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CDSN Pulls All Signals from Southern Racing Co-Op

In apparent reaction to an impasse in negotiations between the Southern Racing Cooperative and Churchill Downs Simulcast Network over the Hollywood Park signal, CDSN has ceased sending any of its simulcasting signals to the racing cooperative's member tracks.

Fined Derby Jockeys File Lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed in Kentucky circuit court Friday by 13 of the jockeys fined by Churchill Downs stewards for wearing a Jockeys' Guild patch during this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The suit asks for a reversal of the stewards' decision, which was upheld by the Kentucky Racing Commission in early October, on the grounds it is unconstitutional.

Choctaw Nation Buys Blue Ribbon Downs

Backstretch LLC, a private company wholly-owned by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, closed a deal Monday to purchase Blue Ribbon Downs, one day before the Sallisaw, Okla. track was to be auctioned.

Win Crafty Lady Tops Solid Fasig-Tipton Sale

Win Crafty Lady, producer of grade I winner Harmony Lodge and grade II winner Graeme Hall who is in foal to Giant's Causeway, brought a final bid of $900,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale Sunday night.

TVG Wins Court Ruling Against Youbet

To comply with a court order handed down Thursday, Youbet.com will delay its annual shareholders meeting so it can provide information on the ramifications of a majority buyout by Gemstar Inc., parent company of Television Games Network.

TVG Sues Youbet to Protect Voting Interest

TV Games Network, a shareholder in Youbet.com with an option to buy a majority interest in the company, has filed a lawsuit against Youbet for proposed changes to voting and term limits for its board of directors.

Prince Ahmed Cited in New Book on Sept. 11 Attacks

A recently released book investigating the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States alleges a captured al-Qaeda terrorist named the late Prince Ahmed bin Salman, former principal of The Thoroughbred Corp., as an al-Qaeda sympathizer.

Magna Moving Closer on Development of Gulfstream

Magna Entertainment Corp. is actively seeking a third-party developer for a retail-entertainment project at Gulfstream Park that would become "the new front door for the track," Magna's departing chief financial officer Graham Orr said on Friday.

TOC Looking at Racetrack Slots in California

Thoroughbred Owners of California president John Van de Kamp admitted California could lose its position as a major racing state in the future without additional revenue streams, including expanding gaming at California's racetracks.

Jockey Ads Barred in Breeders' Cup; Concerns Continue

The California Horse Racing Board's decision earlier this year to suspend the rule that would allow jockey advertising for this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park was described as "bush league" June 17 by the founder of Jockeys Management Group.

Pedigree Rules in Breeding a Winner

Pedigree and conformation experts espoused various breeding theories and stated what is wrong with modern bloodstock practices during a panel discussion at the Thoroughbred International Exposition Conference on prioritizing between pedigree, conformation and performance.

JMG Gaining Foothold on Jockey Advertising

Southern California-based Jockeys Management Group was off and running Belmont Stakes day as three of the agency's stable of jockeys -- Jerry Bailey, Jose Santos, and Gary Stevens--wore advertising on their uniforms for the entire program.

House Delays Vote on Internet Gambling Bill

The House of Representatives Tuesday tabled its scheduled vote on the latest version of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act, which included an exemption for horse racing and other state-regulated gambling activities.

Derby Riders May Be Disciplined for Wearing Logo

The Kentucky Racing Commission has summoned 14 of the 16 jockeys that rode in the Kentucky Derby to appear before the Churchill Downs stewards May 16 for wearing a "Jockeys Guild" logo on their pants in apparent violation of the Kentucky rules of racing.

Tagg To Have Whole New Preakness Perspective

During nearly 30 years on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, the closest trainer Barclay Tagg ever got to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was a bird's eye view from the Pimlico backstretch. But this year, things figure to be vastly different for the newly-minted Kentucky Derby-winning conditioner.

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