Could someone explain to me how Inside Information, Silverbulletday, or Sky Beauty, to list three examples, are not worthy of being inducted into the Hall of Fame? Inside Information raced for three years, winning 14 of 17 starts, including six grade I races, the last of which, the 1995 Breeders' Cup Distaff, she won by 131⁄2 lengths. Silverbulletday, the last filly since Go for Wand to earn a championship at two and three, won 15 of 23 starts, five of them grade I. Sky Beauty raced four years, winning of 15 of 21 starts, 10 of then grade I. These aren't Hall of Fame credentials?
Magna Entertainment Corp. and Churchill Downs Inc. -- the two largest racetrack owners in North America -- are each on the lookout for a new chief executive. Tom Meeker's contract with Churchill Downs expires next year and Meeker said he will not be returning. Magna chairman Frank Stronach has temporarily replaced the departed James McAlpine as CEO while searching for a tech-savvy replacement. Those aren't the only industry vacancies. D.G. Van Clief Jr.'s retirement later this year leaves a void at both the Breeders' Cup, where he has served as president, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, where he was commissioner. Then there is the uncertainty over the future of the New York Racing Association following the expiration of its franchise rights at the end of 2007.Let's hope the industry has an easier time filling these vacancies than the Hall of Fame has had the last two years trying to induct racing greats.
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