Articles posted August 6, 2002

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Favorite Trick's First Winner

Horse of the Year Favorite Trick, who is represented by a graded stakes-placed filly from his first crop, welcomed his first winner July 31, when his son Favorite One won at seven
furlongs at Laurel for Harry and Tom Meyerhoff.

Thistledown Launches Groom Elite Program

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Thistledown is launching the Groom Elite Program in Ohio. The 14-week program is designed to teach stable area employees horse handling skills and knowledge in equine care that will increase the availability of qualified, trained professional help in the stable area.

Recovery Fund Set Up For Woodbine Fire Victims

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In the aftermath of Sunday's fire at Woodbine, in which 32 Thoroughbred racehorses were lost, the racing community has rallied to help those in need with the creation of relief fund.

Sheppard Rooting for Day to Break Record

Trainer Jonathan Sheppard would be doubly happy if Hall of Fame rider Pat Day became racing's all-time leader in purse earnings. First, Sheppard considers Day a good friend, and secondly, Day has a chance break the record while piloting the Sheppard-trained With Anticipation to back-to-back wins in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT), which will be contested Saturday at Saratoga.

Life's A Beach

By Ray Paulick -- At Del Mar, promotions and activities such as concerts, "family fun club," trackside educational programs, handicapping seminars, and even a day-care facility in association with the local YMCA have helped the track increase business.

Keep Hope Alive

By Kathleen Adams -- My heart sank. An incredible feeling of sadness came over me as my eyes focused on the headline "Hal's Hope dies."

Tobey Maguire Goes From Spider-Man to Seabiscuit

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"Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire has signed on to play jockey Red Pollard, who piloted the fabled Depression era horse Seabiscuit, in the major motion picture release of the Laura Hillenbrand book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend."

On-Track Numbers Improve at Saratoga

Through the first two weeks of the Saratoga season, total handle is up 6.8 percent, while on-track attendance and on-track handle are slightly down from last year's record-setting meet.

Kentucky Governor: Consider Expanded Gambling

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Expanded gambling is preferable to raising taxes to help balance Kentucky's budget, Gov. Paul Patton said Aug. 5 during a news conference that kicked off Responsible Gaming Education Week.

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