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NTRA THOROUGHBRED NOTEBOOK

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

MEDIA TOURNAMENT WINNERS FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

When Team Penthouse easily topped four other teams comprised of veteran horseplayers in a separate media competition for charity at the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, Jan. 25-26 in Las Vegas, eyebrows were raised, egos were bruised and national media took notice.

Pictured on page 32 of Sports Illustrated's Feb. 11 Super Bowl recap issue are Penthouse Pets Cheyenne Silver (December 2001 Pet of the Month) and Alexa Lauren (September 1999) who, along with Penthouse Senior Editor Ed Dwyer, Penthouse Director of Communications Michael Moi and team captain Mike Watchmaker of Daily Racing Form, amassed total winnings that would have easily earned the quintet first place team honors had the group been part of the 177-person main competition.

"When the other players first saw me, this blonde girl with big boobs, they were like, 'Are you going to pick the horseys all by yourself?'" Lauren told Sports Illustrated. "Then we won, and they were asking me seriously how I did it."

Silver and Lauren, who were also interviewed by Randy Moss on ESPN, confessed that they had little parimutuel experience prior to the Vegas tournament, but they did not enter the competition completely unarmed. Prior to the event, they each carefully read "The Female Fan Guide to Thoroughbred Racing," a book authored last year by Betsy Berns and put out by Daily Racing Form and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Lauren's personal tally of $175.60 for the 30-race competition was the fifth highest total among all 197 participants. In fact, four of Team Penthouse's five members would have placed in the top-30.

The $10,000 in charity money earned by Team Penthouse for its successful foray into Thoroughbred horserace handicapping will be shared among The Bill Foundation, the Heritage Christian Academy, Habitat for Humanity, the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, the Transfiguration School and NTRA Charities.

NATIONWIDE BETTING HANDLE UP FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT YEAR

Parimutuel handle and gross purses in the United States in 2001 again reached record levels, according to statistics contained in the 12th edition of "The Jockey Club Fact Book," released online at The Jockey Club Website, http://home.jockeyclub.com. More

MAYNE RETURNS AS HOST FOR ECLIPSE AWARDS DINNER

ESPN personality Kenny Mayne will host the Eclipse Awards for the third consecutive year. A longtime fan of Thoroughbred racing, Mayne hosts ESPN's "SportsCenter" in addition to writing feature columns on racing for ESPN.com. Along with jockeys Joe Bravo, Jorge Chavez and Aaron Gryder, Mayne also starred in the NTRA's "Singing Jockey" ads, promoting the 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Known for his dry, offbeat humor, Mayne has been with ESPN since 1990.

Tickets for the 31st annual Eclipse Awards dinner, to be held Monday, Feb. 18, at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort in Miami Beach, Fla, are $300 per individual and $3,000 for a table of 10. For reservations contact Debbie Blair at the NTRA's Lexington office, (800) 792-6872, or e-mail dblair@ntra.com.

The Presidents' Day weekend in South Florida includes racing at Gulfstream Park, featuring the Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday, Feb. 16; the world's largest boat show, the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail, which runs Feb. 14-19 at the Miami Beach Convention Center; and the Turf Publicists of America's Big Sport of Turfdom Luncheon on Feb. 18.

The Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Eclipse Awards are also given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. The awards are presented by the NTRA, the National Turf Writers Association and Daily Racing Form. For more information, visit the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com, or the Daily Racing Form Web site, drf.com.

NEW OWNERS SEMINAR AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK FEB. 23

Horseracing has been referred to as the "Sport of Kings", but in reality, many Thoroughbred owners are not kings or millionaires. They are people from all walks of life who enjoy the thrill and excitement of watching their horse cross the finish line and the joy of posing in the winner's circle with friends and family.

In an effort to introduce new owners to the sport of horseracing, Sam Houston Race Park in Houston is teaming with the Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA) and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) to present a New Owners Seminar on Saturday, February 23, 2002. The seminar will be held at Sam Houston Race Park from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. and will address many topics geared to educate a prospective owner. Many experts will be present to discuss the basics of getting started and to provide explanations of legal, tax and insurance issues. Representatives from racing will offer input on selecting a trainer, the role of a veterinarian, how races are written, racing partnerships and much more.

"We have been hosting these seminars at racetracks across the country for ten years," said Andy Schweigardt, TOBA's Director of Industry Relations and Development. "Our goal is to provide a comprehensive education to people interested in becoming an owner of a Thoroughbred racehorse. Even if they opt not to pursue ownership, the information provided in the seminar would be extremely valuable to any race fan."

Dave Hooper, executive director of the Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA), will moderate the seminar. Hooper, who has over 40 years in the racing industry, will share some of his experiences in several key positions in racing as well as presenting an overview of racing and breeding in Texas.

