Here and There...a look at what's going on in the industry.
- By Tom Precious
A long-running feud between the New York Racing Association and state racing regulators ended Wednesday when a private accounting firm was given final approval to audit NYRA's books.
The San Francisco Mile, a grade II race run at Golden Gate Field since 1948 (except for two cancellations), will be run at Bay Meadows next year as part of a restructuring of racing in northern California. The highest graded race run in the northern part of the state, the San Fran Mile will likely be run on the final weekend of April.
ABC's broadcast of this year's Kentucky Derby and a feature on jockey Marlon St. Julien earned the network two Eclipse Awards for media coverage. The media winners will be honored along with other human and equine Eclipse Award winners at the 30th annual dinner to be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001 at the historic Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, La.
Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, among the top breeders in North America this year, is the leading British-based breeder of 2000, according to the award winners announced Wednesday by the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association. Juddmonte received the award on the basis of success by such runners as the Vodafone Derby third Beat Hollow and Group-winning juveniles Endless Summer and Clearing. In other award winners announced by the TBA, Shadwell Stud's Unfuwain, the sire of Irish Oaks heroine Petrushka and the Sagitta 1,000 winner Lahan, is the leading British-based Flat stallion (in prize money).
Revenue shortfalls at two Mississippi casinos and from Charles Town Race's slot machines are expected to give Penn National a soft fourth quarter.
Keeneland distributed a record $755,181 to 91 charitable, educational and research organizations Tuesday, increasing its contributions through the years to more than $10 million. "Sharing our success with the community is the highlight of the year," said Keeneland President Nick Nicholson. "Strong Thoroughbred sales along with successful race meetings and simulcasting enabled us to contribute a record amount in 2000."
The Illinois Racing Board Tuesday approved two new off-track betting parlors -- one of them just a few minutes' drive across the Mississippi River bridge from the St. Louis Gateway Arch. The St. Louis-area parlor will be in what is now a liquor and Lotto distribution station in Sauget, Ill.
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