Articles posted June 24, 2003

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Tenpins Near Seasonal Debut

Tenpins moved closer to his 2003 racing debut with a strong seven-furlong workout Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The Michigan-bred son of Smart Strike breezed the distance in 1:26.60 over a fast track under regular rider Robby Albarado.

Tenpins Near Seasonal Debut

Tenpins moved closer to his 2003 racing debut with a strong seven-furlong workout Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The Michigan-bred son of Smart Strike breezed the distance in 1:26.60 over a fast track under regular rider Robby Albarado.

Ipi Tombe Breezes for Locust Grove

Ipi Tombe completed her serious training for her American racing debut in Saturday's $150,000 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) by breezing a half-mile Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old Zimbabwe-bred daughter of Manshood covered four furlongs around the dogs on firm turf in :51 for trainer Elliott Walden.

Spa Takes Back Seat to Defense of NYRA

Spa Takes Back Seat to Defense of NYRA

The charges and countercharges battle between the New York Racing Association and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer continued June 24, with NYRA charging the state's chief law enforcement agent "does not understand NYRA's operations," and that he made "no attempt" to make his damaging report balanced.

Magna Says Sale of $50 Million in Notes Complete

Magna Entertainment Corp. said June 24 it has completed its previously announced sale of an additional $50-million aggregate principal amount of 8.55% convertible subordinated notes due June 15, 2010.

NTRA Radio Commercial Wins Award

"Dinner Date", a 30-second spot that is part of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's (NTRA) national radio campaign, won grand prize at the Radio Mercury Awards held in New York City on June 20. The spot was produced for the NTRA by the New York City advertising agency DeVito/Verdi.

First Winner for Claudius

Texas stallion Claudius scored his first winner from his first starter when Hi Teck Man posted his first win in his second career start in a 4 1/2 furlong maiden special weight contest on June 21 at Ruidoso Downs.

Here and There

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Dodge Ball

Dodge Ball

By Ray Paulick -- All things being equal, it's better to support a company that is putting money into racing.

Safety First

By Dan Liebman -- While there is a question of whether a track bias is real or perceived, one thing for sure is that track safety is the main goal of all racetrack superintendents.

It's Official: 2005 Breeders' Cup to Belmont Park

It's Official: 2005 Breeders' Cup to Belmont Park

Officials of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited have reached an agreement in principle with the New York Racing Association making Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., the host site for the 2005 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

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