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  • Santa Anita Report: Golden Ballet, Spain Victorious

    Her name conjures up images of grace and wealth, elegance blended with strength. That glistening chestnut coat gets oohs and ahhs every time she leaves the comforts of the Jenine Sahadi stable. Her snow-white blaze puts an exclamation point on every stride, the power of which hits you like a Mack truck. Such is the wonder of Golden Ballet. But don't let her image deceive you. She's no monster. She just runs like one. She's no tank, either. She's only built like one.

  • Cost Saving Measure

    <i>By Barry Irwin</i> -- Everybody in California -- the tracks, the bettors, the trainers -- is complaining about short fields. The problem is not a lack of horses, but a lack of owners willing to pay the bills to train the horses.

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

    A Taxing Year Ahead

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- People in the Thoroughbred industry might see some similarities between 1986 and 2001. And for that reason, they've got a right to be a little nervous about things.

  • Fasig-Tipton Average Declines; Stockyard Sale Complete

    Topped by the $65,000 paid by agent Ramona Good for the Crafty Prospector mare Gamble For Gold, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky concluded its February mixed sale Monday with a 9% decline in average price.Tuesday the sales company held a special auction at the Paris, Ky., stockyards, to sell horses originally purchased by Bernice L. Givens Sykes at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale.

  • New Board Member Says NTRA 'At Make-Or-Break Point'

    With crucial issues such as its Oregon wagering hub and board voting structure still unresolved, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association is moving forward with a new 15-member board of directors and a recommitment from a major racetrack that had defected. "I appreciate the ongoing discussions, but we really have reached a make-or-break point," said Fair Grounds president and general manager. "I do think there's a reasonable possibility these things can be worked out."

  • Derby Future Wager Opens Thursday

    Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has predicted the mutuel field will be favored in Churchill Downs' first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool. Wagering for the first of three pools opens Thursday.

  • Champion Macho Uno, who will be evaluated at a Lexington, Ky. clinic Wednesday.

    Champion Macho Uno Out of Derby Picture

    Macho Uno, last year's champion 2-year-old colt, will be sent to Rood & Riddle clinic in Lexington, Ky. Wednesday to be evaluated due to prolonged stiffness in his hind end, Adena Springs farm trainer Danny Vella told <i>The Blood-Horse</i> on Monday. "This will cost him time, and it's not our way of doing things to rush a horse who's not a hundred percent," Vella said.

  • Future Wager List Amended After Defection of Macho Uno

    The defection of Macho Uno, the co-third choice on the original list of Churchill Downs' 2001 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 wagering interests at 10-1, and the addition of Songandaprayer have prompted track oddsmaker Mike Battaglia to adjust his morning line for the Future Wager pool. Songandaprayer has been installed at 30-1 in Pool 1, while the odds of three other horses have been adjusted downward. A P Valentine had been installed at odds of 12-1 and is now listed at 10-1,

  • Camden Training Center Could Be On Market

    In what he called a "reorganization," William S. Farish is looking for a buyer for his Camden Training Center in South Carolina. The prospect of the facility changing hands has preservationists and horsemen concerned it will be developed unless a benevolent individual or group decides to take ownership of the 385-acre facility.

  • Rays to Sell Half of Evergreen Farm<br>

    C.N. and Carol Ray have entered into a contract to sell about half of their 400-acre Evergreen Farm in Bourbon County, Ky., to J. Peek and Jennie Turner Garlington of Atlanta. The buyers aren't involved in the Thoroughbred industry, but Jennie Garlington is active in riding and showing Saddlebred horses, some of which she plans to keep at the farm

  • Top European Rider Asmussen to Assist on Family Ranch

    Cash Asmussen is stepping back from race riding, and for the first time in many years will not be based in France. The jockey will instead assist with his family's Texas-based racing and breeding operation. A long-standing relationship with the Niarchos family has come to an end, which is the main reason for Asmussen's decision to end his European involvement.

  • Seattle Slew, the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner, began the 2001 breeding season at Three Chimneys Farm on Monday.

    Recovered Seattle Slew Begins 2001 Breeding Season

    Seattle Slew bred his first mare of the 2001 breeding season on Monday morning, February 12 -- opening day for the Three Chimneys breeding shed. Seattle Slew successfully bred Dreams of Success, a 4-year-old maiden mare by Dixieland Band owned by Denali Stud and Barry Weisbord. "Seattle Slew bred confidently and aggressively, and physically seems to be in great shape for the breeding season," commented Three Chimneys Farm stallion manager Sandy Hatfield.

