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  • Show Me The Money! Haskin Analyzes Derby Future Wagers

    With 2002 Kentucky Derby Future Wager -- Pool One wagering beginning Thursday, senior correspndent Steve Haskin analyzes the odds and attempts to find the value plays. Wagering began in 34 states at noon (EST) on Thursday, Feb. 14 and closes at 5:30 p.m.(EST) on Sunday, Feb. 17.

  • 'Field' Morning-Line Choice for First Future Pool

    The "mutuel field" of horses not among the first 23 is the morning-line favorite for the first pool of the 2002 Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Wagering will be offered from noon (EST) Feb. 14 through 5 p.m. (EST) Feb. 17 at facilities in a record 34 states.

  • Grey Beard Works Toward Fountain of Youth

    With jockey Edgar Prado aboard, Graham Motion-trained Grey Beard worked five furlongs Monday in 1:02 4/5 over a Gulfstream Park track labeled "good."

  • Thunder Blitz Works at Gulfstream Park

    Stronach Stable's Thunder Blitz worked three furlongs at Gulfstream Park Friday morning, a day before stablemate Red Bullet goes to post in the Donn Handicap (gr. I). Also working three furlongs at Gulfstream Park Friday was the $1-million purchase Warners.

  • Inside Posts Pay Off at Oaklawn Park

    There were two winning tickets worth $182,026 each in Oaklawn Park's Pick 6 wager called the Classix on Thursday. The winning wagers were made in Las Vegas and at Penn National Racetrack in Granville, Pa.

  • Whirlaway Stakes Has Something For Everyone

    Normally, the Whirlaway Stakes over Aqueduct's inner track receives very little fanfare, as only a moderate group of winter residents and Maryland shippers bother showing up. But this year, the winter residents appear much stronger than usual, as do the Maryland shippers. Add a pair of invaders from England who have already won a couple of races each on the dirt, and Saturday's Whirlaway takes on a whole different look.

  • TVG Chief Pleased With Early California Account Wagering Figures

    Despite not being able to take bets on the two California Thoroughbred tracks currently operating, the Television Games Network said it is running neck and neck with competing account wagering entity XpressBet on total telephone and Internet handle for the first 12 days of legal advance deposit wagering (ADW) by California residents.

  • Decarchy Works Ahead of Saturday's Tanforan Handicap

    Decarchy, a half-brother of Chester House and Honest Lady, worked three furlongs at Hollywood Park Thursday in preparation for Saturday's Tanforan Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Golden Gate Fields.

  • WinStar Hires Walden as Private Trainer

    WinStar Farm announced today that trainer Elliott Walden will become the private trainer for the farm. Prior to the announcement, the public-stable trainer had conditioned about 90% of WinStar's horses.

  • Hallowed Dreams to Face Short Field in Pan Zareta

    A field of five will take the gate in the $75,000 Pan Zareta Handicap Saturday at FairGrounds, including the darling of Louisiana, Hallowed Dreams. Hallowed Dreams is one of five finalists for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association's Accredited Louisiana Bred Horses of the Year awards in the 4-year-old and up filly and mare category.

  • Rize, winning the 2000 Iselin Handicap, blew out Thursday in preparation for the Donn Handicap.

    Rize Gets Easy Move for Donn

    Trainer Norman Pointer had his stakes-winning gelding Rize work an easy three furlongs in :39 4/5 breezing Thursday morning. Rize is slated to start in Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. 1) at 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park and was the lone Donn starter among the 14 entrants to work at Gulfstream on Thursday.

  • Habibti Returns in Las Virgenes

    The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Habibti, who is an Eclipse Award finalist in the 2-year-old filly catageory, returns to the races after a two-month absence in Sunday's Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. Another 2-year-old filly Eclipse Award finalist, You, is also expected to start in the Las Virgenes.

  • Godolphin's Four vs. Five Others in Maktoum Challenge Round Two

    Five horses will oppose a formidable four-horse entry sent out by Godolphin in Thursday's Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum Challenge -- Round Two (UAE-III) at Nad Al Sheba. Godolphin sends out Curule, China Visit, Best of the Bests, and State Shinto in the 1 1/8-mile dirt race.

  • Group I Winner Nayef on Target for Dubai World Cup

    Dubai Champion Stakes (Eng-I) winner Nayef is doing well and remains on target for either the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) or Dubai Sheema Clasic (UAE-IT), according to the Racing Post.

  • Xtra Heat Nominated to Fritiche, George

    Xtra Heat, the dual Eclipse Award finalist, has been nominated to two of the three stakes races scheduled for President's Day weekend at Laurel Park.

  • Grade I Winners Square Off in Sabin

    Miss Linda and Forest Secrets, both grade 1 winners last year, make their seasonal debuts at Gulfstream Park Friday when they head a field of 12 fillies and mares in the $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/16-miles.

  • Sportsman's

    Sportsman's Park, which launches the 2002 Chicago Thoroughbred racing season on Friday, March 1, will bring daily coverage of the sport with the premier of "Post Time at Sportsman's" on FOX Sports Net Chicago.

  • Stephentown Works Toward Fountain of Youth

    Stephentown, an impressive allowance winner on Jan. 9, breezed a half-mile in :52 Monday in preparation for the $200,000 Fountain of Youth (gr. II) on Feb. 16.

