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  • Millennium Wind, winning the Blue Grass Stakes.

    Grade I Winner Millennium Wind Retired

    David and Jill Heerensperger's Millennium Wind, who won last year's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) two years after his half-brother Charismatic was Horse of the Year, has been retired after reaggravating a tendon injury.

  • Sam Houston Parent Company Posts Big Losses

    Maxxam, the industry conglomerate that owns Sam Houston Race Park, posted a huge first quarter loss after its aluminum operation declared bankruptcy. The bankruptcy is not expected to affect racing operations.

  • Epsom Oaks: 27 Eligible for June 7 Classic

    One of the most competitive renewals of the Vodafone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) for years is in prospect at Epsom Downs, following today's forfeit stage in which 27 fillies--four more than at this time last year --remained in the £350,000 classic.

  • Report: Melnyk New Canadian Leader in Compensation

    Biovail Corp. chairman and chief executive officer Eugene Melnyk has topped Magna International chairman Frank Stronach in terms of highest compensation in corporate Canada in 2001, the Toronto Globe and Mail reports.

  • Maryland Racing to Get $4.5M for Purses

    The embattled racing industry in Maryland will receive $4.5 million--not $3 million as expected--from the state for Thoroughbred and Standardbred purses and breeders' funds. The money will become available July 1.

  • Voodoo Dancer, Snow Dance Ship West for Gamely

    Monday's $500,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park is shaping up to be a battle between the West Coast's top turf distaffers and two Eastern-based invaders, with Astra and Starine representing the West and grade I winner Voodoo Dancer and John C. Oxley's Snow Dance shipping in from the East.

  • Ibn Al Haitham Breezes Toward Peter Pan Start

    Godolphin Racing's Ibn Al Haitham breezed Wednesday morning at Belmont Park in preparation for a start in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Michigan in Quandary Over Purse Distribution

    Michigan Thoroughbred horsemen say their industry is dying because of the unfair and illegal way purse money is being distributed. The Michigan racing commissioner counters that she is using past precedent to distribute the purses, and that it would be illegal for her to vary from that precedent without the consent of all parties.

  • Affluent Hopes to Break Million-Dollar Mark in Milady

    Janis Whitham's Affluent, a grade I winner on dirt and turf, will attempt to break the $1-million mark in career earnings May 25 in the $200,000 Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park. The grade I race will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

  • Belmont Gears Up for Four-Stakes Weekend

    Three-year-old Sunday Break is just one of the many top horses expected to compete in four stakes scheduled for the three-day Memorial weekend at Belmont Park in New York.

  • New York THA Donates to Research Foundation

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has donated $37,000 to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. The New York THA, which represents horsemen at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga, donated money to the foundation last year as well.

  • 26 Still Eligible for Epsom Derby

    Based on pure chances, Aidan O'Brien has the best shot at winning the Vodafone Derby, with eight horses still eligible

  • Youbet.com Promotes Seven Managers

    Youbet.com announced the promotion of seven managers Wednesday. Leading the list are former jockey agent Jeff Franklin who has become vice president of product management and Chris McConnell who is now executive director of track relations and player development.

  • Met Mile Contenders Work

    Left Bank and Affirmed Success, the two highweights for Monday's Memorial Day feature, the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) for 3-year-olds and up, put in their works this morning at Belmont Park.

  • Delta Slots: $32M in Revenue in Three Months

    Slot machines at Delta Downs have generated more than $32 million in gross revenue in less than three months, according to financial records released by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

  • Murmur Farm stallion and leading sire Our Emblem.

    Murmur Farm in Position for Financial Windfall

    After War Emblem hit the wire in the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Audrey Murray cashed a $5 ticket on the speedy colt and got back $19. But any day now, she and her husband, Allen, could be celebrating an even bigger payoff as the result of War Emblem's success in the Triple Crown races.

  • Will third try for Triple Crown be the charm for trainer Bob Baffert?

    Triple Charm: Will Baffert Win It This Time?

    Will the third time be the charm for Bob Baffert? No other Thoroughbred trainer in history has accomplished what Baffert has in a remarkable six-year span--point three different horses to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with the Triple Crown on the line.

  • Ashland Stakes winner Take Charge Lady looks to rebound in the Dogwood Stakes.

    Take Charge Lady Eyes Dogwood at Churchill

    Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, who finished second in the Kentucky Oaks and won the grade I Ashland Stakes, is expected to compete at Churchill Downs May 25 in the grade III Dogwood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Belmont Park Gears Up For Third Leg of Triple Crown

    With the countdown on for War Emblem's possible date with history in the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the New York Racing Association has set up a strong stakes schedule that will keep everyone happy with a parade of top-quality racing until the big day arrives. In all, 13 stakes will be run between Saturday and the Belmont Stakes.

  • Five Grade I Winners Pointed Toward Mass Cap

    Defending champion Include and fellow grade I winners Macho Uno, Mongoose, Outofthebox, and Redattore headline the list of 36 nominees for the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap to be contested June 1 at Suffolk Downs.

  • Lukas Pair Belmont Bound

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the two horses he saddled in the Preakness - Proud Citizen, who finished third, and Table Limit, who crossed the wire 11th- would likely run in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 8.

  • No Belmont for Harlan's Holiday

    Trainer Ken McPeek said Harlan's Holiday, seventh as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness, will not run in the June 8 Belmont Stakes. But McPeek will still be represented in the third jewel of the Triple Crown by Sarava, an impressive winner of Saturday's Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.

  • Summer Squall Getting Low Pregnancy Figures

    Prominent Central Kentucky stallion Summer Squall, who has always experienced some fertility problems, has gotten a very low percentage of mares in foal this season; however there are no plans to remove him from stallion service.

  • New Barns Top Del Mar Improvements

    When the new Del Mar season opens July 24, fans on both the front and backsides will notice some new improvements. The Del Mar season runs through Sept. 11, and racing is conducted every day but Tuesday throughout the summer stand.

  • NTRA Summer Racing Tour to Air on CBS

    The "NTRA Summer Racing Tour," presented by Long John Silver's, will air on CBS in June and July. Featuring races in four Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships divisions (Classic, Distaff, Turf and Mile), the three one-hour shows will air on June 15, June 29 and July 6 from 5-6:00 p.m. (ET).

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from the racing world...

  • War Emblem, after winning Preakness Stakes.

    Steve Haskin's Preakness Story: Battle of Baltimore

    It was no longer about buying the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), or Saudi Arabian politics, or lawsuits and bonuses. The 127th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was about a white-haired man and his free-spirited black horse, and the history they will be attempting to make in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 8.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    The Natural

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- Mike Pegram calls Bob Baffert "an artiste." Bob Lewis says he is "unbelievable." And Prince Ahmed Salman, whose colors have been carried to victory in four consecutive Triple Crown races by the Baffert-trained duo of Point Given and War Emblem, proclaims the conditioner a "genius."

  • Life Changer

    <i> By John Williams </i> -- In the late fall of 1978, the Bee Gees were topping the pop charts with "Stayin' Alive." Sideburns, long hair, and bell bottoms were still cool. Jimmy Carter was in the White House, the Baltimore Colts were still playing football on 33rd St. where they belonged, and the 10th horse to win the Triple Crown arrived to stand at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.

  • Thompson Sets Prairie Record With Six-Win Day

    Jockey Terry Thompson set a Prairie Meadows record May 20 by winning six races in one day. Thompson had shared the old record of five victories with David Essman, Vicki Warhol, and Cindy Noll.