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BREEDERS' CUP TICKET APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Officials of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Breeders' Cup Limited and Arlington Park have announced that ticket applications are now available for the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., to be held Saturday, October 26.
To accommodate the tremendous interest in the 2002 Breeders' Cup -- the first time that the event will be held in the Chicago area -- approximately 35,000 temporary stadium seats will be constructed around the permanent grandstand facility at the racetrack. All outdoor open-air seating will include convenient access to heated pavilions -- complete with mutuel windows, television monitors, food and beverage concessions, merchandise stands and restroom facilities.
All applications must be received at Arlington Park no later than Sunday, June 16, 2002, to be included in a lottery that will determine the order in which applications will be processed. Applications received after the deadline will be handled on a first come, first served basis, dependent upon seating availability. If the ticket order is filled, a confirmation with seat location will be received two to three weeks after June 16. Tickets will be delivered approximately 30 days prior to the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
"Interest in this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships has been very positive and we have already received thousands of inquiries for tickets," said Arlington Park President Steve Sexton. "To make it as fair as possible for the general public, we will conduct a lottery for tickets with a limit of six per household.
To obtain a ticket application, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Arlington Web site, www.arlingtonpark.com. Applications will also be available at all Trackside OTB locations in Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana. For additional information, call 847-385-7551.
COOLMORE LEXINGTON, FEDERICO TESIO STAKES HEAD WEEKEND LINEUP
With the 2002 Kentucky Derby just two weeks away, "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)-produced series on the ESPN networks, will air the final prep races for the VISA Triple Crown this Saturday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2. Featured are the Grade II, $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes from Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., and the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes from Pimlico in Baltimore.
The 1 1/16 miles Lexington is best known for having served as a launching pad for 1999 winner Charismatic, who followed his Lexington victory by winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. But Charismatic isn't the only Lexington winner to capture Triple Crown races. Touch Gold won the 1997 Belmont Stakes, while Hansel (1991) and Risen Star (1988) each took the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
Continuing his comeback efforts in the Lexington will be the Bob Baffert-trained Officer. After running fifth as the big favorite in last year's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile and then failing in two subsequent races, Officer received a lengthy rest before making his 2002 debut on April 7 at Santa Anita, where he romped by six lengths in the Zany Tactics Stakes to earn a spot in the Lexington.
Officer drew post six today among a field of nine that was entered for the Lexington. His major competition should come from the Steve Asmussen-trained Easyfromthegitgo (post 3), who was a very close second in the Grade II Louisiana Derby, and Ethan Man (post 7), a three-length winner in the Grade III Swale Stakes. Also entered are Mucho Rapido, Proud Citizen, American Style, Tails of the Crypt, One Tuff Fox and Crimson Hero.
Contested at 1 1/8 miles, the Federico Tesio drew a field of six and is topped by Magic Weisner, winner of five in a row, including a 4 1/2-length triumph in the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park his last time out.
DUPUY PULLS OFF RACING RARITY
Bringing a horse back to the races off any layoff can be difficult and usually the longer the layoff, the harder the task. Last Sunday, trainer Donna Dupuy defied the odds at Sportsman's Park in Cicero, Ill., when she scored with Frederick Kuen's Appealing Command, a six-year-old who last raced on June 27, 1999 -- a layoff of nearly 34 months.
"That horse was a real project," said Mike Dupuy, Donna's husband. "He got hurt the day we claimed him (for $12,500). The owner sent him to Florida to try to get him ready and he bowed a tendon. So he sent him to his farm in Wisconsin. This past winter, after two years, he calls us and says he's sending the horse back to us. So we worked on his tendon. We worked him a few times here and he worked pretty well. He's a warrior that old horse. If anybody could come back like that, it was he."
BENEFIT FOR ROMERO THIS SUNDAY NIGHT IN LEXINGTON
Retired jockey Randy Romero, rider of such equine superstars as Personal Ensign and Go for Wand, will have a benefit dinner staged in his honor this Sunday night at Furlongs Restaurant in Lexington, Ky., at 6:30 p.m. Romero is in need of a kidney transplant.
The evening will include cocktails, dinner and a live auction of an assortment of racing memorabilia. Many jockeys and other racing celebrities will be in attendance. A small number of tickets, priced at $100 each, remain available for the event. For tickets or additional information, call 859-312-5611.
JOCKEY CULLUM TO SHAVE HEAD FOR GOOD CAUSE
Maryland-based jockey Walter Cullum will shave his head on Sunday, April 28 at the Mount Washington Tavern in Baltimore as part of a fundraiser to benefit the Betsy Wells Cancer Support Fund. The evening will get underway at 6:00 p.m.
Wells, a racetrack worker for 30 years who presently serves as the office manager for trainer Graham Motion, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is scheduled to begin chemotherapy treatments on April 23. Wells, 51, has already battled breast cancer and had a double mastectomy in 1998.
