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ARLINGTON MILLION, ALABAMA TOP WEEKEND ACTION
With the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to be held at Arlington in suburban Chicago on October 26, this year's Arlington Million, 1¼-miles race on the turf for horses three-and-up takes on added significance as a victory could catapult a horse into the role of favorite come late October.
The Bobby Frankel-trained, and Jerry Bailey-ridden Beat Hollow and the Neil Drysdale-trained Sarafan, continue their rivalry in the Arlington Million. Beat Hollow, the 5-1 second choice in the recently concluded Future Book betting on the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf, won back-to-back Grade I races, the Woodford Reserve and the Manhattan Handicap, before being beaten by Sarafan in the Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar last month. The complete Arlington Million field from the rail out is Sarafan (jockey: Corey Nakatani, morning line odds: 3-1), Forbidden Apple (Jose Santos, 4-1), Cheshire (Y. Take, 15-1), Paolini (A. Suborics, 10-1), Mystery Giver (Kent Desormeaux, 30-1), Ulundi (R. Hughes, 20-1), Beat Hollow (Jerry Bailey, 6-5), Falcon Flight (R. Douglas (10-1), Freefourinternet (Pat Eddery, 15-1.
Squaring off in the Alabama will be Grade I Kentucky Oaks winner Farda Amiga and the Frankel-trained You. Back from being sick, Farda Amiga makes her first start since winning the Kentucky Oaks in May, while You, who was fourth in the Oaks won Saratoga's Grade I Test Stakes last month following a victory in the Grade I Acorn Stakes in June. Frankel won last year's Alabama with Flute. The complete field from the rail out is: Jilbab (Mike Luzzi), Nonsuch Bay (John Velazquez), Farda Amiga (Pat Day), Bella Bellucci (Mike Smith), Smok'n Frolic (Jorge Chavez), Allamerican Bertie (Larry Melancon) and You (Edgar Prado).
The Arlington Million, Grade I (John Deere Turf division), and the Grade I, $750,000 Alabama Stakes (Distaff), will be featured Saturday on ESPN from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET).
EQUINE GENOMICS & OWNERSHIP AMONG TOPICS FOR THE 50th ANNUAL ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE
The Jockey Club's 50th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing convenes at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Sunday, August 18.
Scheduled topics include issues surrounding ownership, medication, equine genomics and the globalization of racing. A transcript and audio replay of The Jockey Club Round Table Conference will be available on The Jockey Club web site on or about Tuesday, August 20. The web site is located at http://home.jockeyclub.com.
TRIALS SET FOR 44TH ALL AMERICAN FUTURITY
A total of 223 2-year-olds, including four supplements, were entered for today's All American Futurity Grade I trials at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. The 10 fastest qualifiers from the 23 heats will sprint 440 yards for the $2-million estimated purse in the final set for Labor Day, September 2. First post for today's trials is set for 9:30 a.m. (MDT).
Country music stars Lyle Lovett and Toby Keith have runners entered. Lovett's homebred Strawfly Special filly, Lovetostrawfly will break from post position six in the twelfth race. Lovett's first-time starter is owned in partnership with his mother Bernell. Keith's runner The Down Side, a First Down Dash colt, will break from the outside post in race eleven. The Down Side is owned in partnership with John T.L. Jones, Keith and R.D. Hubbard. Keith's horse is trained by C. Dwayne "Sleepy" Gilbreath. Lovett's starter is trained by his aunt, Sheila Klein.
With some racing luck, hopefully, both singers will continue to sing Country music and not the blues.
TVG Network will present live coverage of each of the All American Futurity trials, plus all of the August 16 trials for the All American Derby (Grade I). TVG is available on the Dish Network and some cable systems. Additional coverage of the trials can be seen on "Wire to Wire" on ESPN2 August 22 at 12 noon (ET) with a repeat on ESPN August 25 at 5:30 a.m.(ET).
SEABISCUIT MAKES A SNEAK PREVIEW
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will host a sneak preview of Seabiscuit, an American Experience documentary for PBS, on Wednesday, August 21st and Thursday, August 22nd. A sports hero of the 1930s Depression era, Seabiscuit's rags-to-riches tale is now brought to PBS by award-winning filmmaker Stephen Ives, and will be broadcast nationally in the spring of 2003 as part of American Experience, PBS's acclaimed history series from WGBH Boston.
The premiere celebration on Wednesday will begin at 6 p.m.(ET) with cocktails, music, and a buffet dinner followed by the movie at 8:00 p.m.
For tickets, priced at $75 each, please call 518-584-0400 extension 135.
