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FUTURE BET WAGERING ON BREEDERS' CUP IN 2002
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has announced that Breeders' Cup Future Bet wagering will be offered this year on the eight races that make up the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be held Saturday, October 26 at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.
Breeders' Cup Future Bet wagering will be conducted during four weekends in 2002 with up to three Breeders' Cup races open for betting each weekend. All betting, available at outlets nationwide, will be win-only with a minimum wager amount of $2.00. Daily Racing Form will provide extensive support for the Breeders' Cup Future Bet, including full past performance lines in all editions for all days the Future Bet is offered. The Breeders' Cup Future Bet will be conducted pending approval of the Illinois Racing Board, and Arlington Park will serve as the processing hub for all wagers.
The complete Breeders' Cup Future Bet schedule for 2002 is:
"We've tried to schedule the pool dates late enough to include European horses in the pools and to allow handicappers to develop informed opinions on the eight races, but early enough so that potentially lucrative prices can still be secured on the horses of their choice," said Ken Kirchner, senior vice president of product development for the NTRA/Breeders' Cup. "And with two separate pools offered on the Classic, Distaff and Sprint, fans will have double the opportunity to scope out their favorites in three of our most popular betting races."
ALEX TREBEK HOPES TO HAVE THE ANSWER IN SATURDAY'S TEXAS MILE
The category is The Texas Mile for $300,000.
The answer is: "This late developing 5-year-old, owned by a popular game show host, will invade Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas from Southern California to race in the Grade III Texas Mile on Saturday."
The correct question is "Who is Reba's Gold?"
Owned by Jeopardy's Alex Trebek, Reba's Gold drew post six in a field of nine entered for the $300,000 Texas Mile. His main competition is expected to come from Hal's Hope, winner of last month's Grade I Gulfstream Park Handicap at Gulfstream Park.
"A few years ago, Alex bought one of the most beautiful farms in California," said Dan Hendricks, trainer of Reba's Gold, referring to Trebek's Creston Farms in Paso Robles, Calif. "He's taken his time. He's slowly added some stallions and broodmares and five or six racehorses. I think he's approaching the business the right way; he's not running out and buying a bunch of yearlings or 10 two-year-olds in training or 20 broodmares. He's getting his feet wet in the racehorse business. He's breeding the right way, and he has a first-class facility at Creston. And with Reba's Gold, he's having a good time."
Trebek is scheduled to arrive in Grand Prairie tomorrow, one night before Reba's Gold's big race.
BIG DAY ON TAP SATURDAY AT FONNER PARK
It's being billed as "Super Saturday" at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., where 3-year-olds and up will go 1 1/16 miles for a $100,000 purse in the Bosselman-Gus Fonner Handicap. Fans attending the track or viewing via simulcast will have money on their minds for a different reason on Saturday, however. On-track patrons will have an opportunity to take down $10,000 in cash giveaways. $5,000 will be given away to one lucky man, and $5,000 will be awarded to one lucky woman. For wagerers both at the track and those taking part in the Fonner Park action at a simulcast location, a special superfecta wager will be offered on the Bosselman-Gus Fonner Handicap with a guaranteed minimum pool of $50,000 available to anyone smart enough to select the first four finishers in Fonner's big race.
IMUS TO AGAIN TEAM WITH NTRA IN TRIPLE CROWN PROMOTION
Don Imus, host of the nationally-syndicated "Imus in the Morning" radio program, will again join forces with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) as a partner in an ongoing Triple Crown promotion. The "Imus in the Morning" radio program, broadcast weekday mornings in 77 markets in 33 states to an estimated 10 million listeners each day, is also simulcast on the MSNBC cable television network. More
STEEPLECHASE STARS LINE UP FOR ROYAL CHASE AT KEENELAND TOMORROW
What do you get when you mix a Breeders' Cup winner, a Saratoga Grade I winner, a speedy California-bred with a Grade I win, an Eclipse Award finalist and a champion? Friday's Grade I, $175,000 added Royal Chase steeplechase race at Keeneland.
The field is led by a quartet of standout steeplechasers who will vie for favoritism in the 2 1/2 miles race over 12 jumps on the Keeneland turf course. The group includes 2001 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (Gr. I) winner Quel Senor, 2001 New York Turf Writers Cup (Gr. I) winner It's A Giggle, 2001 Colonial Cup (Gr. I) winner Lord Zada and 1998 steeplechase champion (and 2000 Royal Chase winner) Flat Top.
WOODBINE JOINS NTRA
Woodbine, in suburban Toronto, has joined the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), it was announced today. Woodbine is one of North America's premier facilities and in 1996 was the first track to host the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships outside the United States. More
LEVIN, MOONEY TO SIGN NEW BOOKS AT KEENELAND, SARATOGA
Jason Levin, author of the new book from Daily Racing Form, "From the Desert to the Derby: The Ruling Family of Dubai's Billion-Dollar Quest to Win America's Greatest Horse Race" will conduct book signings in Lexington and Louisville leading up to the 128th Kentucky Derby. Levin will sign copies of his book in the Barnes & Noble at the Hamburg Pavilion in Lexington beginning at 8 p.m. on April 26, and again outside the Churchill Downs gift shop on Saturday, the track's opening day, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Then it's over to the Barnes & Noble at the Summit in Louisville from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on April 30, before returning to Lexington for a May 3 signing at 7:00 p.m. at the Joseph Beth Bookstore. beginning at 7 p.m.
