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NTRA THOROUGHBRED NOTEBOOK

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.

BREEDERS’ CUP FUTURE BET RETURNS; FIRST WAGERING PERIOD BEGINS JULY 25-27

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders' Cup Limited announced Tuesday, July 1, that Breeders' Cup Future Bet wagering will be offered again this year on the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races, to be held Saturday, October 25, during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

Breeders' Cup Future Bet wagering will be conducted during three weekends in 2003, with four Breeders' Cup races open for betting each weekend. Under Breeders' Cup Future Bet rules, each race will offer pari-mutuel pools of 23 runners plus one field entry consisting of all horses not in the body of 23 for each respective pool. Two separate wagering periods will be offered for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge, Breeders' Cup Distaff, Breeders' Cup Sprint and John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf, with one wagering period offering wagering on the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile.

"We are pleased to again offer the Breeders' Cup Future Bet as an option for players seeking early value on potential Breeders' Cup entrants," said Ken Kirchner, Senior Vice President of Product Development for the NTRA.

All betting, available at outlets nationwide, will be win-only with a minimum wager amount of $2. 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. Los Alamitos will serve as the wagering hub.

The complete Breeders' Cup Future Bet schedule for 2003 is: Friday, July 25 – Sunday, July 27: Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge, Breeders' Cup Distaff, Breeders' Cup Sprint, John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (Races 1-4); Friday, August 29 – Monday, September 1: Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge, Breeders' Cup Distaff, Breeders' Cup Sprint, John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (Races 5-8); Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21: Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (Races 9-12)

Pools for the first two betting periods will open at 1:00 p.m. ET on the opening day of the period and close at 9:00 p.m. ET on the final day. During the last betting period (Sept. 19-21), wagering will open at 2:00 p.m. ET on the opening day and close at 9:00 p.m. ET on the final day.

NTRA SUMMER RACING TOUR ON CBS

This Saturday, CBS will air three top stakes races from around the country on "The "NTRA Summer Racing Tour" (5:00-6:00 p.m. ET) from Belmont Park, Churchill Downs and Hollywood Park. Scheduled are the Grade I, $500,000 Suburban Handicap from Belmont (Breeders' Cup Classic Division - Powered by Dodge); the Grade II, $250,000 Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap from Churchill (NetJets Mile); and the $750,000 American Oaks from Hollywood (Filly & Mare Turf).

Slated to run in the 1 1/4-mile Suburban is the Neil Howard-trained Mineshaft, who is currently tied for fifth in the World Thoroughbred Rankings of the Classic Division - Powered by Dodge. Mineshaft was second in the Stephen Foster Handicap his last time out following a victory in the Pimlico Special. Also slated for the race are Harlan's Holiday, tied for ninth in the Classic Division rankings; 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi (also tied for ninth in the rankings), Dollar Bill, Evening Attire and Hero's Tribute. The Firecracker, a mile race on turf, figures to draw Rock Slide, Pass Rush, Package Store and Classic Par. Though only in its second year, the 1 1/4-mile American Oaks is well on the way to becoming America's premier turf race for 3-year-old fillies. Expected is a talented international field of 14, including three West Coast standouts, Atlantic Ocean, Santa Catarina and Go For Glamour, the Frankel-trained Personal Legend and three fillies who have made their mark in Europe, Golden Nepi (IRE), Liska (IRE) and Welcome Millenium (FR).

SOLD OUT SEABISCUIT PREMIERE AT RACING MUSEUM

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced Tuesday, July 1, that the July 23 Saratoga premiere of Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and Spyglass Entertainment's "Seabiscuit" is sold out.

Peter H. Hammell, Director of the Museum, said, "What an exciting day July 23 will be: not only the opening of the Saratoga racing meet, but a sold-out premiere of the Seabiscuit movie."

Based on the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand, "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," stars Tobey Maguire as jockey Red Pollard, Chris Cooper as trainer Tom Smith and Jeff Bridges as owner Charles S. Howard. The film also features Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens and Chris McCarron, as well as Elizabeth Banks and William H. Macy.

