The president of Santa Anita cautioned Tuesday that downsizing and possible layoffs may occur at the Arcadia, Calif. track, which was purchased by his boss, Frank Stronach, two years ago. Only on the job for two weeks, Jack Liebau said that Stronach's company, Magna Entertainment, is re- evaluating operations at its seven racetracks across the United States. Liebau issued a one-page memo to Santa Anita employees last Thursday alerting them to potential future changes.
Lexington's Gainesway Farm will bring Luhuk from Argentina to stand the 2001 breeding season. Of the eight known foals in Luhuk's first crop, all but one are stakes winners or stakes-placed, all in Argentina.
A friend of jockey Chris Antley has been released from police custody after pleading not guilty to charges associated with an incident earlier this year at Antley's house, according to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper reported that Tyler is not a suspect in Antley's death and that police currently do not have a suspect.
As the investigation into the death of Chris Antley continued, trainers for whom the jockey rode top horses remembered him as a talented, but troubled, young man.
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Brisk trading is pushing Churchill Downs stock ever higher, but declines in technology stocks are weighing heavy on Satish Sanan's IMRglobal.
For the second year in a row, the State of California realized a payment of $10 million for the summer race meet conducted by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on the fairgrounds at Del Mar. In addition to an exact rent payment of $7,170,000 tendered by DMTC for the 2000 racing season, the 43-day session generated net income of $2.8 million in food and beverage sales to push revenues to $10 million, equaling the record mark established in 1999.
The Eclipse Award dinner honoring champions of 2000 has been changed to a new date and location, according to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Originally scheduled for the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton on Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, the dinner will be held one day later, Jan. 30, at the Saenger Theatre, also in New Orleans.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Far be it for a country bumpkin in Kentucky to understand the politics of racing in a place like New Jersey, but I try, and there are some things going on there that just do not make sense to this simple mind.
The Tattersalls December Mares Sale, Europe's leading breeding stock sale, got underway at Park Paddocks in Newmarket, England on Monday. The sales company reported the average was up 5% to 33,502 guineas on the corresponding day last year and the median rose 11% to 21,000 guineas, with the day's trade grossing 6,398,900 guineas.
As police continue their probe into the apparent murder of jockey Chris Antley, a memorial service will be held today in Arcadia, Calif. Antley, 34, was found dead late Saturday as a result of trauma to the head. The service will be at 1:00 (PST; 4:00 p.m. EST) at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Arcadia. The county coroner has also scheduled an autopsy for Tuesday.
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