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Racing on the Air Racing to History Weekend Stakes Races
News and notes from around the Thoroughbred racing world, compiled by NTRA Communications, (212) 907-9280.


The seventh running of the $6 million Dubai World Cup will take place Saturday at Nad al Sheba racecourse in Dubai as part of a seven-race program worth a total of $13.25 million. In the mile-and-one-quarter World Cup, all eyes will be on Sakhee, winner of last year's Prix de l'Arc d' Triomphe at Longchamps in Paris and runnerup in last October's Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park in New York. Sakhee, who will take on 10 foes, has been installed as the even-money morning line favorite for the Dubai World Cup, which is scheduled for 12:40 p.m. (ET)

Also of special interest to American racing fans on the Dubai program is the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, a six-furlong sprint that drew a strong American contingent including Xtra Heat, last year's Eclipse Award winner as Champion three-year-old-filly. Xtra Heat will face 12 rivals in the Golden Shaheen and has been made the early 2-1 favorite.

Back stateside at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., an important Kentucky Derby prep will be run in the Grade II, $500,000 Lane's End Spiral Stakes. Contested over 1 1/8 miles, the Spiral Stakes is expected to include Request For Parole and Perfect Drift--the top two finishers in the recent John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway. Also slated to compete is Saratoga Blues, winner of the Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct. Saratoga Blues passed up last Sunday's one-mile Gotham Stakes to try the longer race at Turfway Park.

The Lane's End Spiral Stakes, as well as coverage of Saturday's $2 million U.A.E. Derby from Dubai, can be seen on ESPN2 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (ET) as part of the "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby" series.


Jockey Winston Thompson posted the second five-win day of his career yesterday at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass. Thompson, who also won five races at Suffolk on February 13 of this year, garnered win number five in the seventh race, wiring the field aboard Katovilla. Meanwhile, out West at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., veteran rider Martin Pedroza won the first four races on Wednesday's program, becoming the first jockey to win four straight at Santa Anita since Eddie Delahoussaye swept the final four races on Oct. 6, 2001.

"I looked at my mounts today and I liked them, so that's why I stayed and didn't leave Monday for Dubai," said Pedroza, who is scheduled to leave for Dubai Thursday to ride Men's Exclusive in the $2 million Golden Shaheen on Saturday. "But sometimes you can have good horses and they don't run like they're supposed to. Today they did. That's luck. Sometimes you can have the horses and they don't run like you want them to."

RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)

March 23 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

March 23 Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby; Lane's End Spiral Stakes (Turfway Park), U.A.E. Derby (Nad al Sheba, Dubai); 6:30-7:30 p.m., ESPN2

March 24 NTRA 2Day at the Races; Explosive Bid Handicap (Fair Grounds), Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (Sportsman's Park), West Texas Derby (Sunland Park), Dubai World Cup (Nad al Sheba); 6:00-6:30 p.m., ESPN2

March 27 Racehorse Digest, 3:00-3:30 p.m., ESPN2

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

March 30 NTRA 2Day at the Races; Gulfstream Park Handicap (Gulfstream Park), Illinois Champions Day (Sportsman's Park); 6:00-6:30 p.m., ESPN2

April 3 Racehorse Digest, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2


March 23, 1927: Future Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox was foaled at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky.

March 24, 1851: California's first organized race for Thoroughbreds took place at the Pioneer Course in San Francisco. The city's residents added a purse of $250 to the sweepstakes, which was set at $15 each for the three competitors. T. K. Battelle's colt Boston won.

March 24, 1932: Omaha, the only Triple Crown winner to be sired by another Triple Crown winner (Gallant Fox), was foaled at Claiborne Farm, Paris, Ky.

March 24, 1940: Future Triple Crown winner Count Fleet was foaled at Stoner Creek Stud, Paris, Ky.

March 24, 1941: Upset, the only horse ever to defeat Man o' War, died at age 24.

