Articles posted January 18, 2001

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

High Point Farm in Ownership Dispute

High Point Farm could soon be on the auction block due to a disagreement between its owners, Caesar Kimmel and Dr. Edwin W. Thomas. Kimmel filed a civil suit in Fayette (Lexington, Ky.) Circuit Court on Jan. 8 asking the court to sale the property at public auction and to divide the proceeds equally between the two men. The farm lies between Calumet Farm and Old Frankfort Pike near Lexington.

Jersey Legislation Said to be in Pipeline

Racetracks and Thoroughbred horsemen in New Jersey have been battling for more than a year over details in legislation that would authorize account and off-track wagering in New Jersey. Apparently, there has been a meeting of the minds, and if so, a bill could be passed by this spring. Protection of live racing dates is among the major issues.

China Visit Ends Layoff With Nad Al Sheba Victory

Godolphin Racing's China Visit put forth solid credentials to be labeled a leading Dubai World Cup contender following his brilliant return to racing in the Listed opening round of the Maktoum Challenge at Nad Al Sheba Thursday night. China Visit hadn't raced since his unplaced effort behind Giant's Causeway in the St James' Place Stakes at Royal Ascot, a month after his sixth to Fusaichi Pegasus in the Kentucky Derby.

Juvenile Consignors' Group Details Progress

A general meeting of the National Association of Two-Year-Old Consignors in Ocala, Fla., Tuesday evening focused on a number of concerns, including medication, perception problems in the media, and buyer confidence. Much of the meeting focused on industry unity and introduction of a slogan that promotes horses coming out of the 2-year-old sales: bid, buy, and race with confidence.

Elizabeth Sessa Dead

Elizabeth (Betty) Sessa, who owned and operated Circle S Farm near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with her husband, Ralph, died Jan. 15 at home on the farm.

Battle Brews Over Maryland, Virginia Dates

Colonial Downs has received approval to race in June and July this year, but the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association voted earlier in January to maintain the status quo: race in Maryland in June and July, and in Virginia in September. The head of the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association says that position hasn't changed, but a board member contends the majority of Maryland horsemen wouldn't mind spending June and July in the Tidewater region.

Hoosier Park Could Get Electronic Gaming Devices

A comprehensive overhaul of Indiana's gaming laws, including a provision to allow electronic pull-tab machines at Churchill Downs-owned Hoosier Park, was approved Wednesday by a House committee. The proposed legislation passed on an 11-3 vote by the House Public Policy Committee is designed to alter state laws allowing dockside gambling for the state's riverboat industry.

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