Articles posted June 10, 2003

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Churchill Downs Boosts Overnight Purses By 10%

Record wagering on the Kentucky Derby, steady on-track business and a significant increase in simulcast wagering on its races have combined to enable Churchill Downs to announce a 10% increase in its overnight race purses for its 2003 spring meet.

Minister's Baby is Ready for Fleur De Lis

Minister's Baby turned in a strong half-mile work on Tueday for Saturday's $300,000 Fleur De Lis Handicap (gr. II). The 5-year-old daughter of Deputy Minister breezed four furlongs in :47.80 -- the sixth fastest of 34 moves at the distance.

Mineshaft Tunes Up for Stephen Foster

Expected Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) favorite Mineshaft turned in a spectacular work Tuesday, breezing five furlongs in :59.60 over a fast Churchill Downs track. The move under exercise rider Annie Finney came just after the regular break for track maintenance and was the fastest of 31 at that distance.

JMG Gaining Foothold on Jockey Advertising

Southern California-based Jockeys Management Group was off and running Belmont Stakes day as three of the agency's stable of jockeys -- Jerry Bailey, Jose Santos, and Gary Stevens--wore advertising on their uniforms for the entire program.

Thoroughbred Charities of America Grants Exceed $1-million

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The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Charities of America approved grants exceeding $1,027,250 at its annual board meeting on May 31. Grants of $910,650 will be made immediately with an additional $116,600 held in reserve to be distributed as needed. Fiscal 2003 represents the third consecutive year TCA has approved grants totaling seven figures.

James B. Moseley Draws 34 Nominations

Graded-stakes winners My Cousin Matt, Peeping Tom, Say Florida Sandy, and Here's Zealous join defending champion Stormin Oedy on the list of 34 nominations for the $200,000 James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 21 at Suffolk Downs.

Pimlico Spring Numbers Remain Strong Despite Rainy Season

Despite one less live race day, and wet weather for over half of the live racing days, Pimlico ended its 2003 spring meet June 8 with a decrease of less than one percent in total handle from the same period in 2002. All-sources handle totaled $265.5 million compared to $266.9 million during the same period a year ago.

Colonial Downs Opens With Full Fields

Full fields are expected when Colonial Downs opens its doors Friday. Colonial's 30-day meet runs through July 22nd on a Friday through Tuesday schedule with 1 p.m. post times on Saturday and Sunday and 5 p.m. post during the week. There is a special Thursday card on July 3.

Betfair Hails Groundbreaking Agreement

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Betfair has taken significant steps in its bid to revolutionize betting, with the announcement of the finalization of its Memorandum of Understanding with the Jockey Club. The groundbreaking agreement is the result of many months' work between the two organizations.

Matt Winn's Grandson Dead

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Dr. Matt Winn Williamson, whose grandfather, Matt Winn, built the Kentucky Derby into America's greatest race, died June 6

Supreme Court Rules Against Iowa Tracks

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Nation's highest court overturns a previous ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court that declared the state's graduated tax rate on racetrack slot machines was unconstitutional.

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