Next Thursday, May 2, Nan Mooney will sign copies of her new book, "My Racing Heart: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track" from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The signings are open to the public in the Museum Lobby. Published by HarperCollins and described as "part memoir, part celebration of the compelling world ofThoroughbred horse racing," My Racing Heart explores the fascination of the racetrack's exciting, uncertain world. For more information, call (518) 584-0400.
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 Wire to Wire, 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
May 3 Breakfast at Churchill Downs, 7:00-11:00 a.m., ESPN2
May 3 Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA, Kentucky Derby, 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic
May 3 Run for the Roses; "The 1980s," 11:00-11:30 a.m., ESPN2
May 3 Run for the Roses; "The 1990s," 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 3 2Day at Churchill Downs; Aegon Turf Sprint Stakes, Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap, Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (Churchill Downs); 3:00-5:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 3 Kentucky Oaks (Churchill Downs), 5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 3 Handicapping the Derby, 7:00-7:30 p.m., ESPN2
May 4 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
May 4 Breakfast at Churchill Downs, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 4 Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA, Kentucky Derby, 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic
May 4 2Day at the Kentucky Derby; Churchill Downs Handicap, Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes (Churchill Downs); 12:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2
May 4 Kentucky Derby Special; Citgo Distaff Turf Mile, Humana Distaff Handicap, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (Churchill Downs), 2:30-5:00 p.m., ESPN
May 4 Kentucky Derby (Churchill Downs), 5:00-6:30 p.m., NBC
May 4 Kentucky Derby 2002, 6:30-7:00 p.m., ESPN2
May 5 Kentucky Derby 2002, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
May 8 Wire to Wire, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2
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.
May 2, 1904: Laska Durnell became the first woman to own a Kentucky Derby starter and winner when longshot Elwood took the 30th Run for the Roses. Elwood, the only Missouri-bred to win the Kentucky Derby, was also the first Derby winner to be bred by a woman, Mrs. J.B. Prather.
May 2, 1934: Future Triple Crown winner War Admiral was foaled at Faraway Farm, Lexington, Ky.
May 2, 1953: Native Dancer suffered his only defeat in 22 starts. He finished second in the Kentucky Derby as the 7-10 favorite, beaten a head by a 25-1 shot, Dark Star. Going into the Derby, Native Dancer had 11 consecutive wins.
May 2, 1970: Diane Crump became the first female jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby. Her mount, Fathom, finished 15th in a field of 17.
May 2, 1981: The first simulcast of the Kentucky Derby took place, with three outlets -- Centennial Park, Longacres Racecourse and Yakima Meadows -- receiving the signal. Total simulcast wagering was $455,163. The Derby simulcast was suspended for the next two years, pending approval by Kentucky horsemen, and was reinstated in 1984.
May 2, 2000: Jockey Julie Krone became the first female elected to Thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame.
May 3, 1769: Namesake of racing's annual awards, Eclipse made his first public appearance in a heat race at Epsom, England. The chestnut won his first trial easily, prompting gambler Dennis O'Kelly to predict "Eclipse first, the rest nowhere" at the start of the second heat. O'Kelly's forecast was correct. Eclipse won the second four-mile race by nearly ¼ mile.
May 3, 1902: Jockey James Winkfield, the last African American rider to win the Kentucky Derby, won his second consecutive Derby aboard Alan-a-Dale.
May 3, 1952: The first coast-to-coast, network-televised Kentucky Derby aired on CBS. Favorite Hill Gail won the Derby, giving his jockey Eddie Arcaro a record fifth victory in the Kentucky Derby, and his trainer, Ben A. Jones, the record for most number of wins (six). Arcaro's record was matched on this day in 1969 by jockey Bill Hartack. Jones' record has not been equaled.
May 3, 1958: CBS used a "split screen" for its telecast of the Kentucky Derby, necessitated by the presence of the popular runner Silky Sullivan, who was famous for running far off the pace. Most of the screen was allotted to the main group of runners, with a small corner given over to Silky Sullivan. Although he was one of the favorites for the race, Silky failed to deliver his customary winning drive in the stretch and finished 12th, beaten 20 lengths by the victorious Tim Tam.
May 3, 1969: Jockey Bill Hartack won his fifth Kentucky Derby aboard Majestic Prince, tying Eddie Arcaro's 1952 record. Majestic Prince was trained by Hall of Fame jockey John Longden, the only person to have trained and ridden a Kentucky Derby winner.
May 3, 1980: Diana Firestone's Genuine Risk became the second filly to win the Kentucky Derby. Regret won it in 1915; Winning Colors, in 1988.
