News and notes from around the Thoroughbred racing world, compiled
by NTRA Communications, (212) 907-9280.
FLORIDA DERBY TO AIR THIS YEAR ON SPORTSCENTER
The $1,000,000 Florida Derby, a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby, will
air during a special segment on SportsCenter Saturday, March 10, on ESPN2.
Airtime for SportsCenter on March 10 is 6:00-7:00 p.m. (ET), with
wire-to-wire coverage of the Florida Derby scheduled to be shown
approximately one hour after the live running of the Grade I race for
three-year-olds from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. More
ANNOUNCER JIM KELLY TO HOST KENTUCKY DERBY SERIES
Popular ESPN host/commentator Jim Kelly has been selected to host
the 2001 Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby series, it was announced today
by NTRA Productions. Kelly will join Randy Moss on all eight episodes of the
series, with Charlsie Cantey and Jeannine Edwards also providing commentary
during the series. More
Kentucky DERBY FUTURE WAGER IS SET TO OPEN TODAY
Stronach Stable's Macho Uno, the champion 2-year-old of 2000, has
suffered an injury that will prevent him from running in Kentucky Derby 127,
prompting his removal from the list of wagering interests for Pool 1 of
Churchill Downs' 2001 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Macho Uno's spot among the 24 wagering interests in Pool 1 of the
Future Wager will be taken by Songandaprayer, a colt owned by former
National Basketball Association star Bobby Hurley and the DJ Stable and
trained by John Dowd.
Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is set to open today,
Feb. 15 and continue through Sunday, Feb. 18. The Future Wager allows
racing fans to place wagers on contenders for the Kentucky Derby months or
weeks in advance at odds that may be more attractive than those they would
receive on Derby Day. The Kentucky Derby Future Wager is a $2 minimum wager
and is a win bet only. The list of 24 wagering interests for each pool
includes 23 horses and a mutuel field that includes all other 3-year-old
Thoroughbreds. Pool 1 opens at Noon (EST) and wagering will continue until
11:00 p.m. The same schedule will be in place on Friday and Saturday, but
the pool's final day of wagering on Sunday, Feb. 18, will open at noon (EST)
and close at 4:30 p.m. The odds that are in place at the close of wagering
on Feb. 18 will be the official odds for the four-day pool.
Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is scheduled for March
8-11 and Pool 3 is set for April 5-8.
Here is the 2001 Kentucky Derby Future Wager official field with
# Name Odds
1 A P Valentine 10-1
2 Buckle Down Ben 20-1
3 Burning Roma 20-1
4 City Zip 30-1
5 Dollar Bill 10-1
6 Early Flyer 20-1
7 Global Gait 30-1
8 Gold Trader 30-1
9 Hero's Tribute 30-1
10 Holiday Thunder 15-1
11 Invisible Ink 30-1
12 Meetyouathebrig 30-1
13 Millennium Wind 10-1
14 Monarchos 20-1
15 Mongoose 30-1
16 Ommadon 30-1
17 Outofthebox 30-1
18 Palmeiro 30-1
19 Point Given 6-1
20 Songandaprayer 30-1
21 Startac 15-1
22 Street Cry 20-1
23 Talk Is Money 30-1
24 All Other 3-Year-Olds 5-1
FUSAICHI PEGASUS MEETS CUPID
Fusaichi Pegasus, the 2000 Kentucky Derby winner who is now a $60
million freshman stallion, resumed training on Valentine's Day -- in the
stud barn. Four-year-old 'Fu Peg' had his first date, with the six-year-old
stakes-winning Irish mare 'Name of Love,' at Ashford Stud near Versailles,
Ky. Fusaichi Pegasus covered the mare -- a mother of two fillies -- with no
problems. The young stud's 'book' is filled with at least 100 more dates in
the 2001 breeding season.
FORTNER WINS THE LUV ME LUV ME NOT RACE
Jockey Joddie Fortner captured Wednesday's all-female race, the Luv
Me Luv Me Not at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Patricia Cooksey finished
second, while Turfway's current leading rider Kris Prather was fifth. For
the Luv Me Luv Me Not and all the other races won by a female jockey on the
Valentine's Day card, Turfway donated $500 to the Susan G. Komen Breast
Cancer Foundation. Turfway will donate a total of $2,500 to the Foundation.
DESORMEAUX AWARDED AN ESPY FOR TOP JOCK
Jockey Kent Desormeaux was presented the ESPY Award for outstanding
jockey on Monday, Feb. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Originally from
Louisiana's Cajun country, the Southern California resident became the
youngest jockey to reach the 3,000-wins mark, which he achieved in 1995, at
the age of 25. Desormeaux, who piloted 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi
Pegasus, now has two Derby victories to his credit. Real Quiet and
Desormeaux teamed up to win the Run for the Roses in 1998. In addition to
the ESPY Award, Desormeaux has amassed three Eclipse Awards
(1987,1989,1992)and is the recipient of the 1993 George Woolf Memorial
RACING ON THE AIR (all times Eastern)
February 17 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
February 18 "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," Risen Star Stakes
(Fair Grounds), Fountain of Youth Stakes (Gulfstream), 5:00-6:00 p.m.,
February 21 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
February 24 Racehorse Digest, 5:30-6:00 a.m., ESPN
February 25 "NTRA 2Day at the Races," Las Flores Handicap (Santa
Anita), John B. Connally Breeders' Cup Turf (Sam Houston), Jersey
Lilly (Sam Houston), Sam Houston Turf Cup Sprint (Sam Houston),
1:00-1:30 a.m., ESPN2
February 28 Racehorse Digest, 1:00-1:30 p.m., ESPN
RACING TO HISTORY
Feb. 8, 1941: Whirlaway began his three-year-old season with a win
in a six furlong allowance race at Hialeah.
