Articles posted February 2, 2001

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Val's Prince Redux: Judge Hears More Testimony

Months after ruling on behalf of the plaintiff in Robin Martin's lawsuit against former fiancée Steve Weiner seeking to grant her full ownership of gelding Val's Prince, Broward County (Fla.) judge Patricia Englander Henning heard arguments Friday to vacate her order based upon an outdated foal certificate being placed in evidence.

Ownership 101: Have a Business Plan

In this excerpt from "Lightning in a Jar," published by Eclipse Press, Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell offers advice to new horse owners. Campbell is a pioneer of Thoroughbred racehorse partnerships, founding Dogwood Stable in 1969 for that purpose. Since the stable's inception, Campbell has introduced more than 1,200 people to racing and Dogwood has purchased more than $100 million worth of bloodstock.

Rosenberg Named Three Chimneys President, COO

Three Chimneys Farm announced Thursday that Dan Rosenberg has been named the Midway, KY farm's new President and Chief Operating Officer. "Dan has been an integral part of our growth and success from the beginning. This new title more accurately reflects the role he plays in the management of Three Chimneys," said Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert Clay, in making the announcement.

Holiday Thunder in 'Useful' Workout

Trainer John Ward, Jr. had his stakes-placed 3-year-old colt Holiday Thunder out for a six furlong trial on Friday. The son of Thunder Gulch was clocked in 1:14 4/5 and Ward was satisfied enough to say his next start would be in the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 17. "It was a good useful work and he finished up well," Ward said. "Mike Smith rode him this morning and he'll ride him for me in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. That's his next start."

Market Changes Affect Breeders' Decisions

With the auction business slowing down and the costs of production rising, it isn't an easy time to be a Thoroughbred breeder. Horsemen who profited from rallying bloodstock prices for much of the 1990s are being forced to reevaluate the financial health of their operations and revise economic strategies. The situation is particularly difficult for farm owners who derive most of their income from horses that fit into the middle and lower levels of the market.

Arc Added to World Championship Series

The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere will join the Emirates World Series Racing Championship in 2001, it was announced in Paris by France Galop's Director General Louis Romanet, and by the Emirates World Series Committee in New York. The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere, which will be run on Oct. 7, 2001, will be the seventh race of 12, in the World Series, which starts with the Dubai World Cup on March 24 and ends with the Hong Kong Cup on December 16.

Magna Continues With Plans For New California Track

Before heading to New Orleans to accept his four Eclipse Awards, Frank Stronach paid another visit to Dixon, Calif., a possible location for the new home of Bay Meadows.
Last week, Stronach requested a meeting with new Dixon Mayor Mary Ann Courville and Vice Mayor Gil Vega to pitch his dream track again. "It was a very good meeting, productive and friendly," said Dixon city manager Warren Salmons.  "They rolled out a plan for us to look at . They wanted to let us know that they're still seriously interested."

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