Eclipse champion Kona Gold will make his 2002 debut in Sunday's Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park. Kona Gold concedes 10 to 13 pounds to his five rivals.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien entered four horses to run in Sunday's Prix du Jockey Club -- French Derby (Fr-I) at Chantilly, including Kentucky Derby (gr. I) participant Castle Gandolfo and Black Sam Bellamy, a full brother of Epsom and Irish Derby winner Galileo.
William Richard "WR" Smith, a veteran Thoroughbred trainer, breeder, and owner died May 27 in Ocala, Fla.
Trainer Niall O'Callaghan said he was "leaning toward running" in the Belmont Stakes following Wiseman's Ferry's five-furlong work in 1:01 1/5 at Churchill Downs Friday.
Trainers Ben Cecil and Howard Zucker were slapped with fines by the California Horse Racing Board for positive drug tests produced from races at Del Mar last summer, it was announced May 30.
Former AmTote president Ted Mudge began working at Magna Entertainment this week.
Although he doesn't know about it, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem has been getting a taste of his own medicine over at Murray Johnson's barn at the Trackside training center.
Playfair could open as soon as 2003; Andy Stronach interested in building turf track near Canadian border.
In the seventh of 11 installments on previous Triple Crown winners, here is an excerpt from The Blood-Horse issue of June 8, 1946 on Assault winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.
A clubhouse box with six seats on the finish line will be auctioned off at the annual Belmont Ball Thursday, June 6 at Belmont Park. The ball will feature a live auction with eight other items. Proceeds
from the event will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
McDynamo and Anofferucantrefuse, winners of the first two legs of the Steeplechase Triple Crown, head the nomination list for the $100,000 Meadow Brook Stakes (NSA-I), to be run Thursday, June 6 at Belmont Park.
Thirty foals by Sunday Silence, Japan's perennial leading sire, have been catalogued for the Japan Racing Horse Association's sale that will be conducted July 8 and 9 at the Northern Horse Park on Hokkaido.
Oaklawn Park is holding a Bob Baffert look-alike contest as part of its Belmont Stakes (gr. I) festivities.
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Davy Jones, a Thoroughbred owner and former teen idol from the 1960's television classic "The Monkees," is the official spokesman for Colonial Downs in Virginia this season.
The Ohio Senate May 30 concurred with House changes and approved a $1.17-billion budget bill that has no provisions for video lottery terminals at the state's seven racetracks. However, supporters of legislation to legalize VLTs are still confident the proposal will pass in the future.
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