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  • Trip Edges Hidden Assets in Chicago Breeders' Cup 'Cap

    Jockey Craig Perret and trainer Frank Brothers combined for their second Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) wins as Trip rallied to win the seven-furlong, $157,270 race by a half-length on Saturday at Arlington Park. Perret previously rode Safely Kept to victory in the 1991 renewal of the race; Brothers saddled Rose's Record prior to her 1989 win.

  • Batique Sets Course Record in Matchmaker Victory

    Batique employed a front-running style to earn her first stakes win, leading from wire-to-wire to win Saturday's Vinery Matchmaker Handicap (gr. IIIT) by 2 1/2 lengths at Monmouth Park. The 5-year-old mare completed the 1 1/8 miles in course-record time of 1:46.19.

  • NYRA, OTBs Said to Agree on Lower Takeout

    Negotiations to permit the New York Racing Association to lower its pari-mutuel takeout, which NYRA believes will increase wagering, are close to a resolution, individuals involved in the talks said.

  • NTRA Approves 'Rebranding'; New Caucus to Meet

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors firmed up its plans for the "rebranding" of the Breeders' Cup during a meeting Friday, and also announced that it's new Racing and Breeding Caucus will meet for the first time June 21 in Washington, D.C.

  • Love At Noon Heads Princess

    Gary Stevens, who had an eventful Belmont Stakes week, will return from a five-day break to ride Mike Pegram's Love At Noon in the $100,000 Princess Stakes (Gr. II) at Hollywood Park Saturday.

  • John Giovanni.

    Consulting Firm to Manage Jockeys' Guild During Transition Period

    The Jockeys' Guild announced Saturday it has acquired the services of Matrix Capital Associates, Inc., a professional management consulting company led by Dr. L. Wayne Gertmenian, to manage the organization's operations, effective immediately.

  • Legislative Issues Said to Have Stalled OTB Sale

    The sale of New York City Off-Track Betting apparently hinges on legislative changes that would make the entity more attractive to potential buyers. Meanwhile, it appears the state legislature may have more time to examine the issue given the fact they may remain in Albany into the summer.

  • SEC Targets Former Owner of Garden State Park

    International Thoroughbred Breeders, which sold Garden State Park in New Jersey to a real estate development company in November for $30 million, is bracing for a civil action and a probe of "certain current and former officers" by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Dubai World Cup winner Captain Steve returns Saturday in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.

    Captain Steve and Unshaded Top Stephen Foster Field

    Captain Steve and Unshaded head a strong field of eight older horses in Saturday's $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile race highlights a card offering total purses of $1.3 million.

  • Secret Status and Saudi Poetry Hook Up In Fleur de Lis Handicap

    Secret Status and Saudi Poetry will continue their rivalry in Saturday's 27th running of the $300,000-added, Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The pair last tangled in the grade II Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap on Kentucky Oaks Day 2001, where Saudi Poetry pulled the upset and Secret Status finished two lengths back in sixth.

  • La Vida Loca Looks To Keep American Record Perfect in Regret

    La Vida Loca, an Irish import who is unbeaten in three starts since her arrival in the United States, will attempt to keep that streak intact Saturday when she faces seven rivals in the 32nd running of the $150,000-added, grade III Regret Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Churchill Downs.

  • Trio of Triple Crown Runners To Meet in Northern Dancer

    Three veterans of the Visa Triple Crown trail -- Meetyouathebrig, Scorpion, and Percy Hope -- will try to build momentum for the second half of their 3-year-old campaigns as they head a field of 10 horses entered in Saturday's $100,000-added Northern Dancer Handicap at Churchill Downs.

  • Belmont TV Ratings Up 61%

    The final television ratings for the Belmont Stakes rose 61 percent to a 4.5 and 13 percent market share. The combined ratings for the Triple Crown rose 49 percent to a 6.1 rating and a 17 percent market share.

  • Owner Jim Mayer Dead

    Owner Jim Mayer, who won four stakes with his filly Asher, died June 12 of an apparent heart attack in Houston.

  • Hawthorne Spring Meet Ends With Strong Numbers

    The numbers have been released and they speak for themselves in the success of Hawthorne Spring racing meet. Through the introduction of the $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 and more importantly, the lowered take-out on all wagers, Hawthorne showed a gain in handle and excelled on all three Triple Crown days.

  • With stallion Old Trieste in the foreground, Kentucky state Rep. Carolyn Belcher, left, and state Sen. Joey Pendleton, center, listen to Jonabell Farm president Jimmy Bell, right.

    Kentucky Legislators Tour Affected Farms

    As Central Kentucky breeders and owners prepare for the "ripple effect" from mare reproductive loss syndrome, Kentucky legislators are in the process of gathering information to assess the damage. Meanwhile, a state equine emergency management plan is in the works.

