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News and notes from around the Thoroughbred racing world, compiled by NTRA Communications, (212) 907-9280.


The Thoroughbred Corporation's Point Given drew post position seven and was installed as the even-money morning-line favorite for Saturday's Grade I, $1 million Travers Stakes to be run at a mile and one-quarter at Saratoga Racecourse in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

This morning at Saratoga, Point Given galloped a mile and five-eighths under exercise rider Pepe Aragon. "He shipped in well," said Jim Barnes, assistant to trainer Bob Baffert. "He's got a good post, equal weights and a mile and a quarter. It's all in our favor."

After winning the second jewel in horseracing's Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, Point Given won the Belmont Stakes with authority to claim the lead in the three-year-old division. He did not run again until the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth on August 5. Point Given was affected by an abscess in his left hind hoof and missed about three weeks of training leading up to the Haskell, a race he struggled to win by a half a length.

"I thought he ran a great race because he was carrying high weight and had to come from behind," Barnes said. "We were a little under fit going into the race, but we haven't missed a day since and the foot is fine."

The Travers, as well as another stakes race for three-year-olds-the King's Bishop Stakes, will be televised live on ESPN as part of "The Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships" from 4:30-6:00 p.m. (ET). Jim Kelly will host the telecast, with Randy Moss, Charlsie Cantey and Jack Whitaker providing commentary.

The Travers Stakes, carded as race 10 on Saratoga's Saturday program will also serve as the penultimate leg of a special Pick 4 wager on races 8-11 with a guaranteed total pool of $500,000. The minimum wager is $1.00 The complete Travers field from the rail out is: A P Valentine (jockey: John Velazquez, morning line odds: 8-1), Volponi (Richard Migliore, 15-1), Free of Love (Pat Day, 12-1), Harrisand (Edgar Prado, 15-1), Scorpion (Mark Guidry, 6-1), E Dubai (Jerry Bailey, 7-2), Point Given (Gary Stevens, 1-1), Dollar Bill (Jorge Chavez, 10-1) and Hadrian's Wall (Robbie Davis, 30-1).

The New York Racing Association is offering satellite media feeds focusing on the Travers, today and tomorrow from 3:00-3:30 p.m. (ET). The coordinates are GE1, Transponder 10, C-band, audio channel 6.2 and 6.8, in the clear. For more information, contact John Lee at 518-584-6200, ext. 4464.


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders' Cup Limited have announced that, for a second consecutive year, a Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Preview Video and DVD will be made available to the general public in October. The video/DVD will include 80 major races from more than 20 racetracks and feature virtually all the leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to be contested on October 27, 2001, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. More


A lengthy feature on the best selling book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" and its author, Laura Hillenbrand, will air tomorrow as part of ABC's popular morning show Good Morning America. "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" has been printed in 10 languages, and it just completed its 24th week on the New York Times best seller list. It occupied the top spot on the Times list for six weeks earlier this year.


The Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force Report that was released on August 19th at the Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. is available at the NTRA website, Go to


With only one loss on her record, the fast four-year-old filly Hallowed Dreams goes for her 24th career victory Sunday in the $50,000 Monique Rene Handicap at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City.

Idle since her win in the June 23 Miller Lite Stakes at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Tex., Hallowed Dreams has spent the past few weeks recuperating from minor surgery to remove a growth from her belly. Recent workouts, however, indicate that Hallowed Dreams is ready to roll.

Hallowed Dreams enters the Monique Rene with a seven-race winning streak and has career earnings of $662,943.


Canterbury Park jockey Bobby Walker Jr, joined elite company last Friday night when he rode five winners, becoming only the eighth rider to reach that milestone in the history of the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack. Walker, a native of West Monroe, La., rode winners in five of the six races he competed in, failing to reach the winner's circle only in the evening's eighth race aboard heavy favorite Miss Two Bagger.

Walker, who accomplished the five-win feat for the fourth time in his 22-year career, refused to take all of the credit for his success. "I didn't win all the races tonight," he quipped. "The horses won some of them."

