Headlines for Thursday, May 23, 2002

  • Sunday Break, winning an Aqueduct allowance race.

    Sunday Break Heads Peter Pan; Springboard for Belmont

    On Saturday, Sunday Break will make his first start for Drysdale since finishing third in Aqueduct's Wood Memorial (gr. I) on April 13, when he goes to post in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs.

  • More Numbers Available on MRLS

    Numbers from Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in the Lexington area have helped estimate the current early fetal loss rate at somewhere between 5% and 12% for mares checked between April 30 and May 17.

  • Stronach, Chief Bearhart Head List of Hall of Fame Nominees

    Frank Stronach, one of North America's most influential people in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and Sam-Son Farm's Chief Bearhart, winner of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf in 1997, head a list of six candidates for nomination into Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

  • Wild Rush Gets First Winner

    Grade I winner Wild Rush was represented by his first winner when Spring Rush won May 22 at Lone Star Park for owners Leland and Sue Cook.

  • Millennium Wind, winning the Blue Grass Stakes.

    Grade I Winner Millennium Wind Retired

    David and Jill Heerensperger's Millennium Wind, who won last year's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) two years after his half-brother Charismatic was Horse of the Year, has been retired after reaggravating a tendon injury.

  • Sam Houston Parent Company Posts Big Losses

    Maxxam, the industry conglomerate that owns Sam Houston Race Park, posted a huge first quarter loss after its aluminum operation declared bankruptcy. The bankruptcy is not expected to affect racing operations.

  • Epsom Oaks: 27 Eligible for June 7 Classic

    One of the most competitive renewals of the Vodafone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) for years is in prospect at Epsom Downs, following today's forfeit stage in which 27 fillies--four more than at this time last year --remained in the £350,000 classic.

  • Report: Melnyk New Canadian Leader in Compensation

    Biovail Corp. chairman and chief executive officer Eugene Melnyk has topped Magna International chairman Frank Stronach in terms of highest compensation in corporate Canada in 2001, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports.

  • Maryland Racing to Get $4.5M for Purses

    The embattled racing industry in Maryland will receive $4.5 million--not $3 million as expected--from the state for Thoroughbred and Standardbred purses and breeders' funds. The money will become available July 1.