A celebration of legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham's 90th birthday will be presented at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Major Idea, favored in five of her last six races, will likely be the public choice once again Sunday in the $150,000 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
The Kentucky Derby lost another of its major stars Friday when Badge of Silver suffered a fractured cannon bone in his right front leg. The son of Silver Deputy, who had romped in his first three career starts before tasting defeat in the Louisiana Derby, would have been one of the favorites in Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes.
Ruby's Reception mowed down favorites Go for Glamour and My Trusty Cat in the stretch to register a mild upset in Friday's $200,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park.
Cynthia Phipps' Saarland, one of last year's leading Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prospects, won his first race since November on Friday at Aqueduct Park, defeating four rivals in an allowance race as the 7-5 favorite.
With an off track possible for Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, one horse that does have experience over a wet strip is Arthur Vickers' longshot Sky Soldier, who was made 15-1 on the morning line.
Royal Spy went undercover at 11-1 to capture the $200,000 Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) at Keeneland in Friday's feature contest.
The season's final major select sale of 2-year-olds in training will be conducted at Keeneland on Tuesday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. (EDT).
- By Ron Mitchell
Thoroughbred owner and former U. S. Congressman Toby Roth has had an American flag sewn onto the shoulder of his stable's racing silks as a display of support for the troops fighting in Iraq.
- By Tom Precious
Racing and Las Vegas-style casino betting would go hand-in-hand under the latest high-stakes gambling hall proposal for the Catskills resort area of New York. Back for a second try, this time with a different Indian tribe as partners, Alpha Hospitality on Thursday filed an application with the federal government to build a $500 million casino adjacent to Monticello Raceway.
A field full of quality fillies and mares goes postward in Keeneland's $100,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sunday over 8 1/2 grassy furlongs.
Often the bridesmaid but rarely the bride, Crafty C.T. looks to headline Sunday's running of the $250,000-added Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Keeneland.
A full field of 10 turf sprinters will contest the $100,000 Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Blue Grass undercard at Keeneland Saturday.
A tight state budget and political maneuvering are combining to brighten the prospect for approval of slot machines at racetracks in Illinois.
Sunland Park officials named Excessivepleasure Horse of the Meet for the 2002-03 live horse racing season. Excessivepleasure won the $500,000 WinStar Derby, the richest race ever run at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, on March 30.
- By Tom LaMarra
With a business plan in place, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association plans to meet with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup the week of April 14 to discuss plans for the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed for-profit, owner-driven racing series.
The New York Racing Association announced Friday it has notified the New York State Racing and Wagering Board that beginning April 12, Wood Memorial day, it will revert to its previous policy of stopping betting when the gates open to start each race.
- By Tom LaMarra
Officials in Texas said support for racetrack gaming continues to grow in state government and in communities with pari-mutuel facilities.
In the movie business, sequels usually don't measure up to the originals. But Thoroughbred breeder Arthur B. Hancock III, owner of Stone Farm near Paris, Ky., is hoping a 2003 foal he has nicknamed Superman II is every bit as successful as a 1997 colt Hancock dubbed Superman, later named Fusaichi Pegasus.
Eclipse Award winner Rhythm, whose daughter Ethereal was Australia's champion stayer, is scheduled to commute on the shuttle again after an absence of four years
Dare To Win, a winning 6-year-old gelding by Danewin, brought the top price of $17,000 (approximately $10,312 in U.S. funds) Friday during the William Inglis & Son Easter Thoroughbred mixed sale at Newmarket in Australia.
Comic Strip's first winner came April 10 at Aqueduct when his son Cash Button won at 4 1/2 furlongs
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