August 15 Thoroughbred Classics (Arlington Million), 5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN Classic
August 15 Thoroughbred Classics (Alabama Stakes), 6:00-6:30 p.m., ESPN Classic
August 16 Thoroughbred Classics (Arlington Million), 9:00-9:30 a.m., ESPN Classic
August 16 Thoroughbred Classics (Alabama Stakes), 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic
August 16 Wire to Wire, 1:30-2:00 p.m., ESPN2
August 17 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
August 17 Thoroughbred Classics (Arlington Million), 9:00-9:30 a.m., ESPN Classic
August 17 Thoroughbred Classics (Alabama Stakes), 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic
August 17 Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships; Arlington Million and Beverly D Stakes (Arlington Park); and Alabama Stakes (Saratoga); 5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN
August 18 Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships; Iselin Handicap and Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks (Monmouth Park); 5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN
August 20 Thoroughbred Classics (Travers Stakes), 5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN Classic
August 22 Wire to Wire, 12:00-12:30 p.m., ESPN2
August 22 Thoroughbred Classics (Travers Stakes), 5:30-6:00 p.m., ESPN Classic
August 23 Thoroughbred Classics (Travers Stakes), 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic
August 23 Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships; Personal Ensign Handicap (Saratoga); 5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN
August 24 Thoroughbred Classics (Travers Stakes), 9:30-10:00 a.m., ESPN Classic
August 24 Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships; Travers Stakes and King's Bishop Stakes (Saratoga); 5:00-6:30 p.m., ESPN
August 25 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
August 25 Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships; Pacific Classic (Del Mar) and Ballerina Handicap (Saratoga); 5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN
August 28 Wire to Wire, 2:30-3:00 p.m., ESPN2
Aug. 15, 1972: The 15-race winning streak of England's Brigadier Gerard was ended by John Galbreath's American-bred Roberto, ridden to a three-length victory by Braulio Baeza in the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup at York Racecourse. Brigadier Gerard, who finished second in the Gold Cup, went on to post two more victories before retiring with a record of 18-17-1-0.
Aug. 15, 2000: Jockey Russell Baze rode three winners at Bay Meadows and surged past Angel Cordero into fifth place on the list of all-time winning riders with 7,059 victories.
Aug. 16, 1930: Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 shot Jim Dandy in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse.
Aug. 16, 1946: Rockingham Park began to film its races from the vantage of a helicopter, using the equipment as a "mechanical patrol judge."
Aug. 16, 1954: Native Dancer concluded his 22-race career with a victory in the Oneonta Handicap, a non-betting exhibition race at Saratoga Racecourse that he won by nine lengths while carrying 137 pounds. Although he raced only three times in 1954, Native Dancer was subsequently voted Horse of the Year, partly because he had been denied that honor in the previous year, despite having won nine of 10 races, all of them stakes. Tom Fool, 1953 Horse of the Year, had had a perfect 10-for-10 record.
Aug. 16, 1965: John Longden rode his 6,000th winner, riding Prince Scorpion to victory while at Exhibition Park.
Aug. 16, 1972: Secretariat won his first stakes race, the Sanford Stakes, at Saratoga Racecourse. The time for the six-furlong race was 1:10, the fastest time for the distance at Saratoga that year.
Aug. 16, 1976: John Campo swept the top three spots in the Adirondack Stakes with his trainees Harvest Girl, Bonnie Empress and Drama Critic.
Aug. 17, 1918: Samuel D. Riddle purchased the yearling Man o' War for $5,000 in a sale of August Belmont II's bloodstock at Saratoga.
Aug. 17, 1977: Jockey Steve Cauthen rode Affirmed for the first time, winning the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse by 2 3/4 lengths.
Aug. 17, 2000: Zippy Chippy, loser of all 86 of his lifetime races, was defeated again--this time by minor-league baseball player Jose Herrera in a 40-yard dash. The race, called the "2000 Red Wings Derby," was held prior to a home game of the International League's Rochester Red Wings.
Aug. 18, 1923: The Jockey Club announced that the owner of Papyrus, winner of the Epsom Derby, had accepted an invitation to compete in an international match race in the U.S., against an American horse. Zev, winner of the 1923 Kentucky Derby, was chosen to represent the U.S. against Papyrus in the race, scheduled for October.
Aug. 18, 1961: Trainer Dale Baird saddled his first winner, New York, at Ellis Park.
Aug. 19, 1978: In the conclusion of their 10-race rivalry, Alydar scored his third "success" against Affirmed in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse, when his adversary was disqualified from first place.
Aug. 19, 1990: Jockey Earlie Fires became the eleventh rider in Thoroughbred racing history to win 5,000 victories when he guided Tex's Zing to victory in the ninth race at Arlington International Racecourse. He joined history-making jockeys Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay Jr., Angel Cordero Jr., John Longden, Jorge Velasquez, Larry Snyder, Sandy Hawley, Dave Gall, Carl Gambardella and Chris McCarron.
Aug. 20, 1966: Ogden Phipps' Buckpasser, ridden by Braulio Baeza, became racing's first three-year-old millionaire after he won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse.
Aug. 20, 2000: Ron Ardoin became the 16th jockey in North America to win 5,000 races when he guided Heart of an Angel to a three-length victory in the seventh race at Louisiana Downs.
Aug. 22, 1972: In preparation for his next start, the Aug. 26 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse, Secretariat worked a half-mile in :46 2/5.
Aug. 22, 1998: Hall of Fame trainer Woodford Cefis "Woody" Stephens died in Miami Lakes, Fla. He was 84.
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 reach the 7,000-win plateau.
Aug. 25, 2001: A record Travers Stakes day attendance of 60,486 watched Point Given win the race dubbed the "Midsmummer Derby." The day's total betting handle of $34,529.273 was also a Saratoga record.
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. 28, 2001: A study commissioned by Churchill Downs showed that this year's renewal of the Kentucky Derby had a $218-million impact on the regional economy.
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