  • Lost Code, died of a ruptured aorta prior to beginning the breeding season on Saturday.

    Lost Code Succumbs to Heart Attack

    Major winner and successful sire Lost Code died of a heart attack right before he was scheduled to cover his first mare at Legacy Farm near Bluemont, Va., on Feb. 10. An autopsy revealed a ruptured aorta. Lost Code, who previously stood at Vinery near Lexington, was moved to Legacy in the fall and was owned by a syndicate.

  • Windsor Castle Likely to Miss Derby

    Windsor Castle, who came down with a high fever several weeks ago, finally seems to be coming back to himself and should be back under tack sometime this week. But trainer Frank Alexander said the colt lost some muscle tone and he does not anticipate a start before April, which would all but eliminate him from Derby consideration. "It'll be hard for him to make the big one," Alexander said.

  • Steve Haskin

    Haskin Report: Trying to Dodge Baffert, Lukas, Zito

    How about a little diversionary game on the way to next Saturday's Fountain of Youth and Risen Star stakes? Picture the Derby trail as a maze. The object is to find your way through the maze and reach Churchill Downs without running into D. Wayne Lukas, Bob Baffert or Nick Zito. Well, we didn't say it would easy. But with racing's three-headed monster concentrating on blocking all the major roads, this past weekend's smattering of minor stakes was an excellent chance for trainers to take another step in achieving their goal. Not to mention taking home some decent cash as well.

  • Eight Jockeys To Vie in International Challenge

    Eight of the world's finest Thoroughbred jockeys will compete in the fourth annual British Airways International Jockey Challenge at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, March 11. The four-race event has proven an instant hit with fans and has been enthusiastically supported by horsemen. The competition has been keen, Team USA winning the event two of the first three years including a 56-28 margin in 2000. The event features four of Europe's best jockeys competing against four of America's finest riders.

  • Innuendo Wins The Very One Handicap

    Irish-bred Innuendo won her first added-money event on North American soil in The Very One Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Sunday afternoon. The Christophe Clement-trainee covered the 1 3/8 mile distance over a firm turf course in 2:13.62. Lucky Lune was four lengths back in second, with Silver Bandana 1 3/4 lengths back for third.

  • Spain and jockey Victor Espinoza, defeating Chilukki in the La Canada.

    Spain Defeats Chilukki in La Canada Series Finale

    The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Spain blew past High Walden on the last turn and proved too much for Chilukki in the stretch as she registered a two-length victory Sunday in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Victor Espinoza at high weight of 122 pounds, Spain ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.74 on a fast main track and paid $5.20, $2.40 and $2.10.

  • Pat Day, replacing Jorge Chavez on A P Valentine.

    Pat Day New Rider for A P Valentine

    Nick Zito announced Sunday that Pat Day will ride A P Valentine when the son of A. P. Indy makes his 2001 debut Feb. 17 in a 7-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream. Jorge Chavez had been the colt's regular rider.

  • Hallowed Dreams Wins Number 19 in 20th Start

    Hallowed Dreams silenced her doubters again Saturday by winning the $75,000 Pan Zareta Handicap by 2 1/2 lengths at Fair Grounds. Now a 10-time stakes winner and victorious in all but one of her 20 career starts, Hallowed Dreams turned back her strongest opposition yet.

  • Golden Ballet, winning Saturday&#39;s Las Virgenes.

    Golden Ballet Dances to Victory in Las Virgenes

    Golden Ballet continued her dominance of Southern California's 3-year-old filly division Saturday with a 2 1/2-length victory over Two Item Limit in the $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Chris McCarron at high weight of 122 pounds, Golden Ballet ran one mile in 1:36.89 on a fast main track and returned $2.80, $2.60 and $2.10. It was the fourth straight victory for Golden Ballet –- all in stakes races –- and her first win in a grade I event. Jenine Sahadi trains the winner for Team Valor and Heiligbrodt Racing Stables.

  • Hall of Famer Jerkens Out of Hospital, Visits Barn

    Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens was released from the hospital on Friday and made his first appearance at his barn at Gulfstream on Saturday morning. Driven to the racetrack by his wife Elisabeth, Jerkens didn't get out of the car but did talk to his employees. Jerkens had been hospitalized since Dec. 23 when, complaining of severe stomach pains, he was rushed into the hospital and diagnosed with acute pancreatitis.

  • Gulfstream Bettors Shut Out on Tampa Bay Simulcasts

    Patrons at Gulfstream Park can watch and bet on races from tracks as far away as Cessnock in Australia, but are unable to do the same on Tampa Bay Downs due to the lack of a simulcasting agreement between the tracks. "It just seems like it isn't the highest priority to them," said Gulfstream president Scott Savin, who indicated that the conflict was not over money, "They have just delayed it continually for no good reason I can understand."

