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Indy Groove Disqualified from Arlington Matron, Proctor Fined

The Illinois Racing Board disqualified Indy Groove from her victory in the Sept. 3 Arlington Matron (gr. III) because the mare tested positive for naproxen, an anti-inflammatory (Class IV) that is prohibited on race day in the state. Tom Proctor, who trains the mare for Glen Hill Farm, was fined $1,000.

Common Pools With Canada Gaining Momentum

Since common pool pari-mutuel wagering with Canada was introduced in the United States earlier this year, racetracks involved have seen significant gains in handle from Canada, according to Sean Pinsonneault, vice president of wagering operations for Woodbine Entertainment Group in Canada.

Waterman Honored at Racing and Gaming Symposium

Dr. Scot Waterman,executive director of the Racing Medication Testing Consortium, was awarded the John K. Goodman Alumni Award from the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Thursday at The Symposium on Racing and Gaming being held this week near Tucson.

Avioli Calls for Federal Authorization of Internet Gambling

There are many scenarios for how the United States government will respond to the World Trade Organization's April ruling in which U.S. laws on remote gambling were considered in violation of WTO commitments based on a dispute between the U.S. and Antigua over cross-boarder betting.

Panel Says Microchips in Horses will not be Mandated

Putting microchips in racehorses for identification purposes will remain secondary to standard identification procedures such as tattooing and DNA testing, according to a panel of industry experts Tuesday afternoon at The Symposium on Racing and Gaming being held this week near Tucson, Ariz.

Weil: Racino Model Isn't Industry's Savior

The horse racing industry should exploit the growth of sports betting, broaden its distribution, and develop new content rather than looking to racinos as an industry "savior," according to Scientific Games chairman and chief executive officer A. Lorne Weil.

Jockeys' Guild Moves Tack to New Offices

In a further attempt to cut ties with former Jockeys' Guild president Dr. Wayne Gertmenian and his consulting firm Matrix Capital Associates, the Guild, under its new management, moved offices this week.

House Subcommittee Explores Jockey Insurance/Welfare

A day after a 16-year-old apprentice jockey died in a racing accident at an Ohio track, racing officials and representatives from horsemen's groups met Thursday before a Congressional subcommittee to report on their ongoing efforts in addressing safety, health and welfare issues for jockeys and their perspectives on on-track injury insurance.

Jockeys Boot Gertmenian; Haire Temporarily in Charge

Jockeys took back the reins of the Jockeys' Guild Tuesday when they voted to remove Guild president Dr. Wayne Gertmenian from his post, terminate the Guild's relationship with Gertmenian's consulting firm, Matrix Capital Associates, and appoint Guild national member representative Darrell Haire as temporary national manager of the organization.

Keeneland Sale Slows Down in Second Half

A $230,000 session topper wasn't enough to keep soaring figures afloat Sunday as Keeneland reported a decline in gross, average, and median prices compared to the same session last year, heading into the second half of its November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Ky.

Meeker Optimistic about Future of Fair Grounds

Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Tom Meeker said that in the weeks since Hurricane Katrina devastated CDI-owned Fair Grounds in New Orleans, the company has been working with federal, state, and local governments on a reinvestment plan that could include revamping the historic racetrack into a tourist destination.

Nydrie Stud on Market for $8.75 Million

National Thoroughbred Racing Association Commissioner and Breeders' Cup President D.G. Van Clief Jr. confirmed his family's 592-acre Nydrie Stud in Central Virginia is on the market for $8.75 million.

Gomez Receives Shoemaker Award for Breeders' Cup Success

Garrett Gomez, who rode Stevie Wonderboy and Artie Schiller to victory in the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, received the 2005 Bill Shoemaker Award for outstanding performance by a jockey on Breeders' Cup Championship day Sunday morning at Belmont Park.

Ellis Park 2006 Race Dates Tabled for Now

Ellis Park is seeking to reduce its number of race days per week in 2006 from five to four, but approval of the change has been stalled by opposition from the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protection Agency.

Simulcast Award Goes to Del Mar

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club received the 2005 Simulcast Award Tuesday at the annual International Simulcast Conference being held this week in La Jolla, Calif., near San Diego.

Nicholson Addresses Expanded Gaming in Kentucky

Proponents of expanded gaming in Kentucky should focus more on how it would generate revenue for the good of the Commonwealth, rather than how it would impact horse racing, Keeneland president Nick Nicholson said Tuesday at a public policy forum in Versailles, Ky.

Miss Terrible Tops Arlington Matron Field

Graded stakes winner Miss Terrible tops a field of seven fillies and mares drawn for Saturday's $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park. The Argentine-bred mare will carry high weight of 118 under jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. The pair will break from post four.

Panel Hears Industry Opinions on Jockey Insurance

A blue ribbon panel to study and resolve jockey insurance issues in Kentucky entertained opinions from industry representatives, including jockey and owners, Thursday about what form jockeys' insurance should take in the Commonwealth and who should pay for it.

Veitch Appointed as Kentucky's Chief Steward

Retired trainer John Veitch, who conditioned famed multiple grade I winner and later notable sire Alydar, has been appointed as the new chief steward for the Kentucky Horseracing Authority and will serve as the presiding steward at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., beginning July 9.

My Trusty Cat Seeks Repeat Win in Chicago BC

Carl Pollard's grade I winner My Trusty Cat will return to defend her title in Saturday's $175,000 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park. Trained by David Vance, My Trusty Cat won last year's seven-furlong event by 1 3/4lengths over Our Josefina.

Turfway's Polytrack Installation On Schedule

Turfway Park president Bob Elliston said he expects the Kentucky racetrack's new Polytrack surface to be ready for horses to train on by mid-August, when trainers are expected to begin arriving for the fall meet that begins Sept. 7.

Study Suggests Jockeys Have Bone Problems

Preliminary results of an ongoing body-weight study of jockeys in Ireland indicate more than half of the riders studied had osteopenia--the presence of less than normal amount of bone--which if not treated may result in osteoporosis.

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