Leading distaff runner Azeri will attempt to win her fourth straight grade I race in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap on June 22 at Hollywood Park.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) sixth-place finisher Came Home will return to the races June 23 at Hollywood Park in the Affirmed Stakes (gr. III), the final local prep for the $500,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) on July 14.
Trainer H. James Bond is hopeful that Gary and Mary West's Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Buddha will start in the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park on July 7.
Calder Race Course near Miami, Fla., announced a purse increase that took effect with the Friday, June 14 race card. The increase affects all overnight purses.
The dispute over the $1-million Illinois Derby bonus earned by War Emblem appears headed for court. Still unresolved: Which court, and upon whose initiative?
- By Tom Precious
Racetracks in New York have launched a last-ditch effort to extend the operating hours of the state's new video lottery program. The tracks insist they need to let gamblers stay at their facilities longer if they are to turn a profit.
- By Tom LaMarra
The California Senate is considering legislation that would extend by four years provisions that allow for payment of purse funds to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. The law, which sunsets Jan. 1, 2004, generates about $1.8 million for the NTRA each year through horsemen's contributions.
A decision on the Los Angeles County Fair's plan to move its September race meet from Fairplex Park to Santa Anita Park is expected when the California Horse Racing Board meets June 26 at 10 a.m. at the Los Angeles Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Estate planning and financial flexibility were the reasons Gainesway Farm sought permission June 13 from a county planning commission to subdivide a portion of its 1,500-acre farm into 10-acre tracts.
New York trainer Leonard Imperio died June 12 after a lengthy bout with cancer.
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