Articles posted October 15, 2004

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

XpressBet Approved in Washington

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XpressBet received a license from the Washington Horse Racing Commission to become the second authorized advance deposit wagering provider in the state Oct. 14.

Decision Time Nears for Ouija Board

Three-year-old filly Ouija Board, the third place finisher in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), could face males in the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) rather than the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).

Churchill Downs Completes Purchase of Fair Grounds

Churchill Downs Incorporated completed its $47 million acquisition of Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans and its five off-track betting facilities on Oct. 15. CDI also announced it closed the acquisitions of two related New Orleans-area operations, Finish Line Management Corp. and Video Services.

Louisiana Considers Rule to Ban Use of EPO

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The Louisiana State Racing Commission's medication committee has asked the full commission to ban the use and possession of human recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) and darbepoietin, as well as consider measures aimed at random pre-race testing for total dissolved carbon dioxide, more commonly known as "milkshaking."

Three Chimneys Announces 2005 Fees

Three Chimneys Farm, which earlier announced a fee of $100,000 for incoming stallion Smarty Jones and one of $25,000 for new arrival Yes It's True, announced fees for all but one of its remaining stallions.

Stakes Winner Hope of Glory Euthanized

Hope of Glory, a 32-year-old stakes winner from the first crop of Mr. Leader, was euthanized Oct. 13 at Jeanne Mirabito's Our Mims Retirement Haven near Paris, Ky., after suffering a stroke.

Will's Way to New Freedom in Pennsylvania

Will's Way, whose victory in the 1997 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) over Formal Gold and Skip Away resulted in a 126 Beyer Speed Figure, the co-highest figure from 1992 through 2003, has been moved to Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.

Scrimshaw to Millennium in Kentucky

Scrimshaw, a Keeneland grade II winner who recorded one of the year's highest Beyer Speed Figures for 2-year-olds in 2002, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Ro Parra's Millennium Farms Kentucky near Lexington for a fee of $6,500 live foal.

Kentucky Notebook: Keeneland Pick 4 Off and Running

There were $1,189 worth of winning tickets purchased and if the payoff had been figured on the actual pool, it would have been $341.80 for a $2 ticket. Winning bettors got $77 added to each $2 ticket. Free money is rarely there for the taking in racing outside of carryover pools, but bettors got some of it on Sunday.

Haskin Earns Red Smith Writing Award

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Three repeat winners, including The Blood-Horse senior correspondent Steve Haskin, and one newcomer collected divisional honors in Churchill Downs' 22nd annual 2004 Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest, a competition that honors the finest print media coverage of this year's famed "Run for the Roses."

Paul Makin Buys Australian Champion Private Steer

In what can only be described as a major industry surprise, Paul Makin, the colorful bookmaker who owns and races current group ! Cox Plate favorite Starcraft (Soviet Star -- Flying Foozie), has been revealed as the person who secretly paid $1.5 million (U.S.$1.1 million) for champion Australian racemare Private Steer (Danehill Dancer -- Lisheenowen).

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