Articles posted July 8, 2003

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Kay Jeffords, Raced Champion Lonesome Glory, Dead

Kay Jeffords, whose steeplechaser Lonesome Glory was a five-time champion, died July 8 in her New York City home. Jeffords, who had turned 80 two weeks ago, had suffered from Parkinson's disease.

Wagering Up, Purses Down for Second Quarter

Wagering in North America during the second quarter of the year increased 2.52% over the corresponding period in 2002. But, while there were 32 more racing days, purses dropped 1%.

Attraction On Stage in Cherry Hinton

Duke of Roxburghe's Attraction continued her dominance over the 2-year-old filly division in Europe with an impressive five-length triumph in Tuesday's Chippenham Lodge Cherry Hinton (Eng-II) at Newmarket, England.

Race For Education to Help Four

The first four persons have been chosen to receive scholarships from The Race For Education, formed to help children of persons employed in the Thoroughbred industry continue their schooling.

Secretariat License Plate a Possibility in Virginia

A Secretariat license plate may be issued this year in Virginia if 350 orders are received in 2003. Passed by the Virginia General Assembly, the license plate will feature the postage stamp image of Secretariat that was issued after his Triple Crown victories.

Proposed Magna Spin-Off Would Include MEC

Magna International has proposed a new publicly traded company--MI Developments Inc.--that would own all of Magna's automotive real estate as well as all of Magna Entertainment Corp., the leading owner of racetracks in North America in terms of holdings.

TOBA's Graded Gamble

By Ray Paulick -- By using the power of its American Graded Stakes Committee, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is taking a leadership role to ensure the highest standards are being used to test those horses competing in America's most important races.

Pennsylvania House Wants More From Slot Machines

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has proposed that racetrack slot machines produce $1 billion in revenue, way up from the $400 million projected for this fiscal year in legislation approved by the state Senate.

Merial's Moral Boost

By Wendy Moon -- Merial, the pharmaceutical conglomerate, has committed to donating 10,000 doses of its signature wormers to the Thoroughbred rescue and retirement groups supported by Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Evangeline Holiday Festival Draws Plenty of Interest

The All American Fourth of July Festival, expanded to three days this year, generated business gains for Evangeline Downs, track officials said. Veterans of the local racing scene claimed the crowd on July 4 was one of the largest in the 38-year history of the Carencro, La., racetrack.

Australian Body Studies Group Race Structure

The Australian Group and Listed Races Advisory Group conducted it's annual meeting outside Brisbane on July 3-5. It was decided there was no justification for the total number of black type races in Australia to be increased or decreased from the current 540-550 range.

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