  • Four Donn Contenders Work Toward Saturday Race

    Graeme Hall, Traditionally, and Free of Love were on the track at Gulfstream Park Monday as each turned in workouts for Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I). Meanwhile, Hal's Hope had his final blowout at Calder Race Course.

  • Came Home came home first in the San Vicente.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Mission Impossible? (2/4/2002)

    Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to infiltrate Paco Gonzalez' heavily armed fortress and slip Came Home a major dose of stamina builder. As much as we'd love to accomplish that mission and get this talented colt all the way to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May, we can't help seeing all those sprinters and milers staring out at us from his pedigree

  • You, winning the Frizette.

    Frequent Flyer Bailey to Ride You in Las Virgenes

    Jerry Bailey will have the opportunity to log more frequent flyer miles next weekend, when the jockey will fly to California from his South Florida base for the fourth straight weekend. Bailey will ride Bobby Frankel-trained You in the Feb. 10 Las Virgenes Stakes.

  • Lukas: $4.4-Million Yearling Purchase '50-50' for Sham Stakes

    Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's $4.4-million yearling purchase Shah Jehan might make his first American start in Friday's restricted Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Though nominated to the 1 1/8-mile race, trainer D. Wayne Lukas is uncertain the 3-year-old Mr. Prospector colt will be among the starters.

  • Fountain of Youth Still the Plan for Maybry's Boy

    Trainer Shug McGaughey said Sunday that Maybry's Boy, a beaten favorite Hutcheson in Saturday's Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III), is still on track for the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) despite his fourth-place finish in the seven-furlong sprint. Meanwhile, the Hutcheson one-two finishers are less likely to start in the Feb. 16 Fountain of Youth as their respective trainers don't particularly like the two-week spacing between races.

  • Hollywood Park Releases $9.5 million Stakes Schedule

    Hollywood Park will pay a record $9.5 million in stakes purses during its spring/summer meet that begins April 24. The Southern California racetrack has restructured its stakes schedule to create five big days offering multiple graded stakes.

  • Val Royal, Fleet Renee, Out for Exercise Thursday

    Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Val Royal continued working toward his return to the races Thursday at Santa Anita and Ashland (gr. I) and Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) winner Fleet Renee worked five furlongs on fast dirt at Tapeta Farm. Others working Thursday were Printemps; Bella, Bella, Bella; Crafty C. T.; Griffinite; Sarah Lane's Oates; and Silver Charm's half-sister by Deputy Minister, Elrose.

  • Dat You Miz Blue Leads Correction Field

    Dat You Miz Blue will make her 5-year-old debut in Saturday's $75,000 Correction Handicap, going six furlongs on Aqueduct's inner track.

  • Red Bullet Turns in Final Work for Donn

    Classic winner Red Bullet completed his last major workout on the Gulfstream Park oval before a scheduled appearance in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 9. Red Bullet was officially clocked in :47 3/5 breezing for a half-mile.

  • Came Home, winning the Hopeful.

    Hopeful Winner Came Home Returns in San Vicente

    All eyes will be on Came Home in Saturday's $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. Last year's Hopeful Stakes winner will be making his first start since finishing seventh in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but trainer Paco Gonzalez has the homebred son of Gone West ready for a solid performance.

  • Strub Stakes contender Scorpion, winning the Jim Dandy Stakes.

    Scorpion 'Blows Out' in Strub Workout

    D. Wayne Lukas-trained Scorpion blew out three furlongs in :35 over a Santa Anita track rated "good" Wednesday morning in preparation for Saturday's $400,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II).

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg, topped the Experimental Free Handicap.

    No Surprise Here: Johannesburg Tops Experimental

    To Keeneland racing official Howard Battle, it was simple when it came time to decide who was going to get top weight on the 2001 Experimental Free Handicap for males. "He won very easily. How could you <i>not</i> give him the top weight?"

  • Del Mar Show Connected in Fort Lauderdale

    Del Mar Show and North East Bound head a field of eight older horses in Saturday's $100,000 Fort Lauderdale Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles over the Gulfstream Park turf.

  • Changeintheweather Works Toward Fountain of Youth

    Pin Oak Stable's homebred Changeintheweather worked five furlongs at Gulfstream Park Thursday in preparation for his American racing debut in the Feb. 16 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I). The David Bell-trained son of Gone West completed the breeze in 1:02 2/5 on a fast track.

  • Hallowed Dreams Pan Zareta Bound

    Hallowed Dreams, who lost for just the third time in her career in the Dec. 8 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes seven days after notching her 25 victory, will likely return to the races in the Feb. 9 Pan Zareta Handicap at the same track.

  • Dutrow Enters Pair in Paumonok

    Trainer Richard Dutrow is pulling out the big guns for Saturday's $75,000 Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct. Dutrow has entered stable stars Here's Zealous and Late Carson in the six-furlong sprint event.

  • Kiss a Native To Prep For Donn in Fort Lauderdale

    Trainer Bill White said Kiss A Native, owned by John Franks, will run in Saturday's Ft. Lauderdale Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park as a prep for the Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 9 at the same south Florida oval.

  • Iron Deputy fractured a cannon bone during this win in the Count Fleet Stakes.

    Injury Forces Iron Deputy to the Sidelines

    John and Susan Moore's Iron Deputy, winner of the Count Fleet Stakes, has been taken off the Kentucky Derby trail after a slight fracture was discovered in his cannon bone. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said the injury was sustained during the running of the Count Fleet.