On Saturday, the two best 3-year-old fillies in the country, Go for Wand and Charon, will run at Saratoga in the Alabama. . . . Steinlen is set to run Sunday in the Bernard Baruch Handicap.
Johnny Longden, inducted into the Hall of Fame as a jockey in 1958, called the hall last week, canceling his appearance at the ceremonies. Ralph Neves was another absent jockey. Among the trainers missing were Woody Stephens and Bill Winfrey.
Cordero, leading jockey at Saratoga for 13 of the last 14 years, received a court stay on a 10-day suspension and his case won't be reviewed until the end of the year. . . . Jose Santos, the jockey who broke Cordero's Saratoga streak in 1987, didn't contest a five-day suspension and began the meeting on the sidelines.
The factions in the expected proxy fight at Hollywood Park over the status of track president Marje Everett estimate that legal fees will cost each side $2 million. Everett's fees would come from track coffers and the opposition's costs would have to be privately paid. . . . Bob Strub, chief executive officer at Santa Anita, said it is still possible that the track will get the Breeders' Cup in 1992, but negotiations have hit several snags. One point of disagreement is how much Santa Anita must charge its season-ticket holders. Strub feels that the prices suggested by the Breeders' Cup are considerably higher than they should be.