Articles posted February 3, 2003

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Churchill Launches 'Derby Fantasy Challenge'

Churchill Downs has launched the 2003 Kentucky Derby "Road to the Roses" Fantasy Challenge -- a free, Internet-based game of skill through which participants can win a VIP trip to the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Oaks, plus wagering vouchers, and other prizes and merchandise.

Mountaineer Dispute Unresolved, But Racing to Return

Live racing is scheduled to return Feb. 4 to Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort if track and weather conditions permit, though track management and the Mountaineer Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association remain at odds over aspects of their contract.

Hoolie to California

Frank Tatman, who has relocated his P. B. & J. Farm operation from New Mexico to Orland, Calif., announced that his stallion Hoolie also made the move

New York Racing Industry Upset With VLT Plan

Gov. George Pataki has rocked the New York racing industry with a plan to dramatically alter the revenue-sharing arrangement for the state's long-stalled video lottery program and also impose a higher tax on pari-mutuel handle.

New York Stewards Gain Additional Discretion

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has approved a proposal by the New York Racing Association to allow stewards more flexibility in determining disqualifications of horses that veer in front of a rival during a race.

AQHA Official Tabbed for Jockey Club Post

Dan Fick, a longtime executive director of racing for the American Quarter Horse Association, is expected to be named executive director of The Jockey Club during a board of stewards meeting Feb. 6.

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