  • A P Valentine sizzles at Hialeah

    A P Valentine, winner of the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) last fall, had his first test for speed at Hialeah Saturday, blazing 5 furlongs in a bullet :59 flat.

  • Magna Losses Will Exceed Previous Estimates

    Magna Entertainment, which operates seven Thoroughbred tracks, reported Friday that its losses for the fourth quarter will exceed previous estimates. Rather than the previously estimated $0.04 to $0.05 per share loss, Magna said the revised estimate is a $0.11 to $0.12 per share loss for the fourth quarter and income of approximately $0.01 per share for the year.

  • Fravel, Krantz, Nicholson Elected to NTRA Board

    In voting concluded Friday, Craig R. Fravel, executive vice president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club; Bryan Krantz, president and general manager of Fair Grounds; and Nick Nicholson, president and chief executive officer of Keeneland, were elected to fill three new, independent racetrack seats on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors, representing the West, South and Midwest regions, respectively.

  • Tim Smith: &quot;...we have tried to explore and maximize all avenues for bringing their top racing events to our fans.&quot;&lt;br&gt;

    Programming Change: Same-Day Coverage of Florida Derby

    The $1-million Florida Derby, a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby, will air during a special segment on SportsCenter Saturday, March 10, on ESPN2. Airtime for SportsCenter on March 10 is 6:00-7:00 p.m. (ET), with wire-to-wire coverage of the Florida Derby scheduled to be shown approximately one hour after the live running of the Grade I race for 3-year-olds from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.

  • Equine Spectrum Plans March Breeding Stock Auction

    Equine Spectrum, which launched its online auction sales last December with a sale of 2001 stallion nominations, is planning a breeding stock auction for the second week in March. Tom Biederman, Equine Spectrum executive director, said the company is targeting "high quality Thoroughbred breeding stock, including broodmares and fillies, or mares selling as racing and/or broodmare prospects. A number of top quality entries have already been received and will form the core group of what is sure to be an exciting auction."

  • Western Canada Track-Resort Project Shelved; Suit Filed

    The developers of a $100-million racetrack, recreational, and gaming complex in Calgary, Alberta, Canada have shelved the project and sued the provincial government and others as a result of the entity's license being revoked. According to the Calgary <i>Herald,</i> developers of the Resortport complex pronounced the project dead at a news conference Thursday. The developers of the complex near the Calgary Airport are also suing the provincial government, the Calgary Stampede and others for $86.5 million in connection with the cancellation of their license.

  • Stakes-winning David to DunHill Stud

    Stakes winner David, who was retired from racing earlier this month, will set up stud duty for the 2001 season at DunHill Stud near Reddick, Fla. His fee will be $3,000 payable 35 days after the foal's birth.

  • Hallowed Dreams, winning the 1999 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie Stakes.

    Hallowed Dreams Seeks 19th Win in 20th Career Start

    Hallowed Dreams and Roxelana highlight a speedy eight-horse field entered in Saturday's $75,000 Pan Zareta Handicap at Fair Grounds. Joining these two rivals in this six-furlong dash on the main track is the defending champion, Steal A Heart. Hallowed Dreams, the filly trained by Lloyd Romero, showed game determination winning an allowance race from the outside post position on Dec. 29 after a two-month layoff.

  • Champion Chilukki, may face Spain in La Canada, rubber match in three-race series.

    Sunday Showdown at Santa Anita: Chilukki v. Spain

    Sunday's grade II La Cañada Stakes at 1 1/8 miles is shaping up to be a battle of titans. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Spain won the series opening La Brea Stakes Dec. 30 and if the Bob Baffert- trained El Encino winner Chilukki makes the lineup, then the La Cañada becomes a true rubber match of the three-race La Cañada series for 4-year-old fillies.

  • Bill To Aid Jersey Racing Approved by Senate Panel

    A bill that would give $18 million to New Jersey's racing industry for purses this year unanimously passed a state Senate committee today. The bill appropriates $11.7 million to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and $6.3 million to the New Jersey Standardbred Breeders and Owners' Association.

  • Probable Field of 10 For Fountain of Youth

    Traffic will increase on the road to Gulfstream Park's $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) next week as a field of 10, including some West Coast invaders, assembles for the grade I Fountain of Youth Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile Fountain on Saturday, Feb. 17, serves as the final major prep for the 50th anniversary running of the Florida Derby and the 3-year-old classics beyond.