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YESTERDAY March 04, 2015
Remington Park in Oklahoma City will open its 50-date Quarter Horse meet Friday night with reduced minimums on three of its wagers in a new format that will extend to the Thoroughbred season.
Charles Town has canceled its Thursday night card in advance of an approaching winter storm. The West Virginia track will race Wednesday night as planned, however.
Saturday, Todd Pletcher will see if he has another Far From Over on his bench when he sends out a trio of under-the-radar 3-year-olds against the multiple stakes winner El Kabeir in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
Wind Chill Factor will have to defeat eight others, including a pair of runners who finished in front of her in her season debut, Private Promise and Forest Lake, in Friday night’s $100,000 Azalea Stakes at Delta Downs.
Carpe Diem and Daredevil, both scheduled to make their 3-year-old debuts on Saturday, give WinStar Farm – which has an ownership interest in both – at least two strong Kentucky Derby prospects.
Federal tax authorities have issued a notice saying that they intend to consider changes to the tax laws that are applied to parimutuel winnings, a step that could lead to a steep drop in the tax liabilities for horseplayers.
Wagering on U.S. races in February dropped 3.7 percent compared with the same month last year, while the number of races held at U.S. tracks dropped a similar amount, 3 percent, according to figures released Wednesday by Equibase.
Twentytwentyvision will have his first start against winners in a first-level optional $40,000 claimer at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Friday. Mandella is hoping the 4-year-old Twentytwentyvision can duplicate his recent win and move closer to a stakes.
Silentio has not raced since finishing last of 14 in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint here last November. The layoff does not bother trainer Gary Mandella. It’s the competition and an expected big field for Saturday’s $400,000 Frank Kilroe Mile on turf ...
A murky pace scenario in the Santa Anita Handicap became clear Wednesday when trainer Eric Guillot confirmed that front-runner Moreno will make his 2015 debut Saturday in the Big Cap.