Headlines for Friday, August 2, 2002

  • Mandy's Gold Posts Upset in Honorable Miss

    Steeplechase Farm's Mandy's Gold caught a sloppy track Friday afternoon and used it to glide to a front-running, 1 ¾-length victory over Shine Again in the $108,500 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

  • Saratoga Yearling Sale Loses Top Prospect

    The Saratoga select yearling sale has lost one of its top prospects, it was learned Thursday. Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt have scratched the bay Storm Cat colt that they bred in the name of their WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Baffert Issues Statement on Haskell Appearance Fee

    Trainer Bob Baffert has released the following statement through the firm of Conover, Tuttle, concerning his acceptance of a $50,000 appearance fee to run War Emblem in the Haskell Invitational Handicap.

  • Haskell Horses Get Feel of Track

    Horses for Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap have finally showed up from points West, South, and North, and several were on the track Friday morning for light exercise.

  • Magna Stops Buying Spree...For Now

    Magna Entertainment's buying spree is over for the time being. The Ontario-based racing conglomerate has shifted its focus toward making the 10 racetracks it owns and manages more efficient and profitable.

  • NTRA Seals TV Deal; 2002 Budget on Track

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has approved a contract extension with ESPN for television coverage, and also reported that 82% of the sellers and consignors at the Keeneland July yearling sale contributed financially to the organization to fund legislative endeavors.

  • In Michigan, Racetrack Gaming Part of Proposal

    The future of Michigan's Thoroughbred industry may lie squarely in the hands of three departing Republican politicians who are working against a year-end deadline to decide the fate of a legislative package that could reinvigorate racing in the state.