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Horse Racing: Foal finally has a name

Sunday, March 23, 2003

By Pohla Smith, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

The unexpected foal found in a mare's stall on March 9, 2002, the day after she raced at The Meadows, now has a name and an identified father.

The colt out of Hostile Raider has been christened Unannounced. Co-owner Mike Pulzo of Westbury, N.Y., said people sent in tons of suggestions, but the members of the Power Group stable that owns the two horses came up with Unannounced themselves.

"We wondered should it be Unannounced Raider, Unannounced Baby, but we decided on Unannounced," Pulzo said "It's a little easier to remember, and we thought if he ever makes it to the races maybe people would remember the story."

U.S. Trotting Association personnel helped pinpoint the likely sire, and DNA proved that Buster's Baby is indeed the sire.

"Unfortunately he's not a commercial sire, but he is still racing [at Northville Park] in Michigan," Pulzo said. He and Hostile Raider were turned out together for 2 1/2 weeks on an Ohio Farm in April 2001.

Gestation for a horse is about 11 months.

Mother and baby are turned out at a New Jersey farm, and at least one of them is headed for the races.

Pulzo said Power Group is new at breeding and is "not 100 percent sure" the mare will return to racing, but the colt apparently will get a shot. "It sounds a little cruel [sending Hostile Raider back to the track]," he said. "She's a mommy now and maybe we should keep her a mommy."

As for Unannounced, Pulzo said, "He's doing good. He looks good. He's growing. He was pretty tiny."

Power Group is interested in selling two 10 percent shares in the colt for $1,000 each. Pulzo has the details posted on standardbredsrus.com.

McCarron now a GM

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron has a new job as of March 31: vice president and general manager of Santa Anita Park.

Santa Anita is owned by Magna Entertainment Corp., the same firm that owns The Meadows.

"Chris is a man of great integrity who has devoted his entire professional life to the sport of thoroughbred racing," MEC Chairman Frank Stronach said. "I know Chris will continue to make an important contribution to our sport and that he will make a positive contribution to the growth and well-being of Santa Anita and MEC."

McCarron said, "When Frank approached me about this opportunity, I took a closer look at the company, at what has been accomplished over the past few years and what is planned for the future, and I told my wife Judy, 'I want to be a part of it.' I love this sport and I want to see it restored as a major sporting attraction in North America and internationally."

Krone sidelined

Hall of Fame rider Julie Krone says she'll return from her latest injury -- fractures of two vertebrae in her lower back. She sustained the breaks in a spill at Santa Anita March 8 and was released from a local hospital two days later.

"She definitely plans on coming back," Krone's agent Brian Beach said. "Her spirits are very good. I would say she's more angry than anything else since she was doing so good."

Krone, 39, thoroughbred racing's all-time leading female rider, was fifth in the Santa Anita standings at the time of her injury. She was retired more than three years before returning to riding last November.

Brouchard streaks

East Coast harness driver Stephane Brouchard won 11 consecutive races March 9. In the afternoon, he won his final three drives at Freehold Raceway -- the ninth, 12th and 13th races. Then he traveled to Yonkers, where he won the first eight races on the card.

Seattle Slew's last crop

Seattle Slew's final crop of foals included four fillies. The Triple Crown winner, who died last May 7, got just four mares in foal last year because his health was failing during breeding season. His last foal was born Feb. 19 at Swifty Farms near Seymour, Ind. She is out of May Day Ninety, a stakes-producing daughter of Alydar.

Short bits

Florida-based jockey Eibar Coa is moving his tack to Aqueduct the first week of April. Coa, 32, has been ranked sixth nationally in wins and fifth in earnings. ... Kentucky Derby prospect Badge of Silver, who was defeated for the first time in four starts in the Louisiana Derby, was to undergo throat surgery for a breathing problem. ... Multiple graded-stakes winner Bella Bellucci, 4, has been retired by owner Michael Tabor after finishing third in the March 9 Santa Margarita Handicap.

Pohla Smith can be reached at psmith@post-gazette.com or 412- 263-1228.

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