Articles posted December 18, 2003

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Brisk Drill for Funny Cide

Dual Classic winner Funny Cide worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 in easy fashion Thursday morning at Palm Beach Downs. Funny Cide, a leading contender for an Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old, is being pointed for the Feb. 7, $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.

Two Turns are Better for Caught in the Rain

When Heiligbrodt Stable's Caught in the Rain ran fourth in the Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) last month, she was facing tougher horses and running around one turn. On Saturday, she will face a softer cast and two turns on Aqueduct's inner dirt track in the 134th running of the $100,000 Ladies Handicap (gr. III) going 1 1/4 miles.

Kentucky Derby Trail: Remember Apollo as Year Draws to a Close

If you have an unraced 2-year-old, you have only a couple of weeks to avoid the dreaded curse of Apollo. Meanwhile, there were several interesting winners across the country in recent weeks, and last year's Hopeful (gr. I) winner, Silver Wagon, was defeated in his return.

Van De Kamp to Leave TOC in July

After eight years of service, John Van de Kamp announced that he would be stepping down from his post as TOC president and general counsel on July 1, 2004.

Van de Kamp to Leave TOC

After eight years of service, John Van de Kamp will be stepping down from his post as president and general counsel of the Thoroughbred Owners of California on July 1, 2004 after eight years of service.

Team Valor Buys Half-Interest in Cartoonist

Team Valor has purchased a 50% interest in Cartoonist, who broke his maiden by two lengths at the Fair Grounds. The juvenile colt is a half-brother to multiple grade I winner Voodoo Dancer and is by Louisiana Derby (gr. III) winner Comic Strip.

North Dakota Commission Meeting Postponed

The North Dakota Racing Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, which was to include a decision on whether Racing Services would be renewed as the state's simulcasting provider, has been postponed. A decision to reschedule the meeting should be made Friday, a spokesperson said.

Buddy Bishop Retires from Jockey Club

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Edward A. (Buddy) Bishop, who has served as The Jockey Club's registrar since 1984, will retire at year's end and will be succeeded by Rick Bailey.

NJSEA Seeking Lease Offers for Meadowlands, Monmouth

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The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Wednesday voted to authorize the issue of an offering statement that seeks proposals for a long-term lease of the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park. The investment-banking firm of Lehman Brothers will serve as the advisor to the NJSEA in the development of the statement.

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