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Shares of Lewis' Stable No Longer for Sale

A plan to attract new owners by selling an interest in the 2-year-old stable of Bob and Beverly Lewis has been shelved, said Barry Weisbord, who helped facilitate the venture through his Premier Thoroughbred Ventures.

Storms Rattle Central Kentucky Horse Farms

Darby Dan Farm was left without power or telephone service Friday morning because of an overnight storm that ripped roofs off houses and damaged homes in Central Kentucky, but most Bluegrass horse farms appear to have emerged relatively unscathed.

2004 Hall of Fame Inductee: Claude "Shug" McGaughey

Trainer Claude McGaughey goes by the nickname "Shug," but the more apropos moniker may now be "First Ballot" McGaughey after being selected for induction to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility Tuesday.

NTRA Inks Deal to Sell 'Smarty' Merchandise

Merchandise featuring the image of dual classic winner Smarty Jones, including t-shirts and caps, will be available at racetracks across the country on Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day under a deal reached between the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the undefeated colt's owners, Roy and Patricia Chapman.

Workers at MEC's Flamboro Downs Set Strike Deadline

Employees at Magna Entertainment Corp.'s Standardbred track Flamboro Downs have set a strike deadline of midnight Tuesday in response to what it called MEC's "attempt to intimidate workers into dropping key demands" during collective bargaining negotiations.

Stronach Tells Shareholders MEC is Turning Corner

Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach told shareholders Tuesday he expects the company to reach consistent profitability within one to three years through continued development of the company's racetracks and new self-service betting machines he believes will become more popular than slot machines.

Daily Racing Form May Be Sold

Alpine Capital Bank, which purchased Daily Racing Form for $40 million in 1999, may be close to selling the 110-year-old daily to The Wicks Group for a reported $60 million.

Gill Back at Delaware after Settling Lawsuit

An antitrust lawsuit filed last year by owner Michael Gill against Delaware Park has been settled, which paves the way for the nation's leading owner in 2003 to return to action at the track when its live meet opens Saturday.

Battle Brewing Over Proposed Michigan Track

Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach wants to get things moving with his company's proposed racetrack in Romulus, Mich., but state racing commissioner Robert Geake reiterated Thursday that much remains to be accomplished before any action can be taken.

Churchill Addresses Kentucky Derby Seating

Patrons accustomed to a bird's-eye view of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) from Millionaires' Row will instead be watching from the infield this year as a consequence of Churchill Downs $95 million clubhouse renovation.

Xpressbet Handle Falls 18% In California

Magna Entertainment Corp. may have some explaining to do at this month's California Horse Racing Board meeting as handle for its account-wagering service, Xpressbet, suffered an 18.4% decline among California residents during the year's first two months.

Illinois Clamps Down on Equine 'Milkshakes'

The Illinois Racing Board has amended its medication rules to drastically increase the penalties for a positive "milkshake" test and also bans any type of hypodermic injection of a horse 24 hours before a scheduled start.

MEC Team to Study Racetrack Operations

Magna Entertainment Corp. has established a "continuous improvement" team under the supervision of chief operating officer Don Amos that will conduct an orderly study of the company's racetrack operations.

CDI Outlines Aggressive Plan for '04

An ambitious strategic plan Churchill Downs Inc. hopes to accomplish in 2004, which president Tom Meeker said will "change the culture of our company," includes a major customer service initiative, increased branding of the company's assets, and possibly even a company-owned account-wagering platform.

Skees Named Interim Director of Kentucky Racing Authority

Jesse Skees, who serves as executive director of the Office of Inspector General for the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Public Protection Authority, will be the acting executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority until a permanent replacement is found.

Handicappers Call for Boycott of Magna

A disgruntled professional handicapper is mobilizing fellow players to boycott all tracks owned by Magna Entertainment Corp. The action comes in response to the company's recent decision to discontinue accepting bets from account wagering providers other than the Magna-owned platform Xpressbet.com.

Van de Kamp to Leave TOC

After eight years of service, John Van de Kamp will be stepping down from his post as president and general counsel of the Thoroughbred Owners of California on July 1, 2004 after eight years of service.

North Dakota Commission Meeting Postponed

The North Dakota Racing Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, which was to include a decision on whether Racing Services would be renewed as the state's simulcasting provider, has been postponed. A decision to reschedule the meeting should be made Friday, a spokesperson said.

THG Not Considered Problem in Racing

Tetrahydrogestrinone, a new designer steroid that has rocked human athletics in recent months, has been duly placed on the radar of North American racing. But there are no plans to take action against the potential performance-enhancer, racing officials said.

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