Turfway Park, which has lost several million dollars in revenue in recent weeks because of multiple live racing cancellations, is "airing out" its racing surface in the hope the worst of the winter weather is a memory.
Reported equine abortions in Central Kentucky are down for the third week in a row and overall abortions for 2003 are drawing even with the 2002 numbers.
Virginia Horse Center executive director Robert Morris Reel died March 1
Joseph A. Trovato, who trained Chris Evert to a sweep of New York's 1974 Filly Triple Crown and the Eclipse Award as that year's champion 3-year-old filly, died on Feb. 28
NBC will air the Bluegrass Stakes, Arkansas Derby, and Wood Memorial on April 12 as part of its 2003 horse racing coverage.
Lady's Secret, 1986 Horse of the Year and the richest female at one time, died March 4 from complications from foaling a General Meeting colt.
Two additional positive tests for the Equineherpes-1 virus Feb. 26 at Penn National Race Course have prompted Philadelphia Park to extend its ban on shipping into and out of the Grantville, Pa., track to March 19. Racetracks in neighboring West Virginia have also decided to implement the shipping restriction as a precaution.
- By Jack Shinar
California regulators, in an effort to stop out-of-state account wagering operators from taking bets from state residents, have excluded the Coeur d'Alene Casino in Idaho from importing upcoming meets at Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park. The manager of the casino said the situation would be resolved.
Kafwain and Badge of Silver, who meet in the Lousiana Derby this weekend, rank first and third, respectively, on the list of leading Kentucky Derby contenders compiled by Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse.
Chi-Town Challenge renewed...Kentucky Horse Park moves to summer hours...Seating for Lone Star Park's season available...NARHA elects new president...Maker's Mark sponsors Lane's End Stakes VIP tent.
Senor Speedy continues to prepare for the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
Jockey Randy Meier broke his shoulder and a rib Monday at Hawthorne after his mount Demon Like bled and collapsed. Both jockey and horse are recovering.
Legislation to authorize electronic games of skill at Arkansas racetracks has been introduced by state lawmakers.
After talking to owner John Oxley on Monday, John Ward said that Sky Mesa's Kentucky Derby status is "very clouded," and that he feels the colt should not be a single betting interest in next week's second Derby Future Wager.
International performer Jim and Tonic has been retired from racing and will reside at the place of his birth, Haras d'Ecouves in Normandy, France.
Antibodies for the blood-doping agent erythropoietin (EPO) have been detected in 12 horses in Louisiana over the past month, the state's racing laboratory confirmed on Monday.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Nothing to Lose, winner of the Tropical Park Derby and Palm Beach Stakes, has been sidelined indefinitely with a stress fracture of the left shin, suffered in a recent work at Gulfstream.
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