The $86-billion overseas betting industry is called a potential growth market for United States racetracks that could end up developing the system, officials said during the International Simulcast Conference.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who turns 39 Wednesday, had an informal meeting Sunday with three stewards at Santa Anita Park to begin the process of obtaining a license to exercise horses. Valenzuela, winner of the 1989 Kentucky Derby aboard Sunday Silence, has not ridden since February, 2000, when he was suspended for the latest in a series of drug violations. The rider applied to be relicensed one year later, but that request was rejected.
Shortly after William T. Young's Overbrook Farm announced a $500,000 fee for Storm Cat for 2002, the Lexington nursery came out with its remaining fees.
Tracy Farmer's Albert the Great, prepping for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), breezed four furlongs over the main track in :50 1/5 at Belmont today. Afterwards, trainer Nick Zito was happy with the work. " It's been a long year," the New York-based conditioner said. "I don't have to do a lot with him. I'm going easy on him for this race. He doesn't need much."
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott had Hap on Belmont's main track this morning for a four-furlong breeze. The son of 1987 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Theatrical was clocked at :50 1/5.
Flatbird Stable's Peeping Tom, who is likely to start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), worked four furlongs over Belmont's main track in :46 1/5 this morning. The 4-year-old worked in company with stablemate Bluesbreaker. They earned the bullet, outworking 36 others at that distance.
Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky has kept the fee for 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Awesome Again at $50,000 and has announced private fees for Alphabet Soup and Lit de Justice.
Graham J. Beck's Gainesway Farm announced that syndicated stallion Irish River has been pensioned and joins fellow pensioned farm stallions Big Spruce, Lyphard, and Stop the Music for a life of leisure.
Art Preston of Prestonwood Farm has purchased a half-interest in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Shesastonecoldfox from Dennis and Deborah Petrisak's Langpap Stables, who also bred the filly. Preston attempted to purchase the filly outright over the weekend, but a disagreement over the deadline to complete the deal caused it to fall through.
A wide-ranging group of industry representatives will take part in the Racehourse Medication Summit during the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's Annual Symposium on Racing. The medication summit, sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), is planned for Dec. 4.
A Pleasant Colony colt, who is a half-brother to Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) winner Forest Camp, sold for $400,000 Tuesday during the final session of the Keeneland October yearling sale.
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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders' Cup Limited announced revised plans for their fundraising activities in connection with the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund, including a series of charity auctions to replace the previously scheduled, black-tie Breeders' Cup Charity Gala Oct. 26. The Heroes Fund aids the families of rescue workers and other victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
Gainesway Farm stallion Broad Brush once again will stand for a private fee and Cozzene's fee will remain at $60,000.
Meadowlands Cup winner Gander turned in a spirited work Tuesday morning, drilling five furlongs on the Belmont main track in :58 4/5 with jockey Gary Stevens aboard. Trainer John Terranova said Stevens will wait until he works Macho Uno before deciding whom he will ride in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. However, Macho Uno's trainer, Joe Orseno, said Tuesday that Stevens had already given him the call immediately following his fourth-place finish aboard Albert the Great in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International released its stallion fees for 2002, and once again Nureyev is pegged at a private fee.
Canada's best Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships hope, Numerous Times, is 100 percent following a slight illness, and is ready to contest the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). The colt turned in a sharp five-furlong workout over Woodbine's sloppy main strip on Tuesday morning. Regular rider, Patrick Husbands, guided the four-year-old son of Numerous over five furlongs in 1:00 1/5.
When pre-entries closed Monday for the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships, globe-trotting Godolphin Racing was represented by eight different entries, including two cross-entered for both the Classic and the Turf.
By Richard Migliore -- On Oct. 27, it is highly appropriate that we celebrate racing's greatest day in New York. I urge we all do it with the same indomitable spirit that has been guiding every New Yorker the past month. I urge we all do it with that same spirit, at one of the greatest racetracks, in the greatest city, in the greatest country.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Those who say sports and politics do not mix are either immune to reality or, quite possibly, unfamiliar with Thoroughbred racing. Can there be a stronger link between the two seemingly unrelated pastimes than there is between world leaders and the international sport of kings, queens, sheikhs, and princes?
Canadian Horse of the Year Alywow remains hospitalized at Troytown Veterinary Hospital in Ireland after injuring a leg in a paddock accident.
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is urging state lawmakers and the governor to approve his plan to sell the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. to a Magna Entertainment-led consortium as a way to raise much-needed revenues in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
An A.P. Indy colt, who is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Don't Read My Lips, brought the top price of $140,000 Monday during the first session of the Keeneland October yearling sale.