Walker joins current Canterbury Park riders Luis Quinonez and Mike Ziegler, and former riders Mike Smith, Sandy Hawley, Scott Stevens, Tim Masters, and Dean Kutz in the Canterbury five-win club.

RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)

August 23 Thoroughbred Classics presented by the NTRA, Travers Stakes, 7:00-7:30 a.m., ESPN Classic

August 24 Thoroughbred Classics presented by the NTRA, Travers Stakes, 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic

August 24 The Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, Personal Ensign Handicap (Saratoga), 4:00-5:00 p.m., ESPN2

August 24 Thoroughbred Classics presented by the NTRA, Travers Stakes, 5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN Classic

August 25 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

August 25 The Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, Travers Stakes and King's Bishop Stakes (Saratoga), 4:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN

August 26 The Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, Ballerina Handicap (Saratoga), 5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN

August 29 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN

September 1 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

September 5 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN

September 5 Thoroughbred Classics presented by the NTRA, Woodward Stakes, 6:30-7:00 p.m., ESPN Classic

September 6 Thoroughbred Classics presented by the NTRA, Woodward Stakes, 7:00-7:30 a.m., ESPN Classic


Aug. 23, 1956: Carl Gambardella had his first career winner, aboard Rollin Warm, at Hagerstown.

Aug. 23, 1974: Frank Whiteley-trained Ruffian won the Spinaway Stakes by 13 lengths at Saratoga Racecourse, ending her two-year-old season with a 5-for-5 record. Ruffian was subsequently voted champion juvenile filly of 1974.

Aug. 24, 1968: Carrying 134 pounds, Dr. Fager set the then-world record for a mile in the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park. The time for his 10-length victory was 1:32 1/5. The previous record was 1:32 3/5, set by three-year-old Buckpasser on June 25, 1966 at Arlington Park.

Aug. 24, 1989: Jockey Larry Snyder won his 6,000th career race, aboard a filly named Speedski, in the first race at Louisiana Downs. Snyder was the sixth rider in history to accomplish that feat.

Aug. 25, 1987: Julie Krone won her 1,000th career victory, aboard Tiger Higgins in the second race at Monmouth Park.

Aug. 25, 1997: Jockey Pat Day gained his 7,000th career victory aboard Bay Harbor in the second race at Saratoga Racecourse. Day became the fifth rider to achieve the 7,000-win plateau.

Aug. 26, 1953: A syndicate headed by Howard E. Booker of San Francisco, unveiled a proposal for an off-track betting system in New York. Booker's group, planning to use Western Union to compile off-track bets, sought to establish 139 betting offices, to be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Aug. 26, 1972: Secretariat won the Hopeful Stakes by five lengths at Saratoga Racecourse, for his second stakes win in as many tries.

Aug. 27, 1953: The Thoroughbred Racing Associations denounced a plan for off-track betting in New York. John A. Morris, the TRA president, declared: "Although it could mean increased profits for the race tracks, off-course betting would inevitably subordinate racing and bring on an adverse public reaction which would kill a traditionally great sport and an economically significant industry."

Aug. 28, 1988: A winning ride aboard Precisionist in the Cabrillo Handicap at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club made Chris McCarron the fifth jockey to surpass $100 million in career earnings.

Aug. 29, 1987: Charlie Whittingham became the first trainer to surpass 500 stakes wins when he sent Ferdinand to victory in the Cabrillo Handicap at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Aug. 29, 1993: Laffit Pincay Jr., 46, became the second rider in North American racing history to ride 8,000 winners when he rode El Toreo to victory in the seventh race at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Bill Shoemaker was the first to hit 8,000, a feat he accomplished in 1981 at age 49.

Aug. 30, 1981: Bill Shoemaker became the first jockey to win a $1 million race when he rode John Henry to a nose victory over The Bart in the inaugural Arlington Million at Arlington Park.

Aug. 31, 1955: In an East versus West showdown, Nashua, ridden by Eddie Arcaro, went wire-to-wire to defeat Swaps, ridden by Bill Shoemaker in a match race at Washington Park. Nashua's victory avenged his second-place finish, behind Swaps, in the 1955 Kentucky Derby.

