Equine Images: Celebrating the Art and Culture of the Horse, will officially unveil its complete redesign at a public reception at Beresford Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York, on Saturday, August 4, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Founded in 1986, Equine Images is published quarterly and focuses on the artistic aspects of the horse and the equestrian lifestyle. Coverage encompasses all schools of art-from Western to Eastern, from abstract to realism-and features work by the world's most talented painters, sculptors, photographers and jewelry designers....The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has launched a month-long contest for women, in conjunction with the release of Betsy Berns' new book, The Female Fan Guide to Thoroughbred Racing. The write-in contest, which runs throughout August, challenges women to describe in 50 words or fewer why they are the ultimate fan of Thoroughbred racing. The Ultimate Female Fan(tm) contest is open to female residents of the United States who are 18 years or older. The winner will receive a free trip for two to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park, Saturday, Oct. 27, as well as a $1,000 wagering voucher. Contestants may submit their entries online at the NTRA's Web site, ntra.com, or by writing to: Ultimate Female Fan Contest, c/o NTRA, 2525 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40504. Contest rules are posted at ntra.com...Jockey Oliver Castillo was taken to Monmouth Medical Center after falling from his mount Clara's Star during the running of the last race at Monmouth Park Wednesday. ... Ellis Park has increased all purses five percent, with the exception of stakes races. Additionally, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund monies allotted on open maiden and allowance races were elevated from 50 to 60 percent of the base purse offered by the association. The increases became active Aug. 1...Anchor Gaming announced that its video lottery subsidiary, VLC, has named Mike Tessmer as general manager. Tessmer currently serves as the company's national sales manager.

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