Articles posted June 25, 2003

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Honor In War, 'Blues Top Firecracker Nominees

Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) winner Honor In War and Gainsborough Farm's multiple stakes winner Touch of the Blues head a strong list of 64 older horses nominated to the $250,000-added Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs on July 5.

Gary Player to Golf for TRF

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Gary Player will face off against Buddy Harston in a benefit for the Thoroughbred Retirement Fund in Lexington on July 1.

Report: Woodbine Interested in Meadowlands

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Woodbine Entertainment Group, which operates Thoroughbred and Standardbred meets, is considering a purchase or lease of Meadowlands, another dual-breed facility, according to a published report.

BC Race Title Sponsors: Gain Two...But Lose Two

Though the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup have picked up title sponsors--Dodge and Nextel--for two World Thoroughbred Championships events, the number of sponsors, at least as of June 25, is a wash compared with 2002. Two other companies--NAPA and Long John Silver's--are out as title sponsors after one year.

Death of Jockey Chris Valovich Ruled Suicide

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Arkansas native Chris Valovich, who rose up from a leading apprentice rider at Oaklawn Park in 1983 to garner more than 2,000 wins in 20 years, was cremated June 24 in Arizona after he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound four days earlier in Phoenix.

Jockey Ads Barred in Breeders' Cup; Concerns Continue

The California Horse Racing Board's decision earlier this year to suspend the rule that would allow jockey advertising for this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park was described as "bush league" June 17 by the founder of Jockeys Management Group.

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