The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has made tangible progress over the past year, but the goal of becoming a national office for a major league sport is still dangling like a carrot, commissioner Tim Smith said Sept. 22 during the organization's Annual Meeting and Marketing Summit.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association continues to study the problems of offshore wagering and signal piracy and leakage, and hopes to have a plan in place by the time it meets for its winter convention in late January.
The producer, director, and screenwriter of the movie Seabiscuit believes horse racing is ripe for growth -- if it focuses on the characters in the game rather than the gambling aspects of it.
Trainer Ron McAnally said Monday that Sid and Jenny Craig's Candy Ride is definitely out of the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), and will not race again this year.
- By Steve Haskin
With all signs pointing to Candy Ride being put away for the year, and with Perfect Drift all but certain to bypass the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), America's richest race likely has lost two of its biggest stars, and there is some uncertainty regarding Mineshaft.
Fred and Wade Feuring have purchased millionaire Valley Crossing for stallion duty at their Rockin' River Ranch near Winterset, Iowa, and will stand him for $2,500,
In the last month, 16 of the 19 horses at Brookhill Stables in Goble, Ore., and two horses from a nearby private farm, have showed respiratory and/or neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), although not all have been tested for the disease.
Ubetshedid, the 23-year-old dam of three-time California Horse of the Year Best Pal, was euthanized Sept. 12.
Lunar Sovereign, impressive winner of Belmont's Man 'o War (gr. IT), breezed a half mile over Belmont Park's main track in :49 3/5 Monday morning in preparation for Saturday's grade I, $750,000 Turf Classic (gr. IT).
Mineshaft, impressive winner of the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) in his last start, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 Monday morning in preparation for Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Following a one-day cancellation due to heavy rains, Kentucky Downs planned to resume live racing Tuesday, the closing day of the 2003 meet.
Godolphin's Moon Ballad cleared quarantine Sunday afternoon and was out on the Belmont main track Monday morning, where he jogged a mile and galloped a mile in preparation for Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).
Wertheimer Farm's juvenile filly Halfbridled, at 2-1, is the lowest priced favorite in the third and final round of the Breeders' Cup Future Bet, which concluded Sunday.
Juan Gutierrez became the first rider in Emerald Downs' history to win three stakes in a single day on Sunday.
Roscoe Pito won his fourth straight Sunday, taking the $331,250 British Columbia Derby (Can-II) as the 7-5 favorite at Hastings Park.
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