  • Predicts Profitability by 2002, an online horse racing and wagering site that has burned through more than $64 million since 1998, expects to begin turning a profit in 2002. The company also expects to have more than 20,000 subscribers by the end of the year.

  • Big Jag On Road To Recovery

    Millionaire sprinter Big Jag remains in the Dubai Equine Clinic following a March training accident that left the gelding with a fractured left sesamoid. Big Jag was in Dubai preparing for the Dubai Golden Shaheen, a race he won in 2000, when the career ending injury occurred.

  • Highland Legacy in Final Plate Move

    Highland Legacy, Canada's champion 2-year-old colt of 2000 prepped for the June 24 Queen's Plate with a five furlong workout Thursday morning over Woodbine's fast main track in 1:01 1/5 handily, galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 3/5.

  • Highland Legacy in Final Plate Move

    Highland Legacy, Canada's champion 2-year-old colt of 2000 prepped for the June 24 Queen's Plate with a five furlong workout Thursday morning over Woodbine's fast main track in 1:01 1/5 handily, galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 3/5.

  • Gold Nugget Seeks Dallas Turf Cup Repeat

    Leland Cook's Gold Nugget will face stiff competition from horses trained by two Hall of Famers when he seeks a repeat victory in Saturday's $300,000 Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star Park.

  • Radio/television personality Don Imus.

    On Heels of Triple Crown Success, Imus and Francesa Eye Breeders' Cup Bets

    WFAN radio sports personality Mike Francesa said on Thursday's syndicated "Imus in the Morning" show that the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has offered Francesa $80,000 in charity wagers for the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup--$10,000 for each of the eight championship races -- similar to the promotion that the NTRA worked out with Imus and Francesa for the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

  • Gold Case's First Winner

    Undefeated stakes winner Gold Case was represented by his first winner June 13 when Glenbriar Girl won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race at Arlington Park.

  • Petrushka, retired after injuring a tendon.

    Champion Petrushka Retired Due to Tendon Injury

    Petrushka, the 2000 champion 3-year-old filly in England and Ireland, has been retired after suffering a strain to her right fore tendon while finishing fifth in the Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I) at Epsom last Friday, June 8.

  • Transfer of Funds Settles Florida Dispute

    A transfer of about $650,000 in funds to Calder Race Course on June 12 has ended a dispute between Florida horsemen and Hialeah Park. The funds represent all but $57,000 -- the total of accounts with negative balances -- that remained in horsemen's accounts as of the May 22 closing of Hialeah.

  • NTRA Champions Ratings Improve

    The revamped NTRA Champions Series got off to a good start June 10 with an overnight rating of 1.7 and attracted 4% of the viewing market. Last year's version of the series on Fox collectively earned earned a 1.1 rating and a 3% market share.

  • NTRA Board to Review Revised Business Plan

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors will review a revised business plan that extends through 2005, and also consider a plan to rebrand and reposition the Breeders' Cup championship, during its meeting Friday morning at Arlington Park in Illinois.

  • Radio personality Don Imus.

    Charity Wagers Considered for Big Apple Breeders' Cup

    The success of a charity promotion on the "Imus in the Morning" radio show has led National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials to consider a similar endeavor tied to this year's Breeders' Cup championship Oct. 27 at Belmont Park.

  • Breeders' Cup Telecast Expands to Five Hours

    The Blood-Horse has learned that NBC's 2001 telecast of the Breeders' Cup October 27 will be lengthened to a five-hour program, representing an extra 30 minutes of coverage over previous years.

  • English Stallion Salse Euthanized

    English stallion Salse, whose 16 stakes winners includes $2.3-million earner Luso, was euthanized in early June at a vet clinic because of a crumbling pedal bone.

  • Horsemen, Rockingham at Odds Over Simulcasting Revenue

    The New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association was expected to withhold permission for Rockingham Park to send its live signal to other wagering facilities effective Wednesday. The move comes in response to an impasse in the group's negotiations with track management over simulcasting revenue splits.

  • European Sire Charnwood Forest Dies

    Leading European first and second crop sire Charnwood Forest (Ire) has died after fracturing a leg at Rathbarry Stud in Ireland on Sunday.

  • Secret Status Prepares for Fleur De Lis

    Secret Status, the winner of the 2000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) but an upset victim in a sixth-place finish in the Louisville Breeders' Cup (gr. II) on May 4, completed her serious training for Saturday's Fleur de Lis (gr. III) with a strong five furlong breeze at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old chestnut daughter of 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy covered the distance in 1:01.

  • Captain Steve and Unshaded Highlight Likely Stephen Foster Field

    Unshaded and Mike Pegram's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Captain Steve highlight a likely field of eight to 10 of America's top older horses in the 20th running of the 1 1/8-mile Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. II), which will be the racing centerpiece of the first "Stephen Foster Super Saturday" at Churchill Downs.