09/20/2003 12:00AM

New talent on scene for 2003


The Woodlands in Kansas City, Kan., has attracted two new major stables for its 30-day mixed meet for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses that opens on Tuesday. The season will run through Nov. 1.

Dave Anderson, who is based in Nebraska and is the nation's 10th leading Thoroughbred trainer in victories, and Rodney Reed, who runs one of the country's leading Quarter Horse stables, will both race horses at the meet.

The Woodlands has separate facilities for horse and greyhound racing on the same property, but that setup could change if a bill allowing slot machines at the track passes in the state legislature next year, said Jim Gartland, general manager of The Woodlands.

Gartland said a greyhound surface would be situated inside the existing horse track in a facility that would also feature a casino. Long-term, a hotel and convention center would be constructed on the property, with the project cost set at $120 million.

"We had a bill in the legislature [this year] that made it through the House and got beat by two votes in the Senate," said Gartland. "I still think we have a heck of a chance to pass it."

For now, the focus is on the live meet, and Gartland believes The Woodlands is on an upswing. The track is racing four more days this year than last year, and has expanded the number of simulcast outlets taking its signal to 130.

"We had over 2,000 stall applications for 1,200 stalls, which is a jump," said Gartland.

The Woodlands will run seven races a day for Thoroughbreds and three for Quarter Horses. Purses will average $60,000 a day, and the stakes schedule features 13 stakes for Thoroughbreds and seven for Quarter Horses.

Changes this meet include a 12-horse starting gate, which will replace the 10-horse gate from last year. The track itself has been resurfaced since last season. New outlets taking races from The Woodlands this season include ones in Chicago and Florida.

Jose Ibarra returns to defend his Thoroughbred training title, while Don Mourning is the defending leading Quarter Horse trainer. Ken Shino is expected to defend his riding title.

At a glance: Woodlands

* RACING SCHEDULE: 30 days of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing from Tuesday to Nov. 1; racing Tuesday through Saturday

* POST TIME: 12:30 p.m. Central until Oct. 28, when post will revert to noon.


* HIGHLIGHTS: Woodlands Derby and Woodlands Handicap, Nov. 1; $100,000-estimated Kansas Futurity for Quarter Horses on Oct.4.

* ADDRESS: 9700 Leavenworth Rd., Kansas City, KS, 66109.

* PHONE: (913)299-9797

* INTERNET: www.woodlandskc.com