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Services Set March 8 for John Russell

Memorial services for trainer John Russell are scheduled for March 8 at noon at Church of the Ascension on Laurel St. in Sierra Madre, Calif.

Veteran Mitchell has Derby 'Gold Rush' in Mind

Mike Mitchell has been training nearly 30 years but has never run a horse in the Kentucky Derby. If the 55-year-old Bakersfield, Calif. native gets to Churchill Downs on May 1, his hopes rest with Quinton's Gold Rush.

Magna 5 Pays $205,703 Saturday

The Magna 5, a $2 pick five wager linking races from four Magna Entertainment racetracks in an hour, paid $205,703 to two winners Saturday. The winning tickets were purchased from the Philadelphia Park hub and Richmond, VA offf-track facility.

Seattle Borders Bounds to Baldwin Win

Seattle Borders Bounds to Baldwin Win

Seattle Borders, making his first start for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, wore down Stalking Tiger in the closing stages and notched a one-length victory in the $113,350 Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Santa Anita Park.

Capac's Derby Hopes Take a Soaking

Water Cannon doused the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopes of Capac when he scored a narrow victory in the $40,000 Miracle Wood Stakes as the heavy favorite tired to fifth.

10 Fillies Take Their Shot in La Habra Stakes

Bobby Frankel's Aspen Gal could be the class of a wide-open field of 10 3-year-old fillies battling on Santa Anita Park's hillside turf course in Sunday's $100,000 La Habra Stakes. A victory in the La Habra, which is run at about 6 ½ furlongs, would be the richest career win for any filly in the field.

Kentucky Bill for Track, Non-Track Casinos Filed

Legislation to authorize a constitutional amendment on casino gambling at nine locations--five of them racetracks--in Kentucky was filed Feb. 27 in the state House of Representatives. A companion bill was filed in the Senate.

New York Racetrack Denied Operating License

State regulators have denied a 2004 racing application for troubled Vernon Downs, a Standardbred racetrack in central New York. The Feb. 27 ruling by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board prohibits racing at the facility and keeps shuttered a recently completed video lottery terminal casino.

B.C. Turf Hero Johar Among Nominees for Turf Classic

The Thoroughbred Corp's Johar, a dead-heat winner with High Chaparral in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), and 3rd Turn Stable's defending winner Honor In War head a list of 98 older grass horses nominated to the 17th running of the $400,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

Iowa House OKs Table Games for Racetracks

Prairie Meadows and two Greyhound tracks will be permitted to offer table games under Iowa legislation that bans new gaming licenses in counties where they aren't currently in place.

Illinois Clamps Down on Equine 'Milkshakes'

The Illinois Racing Board has amended its medication rules to drastically increase the penalties for a positive "milkshake" test and also bans any type of hypodermic injection of a horse 24 hours before a scheduled start.

Oklahoma House Narrowly OKs Gaming Bill

Oklahoma House Narrowly OKs Gaming Bill

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.

Pepsi, Churchill Downs Team for Derby Promotion

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.

Champion Storm Flag Flying Victorious in Return

Champion Storm Flag Flying Victorious in Return

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.

Woodbine to Sell Hastings 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.

NTRA Hires Security Chief, Extends Some Contracts

NTRA Hires Security Chief, Extends Some Contracts

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.

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