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  • Tres Touche, Al Skywalker Battle in Carolina Cup

    Proven stakes performers Tres Touche and Al Skywalker meet Saturday in the year's first National Steeplechase Association Grade I stakes, the $100,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C.

  • Fair Grounds Slots Bill Pre-Filed

    Among the bills pre-filed in advance of the general legislative session in Louisiana is a measure to allow slot machines at Fair Grounds, the Times-Picayune reported today.

  • Orchid Handicap Retains Grade II Status

    The March 23 Orchid Handicap won by Tweedside, which was automatically downgraded after being switched off the turf, has retained its Grade II status.

  • Man Among Men Likely for Arkansas Derby

    Man Among Men, in need of more time following his disappointing seventh in the San Felipe, probably will pass the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on april 5 and point to the $500,000 Arkansas Derby (Gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles at Oaklawn Park a week later.

  • Sunday Break, winning the 2002 Peter Pan.

    Sunday Break's Turf Debut Set in Arcadia

    Koji Maeda's Japanese-bred Sunday Break worked a bullet seven furlongs in 1:26 2/5 handily around the dogs over Santa Anita's firm turf course Wednesday morning. Hall of Fame conditioner Neil Drysdale was on hand to supervise the son of Forty Niner, who went fastest of seven on the lawn for the distance on the day with jockey Corey Nakatani in the irons.

  • Brancusi Works Solidly for Blue Grass

    Michael Tabor's Blue Grass Stakes bound Brancusi, a strong third in the March 16 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), had his first work since then on Wednesday morning. He went six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 handily over Santa Anita's fast main track.

  • Shameful Shows Way in Pine Tree Lane

    Shameful swept past the tiring leaders in mid stretch and then held off Wild Tickle to post a one-length victory Wednesday in the $78,650 Pine Tree Lane Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.

  • Azeri Tops Apple Blossom Nominees

    Nominations have closed for the four races at Oaklawn Park during its Racing Festival of the South. Medaglia d'Oro and Congaree are nominated to the Oaklawn Handicap.

  • Flint and Lumpkins Approaching Turfway Records

    Trainer Bernie Flint and Jockey Jason Lumpkins, who currently win at a 43% rate when teaming together, enter the homestretch of Turfway Park's Winter-Spring meet with single-season records in sight.

  • Citibank to Sponsor Cal Gold Rush Day

    Citibank, which absorbed Cal Fed Bank with its acquisition of Golden State Bancorp last year, will be the new sponsor as Hollywood Park stages Citibank California Gold Rush IV on April 26.

  • Pursuit of Racetrack VLTs in New Jersey on Hold

    Though a commission was recently formed to study the feasibility of putting video lottery terminals at New Jersey racetracks, Gov. Jim McGreevey apparently has abandoned the idea of including VLT revenue in the state's 2004 budget.

  • Kentucky Ag Commissioner Issues Agro-Terrorism Statement

    As the United States fights a war in Iraq and a larger war against terrorism, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith has called upon farmers and farm businesses to do their part to secure the nation's food supply.

  • The Greatest Game Holds First Lottery for 16 Prospects

    The Greatest Game, which seeks to match prospective Thoroughbred owners with bloodstock consultants that have agreed to follow a code of ethics, held its first lottery March 25 in Lexington. There were 16 prospects from across the country and a pool of 75 consultants.

  • Indian Charlie Colt Tops FT Texas Sale

    Conducting its first sale since the outbreak of war in Iraq, Fasig-Tipton saw decreases in almost every category at its Texas Two-Year-Olds In-Training Sale on Tuesday at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.

  • River Downs Requires Health Certificates For Horses

    Due to the recent detection of equine herpesvirus in three horses at Turfway Park, nearby River Downs has implemented procedures that must be followed before horsemen can ship in to their stalls or use the track for training purposes.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from around the industry...

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Signaling Change

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- It is difficult to review operations for the first five years of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association without wondering what might have transpired if the forerunner to the NTRA--the owner-driven National Thoroughbred Association--had gotten off the ground.

  • Suspend the Horses

    <i>By Gary West</i> -- Positive tests detecting the presence of EPO antibodies in horses pose an integrity problem for racing that is far graver than the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 scam.

  • War Emblem Having Problems in Breeding Shed

    War Emblem, North America's champion 3-year-old male of 2002 who was sold to Japan's Shadai Stallion Station for nearly $18 million in September, is having difficulties covering mares in his first year at stud and his owners are negotiating a settlement with an insurance company.