Articles posted June 21, 2001

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

NYRA's Lower Takeout Rate on Wagers Approved

The New York Racing Association, after agreeing to concessions with the state's off-track betting corporations, won final legislative approval of its plan to lower takeout on betting at its three tracks in New York. Gov. George Pataki must sign the bill.

Zito Fined, Suspended by New York Regulators

Trainer Nick Zito had his license suspended for 15 days and was fined $2,000 by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board Thursday for a positive test for the analgesic Lidocaine at Saratoga in August of 2000.

Desormeaux Returns From Japan For Beverly Hills

Jockey Kent Desormeaux will return from a 10-week stint in Japan to ride at Hollywood Park on Sunday. Included in Desormeaux's four mounts on the card is Astra, the Santa Barbara Handicap winner who will carry 121 pounds in the Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IT).

Cal-Champ Ex Marks the Cop Retired

Maynard Davis and Charles Richard Novak's homebred stakes winner Ex Marks the Cop has been retired from racing. Ex Marks the Cop was named California-bred champion 2-year-old male after winning the 1997 California Sires and California Cup Juvenile Stakes.

Oxley Duo To Meet in Hempstead

Beautiful Pleasure, the champion older mare of 1999, will make her first start of the year in Saturday's grade I Hempstead Handicap at Belmont Park where the 6-year-old mare will face seven rivals in the 1 1/16 mile contest, including stablemate Darling My Darling. Beautiful Pleasure races for John Oxley while Darling My Darling races for his wife, Debby Oxley, both are trained by John and Donna Ward.

CHRB Issues Complaint Againt Silva

The California Horse Racing Board issued a complaint against Jose Silva, the trainer of Proud Louie, after the Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at UC Davis reported that a post-race urine sample from the horse contained hydroxymepivacaine.

Murtagh Lands Three Ascot Winners

One day after learning he will be suspended for five days, Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh rode three winners on the Royal Ascot card, including an all-out triumph on Royal Rebel in the featured Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-I).

Mountaineer Parent Has Plan For Erie Track

A new subsidiary of MTR Gaming Group, owner of Mountaineer Racetrack & Gaming Resort, has applied for a license to construct a Thoroughbred racetrack in Erie, Pa. Live racing hasn't been held in Erie since the late 1980s.

Jockey Challenge Set For Friday

The NTRA All-Star Jockey Challenge is set for Friday as 12 of the nation's best Thoroughbred race rider's return to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the popular four-race competition.

OBS June Sale Ends On High Note

The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June 2-year-olds in training sale concluded Wednesday with increases in overall gross and average price.

Deal Struck to Bring Casinos to Western New York

New York Gov. George Pataki and the Seneca Indian Nation have struck a deal to bring three Las Vegas-style casinos to western New York in a bid to directly compete with a casino and racetrack with slot machines in nearby Canada. Though the casinos would pose a competitive threat to the region's Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks, racing insiders were beaming, because the casino deal with the Indians would make their task of selling a racetrack video lottery terminal proposal much easier.

Still No Loan, But Colonial Meet Remains on Track

Only weeks before the scheduled opening of its Thoroughbred meet, Colonial Downs still hasn't secured a loan to fund purses for its summer meet. It appears, though, that track owner Jeffrey Jacobs and some horsemen are prepared to provide the funds in the interim.

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