May 3, 1986: Charlie Whittingham, at age 73, became the oldest trainer to win his first Kentucky Derby when he sent Ferdinand to victory. Ferdinand's rider, Bill Shoemaker, was the oldest jockey (54) to take the Run for the Roses. Whittingham topped himself in 1989, winning the Derby a second time (at age 76) with Sunday Silence.
May 4, 1905: Belmont Park opened for its first race meet.
May 4, 1957: Bill Shoemaker, aboard Gallant Man, misjudged the finish line for the Kentucky Derby and stood up in the irons prematurely. Gallant Man lost the race by a nose to Iron Liege. Round Table was third and Bold Ruler was fourth in this historic finish.
May 4, 1968: Dancer's Image became the first horse to be disqualified from the Kentucky Derby because post-race testing revealed an illegal medication. Forward Pass was declared the winner, giving Calumet Farm its eighth Derby winner, a record.
May 4, 1996: Trainer D. Wayne Lukas set the record for most consecutive wins in Triple Crown races, six, when Grindstone won the Kentucky Derby. Lukas' winning streak began with the 1994 Preakness Stakes, which he won with Tabasco Cat.
May 5, 1934: Brookmeade Stable's Cavalcade won the Kentucky Derby, his third victory in a span of less than two weeks.
May 5, 1973: Secretariat became the first horse to complete the 1¼-mile course for the Kentucky Derby in less than two minutes when he won the 99th Run for the Roses in a record 1:59 2/5, which was 3/5 faster than Northern Dancer's 1964 mark of 2:00, to set a track and stakes record that still holds. He ran each successive quarter-mile of the race faster than the previous one, with split times of :25 1/5, :24, :23 4/5, :23 2/5 and :23.
May 5, 1990: Frances Genter, age 92, became the oldest winning owner in Derby history when Unbridled won the 116th renewal of the Run for the Roses.
May 5, 2001: Monarchos came from far back to roll past the field and post a 4 3/4 length victory in the 127th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Invisible Ink was second and Congaree was third. The 9-5 post time favorite, Point Given, finished fifth. Monarchos's winning time for the mile and a quarter race was 1:59 4/5, the second fastest Derby ever run, behind only Secretariat's 1973 mark of 1:59 2/5.
May 6, 1895: African American jockey James "Soup" Perkins guided the favorite Halma to a wire-to-wire victory in the 21st running of the Kentucky Derby. Perkins, who was 15, joined fellow African American jockey Alonzo Clayton as the youngest jockey to ride a Derby winner.
May 6, 1896: African American jockey Willie Simms guided Ben Brush to victory in the 22nd Kentucky Derby, the first time the race was run at 1¼ miles. Two years later, Simms would win the Derby aboard Plaudit, giving him a perfect record in the Kentucky Derby: two wins in two attempts.
May 6, 1933: In the "fighting finish" to the Kentucky Derby-before the advent of photo-finish cameras and video patrol-jockey Don Meade on Brokers Tip, and Herb Fisher, on Head Play, pushed, hit, tugged and jostled each other to the finish line at Churchill Downs. Brokers Tip was declared the winner, by a margin of two or three inches.
May 6, 2000: Fusaichi Pegasus, a $4 million yearling purchase, became the first favorite to win the Kentucky Derby in 21 years with his convincing win over Aptitude. Spectacular Bid in 1979 was the previous favorite to win the "Run for the Roses."
May 7, 1938: The Kentucky Derby Glass made its debut. First used as a water glass for the track restaurant, the mint julep glass has been a part of the Derby tradition for more than 50 years.
May 7, 1949: Calumet Farm's Ponder won the 75th Kentucky Derby, which was first telecast on a limited basis by local TV station WAVE.
May 7, 1973: Secretariat was flown to Pimlico Racecourse to prepare for the Preakness Stakes after his record-breaking performance in the Kentucky Derby.
May 7, 1983: Aboard Sunny's Halo, jockey Eddie Delahoussaye became the last rider to win consecutive Kentucky Derbies. Other riders to have won back-to-back Derbies are: Isaac Murphy, Ron Turcotte and James Winkfield.
May 7, 1988: Winning Colors, the first roan and the third filly to win the Kentucky Derby, provided trainer D. Wayne Lukas with his first Derby win in 13 attempts.
May 7, 1992: Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. announced his retirement from race riding.
May 7, 2001: Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas saddled his 4,000th career winner, scoring with Added Spice in the ninth race at Delaware Park. Lukas's mark put him behind only Dale Baird (8,479 wins), Jack Van Berg (6,300) and King Leatherbury (5,190).
May 8, 1901: David Garrick, owned by American Pierre Lorillard, won the Chester Cup in England, under the guidance of American jockey Danny Maher.
May 8, 1915: H.P. Whitney's Regret became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby, 40 years after the race's inception in 1875.
May 8, 1937: Mary Hirsch, daughter of Max Hirsch, who had conditioned 1936 Kentucky Derby winner Bold Venture, became the first woman trainer to saddle a runner in the Kentucky Derby. The horse, No Sir, who was also owned by Miss Hirsch, finished 13th in a field of 20.
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