The cost for the New Owners Seminar is $75 for non-TOBA members and $50 for members. The fee includes lunch, dinner, seminar materials, a tour of the Sam Houston Race Park stable area and seating for the evening's live races. The ten-race card will feature four stakes races including the running of the $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf.

For more information or to register for the New Owners Seminar call TOBA at 888-606-8622 or visit their web site, www.toba.org.

RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)

February 9 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

February 13 Racehorse Digest, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2

February 16 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

February 16 Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby, Fountain of Youth Stakes (Gulfstream Park), 6:00-6:30 p.m., ESPN

February 20 Racehorse Digest, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2

RACING TO HISTORY

Feb. 7, 1894: The Jockey Club was incorporated. As originally conceived, it was to assume the management of racing, previously overseen by the Board of Control. Included in The Jockey Club's functions were licensing, allotment of racing dates, appointment of officials and the interpretation and enforcement of racing rules.

Feb. 7, 1969: Diane Crump became the first woman jockey in America to compete in a parimutuel race when she finished tenth of 12 aboard a 48-1 shot, three-year-old Bridle 'n Bit, in the seventh race at Hialeah Park.

Feb. 7, 1996: A racing oddity occurred at Oaklawn Park when all the winners of seven consecutive races started from the number one post position.

Feb. 7, 1999: Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye picked up his 6,000th career victory aboard Sweetcakesanshakes in the third race at Santa Anita Park. Delahoussaye became the 14th rider in North American racing history to reach the 6,000-win mark.

Feb. 8, 1941: Whirlaway began his three-year-old season with a win in a six furlong allowance race at Hialeah.

Feb. 9, 1940: After a year's absence from competition, seven-year-old Seabiscuit, champion handicap horse of 1937 and 1938, returned to racing at Santa Anita, where he finished third in a handicap race. Seabiscuit ran three more races in 1940, concluding his career with a win in the Santa Anita Handicap.

Feb. 9, 1974: Jockey Chris McCarron rode his first winner, a five-year-old gelding named Erezev, at Bowie Racecourse. By year's end, McCarron had established a then-record number of winners for a single season: 546. Fifteen years later, on Nov. 30, 1989, jockey Kent Desormeaux eclipsed that mark.

Feb. 10, 1998: Undefeated Two-Year-Old Champion Favorite Trick was named 1997 Horse of the Year.

Feb. 11, 1933: The Jockey Club released data showing that as of 1932, the United States had surpassed Great Britain and Ireland in foal production for the first time, to become the world's leading producer of Thoroughbreds.

Feb. 12, 1981: Julie Krone rode her first career winner, a $3,500 claimer named Lord Farkle, which was owned and trained by Les St. Leon, in the sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs.

Feb. 14, 1966: Buckpasser suffered the only defeat of his three-year-old season when he finished second in a non-betting race, the Black Caesar Purse, at Hialeah. He went on to post 13 consecutive victories in 1966 (12 of them in stakes races), but was unable to compete in any of the Triple Crown races because of a hoof injury.

Feb. 14, 1990: Ladbroke at Golden Gate Fields inaugurated co-pooling of its wagers with those of a sister organization, Ladbroke Racing Wyoming. The co-pooling of wagers across state lines, made possible by California legislation that had gone into effect Jan. 1, was a first in U.S. racing.

Feb. 15, 1974: Future Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew was foaled at White Horse Acres, Lexington, Ky.

Feb. 16, 1891: At the urging of Pierre Lorillard, the Board of Control, composed of seven representatives of the racing industry, was formed to govern Thoroughbred racing. The Board's powers extended to matters of licensing; allotment of racing dates; and the regulation of purse payments. The Board, as the governing body for racing, was succeeded by The Jockey Club, formed in 1894.

Feb. 16, 1999: Jockey Julie Krone became the first female jockey to win 3,500 races, taking the third race at the Fair Grounds.

Feb. 17, 1985: Laffit Pincay Jr. had his 6,000th career win, aboard Doria's Delight in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Sabin Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/16 M, Gulfstream Park

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Donn Handicap, 3&up, $500,000, Grade I, 1 1/8 M, Gulfstream Park
La Canada Stakes, 4yo fillies, $200,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M, Santa Anita Park
Tanforan Handicap, 4&up, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/16 M (T), Golden Gate Fields
Endeavour Stakes, 4&up (f&m), $75,000, 1 1/8 M (T), Tampa Bay Downs
Pan Zareta Stakes, 4&up (f&m), $75,000, 6F, Fair Grounds
Whirlaway Stakes, 3yo, $75,000, 1 1/16 M, Aqueduct

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Las Virgenes Stakes, 3yo fillies, $200,000, Grade I, 1M, Santa Anita Park
Whirlaway Handicap, 4&up, $125,000, 1 1/16 M, Fair Grounds
Deputy Minister Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, Grade III, 6 F, Gulfstream Park

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Mardi Gras Handicap, 4&up, $75,000, 7 F (T), Fair Grounds

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