Written and directed by Gary Ross, "Seabiscuit" is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Gary Ross and Jane Sindell and executive produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Tobey Maguire, Allison Thomas and Robin Bissell. Seabiscuit opens nationwide July 25, 2003.

SEABISCUIT AUTHOR WRITES ABOUT C.F.S.

Laura Hillenbrand, best-selling author of "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," has written a compelling story, "A Sudden Illness: How my life changed," about her experience living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S.) for this month's issue of The New Yorker.

The story is a personal history detailing how she had gone from being a young, vibrant college student to being confined to her home for nearly 16 years after contracting C.F.S.

Hillenbrand contracted C.F.S. in 1987, a year before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially recognized and described the disease. Not until 1995 was she correctly diagnosed by a renowned infectious-disease specialist. He told her that he could not cure her but would do everything he could to help her cope with the illness by managing her symptoms and coordinating her care with other specialists.

Despite her debilitating illness, Hillenbrand researched and wrote "Seabiscuit: An American Legend." Random House released the book in March of 2001. Five days after its release, the book hit the best-seller list and two weeks later became the Number 1 selling book.

VITALE AND PITINO TEAM UP

Tomorrow, July 4, a two-year-old maiden named It's Awesome Baby will make his career debut in the ninth race at Calder Race Course, Miami, Fla.

It's Awesome Baby will be representing co-owner's Dick Vitale, the voice of college basketball on ESPN, and Rick Pitino, coach of the University of Louisville's men's basketball team.

Will Dickie V., who is expected to be in attendance, whisper some of his encouraging Vitale-isms in his "diaper dandy's" ears prior to post-time? And should the colt win, will the crowd at Calder get to hear Vitale boast "We've got us a real "PTPer" (prime-time player) or declare the race an "M&Mer" (a mismatch)!

Stay-tuned.

GOLF GREAT GARY PLAYER MEETS IPI TOMBE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS

South African golf legend Gary Player, fresh off Sunday's final round of play in the U.S. Senior Open at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, stopped at Churchill Downs on Monday to visit another of his country's notable exports: Ipi Tombe (ZIM), winner of Saturday's Locust Grove Handicap (GIII) in her U.S. racing debut.

Player's interest in Ipi Tombe is more than provincial. He owns Ipi Tombe's sire, Manshood, who stands at South Africa's Gary Player Stud, a sprawling 12,500-acre breeding complex located between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

After giving the five-year-old a thorough look, Player walked up to Ipi Tombe and planted several kisses on her muzzle.

"I love horses," said Player, 67. "It's a disease with me. I love golf and horses, and I don't know which I love more; probably horses."

Player clearly relishes his visits to Kentucky. He has raced horses here through the years and looks forward to next year's stop by the Senior PGA Championship at Louisville's Valhalla.

"Kentucky is such a wonderful, wonderful place," Player said. "I'm just sorry as a younger man that I didn't buy a ranch in Lexington. I'm nearly 68 now and I'm getting a bit old to do that now, and I'm really sorry I didn't. Kentucky is a very special place for me. There are such beautiful stud farms, the great sires of the world, wonderful people: it's just a paradise."

LONE STARS AND STRIPES FIREWORKS CELEBRATION THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Fireworks and concerts are on tap for Thursday and Friday as part of the annual Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. First post is at 5 p.m. both nights, with the pyrotechnics scheduled for approximately 10 p.m. and live music shortly thereafter.

On Thursday night, platinum-selling band .38 Special will be on hand to perform classic American rock and roll. On Friday night, renegade country star Charlie Robison will help mark America's independence with one of his passionate live performances.

RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)

July 5 Wire to Wire, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN

July 5 NTRA Summer Racing Tour; Suburban Handicap (Belmont Park), Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap (Churchill Downs) and American Oaks (Hollywood Park); 5:00-6:00 p.m., CBS

July 6 ESPN Classic; Seabiscuit -- The Making of The Movie, 7:00-8:00 p.m., ESPN Classic

July 6 Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, Powered by Dodge; Budweiser Irish Derby (The Curragh, Ireland); 3:30-4:30 p.m., ESPN

July 8 Wire to Wire, 2:00-2:30 p.m., ESPN2

July 13 Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, Hollywood Gold Cup (Hollywood Park), Swaps Stakes (Hollywood Park) and Middleground Breeders' Cup Stakes (Lone Star Park); 8:00-9:00 p.m., ESPN2