"Betsy has a huge circle of friends wishing to help, and we thought it would be a fun way of raising money to lend a hand," said Anita Motion, Graham's wife, who coordinated the effort. Any funds raised in excess of Wells's out-of-pocket expenses will be kept in a fund to benefit other industry workers battling cancer.
To help the fundraising along, the Maryland Jockey Club is donating four premium seats ($1,000 value) to this year's Preakness Stakes. The seats will be auctioned off on April 28 along with Baltimore Orioles tickets and a host of racing memorabilia, including a horseshoe won by last year's Maryland-based three-year-old filly Eclipse Award champion Xtra Heat, plus items donated by top jockeys Chris McCarron and Edgar Prado, who both achieved much of their early career success in Maryland.
For additional information or to make a donation, contact Bobby Lillis at 410-265-6843. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 202, Lewisville, PA 19351.
AUTHOR, JOCKEYS TO SIGN NEW BOOK AT SANTA ANITA, KEENELAND
Author Lenny Shulman will be in the Champions Gift Shop at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., this Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., signing his new book: "Ride of Their Lives: The Triumphs and Turmoil of Today's Top Jockeys." Appropriately, Shulman will be joined at the signing by several of his subjects. Among those scheduled to attend the signing are popular reinsmen Laffit Pincay, Jr., Gary Stevens, Mike Smith, Patrick Valenzuela and Eddie Delahoussaye.
Before the ink is dry on his last autograph, Shulman will be jetting back East to Lexington, Ky., where on Sunday, he and jockey Jerry Bailey will host a similar event in the Keeneland Gift Shop from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
EQUIBASE NAMES ERTMANN PRESIDENT/COO
Equibase Company has announced that John C. Ertmann, an attorney who has previously served in executive capacities for NBC Sports and Major League Soccer, will be the Lexington, Ky.-based company's new president and chief operating officer.
"The Equibase team has done a phenomenal job of building a successful franchise over the course of the past 11 years," said Alan Marzelli, Chairman of Equibase's Management Committee. "In that time, we have firmly established Equibase as both the Thoroughbred racing industry's Official source of racing information and a brand that consumers of racing products around the world have come to know and trust. But we're now at the point where we need a full-time executive presence in order to maximize the future value of the business."
Ertmann will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Equibase, a role that Marzelli has filled on a part-time basis since 1996. Marzelli will remain as Chairman of the Management Committee.
April 20 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
April 20 Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby; Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Keeneland), Federico Tesio Stakes (Pimlico); 6:00-7:00 p.m., ESPN2
April 24 Racehorse Digest, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2
April 27 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
April 28 Triple Crown Special, 2:00-3:00 p.m., ESPN2
April 29 Run for the Roses; "Baffert's Excellent Derby Adventures," 11:00-11:30 a.m., ESPN2
April 29 Run for the Roses; "The Shoe's Derbys," 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ESPN2
April 29 Run for the Roses; "The 1960s," 3:00-3:30 p.m., ESPN
April 29 Run for the Roses; "The 1970s," 3:30-4:00 p.m., ESPN
April 30 Run for the Roses; "The Mark of Zito," 11:00-11:30 a.m., ESPN2
April 30 Run for the Roses; "Upset Derbys," 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ESPN2
April 30 Run for the Roses; "The 1980s," 3:00-3:30 p.m., ESPN
April 30 Run for the Roses; "The 1990s," 3:30-4:00 p.m., ESPN
April 30 Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA, Kentucky Derby, 5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN Classic
May 1 Run for the Roses; "Derby Dilemmas," 11:00-11:30 a.m., ESPN2
May 1 Run for the Roses; "D. Wayne Lukas," 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 1 Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw, 5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN
May 2 Run for the Roses; "The 1960s," 11:00-11:30 a.m., ESPN2
May 2 Run for the Roses; "The 1970s," 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 2 Racehorse Digest, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2
May 2 Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA, Kentucky Derby, 5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN Classic
April 18, 1970: The New York State Legislature passed a bill enabling off-track betting.
April 18, 1999: Jockey Julie Krone concluded her riding career at Lone Star Park, finishing second aboard Desert Demon in the Lone Star Derby. Krone won 3,546 races in her career.
April 19, 1952: Native Dancer won his first race, at Jamaica racetrack.
April 19, 1969: Bill Veeck, promoter and president of Suffolk Downs, staged a $10,000 race featuring all female jockeys, then a novelty in racing. Called the Lady Godiva Stakes, the event attracted such riders as Diane Crump, Tuesdee Testa and Robyn Smith. It was Penny Ann Early, however, who won the race-her first career victory. The previous year, Early had attempted to ride at Churchill Downs, but the male jockeys boycotted and the race was canceled.
