Headlines for Friday, January 10, 2003

  • Keeneland January Sale Numbers Dip

    Keeneland sold 1,185 horses for $31,186,000 during the five-day January Horses of All Ages Sale that ended on Friday, but total sales average and median were down from 2002.

  • Trainers Plot Course in Florida Derby Series

    South Florida is a 3-year-old mecca because of Gulfstream's Florida Derby Series, which starts on Jan. 18, with the running of the $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III). The series continues Feb. 15 with the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), and comes to a fitting climax March 15 with the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I).

  • Baffert's Echeverria Aims at San Miguel

    Bob Baffert, Santa Anita's leading trainer the last six meets, seeks his second consecutive victory in the $100,000 San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) on Sunday with Echeverria.

  • Harlan's Holiday Held Out for Now

    Harlan's Holiday, winner of the 2002 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream, was expected to make his 2003 seasonal debut in the Hal's Hope (gr. III) Saturday at the South Florida track, but those plans went awry, according to trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Jerkens Puts Two Longshots in Florida Stakes

    Hall of Famer H. Allen Jerkens pulled off an upset with First Blush in the Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) on opening day (Jan. 3) at Gulfstream Park and will try to pull off a couple more surprises when he saddles horses in two stakes races this weekend at the South Florida racetrack.

  • Whywhywhy Drills for Fountain of Youth

    Whywhywhy, 10th as the 5-2 favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), had his first breeze Friday morning at Santa Anita since that Oct. 26 race at Arlington Park.

  • Affirmed Success won an allowance race at Aqueduct on Friday.

    Affirmed Success Back to Work at Aqueduct

    Albert Fried's Affirmed Success, returning from a six-month layoff, began his 9-year-old season at Aqueduct on Friday afternoon with a one-length victory in the featured $54,000 allowance race at six furlongs.

  • Broadcast of U.S. Races in Britain Goal of Companies

    The wagering and broadcasting company attheraces has signed an agreement with United States-based The Racing Network international to work together to enhance the acquisition, development, and production of U.S. racing on the attheraces interactive digital television channel in the United Kingdom.

  • Cornstein Re-Appointed Chair of NYC-OTB

    New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg re-appointed David Cornstein as chair of the Off Track Betting Corp. (OTB) on Jan. 10. Cornstein was first appointed to the board in 1994.

  • Canadian Dollar to Be Noted Separately in '03 Catalogues

    The Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers has announced that purse money earned in Canada since Jan. 1, 2003 will be denoted separately in future North American sales catalogues. The new policy will not be retroactive.

  • NTRA Wagering Technology Group Meets

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Wagering Technology Working Group met Thursday afternoon via teleconference to review several ongoing projects.