Seven weeks after stealing the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT), Red Oak Stable's Sweet Return employed similar front-running tactics in Monday's $150,000 San Marcos (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita with the same result: a gate-to-wire victory.
Glick, an 8-year-old bay horse running for a $62,500 claiming price Monday, broke the Santa Anita record for the about 6 1/2-furlong hillside turf course, covering the course in 1:11.26 while winning by 2 1/2 lengths.
A yearling Deputy Commander filly and the Gulch mare Natkeeta sold for $95,000 apiece Monday in Florida to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's winter mixed auction.
Jockey Jose Flores was injured during the first race at Philadelphia Park Monday afternoon when his mount, Faygo Rocks, broke down. After the second race, racing was canceled for the remainder of the card.
Hallowed Dreams, who equaled a modern day record by winning her first 16 races, produced her first foal, a Tirade colt, Jan. 13 for Johnny Gaspard and Lloyd J. Romero at the latter's farm near Erath, La.
It certainly wasn't the biggest race of the season, but Monday's $81,225 Fred "Cappy" Capossela had to be special to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas' New York operation. The winner, Quick Action is owned by longtime client Overbrook Farm, whose founder, William T. Young, died last week.
The entry of Peace Rules and Midas Eyes was installed the 9-5 morning line favorite by odds maker Jeff Tufts for Saturday's $1 million Barretts/CTBA Classic, marquee event on Sunshine Millions Day at Santa Anita Park.
Patrick Valenzuela, the leading rider at Southern California's five major meets during the last calendar year, has fired his agent of the last two years, Nick Cosato.
Patrick Valenzuela, the leading rider at all five of Southern California's major meets during 2003, has fired his agent of the last two years, Nick Cosato.
When entries were drawn Monday morning for the four races that will comprise the Gulfstream Park half of the Sunshine Millions, two of the events drew full 12-horse fields.
- By Tom LaMarra
The "inside man" in the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 betting scam was sentenced March 20 2003, to a year and a day--the least amount of jail time for the three fraternity brothers involved in the case.
The first reported foal for grade II winner Pure Prize is a filly born Jan. 18 at Carrie Brogden's Machmer Hall near Paris, Ky.
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack officials Monday announced a 35% increase in overnight purses beginning with opening day of the 2004 racing season.
Daily average attendance and daily average handle were both down slightly during the New York Racing Association's 250-day racing season in 2003.
Joe Pesci, the Academy Award-winning actor, plans to be at Gulfstream Park on Saturday to watch his namesake, Pesci, compete in the $500,000, 1 1/16-mile Ocala Breeders' Sales Distaff on the Sunshine Millions program.
Oaklawn Park will kick off its 100th season of racing Jan. 23 with expected full fields and enticements for on-track patrons.
Balakheri, an English group II winner as a homebred for the Aga Khan, will enter stud at Liam and Gary Norris' Woodfield Farm Stud near Glendalligan in County Waterford in Ireland.
The scheme by three former fraternity brothers to fix the $3.1-million Ultra Pick Six payoff on the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships will be featured on national television tonight, Monday, Jan. 19.
Don Dean, a Washington, D.C.-based corporate Congressional representative and Maryland Thoroughbred owner and breeder, was re-elected president of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America during the organization's National Chaplain's School and Convention Jan. 7-12 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The 2004 equine auction season got a quick jump out of the gate this week as the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale continued the bull market seen during September and November. The five-day sale that ended Friday resulted in a 58% increase in gross, a 49% gain in average price, and a 30% rise in median when compared with the 2003 auction.
- By Tom Keyser
After Funny Cide delighted racing fans with his sizzling victory at Gulfstream Park, the schedule for the popular New York-bred gelding included the Pimlico Special (gr. I), which could be canceled this year due to a purse shortfall.
Came Home's first reported foal is a colt born Jan. 16 at Gary Biszantz' Cobra Farm near Lexington.
Two new group I races will take place in Britain this year, the European Pattern Committee has announced. Both races -- the Falmouth Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes -- will be run at Newmarket, the headquarters of British flat racing.
Youbet.com and minority shareholder TV Games Network have settled an ongoing dispute by agreeing to delay court proceedings and arbitration hearings over proxy materials sent to Youbet shareholders last fall.
William Inglis & Son's classic yearling sale broke new barriers at in Australia Monday, ending its two-day run with a 30% increase in the gross revenue.
Donald S. Levinson, who campaigned millionaire Lost Code and served as a member of the Maryland Racing Commission, died in his sleep Jan. 9 at his winter home in Palm Beach, Fla.
- By Tom Precious
Track operators in New York are gearing up for a major lobbying battle against an effort to spread video lottery terminals beyond the state's horse racing industry.
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