March 24, 1953: A program for nationwide televising of 10 of the richest races being run in New York and Delaware, was announced. NBC and ABC provided network coverage for the Saturday broadcasts, which were scheduled for April 18-June 20.

Mar. 24, 1997: Assicurazioni Generali, the lead underwriter on the congenital infertility insurance on Horse of the Year Cigar, agreed to pay the $25 million claim filed by owners Allen Paulson and Coolmore Stud. Coolmore received $18.75 million and Paulson got $6.25 million, representing the parties' respective 75% and 25% ownership interests.

March 26, 1943: Future Triple Crown winner Assault was foaled at King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas.

March 26, 1966: Jockey Eddie Maple won his first career race, at Ascot Park in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

March 26, 1992: Henryk de Kwiatkowski purchased Calumet Farm for $17 million at auction. He paid an additional $210,000 for the Calumet name.

March 27, 1953: The ABC radio network announced it would broadcast a series of major East Coast races, beginning April 4 and continuing through Nov. 14.

March 27, 1997: A group of Thoroughbred organizations, including The Jockey Club, Breeders' Cup Ltd., Keeneland Association and Oak Tree Racing Association, announced it would undertake a joint planning process to create a national coordination and marketing structure for Thoroughbred racing.

March 29, 1917: Man o' War, who would go on to win 20 of his 21 career starts, was foaled at Nursery Stud, Lexington, Ky.

March 29, 1938: In observance of Man o' War's 21st birthday, the celebration was broadcast nationally via radio from Faraway Farm, where he stood at stud.

March 29, 1969: Diane Crump became the first female jockey to win a stakes race when she took the Spring Fiesta Cup at the Fair Grounds aboard Easy Lime.

March 29, 1988: Jockey Pat Day won his 4,000th victory, aboard Ann's Bid, in the ninth race at Oaklawn Park.

March 29, 1997: The $4 million Dubai World Cup was rescheduled for April 3 after torrential rainstorms hit Nad Al Sheba racecourse.

March 30, 1952: New York Governor Thomas Dewey signed a statute transferring licensing authority from The Jockey Club to the New York Racing Commission.

March 30, 1970: Secretariat was foaled at The Meadow, Doswell, Va.

March 30, 1985: Laffit Pincay Jr. became the second jockey in history to surpass John Longden's record of 6,032 victories, riding Sovereignty to victory in the sixth race at Santa Anita Park.

April 1, 1940: New York legalized parimutuel wagering and outlawed book-makers at the state's racetracks.

April 1, 1998: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association officially launched operations with the opening of its office in Lexington, Ky.

April 2, 1938: Future Triple Crown winner Whirlaway was foaled at Calumet Farm, Lexington, Ky.

April 3, 1962: At the age of 46, jockey Eddie Arcaro announced his retirement. He retired with 4,779 victories, including two Triple Crowns, won with Whirlaway and Citation.

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

Lane's End Spiral Stakes, 3yo, $600,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M, Turfway Park
Pan American Handicap, 3&up, $200,000, Grade II, 1 M (T), Gulfstream Park
Santa Ana Handicap, 4&up (f&m), $150,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M (T), Santa Anita Park
Bourbonette Breeders' Cup, 3yo fillies, $150,000, 1 M, Turfway Park
Cicada Stakes, 3yo fillies, $100,000, Grade III, 7F, Aqueduct
Rebel Stakes, 3yo, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/16 M, Oaklawn Park
Rushaway Stakes, 3yo, $100,000, 1 1/16 M, Turfway Park
San Pedro Stakes, 3yo, $75,000, 6 F, Santa Anita Park

Explosive Bid Handicap, 4&up, $700,000, Grade II, 1 1/8 M (T), Fair Grounds
Orchid Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $200,000, Grade II, 1 M (T), Gulfstream Park
Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, 1 M, Sportsman's Park
Santa Paula Stakes, 3yo fillies, $75,000, 6F, Santa Anita Park



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