Articles posted February 11, 2003

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Churchill Indicates Desire to Sell Ellis Park

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Churchill Downs Inc. reported a gain in earnings for 2002 but indicated it's looking to sell Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack it purchased in 1998 as part of a $22 million package. The company's financial statement for 2002 was released Feb. 11.

Washington Champions Announced

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Sabertooth, winner of the 67th running of Longacres Mile
(gr. III), was named 2002 Washington-bred horse of the year
Saturday.

OZZIE CAT

Chestnut colt, foaled January 27, 2000
Storm Cat-Hopespringsforever, by Mr. Prospector

COMPOSURE

Bay filly, foaled April 22, 2000
Touch Gold-Party Cited, by Alleged

Time to Tune In

By Ray Paulick -- While for some the trail to the Triple Crown begins the minute a healthy foal hits the ground, a more realistic starting point is when the first major prep races are shown on live television.

Not Again

By Billy Reed -- Aw rats, not again. That was my reaction. Vindication, the unbeaten 2-year-old champion male and favorite for the 129th Kentucky Derby, will miss the world's most coveted race because of a strained ligament in his right foreleg.

Texas Commission to Step Up Licensing Practices

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Because of increased concerns over homeland security, the Texas Racing Commission will soon require personnel to show proof of identity prior to receiving a license to work at a Texas racetrack.

French Trainer Louis Bellocq Dead

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Louis Bellocq, former jockey and trainer and the younger brother of longtime Daily Racing Form cartoonist Pierre "PEB" Bellocq, died Jan. 29

Report: Offer Could Be Made For Ellis Park

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The owners of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park in Illinois are interested in purchasing Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack owned by Churchill Downs Inc., according to published reports.

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