Articles posted December 11, 2003

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

'Pincay Drive' Dedication Rescheduled for Dec. 20

Laffit Pincay Jr., honored at Hollywood Park on Gold Cup Day, will return Dec. 20 when a portion of 90th Street is re-named Pincay Drive in honor of horse racing's all-time win leader.

Bailey Can Add to His Records at Calder

Jockey Jerry Bailey, who has broken his own North American purse earnings record with more than $23.3 million and eclipsed the one-year total for stakes wins, will be aboard a pair of favorites in stakes Saturday at Calder Race Course, where his remarkable 2003 season began.

NYRA Fined $3 Million; Two Officials, Four Tellers Indicted

NYRA Fined $3 Million; Two Officials, Four Tellers Indicted

The New York Racing Association, under investigation for more than three years, was indicted Thursday on fraud and conspiracy charges. Besides the indictment of NYRA, the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn also unsealed indictments against two former directors of the parimutuel department as well as four former tellers on conspiracy and tax fraud charges.

Cooperation, Not Politics, Led to Deal With Prosecutors

The New York Racing Association's political muscle had nothing to do with the deal in which prosecutors agreed to indict NYRA, but not prosecute it if it agrees to certain reforms and pays a $3 million fine, NYRA chairman Barry Schwartz said Thursday.

Tote Standard Designed to Avert Past-Posting of Wagers

The 2020 Committee of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations unanimously decided Dec. 10 to establish a model rule for totalisator systems in the event tote communications are interrupted. The decision stems from incidents in which past-posting has occurred after system failure.

Officials: Negative Perception in Racing Must Be Addressed

The perception of wrongdoing in racing is strong enough that regulators and marketers must not dismiss it, officials said Dec. 11 during a panel discussion titled "The Changing Environment of Regulation" at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing.

'Hot Walkers' Machines, Agents Turn Symposium Heads

Self-service wagering terminals tied to young women known as "hotwalkers" are being marketed by Futuristic Technologies, a company headed by Andy Stronach. The concept has generated much talk and looks at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing, where the company has rolled out the machines, complete with the human touch.

NYRA Renames Turf Classic to Honor Retiring Hirsch

The name of the $750,000, 1 1/2 mile Turf Classic, to be run at Belmont Park on Oct. 2, 2004, has been changed to the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, it was announced Thursday by Barry K. Schwartz, chairman and CEO of the New York Racing Association.

Post Positions for Hong Kong Sprint, Vase

Silent Witness, unbeaten in seven starts Hong Kong, drew post 11 for Sunday's Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I). The Tony Cruz-trained runner will likely be the even-money favorite in the 14-horse field. The five-furlong race is run down a straightaway at Sha Tin Racecourse. In the 1 1/2-mile Hong Kong Vase (HK-I), likely favorite Imperial Dancer drew the outside post 14.

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