Articles posted December 17, 2003

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West Virginia Hangs On in Damon Runyon

Favored West Virginia took the lead after a half-mile, then held of the stubborn Salty Character by a neck to win Wednesday's $83,675 Damon Runyon for 2-year-old New York breds at 1 1/16 mile on Aqueduct's sloppy inner track.

KEMI Establishes Michelle Fuerniss Scholarship Fund

At the request of friends of the Michelle Fuerniss family, the Kentucky Equine Management Internship Program (KEMI) has established a "Michelle Fuerniss Scholarship Fund" in memory of Michelle Fuerniss, a 17-year-old groom who died from chest trauma at the University of Kentucky Hospital on Monday.

The Race For Education To Award $340,000 in 2004

The board of directors of The Race For Education voted Friday to allocate just under $300,000 for scholarships for the 2004 school year. Another $40,000 has been slotted for educational programs such as English as Second Language and literacy classes.

Former Calumet Manager Ewell Rice Dies

Ewell Rice, one of the last of the Calumet employees during the farm's glory days of the 1940s and '50s for the Wright family, died unexpectedly Dec. 15 in Lexington.

VISA Triple Crown Nominations Open Jan. 1

With the New Year just weeks away, horsemen across North America, Europe and Asia are ready to turn their attention to the 2004 Visa Triple Crown as the early nomination period begins Jan. 1.

Hastings Harness Neighbor Wins OK for Slot Machines

Fraser Downs, a British Columbia Standardbred track located not far from Hastings Park, received approval Dec. 16 to install slot machines. The Surrey City Council will schedule a fourth reading on the measure and approve final documents in a few weeks, the track said in a press release.

Maryland Stallion Carnivalay Pensioned

Carnivalay, one of Maryland's top stallions since entering the stallion ranks at the Pons family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md., and one of the last of the Northern Dancers at stud, has been pensioned because of decreased fertility.

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