B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Partners' Atswhatimtalknbout will be out of training for at least 30 days, trainer Ron Ellis said, and won't likely make his next start until November at the very earliest.
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.
Jockey Dean Butler is expected to miss 10 days of riding after suffering a shoulder injury during a Monday training accident at Churchill Downs.
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.
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.
This is an open letter to Funny Cide's trainer Barclay Tagg. Feel free to read it, but have mercy on a person who is going through cold turkey after a six-month Triple Crown addiction.
- By Victor Ryan
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.
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.
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.
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.
Based on their experiences, top veterinarians dispute a published report alleging that the West Nile virus vaccine might have caused abortions and deformed foals.
Bits and pieces from around the industry...
- By Tom LaMarra
Mid-Atlantic regulators and the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association are scheduled to meet June 12 in New Jersey to discuss medication and drug-testing issues on a regional and national scope.
Juan Carlos Bago's Argentine stud Haras Firmamento has purchased the majority interest in U.S. based stallion Romanov
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 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.
In a very close vote by 23 media representatives, Empire Maker came out on top of the final 3-year-old poll of 2003 conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
- By Tom LaMarra
Broad gaming and pari-mutuel legislation that passed the Nevada Senate and Assembly allows for an expansion of account wagering in the state.
Dr. Matt Winn Williamson, whose grandfather, Matt Winn, built the Kentucky Derby into America's greatest race, died June 6
A total of 76 fillies and mares have been nominated to the Aug. 16 Beverly D. (gr. I), a part of Arlington Park's Arlington Million weekend.
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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