Grey Comet, Boston Park, Go Rockin' Robin, Mustang Jock and Torre and Zim have emerged as likely starters for Saturday's $75,000-added Whirlaway for 3-year-olds at a 1 1/16 miles at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York.
Flaxman Holdings' grade 1 winner Good Journey, unraced since winning the Nov. 30 Citation Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park, is expected to make his next start in the March 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile.
According to trainer Jeff Mullins, Captain Squire is still being pointed to run on the March 29 Dubai World Cup despite the threat of war in the Middle East.
- By Tom Precious
The head of the New York Senate racing committee is pressing a new video lottery terminal plan that would give more money to racetracks and purses by giving back less in winnings to bettors.
Javier Castellano was at Long Island's North Shore Hospital Wednesday night after hitting the track hard in a gruesome spill in the eighth race at Aqueduct. The track's leading rider complained of neck and shoulder pain.
Trust N Luck, one of the leading candidates for the Feb. 15 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), worked between races at Gulfstream on Wednesday.
New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey has announced the creation of a Video Lottery Study Commission that will investigate the feasibility of video lottery terminals at racetracks and give him written recommendations in 90 days.
Trust N Luck, 11-length winner of the Whatapleasure Stakes at Calder, shipped to Gulfstream from Calder and worked 5 furlongs in :59 4/5 between races, in preparation for the Feb. 15 Fountain of Youth Stakes.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has elected officers, chosen an executive director, and put the finishing touches on few sections of its proposed model policy for medication and drug testing. Breeders' Cup president D.G. Van Clief Jr. was elected chairman.
Sky Mesa had his third work toward the Florida Derby; Todd Pletcher counts Bham, Lion Tamer, and Indy Dancer among his charges; plus other workout notes from Florida.
Robert and Beverly Lewis' Composure, looking to make amends for her second-place finish as the 1-5 favorite in the Dec. 14 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I), worked five furlongs in :58 4/5, handily, at Santa Anita Tuesday morning.
San Dare and Vespers are among the runners scheduled to start in stakes races at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
Todd Pletcher, who has three promising Kentucky Derby contenders, will be running all three in different stakes on the weekend of Feb. 15-16.
The William Inglis & Son sales company in Australia will waive its commission on horses which do not achieve their reserve at its upcoming auctions of broodmares and weanlings, May 23, 25, and 26.
McSwain named general council of National HBPA...Campbell to sign books at Gulfstream Park...Hotaling donates 1863 and 1864 newspapers to National Museum of Racing...HorseTV secures rights to 75 international equestrian competitions for 2003 and 2004.
Turnover at the 77th New Zealand yearling sale series closed at $47,235,200 for 970 head and experienced a significant drop in the lower end of the market. Receipts for eight days of selling were down 14% on the previous year.
Saying he did not want to be the man who killed the Keeneland July yearling sale, Geoffery Russell, Keeneland director of sales, said the decision to put the annual summer auction on a one-year hiatus was a difficult one. Russell, and Tom Thornbury, assistant director of sales, addressed the February meeting of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club on Tuesday night.
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