The Oklahoma House narrowly approved a measure Feb. 26 that gives racetracks such as Remington Park the right to operate the same type of electronic games that Indian casinos do, and sent the bill to Gov. Brad Henry for his signature.
The $750,000 American Oaks, granted grade I status in its first year of eligibility, joins the elite of North America's stakes races to highlight Hollywood Park's $9.2-million stakes schedule for the 2004 Spring/Summer Meet.
Churchill Downs, home of the famed Kentucky Derby, and Pepsi, the official soft drink of Churchill Downs, have joined forces in a promotion that will place millions of Pepsi cans that bear the 2004 Kentucky Derby Logo on the shelves of retailers in three states.
Storm Flag Flying, the champion 2-year-old filly in 2002, was victorious Thursday at Gulfstream Park in her first start in more than eight months, going over the $1 million mark in career earnings in the process.
Champion Storm Flag Flying returned to the winner's circle Thursday at Gulfstream Park by notching a 3 3/4-length win in an optional allowance claiming contest. Redoubled Miss was second, with Keiai Sakura 1 1/4 lengths back for third. Storm Flag Flying completed the mile and 70-yard distance in 1:42.78.
Trainer Rick Hiles is hoping that a repeat win by San Dare in Saturday's $100,000 The Very One Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park will be just what the doctor ordered to get the filly back on target. But she must first get past an improving Ocean Silk.
One of the top juveniles of last year will need a bit of help in order to make his 2004 debut in the $100,000 Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Hastings Park is for sale. The Vancouver racetrack that was purchased by Woodbine Entertainment Group in 2002 apparently isn't performing as well as its parent company had hoped, even though attendance and wagering have increased since it changed hands.
A trio of stakes winners highlight the field for Saturday's $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. The Herecomesthebride, which is the eighth event on the 11-race card, drew 14 but the 1 1/8-mile race will be limited to a dozen starters.
John Russell, who conditioned champions Susan's Girl and Track Robbery, died last night at his home in Del Mar. Calif., from cancer.
Five-year-old Bedanken will make her seasonal debut in Saturday's Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds, where she will square off against 11 rivals in the 1 1/8-mile contest on the Stall-Wilson Turf Course.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has hired a director for its National Office of Wagering Security, and also approved multi-year contract extensions for commissioner Tim Smith and vice chairman D.G. Van Clief Jr., who serves as Breeders' Cup president.
The $100,000 Southwest Stakes, the second of three local preps for the $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) on April 10, lured a field of 10, including a pair of two-horse couplings, Feb. 28 at Oaklawn Park.
Three East Coast-based colts are scheduled to tackle the local contingent of 3-year-olds Feb. 28 in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes--final local prep for the March 20 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II)--at Turfway Park.
Gal O Gal is expected to join a very large field in Saturday's $100,000 The Very One Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park.
Capac, strong winner of a Feb. 4 allowance race at Laurel Park, is scheduled to make his stakes debut in the $40,000 Miracle Wood Stakes Feb. 28 at the Maryland racetrack.
The richest stakes schedule in Del Mar's history - 27 major races worth $6,325,000 - will serve as the centerpiece for the seaside track's 65th summer racing season starting July 21. The traditional 43-day meeting will run through Sept. 8.
Is there any possibility that the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner can come out of the Miracle Wood, Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT), Southwest Stakes, John Battaglia Memorial or Borderland Derby? Not likely, but that doesn't mean there won't be any potential Derby contenders competing this weekend.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has awarded $850,888 in funding for 20 projects in 2004. The organization said the money would be distributed to scientists at 12 universities.
Prices soared to world record heights Tuesday during Fasig-Tipton Florida's sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. A handsome colt from the first crop of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus set a new standard for a juvenile sold at public auction by commanding $4.5 million. In addition, a colt from the first crop of Stephen Got Even also blew past the previous mark of $2.7 million, bringing $3.1 million earlier in the auction.
Buckram Oak Farm's Silver Wagon, last year's Hopeful (gr. I) winner who had been scheduled to run in the Florida Derby (gr. I), likely will undergo surgery on both knees, which will keep him out of training for most of the year.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms reported that Footing is the first mare confirmed in foal to champion Vindication.
Three finalists for a dormant casino gaming license in Illinois currently held by bankrupt Emerald Casino Inc. were named by the state gaming board Wednesday.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, who is undefeated in four starts on grass, has been nominated to the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) and Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
Thoroughbred racing could return to Birmingham Race Course in Alabama under a proposal set forth Wednesday by track magnate Milton McGregor.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association might be poised to hire former New York Racing Association president Terry Meyocks, industry sources said. It isn't known in what capacity Meyocks would serve if he's hired.
Turf writer Don Lee, a fixture on the Nebraska racing circuit for decades, died earlier this month in Omaha at age 82.
- By Tom LaMarra
A Louisville legislator is prepared to file a bill to authorize a constitutional amendment on casino gambling in Kentucky under a scenario in which gaming wouldn't be limited to racetracks.
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