Articles posted November 12, 2003

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Florida Million Day Returns Saturday

Calder's second Florida Million day Saturday, with six stakes races totaling $1 million in prize money for state breds, has attracted the top stakes runners stabled in South Florida this year, along with some leading invaders.

Hawthorne Cancels Last Two Races Wednesday

Extreme high winds in the Chicago area forced Hawthorne Race course to cancel the final two races on its card on Wednesday due to unsafe conditions.

Ky. Legislators: Sales Tax Must Go and Purses Need to be Increased

A bloodstock agent, a trainer, and an auction company representative told Kentucky legislators during a Nov.12 subcommittee hearing at the state capitol that the 6% sales tax charged to Kentucky residents on horse purchases should be repealed and that purses distributed at Kentucky racetracks needs to grow along with other states if Kentucky expects to remain the central point of the Thoroughbred industry.

Sellers On the Mend

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Doctors who have examined jockey Shane Sellers since he cracked his tailbone last week in a freak paddock mishap have advised him to rest from four to six weeks, but the 37-year-old rider has a more aggressive timetable in mind.

Maryland Commission's Decision on Stable Closing Unpopular

The Maryland Racing Commission voted Tuesday not to intervene in the Maryland Jockey Club's decision to close the Pimlico stables for the winter. The 6-2 vote set off a flurry of angry responses from horsemen aimed primarily at Tom McDonough, commission chairman.

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