Headlines for Thursday, June 13, 2002

  • Startac, Sarafan Highlight Whittingham Field

    The Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) will be renewed Saturday at Hollywood Park, with two of the trainers with horses entered in the race having ties to the man for whom the race is named. Laura de Seroux, who was an exercise rider for the trainer from 1973-89, will saddle Startac, while Neil Drysdale, a Whittingham assistant for four years, sends out Sarafan.

  • E Dubai Makes Return in Brooklyn

    Godolphin Racing's E Dubai makes his first start since finishing second in last September's Super Derby (gr. I) at Louisiana Downs when he faces eight other horses in Saturday's $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

  • NTRA Offers National Pick Three Wager Saturday

    The first of three national pick three wagers sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association will be offered Saturday, linking the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap, the $250,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II), and the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).

  • Big 'Cap Winner Returns in Californian

    Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Milwaukee Brew returns to the races Saturday to face eight horses in the $500,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park. The track offers three graded stakes for Saturday's card, which features a $1 million guaranteed pick six and a bobblehead doll giveaway.

  • Seainsky Points Toward Arlington Classic

    A new, unfamiliar ownership duo named Jerry Givens and Jack Gullatt with a horse named Seainsky trained by Wesley Hawley are dreaming to start their son of Sea Hero in the ArlingtonClassic (gr. II) on June 29.

  • Quality Runs Deep in Fleur de Lis, Foster Undercard

    Not to be outdone by the boys in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on June 15, a quality-laden field including four grade I-winning fillies and mares take a shot at $300,000 in the 1 1/8-mile Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) earlier on the card. Also on tap is the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the turf and the $100,000 Northern Dancer Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile.

  • Colonial Downs Expects Plenty of Horses for Meet

    With a little more than a week remaining until the start of the 2002 Thoroughbred meet, and stall assignments nearly completed, the Colonial Downs racing office is expecting more than 90 trainers to stable horses at the New Kent County, Va., racetrack.

  • Grade I Winner Fortunate Moment Dead

    Fortunate Moment, winner of the 1987 American Derby (gr. I) at Arlington Park and that year's Illinois Horse of the Year, was euthanized June 7 at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine near Stillwater because of laminitis.

  • Office Queen Superiority at Stake in Fla.

    Bitterroot Racing Stable's Cellars Shiraz and Kinsman Stable's Four Pennies appear to be the leaders in the 3-year-old filly division here this summer and will meet for the first time Saturday in the $100,000 Office Queen Stakes at Calder Race Course.

  • Jerry Bailey and Street Cry, after crossing the finish line first in the Dubai World Cup.

    Congaree, Street Cry Face off in Foster

    A mid-year clash of top-level handicap runners is in store Saturday at Churchill Downs as Congaree, third-place finisher in last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) faces off against Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Street Cry in the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Weekend Madness Dead

    Graded stakes winner Weekend Madness died June 8 while delivering a Swain colt for Frank Stronach's Adena Springs.

  • Grade I Winner Outofthebox Retired

    Outofthebox, winner of last year's Super Derby XXII (gr. I), has been retired from racing after injuring his left front ankle.

  • Report: Brockton Fair Scraps 2002 Live Meet

    Having failed to reach an agreement with Suffolk Downs and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association on legislated revenue payments, Brockton Fair has scrapped its nine-day live meet this year.

  • Belmont TV Rating Highest Since 1989

    NBC Sport's coverage of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) earned a final rating of 7.6 and captured 21% of the viewing audience. The rating was highest since 1989 when the race earned an 8.5.

  • Hollywood: Top Stakes, Pick Six, and Bobbleheads

    Hollywood Park will offer a stakes tripleheader worth $1.1 million in purses June 15. Along with a strong 10-race program, the Inglewood, Calif., racetrack will offer a pick six with a $1-million guaranteed pool and give away Bob Baffert bobblehead dolls.

  • Sprinter Snow Ridge has been retired.

    Grade I Sprinter Snow Ridge Retired

    William T. Young's grade I winner Snow Ridge has been retired from racing after injuring a sesamoid while on an exercise trial at Churchill Downs.

  • Ruling Worth $17M to Prairie Meadows in 2002

    Prairie Meadows stands to save $17 million in gaming tax payments this year and $23 million by 2004 after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled June 12 that it was unconstitutional to charge a higher tax rate for slot machines at racetracks than those on riverboats.

  • Lone Star Park Race Report: Texas Workout

    Refusing an opportunity to predict or boast, trainer Darrell Vienna coyly and simply said he would let Suances do the talking. A few days later, on June 15 at Lone Star Park, Suances rushed to the podium and delivered an eloquent speech in the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap.