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  • TVG To Launch Quarter Horse Show

    On Saturday, TVG will unveil a new show devoted to Quarter Horse racing.Called "The Quarters," it will feature on-site production from Los Alamitos Racecourse in Cypress, California, and run from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. (ET) on Thursday through Saturday and 9 p.m. to<br>midnight (ET) on Sunday each week.

  • Snow Ridge Draws Seven For Carter

    Snow Ridge, unbeaten in three starts in 2002, drew post seven as the 120 pound highweight in the 11-horse Carter Handicap (gr. I) field at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • War Emblem, shown winning the Illinois Derby, has been sold and will be trained by Bob Baffert.

    War Emblem Sold; Leaves For Baffert Barn Friday

    Trainer Frank Springer spent his final day with War Emblem Thursday, as the son of Our Emblem will be transferred to Bob Baffert's barn at Churchill Downs Friday barring anything unforeseen happening to stop the sale of the colt to The Thoroughbred Corp.

  • Harlan's Holiday Leads Workouts

    Several key players in this weekend's Triple Crown prep races had workouts Thursday morning. On Saturday, the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) will be run in Kentucky at Keeneland, the Wood Memorial (gr. I) will be contested at Aqueduct in New York, and the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) will close out the meet at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.

  • Schaap to Deliver Sports Journalism Seminar Keynote

    ESPN correspondent Jeremy Schaap, who went head-to-head with former Indiana University men's basketball coach Bob Knight in one of the most-watched television interviews of the decade, will<br>deliver the keynote address at Churchill Downs' annual Collegiate Sports Journalism Seminar.

  • NBC to Telecast Blue Grass Live

    NBC Sports kicks off coverage of horseracing's 3-year-old picture Saturday with a 90-minute telecast of "NTRA's Road to the Kentucky Derby." The show will air from 4:30-6 p.m. (ET) and will feature live coverage of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) from Keeneland.

  • Val Royal, winning the Breeders&#39; Cup Mile.

    Breeders' Cup Winner Val Royal Retired

    David Milch's Val Royal, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), has been retired because of a recurrence of a tendon injury.

  • Victory Ride, winning Wednesday&#39;s Madison Stakes at Keeneland.

    Victory Ride Takes Inaugural Madison Stakes

    Victory Ride, making her first start since winning last summer's Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, cruised a one-length win in the inaugural $100,000 Madison Stakes at Keeneland Wednesday.

  • Golden Gate Equine Hospital Gets Go-Ahead

    Construction on a 3,600-square-foot equine medical facility at Golden Gate Fields can finally begin. The project was approved April 9 by the planning commission in Albany, Calif., where the track is located.

  • Breeders' Cup Sprint Sponsor Discontinues Operations

    Penske Auto Centers, which sponsored the $1-million Breeders' Cup Sprint and a series of prep races last year, announced April 6 it has discontinued operations of all of its automotive service centers. The company, part of the Penske group, operated service centers at Kmart stores in 44 states.

  • Barretts May Sale Will Offer 440 Lots

    The catalogue for Barretts' May sale of 2-year-olds in training will have 440 lots, an increase of the 44.3% from the 305 catalogued in 2001.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from around the industry...

  • Racing on Television

    As the road to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) gets shorter, the telecasts of premier 3-year-old Thoroughbred racing heats up in prep races televised on "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)-produced series on the ESPN networks.

  • Two Undefeated Fillies in Fantasy

    A pair of undefeated fillies leads the field of seven in Friday's $200,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. The Fantasy goes 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies with a 6:05 p.m. (CST) post.

  • NTRA Works to Eliminate Withholding Provision

    National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials met with President Bush's legislative team and key members of Congress the week of April 8 in an effort to promote legislation to eliminate the 30% withholding on foreign wagers into United States pari-mutuel pools.

  • Repent Could Be Back For Travers

    Repent, who suffered a chip in his left front ankle in the Illinois Derby, will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday, and trainer Kenny McPeek is hopeful he'll be ready for the Travers Stakes.

  • Medaglia d'Oro Ready for Wood

    The horse is named for a brand of espresso coffee, and in his last<br>start, he woke up as if he had swallowed a double shot of the stuff.<br>Saturday afternoon, Medaglia d'Oro will try to keep his Triple Crown<br>hopes brewing when he steps onto Aqueduct's main track for the 78th running of the grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial.

  • Patchen Beauty, and her white colt foaled April 5.

    White, Just Like Mom

    Patchen Beauty, the rare white Thoroughbred mare who garnered a lot of attention when she competed on the Kentucky circuit in the mid-1990s, produced a white colt on April 5 at Warren Rosenthal's Patchen Wilkes Farm near Lexington, Ky.

  • Harlan's Holiday Breezes in :47.60

    Starlight Stable's Harlan's Holiday, winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I), breezed four furlongs in :47.60 over a "sloppy" track in his final major training move before a scheduled run in Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Paulson Suit Alleges 'Breach of Trust'

    The volcanic relationship between the son of deceased multi-millionaire Allen E. Paulson and his stepmother figures to erupt in California Superior Court in northern San Diego County later this year.

  • Sunday Silence Still Tops

    Japanese stallion Sunday Silence continues to maintain a sizable lead on the nation's sire list

  • The Mud Bug

    <i> By Victor E. Zast </i> -- The "Mud Bug" -- aka Trackside Chicago, the off-track betting facility owned by Arlington Park -- rekindles youthful days spent at Fort Erie.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Driving Us Crazy

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- Just as the automobile replaced the horse and buggy a century ago, the manufacture of automobiles has supplanted in importance the breeding and racing of Thoroughbreds in Kentucky, based on the recent actions of Gov. Paul Patton and state legislators.

  • Grand Slam filly worked the fastest quarter-mile during Monday&#39;s sale workouts at Keeneland.

    Keeneland Sale Horses Display Speed in Workouts

    Speed was in abundance at Keeneland Racecourse on Monday, but it had nothing to do with the current race meet underway at the Lexington, Ky. track. A dark day in which there was no live racing, Monday was devoted to workouts by juveniles consigned to the April 16 sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • A. P. Indy Filly Takes Prix Imprudence

    Following in the footsteps of her mother, Kentucky-bred Glia posted a neck victory Monday in the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte, France.

  • Tracker to Stoney Creek in Indiana

    Eight-year-old Tracker, a son of Gone West and a $109,444-earner, has been purchased by Wayne Houston and will enter stud at his Stoney Creek Horse Farm near Mooreland, Ind.

  • Top-Priced Colt Returned After Aussie Sale

    The return of the top-priced colt from Australia's major yearling sale caused some consternation in the wake of a tremendously successful auction. However, the use of X-rays also reflects a significant advance for the Australian and New Zealand branch of the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Purse Subsidy On Way in Maryland; No Decrease in Takeout

    Maryland's beleaguered horse racing industry will begin receiving about $4.5 million in purse money from the state sometime after July 1. Racing leaders aren't sure how the money will be dispensed, but it will be available during the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2002, and ends June 30, 2003.