Feb. 9, 1940: After a year's absence from competition,
seven-year-old Seabiscuit, champion handicap horse of 1937 and 1938,
returned to racing at Santa Anita, where he finished third in a handicap
race. Seabiscuit ran three more races in 1940, concluding his career with a
win in the Santa Anita Handicap.
Feb. 9, 1974: Jockey Chris McCarron rode his first winner, a
five-year-old gelding named Erezev, at Bowie Racecourse. By year's end,
McCarron had established a then-record number of winners for a single
season: 546. Fifteen years later, on Nov. 30, 1989, jockey Kent Desormeaux
eclipsed that mark.
Feb. 10, 1998: Undefeated Two-Year-Old Champion Favorite Trick was
named 1997 Horse of the Year.
Feb. 11, 1933: The Jockey Club released data showing that as of
1932, the U.S. had surpassed Great Britain and Ireland in foal production
for the first time, to become the world's leading producer of Thoroughbreds.
Feb. 12, 1981: Julie Krone rode her first career winner, a $3,500
claimer named Lord Farkle, which was owned and trained by Les St. Leon, in
the sixth race at Tampa Bay Downs.
Feb. 14, 1966: Buckpasser suffered the only defeat of his
three-year-old season when he finished second in a non-betting race, the
Black Caesar Purse, at Hialeah. He went on to post 13 consecutive victories
in 1966 (12 of them in stakes races), but was unable to compete in any of
the Triple Crown races because of a hoof injury.
Feb. 14, 1990: Ladbroke at Golden Gate Fields inaugurated co-pooling
of its wagers with those of a sister organization, Ladbroke Racing Wyoming.
The co-pooling of wagers across state lines, made possible by California
legislation that had gone into effect Jan. 1, was a first in U.S. racing.
Feb. 15, 1974: Future Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew was foaled
at White Horse Acres, Lexington, Ky.
Feb. 16, 1891: At the urging of Pierre Lorillard, the Board of
Control, composed of seven representatives of the racing industry, was
formed to govern Thoroughbred racing. The Board's powers extended to matters
of licensing; allotment of racing dates; and the regulation of purse
payments. The Board, as the governing body for racing, was succeeded by The
Jockey Club, formed in 1894.
Feb. 16, 1999: Jockey Julie Krone became the first female jockey to
win 3,500 races, taking the third race at Fair Grounds.
Feb. 17, 1985: Laffit Pincay Jr. had his 6,000th career win, aboard Doria's
Delight in the fifth race at Santa Anita Park.
Feb. 22, 1969: Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman jockey to win
a parimutuel race in America when she rode Cohesion to victory at Charles
Feb. 23, 1935: Seven-year-old Azucar, a former steeplechaser, won
the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park.
Feb. 24, 1947: Acting upon an earlier recommendation by The Jockey
Club stewards, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations unanimously approved lip
tattoos as a method of identifying Thoroughbred racehorses.
Feb. 24, 1979: Trainer J.C. Williams saddled eight winners in 12
attempts at Waterford Park. Williams also owned seven of those eight
Feb. 25, 1990: The 11th race at Charles Town was declared a
no-contest because the starting gate could not be removed from the track
after the race had begun. The track announcer warned the jockeys to pull up
their mounts, and the track subsequently refunded all wagers on the race.
Feb. 25, 1998: The purse of the Breeders' Cup Distaff was increased
from $1 million to $2 million, effective with that year's Breeders' Cup
Championship at Churchill Downs.
Feb. 25, 1999: Jockey Robbie Davis got his 3,000 win aboard
Inevitably Private in the fourth race at Gulfstream Park.
Feb. 26, 1973: With Secretariat having been named Horse of the Year
for 1972 and champion two-year-old, it was announced by Claiborne Farm that
the colt had been syndicated for a then-record $6,080,000-equivalent to 32
shares at $190,000 each.
Feb. 27, 1982: Florida apprentice Mary Russ became the first female
jockey to win a Grade I stakes in North America when she captured the
Widener Handicap aboard Lord Darnley at Hialeah.
Feb. 28, 1957: John Longden became the first jockey in history to
reach 5,000 victories.
WEEKEND STAKES RACES (unrestricted stakes worth $75,000 and up)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Fountain of Youth Stakes, 3yo, $200,000, Grade I, 1 1/16 M,
San Luis Obispo Handicap, 4&up, $200,000, Grade II, 1½ M (T),
Santa Anita Park
Barbara Fritchie Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $200,000, Grade II, 7F,
Silverbulletday Stakes, 3yo fillies, $125,000, Grade III, 1 1/16 M,
Dearly Precious Stakes, 3yo fillies, $75,000, 6F, Aqueduct
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Santa Maria Handicap, 4&up (f&m), $200,000, Grade I, 1 1/16 M, Santa
Risen Star Stakes, 3yo, $125,000, 1 1/16 M, Fair Grounds
Suwannee River Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 M
(T), Gulfstream Park
John B. Campbell Handicap, 4&up, $100,000, 1 3/16 M, Laurel Park
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19
General George Handicap, 3&up, $200,000, Grade II, 7F, Laurel Park
Buena Vista Handicap, 4&up (f&m), $150,000, Grade II, 1M (T), Santa
Palm Beach Stakes, 3yo, $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 M (T), Gulfstream
Rare Treat Handicap, 3&up (f&m), $100,000, Grade III, 1 1/8 M,
California Oaks, 3yo fillies, $100,000, 1 1/16 M (T), Golden Gate