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Friday, April 5, 2002


Grade I stakes winners Jostle and Pompeii, both who race in the colors of WinStar Farm, head a list of 21 fillies and mares nominated to the $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap. The mile and a sixteenth Lady Hallie Handicap will enjoy its 21st renewal on Sunday, April 14.

A daughter of Broad Brush, Pompeii is unraced since finishing last of 11 in the Grade I $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park. Previously, the Elliott Walden-trained miss won the Grade I Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga last August after finishing second in the Grade I Go For Wand Handicap at the upstate New York oval the previous month.

Jostle, a multiple graded stakes victress as a 3-year-old, has not raced since a fourth-place run in the Grade III $600,000 Delaware Handicap last July. Winless during her abbreviated 4-year-old campaign, the daughter of Brocco finished second in both the Grade III Pimlico Distaff on the Preakness Day undercard and the Grade I Hempstead Handicap at Belmont Park. As a sophomore, Jostle won the Grade II Black Eyed Susan at Pimico, the Grade I Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont and the Grade I Alabama at Saratoga.

Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein's De Bertie is the other graded stakes winner that appears on the list of nominations. The daughter of De Niro won the restricted Allen E. Paulson Handicap at Gulfstream Park in her last start on Feb. 24 after capturing the $65,000 Escena Stakes there the previous month. Last year, De Bertie took top honors in the Grade III Sabin and Grade II Rampart handicaps in back-to-back starts at the south Florida racetrack.

Others on the list of Lady Hallie noms include: Wexler Stable's Adam's Time, third in this race last year and second in the $100,000 Cicero Handicap in her last start; Stonerside Stable's Becky Virtue, wire-to-wire heroine in the $50,000 Fairway Fun Stakes at Turfway on March 30; and Steve Richardson's Technical Key, who scored in the $50,000 Wayward Lass at Tampa Bay Downs on March 2.


"Post Time at Sportsman's," the track's nightly replay show that airs on FOX Sports Net Chicago, will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Central time this Sunday, April 7, and will be seen one-half hour earlier than normal, at 5 p.m. Central time, on Tuesday, April 9.


One of the major items up for auction at Saturday night's fundraiser for trainer Roy Houghton is a mint condition program from Washington Park August 31, 1955, the day of the famous Swaps-Nashua match race.

Other auction and raffle items include a signed and numbered print by famous horseracing artist Fred Stone, a two-night stay at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, coupons for area restaurants and certificates for van rides.

The fundraiser, designed to help defray medical costs incurred by Houghton from a recent hospital stay because of an aneurysm in his chest and those costs that may result from future treatments, will be held Saturday, April 6 at the "After The Races" pub owned by Sportsman's Park jockey Eduardo Perez. For a $20 donation at the door, there will be an all-you-can-eat buffet and draft beer courtesy of Miller Beer.


All 1,736 contestants from the first Chi Town Challenge have automatically been enrolled into Chi Town Challenge II, which begins Sunday, April 7. The total number of entrants as of Friday morning had surpassed the 2,000 mark and stood at 2,034. Fans can enroll in the $5,000 Chi Town Challenge, a sudden-death handicapping tournament requiring entrants to pick one horse per day to finish first, second, or third, until Noon on Sunday at


Trainer Charlie Vinci bagged doubles on back-to-back programs Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, he won the seventh race with Sweep Sweep and the ninth with Sargent Major. The following day he scored with Fan Tan Man in the opener and Crypto Comet in the fourth.

Jockey Jesse Campbell also had back-to-back two-win days. On Monday, he won with Sweep Sweep in the seventh and Rural Queen in the tenth. The next day, he tallied with Fan Tan Man in the first and Scooter Roach in the seventh.

Top trainer Mike Reavis also earned a double on Monday. On Tuesday E. T. Baird bagged a pair of winners as did trainer Tom Dorris.




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