Churchill plans to replace its current paddock video screen this week. In the past, reading the screen's information, which included current odds, closed-circuit coverage, and the races themselves, was difficult.
Millionaire Dumaani is scheduled to stand the 2002 breeding season at Gary and Marlene Howard's Hideaway Farms near San Jacinto, Calif.
Racing fans in New Jersey could have more to cheer about in 2002, that is if Meadowlands and Monmouth Park are granted the 141 Thoroughbred dates requested for next year.
California stallion Din's Dancer, sire of millionaire Ladies Din, was euthanized Oct. 12 after fracturing a pastern bone in a paddock accident that day at Gary and Marlene Howard's Hideaway Farms near San Jacinto, Calif.
The pros and cons of reduced pari-mutuel takeout were debated during the opening session of the International Simulcast Conference. The debate figures to continue for some time.
Grade I winner City Zip, who might give it a go in the Breeders' Cup, will be retired at the end of the year, according to trainer Linda Rice
The fate of 111 Thoroughbreds is in the hands of the FBI after one of the strangest embezzlement cases in Northern California history.
D. Wayne Lukas, the leading trainer in Breeders' Cup history with 16 victories, worked four horses scheduled to start in the World Thoroughbred Championships on October 27. With overnight rains, the Belmont Park track was labeled muddy with the dogs up.
Already facing stiff competition for the wagering dollar from simulcasting in Ohio and three nearby riverboat casinos, Turfway Park sustained another blow when fallout from the events of Sept. 11 impacted the track's fall meet.
Globeform is the international horse rating service founded by Geir Stabell, handicapper for the Racing Post.
Morton Fink's Stephen Foster Handicap winner Guided Tour breezed five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 in company over a muddy track at Churchill Downs on Monday.
The Department of Equine Business at the University of Louisville was commissioned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Office of the Governor, to quantify the economic loss to the Kentucky equine breeding industry resulting from the loss of a large number of foals to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) in 2001. Following is a summary of the detailed analysis contained in that study.
The work tab at Belmont Park was busy Sunday, with a plethora of contenders in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships working out.
A $105,000 Quiet American colt was the top seller as of 2 p.m. (EDT) Monday during the first session of the Keeneland October yearling sale. Consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, agent, he was purchased by Florida pinhooker Becky Thomas, who plans to resell him at an auction of 2-year-olds in training next year.
Hurstland Farm stallion Doc's Leader was euthanized the night of Oct. 14 because of complications arising from a neurological disorder.
More than 30% of the anticipated 2002 Thoroughbred foal crop in Kentucky has been wiped out due to mare reproductive loss syndrome, and the economic cost to the state from losses suffered by all horse breeds will total nearly $336 million, according to a study commissioned by Gov. Paul Patton and conducted by the University of Louisville's Department of Equine Business.
Bull Inthe Heather and Alnaab arrived Oct. 13 at Loren and Nancy Bolinger's Running Horse Farm near Albuquerque, N.M.
Two U.S.-bred juveniles brought the top prices at Saturday's Pearls of Dubai sale at the Dubai World Cup Quarantine Center in the United Arab Emirates.
Cindy's Hero rallied in the stretch and beat Gabriellina Giof by a nose Sunday to win the $110,500 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap at Santa Anita.
A contingent of Southern California horses competing in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is scheduled to ship to New York on Oct. 23.
Heads Will Roll and Love n' Kiss S. took split divisions of Sunday's Belmont Park feature, the Pebbles Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies.
John Gosden-trained Mount Abu led a British sweep of the top four places in the Prix de la Foret (Fr-I) at Longchamp on Sunday.
Sam-Son Farms' Only to You shipped south from Canada for a narrow victory in Sunday's $100,000 Dowager Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
Confucius Say beat Coolmars by 4 1/2 lengths in Saturday's $250,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic at Charles Town Races. Confucius Say, a 3-year-old gelding by Eastover Court, covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:51 3/5, barely missing the race record of 1:50 set by A Huevo in 1999.
Seattle Slew, the 27-year-old stallion who stands at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm, was represented by his 100th stakes winner when Slow Down won the Hillsborough Handicap at Bay Meadows on Saturday
No Slip posted a nose victory over Sligo Bay in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby for 3-year-olds Saturday at Santa Anita Park. A lightly raced French-bred, No Slip ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.56 and paid $13.20, $7.80 and $4.20. Kent Desormeaux rode the winner at 118 pounds for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel and owners John and Jerome Amerman.
Longshot Blissful Kiss beat Ms Brookski by three lengths in Saturday's $400,000 My Dear Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds fillies at Calder Race Course. In the $400,000 In Reality division, favored Booklet won by 4 1/2 lengths.
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