Making her second start in the U. S., Japanese-bred mare Festival rallied to post a six-length victory in Monday's $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. III), the closing day feature of the Hollywood Park meet.
A Kentucky legislator with close ties to the horse industry hopes tax breaks and a breed development program are included in a tax modernization proposal Gov. Ernie Fletcher plans to push during the 2005 session of the General Assembly.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has altered the roles of several staff members to reflect priorities for 2005 as well as its long-term strategy, commissioner D.G. Van Clief Jr. said in a Dec. 20 release. The changes take effect Jan. 1.
Eighty percent of all international horse races are contested in 10% of the countries, according to statistics released Monday by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club is negotiating with the government over the way racing wagers are taxed. The organization is confident a change from a per-bet tax to a flat tax on total handle could increase betting pools.
Merv Griffin's Cee's Irish, the even-money favorite, wore down pacesetter Island Escape in the final sixteenth of a mile for a nose victory in the $60,400 Corte Madera Stakes Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
Inclement weather led to cancellation of live racing Monday at Pimlico and Thistledown racetracks.
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