April 19, 2000: Jockey Pat Day guided first time starter Unbridled Time to victory in the second race at Keeneland, giving the 46-year-old a record 717 victories at the Lexington, Ky. track.
April 20, 1949: Jockey Bill Shoemaker won his first race, aboard Shafter V, at Golden Gate Fields, Albany, Calif.
April 20, 1999: Trainer Charlie Whittingham died in Pasadena, Calif., of complications from leukemia. He was 86.
April 21, 1923: Eight-year-old Exterminator gained his 34th stakes victory, the Philadelphia Handicap at Havre de Grace, setting an American record.
April 21, 1973: In a surprising defeat, Secretariat finished third to stablemate Angle Light and runner-up Sham in the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct, his last start before sweeping the Triple Crown. The following day, Secretariat was found to have had an abscess in his mouth, which may have caused him discomfort while racing.
April 21, 1998: Tim Smith was named Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
April 22, 1947: Citation won his first race by 1/2-length, at Havre de Grace.
April 22, 1970: Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed into law a bill allowing off-track betting in New York.
April 22, 1976: After winning the Florida Derby at odds of 1-20, Honest Pleasure ran in the Blue Grass Stakes as the 1-10 favorite. Only win wagering was allowed on the seven-horse field. Honest Pleasure won, creating a minus win pool of $41,876.20.
April 23, 1943: Judy Johnson was granted a license to ride in steeplechase races in Maryland, making her one of the earliest female jockeys.
April 23, 1973: Secretariat and his stablemate Angle Light were flown to Louisville, Ky., to prepare for the Kentucky Derby.
April 23, 1977: Seattle Slew won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack, his sixth consecutive win and his third win of the season. The race was his final prep for the May 7 Kentucky Derby.
April 26, 1853: En route to becoming England's first Triple Crown winner, West Australian won the 2,000 Guineas, the first of three races that comprise England's Triple Crown.
April 26, 1916: The first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton, was foaled at Hamburg Place, Lexington, Ky.
April 27, 1973: At Churchill Downs, Secretariat worked six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 in preparation for the May 5 Kentucky Derby.
April 27, 1999: Trainer D. Wayne Lukas was elected to the National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.
April 28, 2001: Jockey Chris McCarron became the seventh American jockey to win 7,000 races, guiding Spinelessjellyfish to a neck victory in the Khaled Stakes at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. McCarron joined Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Pat Day, David Gall, Russell Baze and Angel Cordero Jr. in the 7,000 club.
April 29, 1976: The State of Connecticut opened its own betting parlors in 11 communities.
April 30, 1941: Jockey Eddie Arcaro rode four winners out of five mounts at Jamaica racetrack before leaving for Churchill Downs to ride Whirlaway in the Kentucky Derby.
April 30, 1989: Bill Shoemaker won his 1,000th stakes race, guiding Charlie Whittingham-trained Peace to victory in the Premiere Handicap at Hollywood Park.
May 1, 1943: Count Fleet won the "street car" Kentucky Derby, for which no tickets could be sold to out-of-town spectators due to wartime travel restrictions.
May 1, 1948: H.A. "Jimmy" Jones, son of Ben A. Jones, stepped aside as the trainer of Citation, allowing his father to be named the colt's official trainer in the Kentucky Derby. Ben Jones was attempting to match the record of H.J. Thompson, who had trained four Derby winners. Citation did win and Ben A. Jones subsequently won two additional derbies, in 1949 and 1952, to set the mark for most number of wins in the Run for the Roses, six. Jimmy Jones was named as Citation's trainer in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, however, giving the Jones family a Triple Crown sweep.
May 1, 1971: The New York Off-Track Betting Corp. offered wagering pools on the Kentucky Derby, the first instance in which parimutuel wagering on the race took place outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Churchill Downs had refused to sell the rights to the race to OTB, but the pools were offered nonetheless, generating handle totaling $1,043,005
May 1, 1976: Trainer Laz Barrera won three stakes in three different states: the Kentucky Derby with Bold Forbes; New York's Carter Handicap with Due Diligence and the Illinois Derby with Life's Hope.
May 1, 1993: Paul Mellon became the second person in racing history of have bred and owned winners of the Kentucky Derby (Sea Hero, who won the 1993 Derby) and the Epsom Derby (Mill Reef, who won in 1971). John Galbreath was the first to have accomplished the Derby double, which he did with Proud Clarion (1967 Kentucky Derby) and Roberto (1972 Epsom Derby).
May 1, 1999: Charismatic won the 125th Kentucky Derby at odds of 31-1, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas his fourth Derby win and his owners, Bob and Beverly Lewis, their second Derby victor.
May 1, 2001: Holy Bull, Paseana, Maskette, veteran jockey Earlie Fires, and trainers Richard Mandella and Tom Smith, trainer of the legendary Seabiscuit, were elected to Thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame.
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