Headlines for Tuesday, August 6, 2002

  • Steve Haskin's Breeders' Cup Future Bet Analysis

    With Pool 1 of the Breeders' Cup Future Bet in the books, fans will have some idea what to expect when they wager on Pool 2, which will be conducted from Aug. 9-11. The races in Pool 2 are the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf, Breeders' Cup Mile, and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

  • Sure Shot Biscuit Rolling in the Dough; Iowa's First Millionaire

    On Tuesday evening, Sure Shot Biscuit eclipsed the $1 million mark in career earnings at Prairie Meadows. The 6-year-old gelding, owned by Okoboji Racing Stable and trained by Kelly Von Hemel, is the first Iowa-bred in history to reach that milestone.

  • Magna to New York: 'We Are Not Going Away'

    Stymied in recent efforts to enter the New York racing market, Magna Entertainment is still highly interested in moving its way into the lucrative betting state, the company's president said Aug. 6.

  • 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<br>furlongs at Laurel for Harry and Tom Meyerhoff.

  • Thistledown Launches Groom Elite Program

    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

    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.

  • Mr Combustible Retired to Beechbrook in Ireland

    Mr Combustible, a two-time English group winner and third in the classic Rothmans Royals St. Leger (Eng-I), has been retired from racing to stand at Beechbrook Stud in County Wicklow in Ireland,

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Life's A Beach

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- 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.

  • Kathleen Adams

    Keep Hope Alive

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

  • Anofferucantrefuse Takes A Jump Up From Novice Conditions

    Anofferucantrefuse is moving up from novice conditions to take on a field of six experienced jumpers, including multiple winner It's a Giggle, in Thursday's $75,000A.P. Smithwick Memorial, going 2 1/16-miles over national fences, at Saratoga.

  • Tobey Maguire Goes From Spider-Man to Seabiscuit

    "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 Paul Patton.

    Kentucky Governor: Consider Expanded Gambling

    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.