July 13 International Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, Darley July Cup, 8:00-9:00 p.m., ESPN2

July 17 ESPN Classic; Seabiscuit -- The Making of The Movie, 7:00-8:00 p.m., ESPN Classic

July 20 Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, Kent Breeders' Cup Handicap (Delaware), American Derby (Arlington) and Delaware Handicap (Delaware); 5:00-6:00 p.m., ESPN2

July 20 ESPN Classic; Seabiscuit -- The Making of The Move, 7:00-8:00 p.m, ESPN Classic

RACING TO HISTORY

July 3, 1937: The Del Mar Turf Club, with crooner Bing Crosby as president and actor Pat O'Brien as one of the club officers, opened for racing.

July 3, 1977: Seattle Slew's nine-race winning streak came to an end in the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park, when he finished fourth, beaten 16 lengths by J.O. Tobin.

July 3, 1982: D. Wayne Lukas-trained Landaluce, ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., won the first of her five consecutive victories at Hollywood Park. The daughter of Seattle Slew, owned by Barry Beal and Lloyd French, died of a viral infection in November of that year, but was posthumously voted champion two-year-old filly of 1982.

July 4, 1954: Two-year-old Ribot won his first race, the Premio Tramuschio. He concluded his career in 1956, with 16 wins in as many starts.

July 4, 1972: Two-year-old Secretariat, ridden by Paul Feliciano, ran fourth to winner Herbull in his racing debut, blocked badly throughout the race, at Aqueduct. It was the poorest placing of Secretariat's career.

July 4, 1976: Charlie Whittingham swept the top three spots in the American Handicap at Hollywood Park with his trainees King Pellinore, Riot in Paris and Caucasus. On July 26, he repeated the feat in the Sunset Handicap, with Caucasus first, King Pellinore second and Riot in Paris third.

July 4, 1978: Trainer D. Wayne Lukas won his first $100,000 stakes race -- over the turf -- taking the American Handicap with Effervescing, ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., at Hollywood Park.

July 4, 1998: Elusive Quality ran the fastest mile in history in the Poker Handicap at Belmont Park. The five-year-old horse was timed in 1:31 3/5 over a firm turf course.

July 4, 2000: Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze scored his 7,000 career victory aboard This Is the Moment at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, Calif. Baze became the sixth jockey to join the 7,000-win club.

July 5, 1991: Jockey Ray Sibille won his 3,000th career race, aboard Sporting Surf at Pleasanton.

July 6, 1975: Locust Hill Farm's undefeated filly Ruffian engaged Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure in a match race at Belmont Park. Racing on the lead, Ruffian sustained a severe leg injury and was pulled up by jockey Jacinto Vasquez. The filly was euthanized the following day when efforts to save her proved futile.

July 6, 1977: In the second of their 10 meetings, Alydar defeated Affirmed to win the Great American Stakes at Belmont Park. This was the first of Alydar's three victories over Affirmed.

July 7, 1934: Mary Hirsch became the first female to be licensed as a Thoroughbred trainer, in Illinois. Hirsch subsequently was licensed in Michigan that year and two years later, on April 9, she was licensed by The Jockey Club to train in New York.

July 8, 2000: General Express set a world record when he went five furlongs on the turf in :54.60 in the Decathlon Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. General Express eclipsed the mark of :54.97 set by Klassy Briefcase in a Monmouth allowance race on June 8, 1991.

July 10, 1982: Landaluce, a two-year-old daughter of Seattle Slew, won the Hollywood Lassie Stakes by 21 lengths under the guidance of Laffit Pincay Jr. She ran the six furlong race in 1:08, just 3/5 of a second off the track record at Hollywood Park.

July 10, 2000: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association unveiled the "NTRA Two-Year-Old Challenge," a televised racing series and promotional program for two-year-old Thoroughbred colts and geldings carrying a potential bonus of $1.3 million.

July 11, 1997: Breeders' Cup Ltd. announced that supplemental entry fees would be added to the purses of Breeders' Cup Championship Day events.

