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.
Southern California horsemen will be allocated stalls based on a list of criteria that includes performance during individual meets and year-round totals, according to an agreement reached between officials of the region's three major tracks.
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.
The first foal for graded stakes winner El Amante arrived on Jan. 17 at Craig Bandoroff's Denali Stud near Paris, Ky.
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.
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 (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.
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.
Fusaichi Pegasus won't lack for mates his first season at stud, especially ones who have proven themselves at the highest level of racing or who have produced major winners.
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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