Articles posted August 10, 2001

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AQHA Sets Up Lexington Office; Located Within NTRA

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The American Quarter Horse Association has opened a
satellite office in Lexington, Kentucky, which will be staffed by Keith Kleine, AQHA's senior manager of race marketing. AQHA's Lexington office is located within the offices of NTRA and Breeders' Cup, Limited

Chavez 'Day-To-Day' After Friday Spill

Jorge Chavez was tossed from Manorwood Stables' Whataboutus prior to the first race at Saratoga Friday, then rode the 2-year-old Clever Trick filly to a 2 1/4-length victory before taking off the rest of his mounts on the day. Chavez took off is Saturday mounts as well but may ride Sunday, according to his agent, Richard dePass.

Irving's Baby Routs Glens Falls Field

With all but four of the 10 entrants scratching when Saratoga's $106,700 Glens Falls Handicap got taken off the turf and put on the muddy main track, favorite Irving's Baby proved much the best, scoring her second consecutive stakes win Friday. Irving's Baby covered the 11 furlongs in 2:07.56 after leading gate to wire.

Biszantz to Head TOBA Board

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Friday the election of Gary Biszantz as chairman of its board of trustees. Joining Biszantz on the board for three-year terms as new members will be John Amerman, John Ed Anthony, Cot Campbell, Bob Courtney Jr., Willian Heiligbrodt, R.D. Hubbard, Eugene Melnyk, Debby Oxley, George Strawbridge, Kenny Trout, Tom Van Meter, and Charlotte Weber.

Mango Resigns Maryland Position

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The Maryland Jockey Club announced Friday that James P. Mango will be resigning his position as Executive Vice President effective September 30, 2001.

Secret Status Captures Muddy Allowance

Secret Status, who banged her head in the starting gate and had to be scratched from the July 29 Go For Wand (gr. I), returned to the track with a vengeance Friday, capturing a 1 1/8-mile allowance contest over four foes and a muddy Saratoga surface. The daughter of A.P. Indy will now be pointed for the Aug. 24 10-furlong Personal Ensign (gr. I).

Saratoga Auction Raises $350,000 for TRF

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An auction held this week in Saratoga has raised better than $350,000 for the Thoroughbred Retirement Fund, which provides for the welfare of ex-racehorses. The auction-topper was a bid of $97,000 from John Oxley, owner of 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, for a stallion season to Ashford stallion Thunder Gulch.

Europeans Invade for Arlington Festival of Racing

Four European invaders are scheduled to arrive in Chicago over the next week in an attempt to take down the coveted Arlington Million Saturday, Aug. 18. A total of nine imports from across the pond will try their luck in either the Million, the $700,000 Beverly D for fillies and mares, and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes for 3-year-olds. All are grade I contests, with the Million also serving as the third leg of the international Emirates World Series.

Keith Chamblin Gets NTRA Promotion

Keith Chamblin, vice president of marketing for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association since 1999, has been promoted to senior vice president of marketing and industry relations. Chamblin, 39, was working as marketing director of Hollywood Park when he was tapped to move to Lexington to take over the NTRA position two years ago.
The man he replaced at the NTRA marketing post, Rick Baedeker, eventually assumed the presidency of Hollywood Park after it was bought by Churchill Downs.

Lightning Strikes as Fasig-Tipton Sale Hits Record Heights

As the first horse entered the ring for the final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale Thursday evening, the power went out. Auxiliary generators quickly restored the blacked-out conditions to the sales pavilion, but it was four big-priced horses in the ring as the evening progressed that knocked the lights out of all previous sale records for gross and average.

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