Headlines for Tuesday, September 24, 2002

  • Simulcast Coordination Woes Just Won't Go Away

    Simulcast television production and the problems inherent with post-time coordination were at the forefront Sept. 24 during second day of the three-day International Simulcasting Conference in Bal Harbor, Fla.

  • Astra (3), shown winning the 2001 Beverly Hills Handicap.

    Millionaire and BC Contender Astra Retired

    Millionaire Astra, who figured to be one of the favorites in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), has been retired because of a respiratory infection.

  • Quarter Horse Track License On Hold Pending Review

    Plans for a Quarter Horse racetrack in southeast Kentucky were detailed before the Kentucky Racing Commission Sept. 24, but the panel said it wants more financial data before it considers granting Southern Bluegrass Downs a racing license.

  • Michigan Poll: Gambling OK, But Is There Too Much?

    While legislation that would allow video gaming at Michigan racetracks awaits action in the state legislature, residents have voiced their opposition to the proliferation of casino-type gambling in a recent poll.

  • Purse Increase and Graded Status Attracts Runners to Indiana

    An extra $100,000 added to the purse and graded status has attracted more than 40 nominations to the $400,000 Indiana Derby (gr. III) on Oct. 5 at Hoosier Park. The Oct. 4 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks was boosted to grade III status last year and received a $100,000 purse increase this year. The $300,000 Oaks attracted more than 20 nominations.

  • Harlan's Holiday Leads Pegasus 'Cap

    Harlan's Holiday was assigned highweight of 122 pounds for Friday's $350,000 Pegasus Handicap (gr. II) at the Meadowlands.

  • Dogwood Stable's Finality has won four of five starts on turf.

    Finality Takes Easy Route to Jamaica Victory

    Dogwood Stable's Finality took the overland route to a one-length victory over Union Place in the $200,000 Jamaica Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 mile on Belmont's inner turf course.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from around the Thoroughbred industry...

  • Point Given's Fee Reduced $50,000

    Syndicated stallion Point Given, whose fee of $125,000 was the highest for an incoming stallion of 2002, had his fee reduced to $75,000 for 2003.

  • Rock of Gibraltar, shown winning the NetJet Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, may close out career in BC Classic.

    Rock of Gibraltar May Wait For BC Classic

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien said Monday night that Rock of Gibraltar, winner of seven consecutive group I stakes, would be withdrawn from Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot if the ground remains firm and could close out his career in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor in Chief

    Will History Repeat?

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- An interesting development occurred at the Keeneland September sale, which took place during a nervous time for stock market investors and for breeders who consign at the top-end of the yearling market. The auction ended with mixed economic signals...

  • Adjust Now

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- Walking around the Keeneland sale grounds during the September yearling auction, one heard many reasons for the "correction" in the marketplace.