The Kentucky Racing Commission believes it is at the forefront of equine drug testing, and it plans to take the lead in implementing recommendations of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force report released Aug. 19 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
More than 30 legislators listened Wednesday afternoon as Kentucky racing officials explained the challenges faced by the industry, including mare reproductive loss syndrome and competition from gaming operations in neighboring states. No solutions or suggestions were offered during the hearing at Papa John's Stadium in Louisville, but they might be just around the corner.
Robert Tourtelot, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, appointed himself and Commissioner Sheryl Granzella to an ad hoc committee on Wednesday to assist in implementing the labor provisions of a new law.
Jewell Ridge, whose daughter Jewel Princess was voted 1996 champion older female, died at John Franks' Franks Farm Southland Division near Ocala, Fla., from apparent heart failure.
Tuesday's final session of the two-day Texas summer yearling sale registered solid gains over last year's numbers, contributing to a negligible increase in cumulative revenue and a 7.8% rise in average for the entire sale.
Grade I winner Sabona has been moved to Illinois Stud near Woodstock, Ill., where he will stand for $1,500.
With its marathon September yearling sale around the corner, Keeneland Association has announced changes in its Internet auction system.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms has purchased a 25% interest in major stallion Theatrical and announced a 2002 fee of $100,000 for him.
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