Articles posted January 2, 2001

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Stronach Leading Owner for Third Straight Year

Frank Stronach has been viewed as everything from a maverick to a bit of a tyrant in North American racing circles this past year. Just about the only place Stronach wasn't looked upon as a rogue was on the track, where even his harshest critics couldn't fault his success. From January to December, 764 runners wearing the familiar black silks with the red and gold Adena Springs Farm logo won 163 races and earned $11,198,225, giving him his third consecutive leading owner title by money won.

Stronach Leading Owner for Third Straight Year

Frank Stronach has been viewed as everything from a maverick to a bit of a tyrant in North American racing circles this past year. Just about the only place Stronach wasn't looked upon as a rogue was on the track, where even his harshest critics couldn't fault his success. From January to December, 764 runners wearing the familiar black silks with the red and gold Adena Springs Farm logo won 163 races and earned $11,198,225, giving him his third consecutive leading owner title by money won.

Jerkens' Condition Stabilizes; Remains Hospitalized

The new year brought little change to the condition of Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens who remains in Aventura Hospital recovering from severe pancreatitis. "His condition has been stable for a couple of days now," said his wife Elisabeth, "He's gradually getting better, but it will take a long time for him to be 100%." Mrs. Jerkens reports that artificial respiration for the 71-year-old has been reduced to 50% as his lungs show improvement, and that the medical staff is hopeful that Jerkens can be discharged from Intensive Care within seven to ten days.

NTRA Awaits Commitments from Horsemen's Groups

As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association awaited word on a membership renewal from one its largest dues payers, the spokesman for the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said he has urged all affiliates to stick by the NTRA for at least another year. On Tuesday afternoon, the board of directors of the Kentucky HBPA met to discuss 2001 membership in the NTRA. The organization, largest of the HBPA affiliates with about 6,000 members, pays about $750,000 a year in NTRA dues via purses based on a pari-mutuel handle formula.

Thunder Gulch's Stud Fee Hiked

Officials at Ashford Stud haven't made it easier for breeders hoping to get to farm stallion Thunder Gulch. Ashford initially announced a fee of $25,000 for the dual classic-winning grandson of Mr. Prospector, then later upped it to $30,000, then to $40,000. Now it's $50,000.

No Contract Agreement at Tampa Bay; Race Fields Decline

New Year's celebrations were muted at Tampa Bay Downs where racetrack management and horsemen remain locked in a contract dispute. Track general manager John Grady said he met with the Tampa Bay Downs Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association board Saturday, but the meeting ended without resolution.

No Contract Agreement at Tampa Bay; Race Fields Decline

New Year's celebrations were muted at Tampa Bay Downs where racetrack management and horsemen remain locked in a contract dispute. Track general manager John Grady said he met with the Tampa Bay Downs Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association board Saturday, but the meeting ended without resolution.

Irish Prize Squeezes Out San Gabriel Victory

Irish Prize squeezed past the leaders in the final stretch and held on to edge Manndar for the victory Monday in the $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap at Santa Anita. Manndar, the 6-5 favorite, finished ahead of Here Comes Big C in the handicap for 4-year-olds and up.

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