Headlines for Tuesday, June 24, 2003

  • Tenpins Near Seasonal Debut

    Tenpins moved closer to his 2003 racing debut with a strong seven-furlong workout Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The Michigan-bred son of Smart Strike breezed the distance in 1:26.60 over a fast track under regular rider Robby Albarado.

  • Tenpins Near Seasonal Debut

    Tenpins moved closer to his 2003 racing debut with a strong seven-furlong workout Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The Michigan-bred son of Smart Strike breezed the distance in 1:26.60 over a fast track under regular rider Robby Albarado.

  • Half-Interest in Cuvee Sold

    In Tuesday barn notes from Churchill Downs, trainer Steve Asmussen confirmed that Winchell Thoroughbreds has reached an agreement to sell half-interest in Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III) winner Cuvee.

  • Ipi Tombe Breezes for Locust Grove

    Ipi Tombe completed her serious training for her American racing debut in Saturday's $150,000 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) by breezing a half-mile Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old Zimbabwe-bred daughter of Manshood covered four furlongs around the dogs on firm turf in :51 for trainer Elliott Walden.

  • Attorney Denis McInerney, presented NYRA's response to attorney general's report.

    Spa Takes Back Seat to Defense of NYRA

    The charges and countercharges battle between the New York Racing Association and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer continued June 24, with NYRA charging the state's chief law enforcement agent "does not understand NYRA's operations," and that he made "no attempt" to make his damaging report balanced.

  • Zavata, back in action Thursday.

    New Season Begins For Experimental High Weights

    The 2002 Experimental Free Handicap has been more an experiment in futility, as none of the Top 10 weighted horses even made it to the Kentucky Derby. But several of the heavy hitters are back in training, with the No. 9 ranked Zavata leading the comeback assault on Thursday.

  • Deceased stallion Spectacular Bid.

    Spectacular Bid: How Good a Stallion?

    Although deceased Spectacular Bid closed out his career away from all the glamour he experienced early on in Central Kentucky, the four-time champion might have accomplished enough in some categories to be given a passing grade as a stallion.

  • Magna Says Sale of $50 Million in Notes Complete

    Magna Entertainment Corp. said June 24 it has completed its previously announced sale of an additional $50-million aggregate principal amount of 8.55% convertible subordinated notes due June 15, 2010.

  • NTRA Radio Commercial Wins Award

    "Dinner Date", a 30-second spot that is part of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's (NTRA) national radio campaign, won grand prize at the Radio Mercury Awards held in New York City on June 20. The spot was produced for the NTRA by the New York City advertising agency DeVito/Verdi.

  • First Winner for Claudius

    Texas stallion Claudius scored his first winner from his first starter when Hi Teck Man posted his first win in his second career start in a 4 1/2 furlong maiden special weight contest on June 21 at Ruidoso Downs.

  • Son of Runaway Groom Brings $150,000 in Final OBSC Session

    Cab Driver, a Runaway Groom colt consigned by Paul Sharp, Agent was purchased by Buzz Chace, Agent for $150,000 to top the second and final session Wednesday of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company June Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from around the industry...

  • Zavata, in his Saratoga Special win.

    Zavata Attempts to Get Back on Track at Monmouth

    Stakes winner Zavata returns to the track on Thursday at Monmouth Park in the day's featured $41,000 optional claiming allowance race for horses that have never won three races other than maiden, claiming, or starter.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Dodge Ball

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- All things being equal, it's better to support a company that is putting money into racing.

  • Safety First

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- While there is a question of whether a track bias is real or perceived, one thing for sure is that track safety is the main goal of all racetrack superintendents.

  • It's Official: 2005 Breeders' Cup to Belmont Park

    Officials of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited have reached an agreement in principle with the New York Racing Association making Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., the host site for the 2005 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.