Articles posted June 17, 2002

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First Out to Pasture Party a Success

Churchill Downs Inc. raised $101,000 to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation during its inaugural "Out to Pasture Party."

Probity of British Racing Under Spotlight

The probity of British racing has come under the spotlight following a series of allegations of corruption within the sport. On June 11, a national television investigative program, Kenyon Confronts, raised claims that the majority of horse races in Britain were "bent" because trainers were running their horses at the wrong distance, on the wrong surface, or when they were palpably unfit in order to trick handicappers into giving them a lower rating.

California Breeder/Owner Georgia Ridder Dead

Georgia Ridder, the first lady of California racing whose millionaire Alphabet Soup upset the mighty Cigar in the 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in the latter's farewell race, died June 14 of natural causes at her Pasadena, Calif., home.

Bill Would Let Trainers Join Owners' Organization

Negotiations that would allow trainers who also own racehorses to join the Thoroughbred Owners of California are in progress. A state Assembly bill authorizing such a membership change is nearing a committee hearing as well.

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