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is funding a new project with the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners to seek critical information on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS).

  • Derby Was Memorable 'Blind Date' For Espinoza

    On the morning of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the phone rang in Victor Espinoza's hotel room--it was a wake-up call he won't soon forget. On the line was trainer Bob Baffert, reminding Espinoza he wanted to see him regarding his mount aboard War Emblem that afternoon.

  • Xtra Heat, looks to sizzle in Genuine Risk.

    The Heat is on in Genuine Risk

    Xtra Heat will no doubt bring the heat to Belmont Park by way of sizzling fractions in the Genuine Risk (gr. II) at six furlongs on Sunday.

  • Xtra Heat, spices up Genuine Risk.

    Genuine Risk: Bring on the Heat

    Xtra Heat will no doubt bring the heat to Belmont Park by way of sizzling fractions in the Genuine Risk Handicap (gr. II) at six furlongs on Sunday.

  • Massachusetts Panel to Study Expanded Gaming

    Expanded gambling, including slot machines at racetracks, took a hit May 9 when the Masschusetts House voted against it, but legislators did establish a committee to make recommendations on the issue by the end of the year.

  • Bobbing For Roses: Baffert is 'Mr. Derby'

    Bob Baffert keeps a photograph of the 1996 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) finish on the wall of his Churchill Downs barn office. It depicts Cavonnier, his first Derby starter, losing by a nose to Grindstone, who gave trainer D. Wayne Lukas his third Derby victory.

  • Prince Ahmed bin Salman.

    Winning the Derby is Princely Deed for Owner

    One year after his Point Given delivered to Prince Ahmed Salman a crushing defeat, the 43-year-old Saudi Arabian media magnate found his way to the Kentucky Derby winner's circle in the hoofprints of his speedy 2002 victor, War Emblem.