Articles posted December 8, 2000

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Raffetto Takes Key Role at Maryland Jockey Club

The Maryland Jockey Club announced Friday a reorganization of its executive board, including the hiring of Louis J. Raffetto, who will become the MJC's chief operating officer effective Jan. 1, 2001. The MJC also announced new titles and responsibilities for three current members of its board.

Smooth Player Heads Dahlia Field

Smooth Player was sent off at odds of 5-1 in each of her two most recent races, but the 4-year-old Bertrando filly probably won't offer quite so much value in Saturday's $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT), for which she has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.

Smooth Player Heads Dahlia Field

Smooth Player was sent off at odds of 5-1 in each of her two most recent races, but the 4-year-old Bertrando filly probably won't offer quite so much value in Saturday's $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT), for which she has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.

Smooth Player Heads Dahlia Field

Smooth Player was sent off at odds of 5-1 in each of her two most recent races, but the 4-year-old Bertrando filly probably won't offer quite so much value in Saturday's $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT), for which she has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.

RCI Amends Chamblin's Contract; Virginia Drops Out

The Association of Racing Commissioners International's board of directors has reduced the salary and benefits package of president Tony Chamblin for the remaining two years of his current contract. Details of the salary and perks changes, which came during a marathon session of the board in Tucson, Arizona, on Thursday, were not immediately available.

Smith, Others Issue NTRA Progress Reports

A series of experts and National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Commissioner Tim Smith discussed horseracing's accomplishments and challenges relative to competitors in the sports marketplace today at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Symposium on Racing in Tucson, Ariz. Smith also provided an update on NTRA membership issues.

Keeneland, Borislow Settle Suit

Keeneland and Daniel Borislow have reached an agreement which will settle the lawsuit filed by Keeneland on Nov. 16. Borislow purchased eight horses for $1,654,000 at the Keeneland September sale, for which he had not yet paid. Due to a bank error, a $50,000 check Borislow paid to Keeneland on Nov. 9 could not be cashed. Borislow is using some of the $2.6 million obtained from the sale of a horse at Fasig-Tipton on Nov. 5 to pay Keeneland for the September purchases.

Nine Horses Represent U.S. in Hong Kong

Most of the nine-horse American contingent for the Dec. 17 Hong Kong International Races have settled into Sha Tin Racecourse after traveling this week. Sprinters Big Jag and Morluc were the first to arrive on Monday, with the Christophe Clement trainees, Craigsteel, Charge d'Affaires, and Forbidden Apple scheduled in on Friday afternoon.

Task Force Report: Regulations Impair Racing's Ability to Compete

A report conducted on behalf of the NTRA Task Force on Economic Regulation has concluded that excessive regulation impairs horseracing's ability to compete in the gaming and entertainment marketplace. In addition, the report concludes that much of the regulation of the pari-mutuel industry is a holdover from an era when it enjoyed a virtual monopoly on legalized gaming in the U.S. The report, issued Friday as part of the Symposium on Racing in Arizona, also offered recommendations on how the regulatory stranglehold can be relieved.

Behrens to Darby Dan

Behrens, a multiple grade I winner and graded winner in three of the four years he raced, has been retired and will take up stud duty for the 2001 season at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington. The 6-year-old's stud fee will be $20,000.

Youbet.com Tries Rallying Investors

Youbet.com chairman Robert Fell tried assuring investors Thursday that his embattled company has the technology and the cash to operate successful Web-based horse racing and sports wagering sites.

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