Aug. 31, 1985: Angel Cordero Jr., 42, became the third rider in history-behind Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr.-to have his mounts earn $100 million, while riding at Belmont Park.

Sept. 1, 1881: The Dwyer Brothers' three-year-old Hindoo won his 19th consecutive race, a purse event at Sheepshead Bay. His winning streak was snapped six days later in the September Handicap at Sheepshead, in which he finished third.

Sept. 1, 1924: A French colt, Epinard, headed the field for the first of three Internationals, of progressively longer distances, to be run at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Latonia. Epinard finished second in the six-furlong race, which was witnessed by the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII.

Sept. 1, 1947: With a victory by Armed in the Washington Park Handicap, Calumet Farm became the first stable to surpass $1 million in annual earnings. Calumet led all owners for 1947, with total earnings of $1,402,436.

Sept. 2, 1901: Seven-year-old Ogden won two races in a single day at Coney Island.

Sept. 3, 1956: Swaps ended his racing career with a victory in the Washington Park Handicap at Washington Park. He was subsequently named Horse of the Year.

Sept. 3, 1956: Jockey John Longden surpassed Sir Gordon Richards' then-record number of wins when he rode Arrogate to victory in the Del Mar Handicap to attain his 4,871st victory.

Sept. 3, 1960: Kelso, ridden for the first time by Eddie Arcaro, won the Jerome Handicap.

Sept. 4, 1920: Man o' War won the 1 5/8-mile Lawrence Realization Stakes at Belmont Park by 100 lengths, the largest winning margin in modern racing history. His time for the race, 2:40 4/5, shattered the world record by 6 4/5 seconds and was his fifth record-setting performance of that year.

Sept. 4, 1959: Allaire du Pont's two-year-old Kelso won his maiden race by 1 1/4 lengths at Atlantic City. In the following year, Kelso was voted the first of his record five consecutive Horse of the Year titles.

WEEKEND STAKES RACES (unrestricted stakes worth $75,000 and up)

Personal Ensign Handicap, 3&up (F&M), $400,000, Grade I, 1 M, Saratoga

Travers Stakes, 3yo, $1,000,000, Grade I, 1 M, Saratoga
Del Mar Handicap, 3&up, $250,000, Grade II, 1 3/8 M (T), Del Mar
Fourstardave Handicap, 3&up, $200,000, Grade II, 1 1/16 M (T), Saratoga
King's Bishop Stakes, 3yo, $200,000, Grade I, 7F, Saratoga
Canadian Derby, 3yo, $150,000, Grade III, 1 3/8 M, Northlands Park
Play the King Stakes, 3&up, $125,000, Grade III, 7F (T), Woodbine
Arlington Sprint, 3&up, $100,000, 6F, Arlington Park
Count Turf Stakes, 2yo, $75,000, 6F, Delaware Park
Governor's Handicap, 3&up, $75,000, 1 M, Ellis Park
Governor's Handicap, 3&up, $75,000, 1 1/8 M, Sacramento
Prairie Meadows Oaks, 3yo fillies, $75,000, 1 1/16 M, Prairie Meadows

Philip H. Iselin Handicap, 3&up, $350,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M, Monmouth Park
Ballerina Handicap, 3&up (F&M), $250,000, Grade I, 7F, Saratoga
Del Mar Debutante Stakes, 2yo fillies, $250,000, Grade I, 7F, Del Mar
Ontario Colleen Stakes, 3yo fillies, $100,000, 1 M (T), Woodbine
Bob Harding Stakes, 3&up, $75,000, 1 M (T), Monmouth Park
Choice Stakes, 3yo, $75,000, 1 1/8 M (T), Monmouth Park
Omnibus Stakes, 3&up (F&M), $75,000, 1 1/16 M (T), Monmouth Park
Personal Ensign Stakes, 3&up (F&M), $75,000, 1 1/16 M, Monmouth Park

New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase, 4&up, $100,000, Grade I, 2 3/8 M (T), Saratoga




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