Headlines for Thursday, June 20, 2002

  • Shaws Creek Lukewarm Queen's Plate Favorite

    Jam Jar Racing Stable's Shaws Creek, winner of the Queenston and Plate Trial Stakes in his last two starts, has been installed the 3-1 favorite for Sunday's Queen's Plate at Woodbine, despite drawing the outside post in the 14-horse field.

  • Megan's Bluff Heads Locust Grove Field

    James Routsong's Megan's Bluff, a 5-year-old mare who has won stakes races at Churchill Downs in each of the past three years, faces eight rivals in Saturday's $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (gr. III) for older fillies and mares on the turf.

  • California Owners Group Gives $169,500 to Charities

    At its June meeting, the board of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) voted to donate $169,500 to racing charities for the fiscal year 2001-02. Included is $80,000 to organizations that care for retired Thoroughbreds and over $50,000 to groups that help people who work in the industry.

  • Black-Type Minimum Rising to $35,000

    At a meeting earlier this week in London, members of the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers ratified a recommendation to raise the minimum purse necessary for a race to receive black type.

  • All-Time Leading Driver Back Amid Reciprocity Debate

    Standardbred racing's all-time leading driver, on the sidelines since 1995 after his involvement in a wire-tap investigation, is scheduled to return to the track June 23 at Harrington Raceway in Delaware.

  • Night Shift Sires 70th Stakes Winner

    While the racing world is awaiting Sadler's Well's landmark 200th stakes winner, another Coolmore stallion, Northern Dancer's son Night Shift, reached a milestone of his own.

  • Royal Ascot lived up to its name Thursday, as carriages brought the royal family to the racecourse and Royal Rebel won the Gold Cup.

    Royal Rebel Repeats in Ascot Gold Cup

    Back-to-back winner of the Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-I). That title now belongs to Royal Rebel just as such past heroes as Drum Taps, LeMoss, and Ardross.

  • Johannesburg Heads Ascot Field on Saturday

    Johannesburg, last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner and Eclipse Award recipient, heads a field of 16 to run Saturday in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

  • Ellis Park to Open With $500,000 in Improvements

    Given an increase in simulcasting handle since the start of the year, Ellis Park has invested about $500,000 in improvements to prepare for it summer meet that begins July 10.

  • Oceanport Loses Grade III for This Year

    The June 15 Oceanport Handicap at Monmouth Park has lost its grade for this year. The Graded Stakes Committee routinely reviews the grades of races taken off the turf.

  • Stolen Seabiscuit Trophy Goes to Hall of Fame

    The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will announce June 27 the details of how a Seabiscuit trophy stolen in the 1950s was recovered. The trophy was stolen from the Howard family, which owned the famed Thoroughbred.

  • Seabiscuit Trophy Recovered; Headed to Museum

    Officials at the National Musuem of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., have called a press conference for next week to discuss the dramatic return of a Seabiscuit trophy stolen 50 years ago.