Headlines for Wednesday, June 26, 2002

  • Rank-And-File Have Say; Meet Stays at Fairplex

    Bowing to pressure from a torrent of racing industry insiders, the California Horse Racing Board turned thumbs down June 26 on the Los Angeles County Fair's plan to move its 17-day 2002 meet to Santa Anita Park.

  • Europeans Shipping For American Oaks

    European horses invited to the inaugural $500,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/4 miles on turf July 6 at Hollywood Park are expected to arrive Monday, according to Hollywood Park racing secretary Martin Panza.

  • Coa Wins Five of Seven on Monmouth Card

    Jockey Eibar Coa won five of seven races on Wednesday's card at Monmouth Park, including the $35,000 allowance feature aboard H.M.S. Jackson.

  • Louisiana Downs Opens With Record Purses

    Record purses and a new distance for the Super Derby (gr. II) highlight the 28th season of racing at Louisiana Downs, which opens Friday, June 28. The 2002 season will offer 80 days of racing on a Thursday-Sunday schedule with the exception of a special Monday racing program on Labor Day.

  • Guilty NYRA Clerks Fired

    The New York Racing Association has announced it has terminated the 16 pari-mutuel employees who pleaded guilty this week to charges relating to federal tax fraud.

  • Murtagh and Dettori Receive Whip Bans

    Jockeys Johnny Murtagh and Frankie Dettori will miss the June 30 Irish Derby (Ire-I) at The Curragh after picking up whip bans in Thursday's Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-I).

  • High Chaparral Leads Irish Derby Field

    High Chaparrel is one of six horses from the stable of Aidan O'Brien among 11 five-day declarations for Sunday's Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I).

  • Exchange Rate's Fee Reduced

    Grade II winner Exchange Rate, who is standing his first season at Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables near Summerfield, Fla., will stand the remainder of this season and next season for $7,500.

  • Spain Expected to Head Six in Molly Pitcher Handicap

    A field of six, headed by top weight Spain, is shaping up for Saturday's $300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at 1 1/8-miles at Monmouth Park. The Molly Pitcher will air live on CBS as part of the "NTRA Summer Racing Tour" beginning at 5 p.m.

  • Notable Names Missing From Mother Goose Field

    Saturday's $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park might be missing such notables names as You, Take Charge Lady, and Bella Bellucci, but the race isn't lacking a quality field.

  • War Emblem Has First Breeze Since Belmont

    War Emblem breezed an easy three furlongs in :35 4/5 under exercise rider Dana Barnes at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday morning, the first recorded work for The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Our Emblem colt since his June 8 defeat in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Alternate to Step it up for Susan's Girl

    Alternate will try to turn it up a notch when she faces six rivals in the $175,000 Susan's Girl Stakes at Delaware Park on Saturday. The 1 1/16-mile race is the final local prep for the Delaware Oaks (gr. III), which will be contested on July 20.

  • MJC Attorney: No Deal Made for Sale of Racetracks

    A Maryland Jockey Club attorney told Maryland legislators June 25 that no deal has been made to sell Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course to Magna Entertainment, and that any deal would have to clear major regulatory hurdles.

  • Hula Wonder Tops Second Session of Australian Sale

    Hula Wonder, a group III-winning mare, brought $130,000 (approximately $74,309 in U.S. funds) to top the second session of the June mixed sale at Oaklands in Victoria, Australia, on Tuesday.

  • Bill Diverts Funds for Workers' Comp Insurance

    California horsemen and racetracks could create a workers' compensation insurance fund with purse money diverted from marketing programs as well as their vanning and stabling program under legislation headed for the state Senate.

  • Lasting Approval Sires First Winner

    Grade II winner Lasting Approval was represented by his first winner when his son Four R Approval won June 25 at Delaware Park in his first start.