Articles posted January 28, 2003

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Rockingham Park, Horsemen Reach Simulcasting Agreement

Following nearly two days of testimony in the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire in Concord, but before it came to a judge's ruling, Rockingham Park, the New England Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, and Suffolk Downs reached agreement Tuesday relative to the disbursement of simulcasting revenue.

Tracking Signals and Revenue: The Battle Begins

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is trying to track where signals go and whether horsemen are getting the revenue to which they're entitled. Comments made during a Jan. 28 workshop indicated that process has a long way to go.

Ohio Horsemen: Purse Formula Costing Us Millions

The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has called for changes in a formula it said cost Thoroughbred horsemen more than $13 million in 2001 alone. It planned to present a position paper to the National HBPA Jan. 29 during its winter convention.

Simulcasting Returns to Rockingham Park

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Rockingham Park, the New England Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, and Suffolk Downs reached an agreement today, one day after hearings began in U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H., allowing simulcasting to return to the New Hampshire track.

Arlington and Breeders' Cup Seek Court Approval For Pick-6 Payment

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Arlington Park and its parent company, Churchill Downs Incorporated, filed a petition today with the U.S. District Court in New York to request that the court recognize Arlington Park's claim to the funds from the wagering pool of the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Six wager. In granting the petition, the court would allow the Illinois Racing Board to authorize Arlington Park's payment to the rightful winners.

World Cup Invitations Sent

The Dubai World Cup committee has issued more than 80 invitations for the March 29 World Cup races at Nad Al Sheba Race Course in the United Arab Emirates. The second round of nominations closed Jan. 15 with 1,401 horses, representing 25 countries, being nominated to one of the seven World Cup series races.

Quality Over Quantity

By Ray Paulick -- The NTRA needs to clearly define for voters what the awards are supposed to recognize and should take control of who votes for the awards, inviting a panel of 50 to 100 of the most qualified and unbiased people in racing to participate.

Current Memories

By Steve Haskin -- To anyone, the name Little Current evokes tranquil images of a gently flowing river or stream. To me, it evokes a different kind of tranquility; one of lazy spring afternoons and newborn foals and carefree yearlings dashing up and down rolling hills with joyous abandon. It also evokes images of a very special Triple Crown.

Death of Seattle Slew Chosen as

The death of champion Seattle Slew was selected by racing fans as the 2002 "NTRA Moment of the Year." An online pole conducted the voting and the results were announced at the Jan. 27 Eclipse Awards dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Paulson Tells Eclipse Dinner Audience Azeri 'Will Return'

There were no standing ovations and only a handful of laughs at the 32nd annual Eclipse Awards Dinner held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday night. But emotions ran high during many of the presentations, not the least of which during Michael Paulson's tearful acceptance of the Horse of the Year trophy for Azeri.

No Surprises at Top of Experimental Free Handicap

The suspense leading up to the end of January wasn't whether the colt Vindication and the filly Storm Flag Flying would be voted champion 2-year-olds. They were. The suspense was whether the two unbeaten juveniles would be weighted above the standard weight--126 pounds for males and 123 for fillies--on the 2002 Experimental Free Handicap. They weren't.

Genetic Compatibility

Michael Goodbody is the managing director of Gainsborough Stud Management near Newbury, England. He delivered the following speech to the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) at its annual awards dinner in London on Jan. 7.

I would now like to touch on the important points that breeders should consider when planning to mate their mares with the...

Genetically Speaking

Ireland is not a big country. It covers only 32,599 square miles, making it about the same size as Indiana. But Ireland plays a large and important role in the Thoroughbred industry. Some of the best runners in the world are raised on its limestone-enriched pastures. Two Irish-bred standouts-High Chaparral and Domedriver-won races at the 2002 Breeders'...

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