Articles posted July 16, 2002

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Keeneland Rebounds in Second Session, But Overall Average Down 31.4%

Unlike Monday's opener, in which only two horses were sold in excess of seven figures, the second session of Keeneland's July Selected Yearling Sale was strong from start to finish. For the entire two-day sale, Keeneland reported 87 yearlings were sold for a total of $42,385,000. The sale average of $487,184 represented a decline of 31.4% from 2001 when 89 horses were sold for a total of $63,212,000 and an average price of $710,247.

Kentucky Horsemen Want New HBPA Elections

A petition calling for a new election of the president and board of directors of the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has circulated in the wake of the resignation of Dr. Alex Harthill as president of the more than 6,000-member organization.

Fair Association: No Changes in Barretts Sales

In a move that removes a potential restriction on the future relocation of the Los Angeles County Fair's racing dates, the fair association announced it has purchased controlling interest of Barretts Equine Ltd., which conducts the top 2-year-olds in-training auction in the state each March.

Memorial Service July 19 for Seattle Slew

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Mickey and Karen Taylor announced that a memorial service and an unveiling of a sculpture of unbeaten Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew will be held July 19 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington.

Maryland Track Deal Figures to Have Broad Impact

Magna Entertainment has plans to transform Maryland's premier Thoroughbred racetracks into "destination entertainment centers," and apparently expand off-track wagering in the state. At this time, though, officials are reluctant to discuss details.

Preliminary Results Find Caterpillars Cause Late-Term Abortions

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has released preliminary results from a collaborative project involving the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, the UK Department of Veterinary Science, and the Hagyard Davidson McGee Equine Hospital. This project investigated the potential of Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) to cause fetal loss when administered to mares in the late stages of pregnancy.

Global Influence

By Ray Paulick -- The late Howard Battle will be missed, not only at the many racetracks where he worked and by the many younger officials he mentored. His reach extended around the racing world.

Finding Alternatives

By Reiley McDonald -- Despite the growing number of retirement facilities for Thoroughbreds, space is limited and only a small percentage that need help are accommodated.

McCaffery, Anson Elected to TOC Board of Directors

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Trudy McCaffery and Ron Anson have been elected by the members of the Thoroughbred Owners of California to serve on the organization's board of directors. Ron Charles, Jack B. Owens, and Donald Valpredo were re-elected to the board.

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