July 12, 1971: Bold Ruler, sire of 82 stakes winners, including Secretariat, died at Claiborne Farm.

July 13, 1986: Jockey Kent Desormeaux rode his first winner, a three-year-old filly named Miss Tavern, in the fifth race at Evangeline Downs.

July 13, 1996: Cigar tied Citation's record of 16 consecutive victories, winning the Citation Challenge at Arlington International Racecourse.

July 14, 1951: In his last race, Calumet Farm's six-year-old Citation won the Hollywood Gold Cup by four lengths, and became racing's first millionaire horse.

July 14, 1999: Television Games Network (TVG) made its official debut with horse racing programming available to 1.1 million C-band satellite homes though Superstar/Netlink Group, the nation's largest satellite programming provider.

July 15, 1966: Dr. Fager won his first race by seven lengths at Aqueduct racetrack. He was sent off at odds of 10-1.

July 15, 1972: After finishing fourth in his racing debut on July 4, Secretariat won his first race, under jockey Paul Feliciano. The six-length victory occurred at Aqueduct.

July 15, 1987: Jack Van Berg became the first trainer to win 5,000 races when he sent Art's Chandelle, a $10,000 claimer, to victory at Arlington Park.

July 15, 1999: The NTRA confirmed that it had completed its purchase of the horseracing assets of Winner Communications via its newly formed subsidiary, NTRA Investments LLC.

July 15, 2000: Three-year-old filly Hallowed Dreams kept her record perfect and tied Cigar's and Citation's record of 16 consecutive wins by taking the Dixie Miss Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

July 16, 1998: Breeders' Cup Limited announced that a new $1 million turf race for fillies and mares would be added to Breeders' Cup Championship Day beginning in 1999. The race would be called the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf and would be run at 1¼ miles.

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

FRIDAY, JULY 4
New York Handicap, 3& up (f&m), $250,000, Grade II, 1 ¼ M (T), Belmont Park
Prioress Stakes, 3yo fillies, $200,000, Grade I, 6F, Belmont Park
Tom Fool Handicap, 3&up, $150,000, Grade II, 7F, Belmont Park
American Handicap, 3&up, $150,000, 1 1/8 M (T), Hollywood Park
Americana Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, 1 1/8 M (T), Calder
Charles Town Dash, 3&up, $100,000, 4.5F, Charles Town
Debutante Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, Grade III, 5½ F, Churchill Downs
Iowa Oaks, 3yo fillies, $125,000, 1 1/16 M, Prairie Meadows
Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes,3yo, $75,000,Grade III, 6F, Monmouth Park
Landaluce Stakes, 2yo fillies, $100,000, Grade III, 6F, Hollywood Park
Walmac Lone Star Oaks, 3yo fillies, $125,000, 1 1/16 M (T), Lone Star Park

SATURDAY, JULY 5
Suburban Handicap, 3&up, $500,000, Grade I, 1 ¼ M, Belmont Park
Poker Handicap, 3&up, $100,000, Grade III, 1M (T), Belmont Park
American Oaks, 3yo fillies, $75,000, 1 ¼ M (T), Hollywood Park
Criterium Stakes, 2yo, $100,000, 5.5F, Calder
Dance Smartly Stakes, 3&up (f&m), $150,000, 1 1/8 M (T), Grade III, Wooodbine
Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, 1 1/16 M (T), Philadelphia Park
Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap, 3&up, $175,000, Grade II, 1M (T), Churchill Downs
Iowa Derby, 3yo, $250,000, 1 1/16 M, Prairie Meadows
Royal Heroine Stakes, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, Grade III, 1M (T), Hollywood Park
Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf, 3&up, $125,000, Grade III, 1½ M (T), Arlington Park
Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap, 3&up, $250,000, Grade I, 7F, Hollywood Park
United Nations Handicap, 3&up, $750,000, Grade I, 1 3/8 M (T), Monmouth Park

SUNDAY, JULY 6
Bashford Manor Stakes, 2yo, $150,000, Grade III, 6F, Churchill Downs
Dwyer Stakes, 3yo, $150,000, Grade II, 1 1/16 M, Belmont Park
Flawlessly Stakes, 3yo fillies, 1M (T), Hollywood Park

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