Breeders' Cup Limited
officials officially announced the addition of interactive stallion nominations
at the company's website. The company previously launched an online foal nominations system, which has been operational since July. "The response to the foal nominations system was terrific, so we're very pleased to offer the same capability for stallions," said Pamela Blatz-Murff
, the company's director of racing and nominations. The deadline for stallion nominations is Dec. 15, 2000, for the 2001 breeding season. (More, Breeders' Cup
)...On Saturday, Suffolk Downs
will host a qualifying round of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Challenge
. The top two handicappers Saturday will join Eileen Estrich
and Elizabeth Bider
-- both of whom qualified at the track's November qualifying round -- at the contest finals at Las Vegas in January. (More, Suffolk Downs
)...Churchill Downs Inc.
(CDI) appointed Steve Fugitte
to the position of vice president of new media, Karl F. Schmitt Jr.
, the company's senior vice president of communications, announced Friday. Fugitte has been with Churchill Downs Inc. since January 1998 and presently serves as the company's senior internet producer and content editor. "Steve has been a major contributor as CDI has integrated its website operations company-wide," said Schmitt...West Point Thoroughbreds
announced that Jim Cullen
has been named its new director of marketing. Cullen has been the director of marketing and public relations at the Texas Thoroughbred Association
since 1998. "We are very pleased to bring someone with Jim's expertise on board to oversee our marketing efforts," said Terry Finley
, West Point's founder and president. "He is very knowledgeable about the workings of the Thoroughbred industry, especially as they pertain to the communications and media aspects of the business."