The first wave of outside assistance has reached Karachi Race Course in Pakistan. On July 1, the Associated Press reported 250 abandoned horses were at the racetrack and had not moved since it closed in March. Many of them were not being cared for at all. On July 9 a veterinarian from a branch of Brooke Hospital arrived at the racetrack to supply aid.
Gaviola has seen her share of bad luck in her past few outings, but the 4-year-old daughter of Cozzene is looking to change that in Saturday's $250,000 New York Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.
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The NTRA Champions series is holding its own on CBS. The first three of four programs have earned a combined 1.1 rating and a 3% market share, which is identical to the combined ratings the series earned on Fox last year.
The following testimony was scheduled to be presented Thursday, July 12, by Gregory C. Avioli, deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, to the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.
Officials from Lone Star Park, along with local and state officials from Texas, made their pitch Thursday morning in Lexington to bring the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Meanwhile, a site for the 2002 event hasn't been selected.
Owner Mack C. Long Jr. died July 10 in Dallas following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Mozart beat older horses when he rolled to a 3 1/2-length triumph in Newmarket's Darley July Cup (Eng-I) on Thursday.
Magna Entertainment, owner of The Meadows, hopes to raise about $25,000 Friday night to assist horsemen who lost Standardbreds in a barn fire at the western Pennsylvania racetrack July 6.
Dream Supreme, who was widely regarded as the nation's best sprint filly as a 3-year-old last year, leads the nine-horse field for Saturday's $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course.
The Tattersalls July Sale closed Thursday with record amounts paid for a colt or gelding in training and with a total increase over last year's sale figures. Final numbers increased 9% over last year to total 2,742,800 guineas for the three-day sale. The average price was 9,973 guineas, while the median totaled 5,500 guineas.
Arlington Park has reassigned clerk of scales Conrad Enrique to paddock and placing judge duties after a surprise spot check discovered jockeys preparing to ride at higher-than-announced weights.
Lonny Powell, formerly a full-time executive with Magna Entertainment Corp. and currently a consultant whose clients include the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, has been tabbed to replace Tony Chamblin as president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
- By Tom Keyser
Large panels of glass in the grandstand overlooking the track at Laurel Park have been cracking at an alarming rate. The situation, which already has forced the transfer of some racing dates to Pimlico Race Course, has prompted the Maryland Jockey Club to hire a team of experts to find the cause and propose a solution.
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