Articles posted November 21, 2000

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Atlantic City Submits Revised Dates Request to Jersey Commission

Moving quickly after the New Jersey Racing Commission rejected its original application for an eight-day stand, Atlantic City Racecourse re-applied Wednesday for ten 2001 dates, according to track president James J. Murphy. In the unprecedented and unexpected move Tuesday, the commission also rejected the 2001 dates application of Atlantic City Racecourse, but did approve the dates of the two New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority racetracks, Monmouth Park and Meadowlands.

Magna Closes on Bay Meadows Purchase

Magna Entertainment Corporation has completed its purchase of the company that operates Bay Meadows racetrack in northern California for $24.1 million in cash. In a press release, Magna said it will continue to conduct live racing at the San Mateo facility until Dec. 31, 2002, allowing the property owner time to complete a master plan and obtain the entitlements for development of the existing track property.

Keeneland's November Sale: On a Slower Role

Without a doubt, last year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale was a blockbuster. It established world auction records for gross revenue and number of horses sold. It posted increases in nearly every statistical category, closing out a decade in which prosperity made a rousing return to the Thoroughbred marketplace. While the good times did not stop rolling in 2000, it was apparent by the end of the latest November extravaganza at Keeneland that they were not rolling quite as fast.

BC Bits

By Steve Haskin -- The Breeders' Cup always manages to leave behind a little piece of itself that creeps into the brain, spawning questions and opinions.

Coming Up Short

By Ray Paulick -- Magna and Churchill have a common problem with short fields in California.

Aptitude Tops Clark Workouts

Juddmonte Farm's Aptitude, the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby (GI) and Belmont Stakes (GI), breezed four furlongs in :49 2/5 at Churchill Downs on Monday in preparation for the Clark Handicap (gr. II). The move by Aptitude tied as the fifth fastest of 23 works at the distance over a track that was not yielding quick times.

Tampa Bay, Horsemen Again in Purse Dispute

On the heels of a horsemen's dispute that spoiled its 1999 opening week, Tampa Bay Downs is having problems signing a purse contract before opening day Dec. 16, and it could be compounded by legal problems. The Oldsmar, Fla., track appears to have violated its existing purse agreement with horsemen by denying stalls to six officers, or their trainers, of the Tampa Bay Downs Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, according to HBPA officials.

Meadowlands Numbers Decline; Improvements Planned

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which owns and operates Monmouth Park and Meadowlands, is planning several improvements at both racetracks and will sell $15 million in bonds to pay for them. Meanwhile, Meadowlands reported both handle and attendance fell during the Thoroughbred meet that ended Saturday.

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