Inclement weather -- ice, snow and sleet, combined with several weeks of below normal temperatures -- wreaked havoc on the recently completed 2000 holiday meet at Turfway Park. The 23-day meet concluded Dec. 31. As a result, Turfway experienced an overall decrease of 15.9% in total handle, with a drop in on-track handle of 24.2% and out-of-state handle of 16.9%. Daily average out-of-state handle increased 19.4%, while daily average all-sources handle was up 5.1%. I
Queen of Norway, a 5-year-old chestnut mare by Woodman out of Qena, by The Minstrel, was purchased by agent John Warren for $400,000 as the top price during Wednesday's session of Keeneland's January Horses of All Ages Sale. At the halfway point of the six-day auction, 628 horses have been sold for $33,034,200, an average of $52,602.
Breeders' Cup had a record number of foal nominations and revenue from them in 2000, officials announced Wednesday. In all, 15,760 foals were nominated to the Breeders' Cup program in 2000. In 1999, the previous high of 15,191 was recorded. Total revenue generated by the 2000 crop was $7.88 million.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has announced that, starting in mid-January, the NTRA Racing Experience, an interactive mobile marketing exhibit that brings racing to the fans in an area measuring 60 feet long and 12.5 feet high, will tour several college campuses from coast to coast as part of the Sports Illustrated Campus Fest.
Due to the date of Easter weekend this year, Churchill Downs has amended the schedule for the third pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Pool 1 is scheduled for Feb. 15-18; Pool 2 is set for March 8-11; and Pool 3 will run from April 5-8. The 127th renewal of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 5. Pool Three will be conducted a week earlier than in the first two years of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
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Turf Paradise is withholding its membership in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association because it claims it's being ignored, but the NTRA says it has had regular dialogue with the Arizona track.
Magna Entertainment Corp. appointed its third president and chief executive officer within a year. The Magna board appointed Jim McAlpine today as the company's president and chief executive officer. McAlpine was executive vice president of non-automotive affairs for Magna International, MEC's parent company and automotible parts manufacturing company founded by MEC chairman Frank Stronach.
The Northern Kentucky racetrack has plans for a dormitory, and recently stepped up security with the installation of surveillance cameras.
In his speech to the British breeding industry, The Aga Khan reflected on his philosophies as well as the industry's future. The top British breeder said what he and other traditional breeders find it "particularly difficult to manage today is the way in which the financial drivers of the breeding industry are changing it. An example is the 40-share stallion syndicate of a horse that never left his operating base, which is now being replaced by limitless books of mares for stallions who will travel to any market that will purchase their services."
The most recent Journal of Parasitology contained an article that opens the door for battling equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). Researchers and others found they could use the common domestic cat as the experimental intermediate host for the life cycle of the causative protozoal parasite.
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