A hearing between the Jockey Club and a Palomino Thoroughbred breeder who feels she had registration documents revoked unfairly has been set for Aug. 9 in Lexington, Ky.
Say Florida Sandy, a 7-year-old sprint star, is one of six horses in the grade II Tom Fool Handicap on the July 4 Independence Day card at Belmont Park.
Texas stallion Marfa, whose 24 stakes winners include grade I winners Farma Way and Imaginary Lady, died in March.
Owner/breeder Madeleine Paulson and Ernest W. Moody, president and chief executive officer of Action Gaming, have formed a partnership called Action Racing. It will focus on Thoroughbred racing and breeding.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association claims the racing office at the West Virginia track isn't adhering to a "preference date system" in the track's condition book, and in turn is favoring horses stabled in other states at the expense of local horsemen. Management says it sees no real problem with the manner in which races are drawn.
- By Tom LaMarra
With the horse racing and breeding industries in the Bluegrass State facing several challenges, the Kentucky Racing Commission has scheduled three hearings this summer to facilitate dialogue on the issues. It's far too early, though, to determine whether the meetings will lead to, or are even designed to devise, a cohesive legislative agenda.
By Morton Cathro -- As Hollywood Park prepares to honor the greatest of all Cal-breds with the 28th running of the $500,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. I) on July 15, a fresh look at the controversial duel and its aftermath seems apropos.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- It's not a very satisfying way to determine the outcome of such an important race, but that's the way the game has always been played.
At the request of owner and breeder Keith Asmussen, the Texas Racing Commission on June 27 voted to take applications to construct a Class 2 or Class 3 track in the Laredo area. The Asmussens, in partnership with Sam Houston Race Park, hope to convert their El Primero Training Center into a racetrack and simulcasting facility.
Young Florida stallion Meadow Flight died July 2 at P. Noel Hickey's Irish Acres Farm near Ocala. The 10-year-old stallion had stood this year's breeding season for $3,500 as the property of High Mark Farms and Leonard Pivnick at Richard Simon's Sez Who Thoroughbreds near Ocala, where he covered about 20 mares.
More than 50 horses have already died since the track in Karachi, Pakistan, was closed in March over a dispute with the government about licensing fees. Out of more than 600 horses that were housed on the sprawling 250 acres of the Karachi Race Club, most have been taken to other tracks around Pakistan, but 250 have been abandoned by their owners and remain without food or care.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Kentucky Racing Commission has put its plan for a new equine drug testing contract on hold because of technical problems with the bidding process, officials said. An update by the Equine Drug Council was on the agenda for Tuesday morning's racing commission meeting in Lexington.
Danehill, the first shuttle stallion to sire 100 stakes winners, became the first one to reach 150 stakes winners
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