Articles posted December 9, 2004

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TRA Wants Jockeys' Guild to Account for Funds

The Thoroughbred Racing Associations will ask the Jockeys' Guild to explain how it spends the $2.2 million a year it gives the Guild in exchange for their claim to media rights, TRA president Joe Harper said Dec. 9 after the organization met in Tucson, Ariz.

Powell to Leave RCI for Post at Youbet.com

Lonny Powell, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, will leave the post Feb. 1, 2005, to take a job with Youbet.com as vice president of public affairs. He also will oversee the online wagering company's activities in the central region of the United States.

Trainer Juan Serey's License Reinstated

Former New York claiming kingpin Juan Serey could return to training this spring. The 54-year old Serey had his New York trainers' license reinstated on Wednesday, but must serve 90 suspension days and pay a $2,000 fine before resuming his career.

Panel: Ethics Code for Horse Sales Needs Teeth

A code of ethics for the bloodstock industry must be firm and enforceable, officials said during a Dec. 9 panel discussion at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing in Tucson. Otherwise, problems recognized by the industry will go uncorrected, they said.

$150,000 Classic Heads Louisiana Champions Day

With slots approved for Fair Grounds and likely to be in place in 2005, Louisiana breeders already seem to be reaping the rewards. On Saturday, the state's horsemen will vie for a $1 million, 10-race card that features seven Thoroughbred stakes, highlighted by the $150,000 Louisiana Champion's Day Classic.

Debate on Betting Exchanges Heats Up

Chris Schef, executive vice president of Thoroughbred Racing Associations, said the U.S. racing industry can't afford to allow Internet betting exchanges to continue to infringe illegally, and suggested the industry form its own exchange to monopolize the U.S. market.

Hopeful, Spinaway Moving Again in 2005

For the second year in a row, the New York Racing Association is moving a major 2-year-old stakes at Saratoga. The changes were part of the completed 2005 stakes schedule announced Dec. 9.

Grade II Winner Stay Forever Retired

Stay Forever, who won the WinStar Galaxy Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland in October, has been retired from racing and will become a broodmare for owner Jamie Rizo-Patron's Santa Cruz Ranch.

Cappuchino to Empire in New York

Graded stakes winner Cappuchino, who topped the half-million mark in earnings, will enter stud for a syndicate for a fee of $3,500 at James LaMonica and Kurt Butenhoff's Empire Stud near Hudson, N.Y.

Management Changes Announced at Woodbine

John Whitson, vice president of Thoroughbred racing for Woodbine, where he has worked for 31 years, will retire at the end of the year. Whitson will remain a consultant for Woodbine Entertainment Group on its stakes program.

Runway Model Could Try Hollywood Starlet

Runway Model, one of the leading 2-year-old fillies in the nation, is scheduled for shipping from Kentucky to California for the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) on Dec. 19, Hollywood Park stakes co-coordinator Dan Eidson reported on Wednesday.

Battle Won Gets Post Five in Hong Kong Sprint

Battle Won, the lone American runner in the Dec.12 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin, drew post five in a field of 13 runners for the $10 million (HK) 1,000-meter (five furlong) race. The four-race Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International race card was drawn inside the new $410-million (HK) retractable roof walking ring at Sha Tin.

John Lee Elected President of Turf Publicists

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John Lee, director of broadcasting for the New York Racing Association, was elected president of the Turf Publicists of America, which announced its slate of officers during the Racing Industry Symposium at the University of Arizona Dec. 8.

Powerscourt Gets Inside For Hong Kong Cup

After a dull effort in the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), Irish-bred Powerscourt hopes to rebound with a strong showing in the Dec. 12 $18 million (HK) Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin. The Aiden O'Brien-trainee will break from barrier one under jockey Jamie Spencer in the 2,000-meter (1 ΒΌ-mile) race.

Antonius Pius Gets Outside Post in Hong Kong Mile

Irish jockey Jamie Spencer will have multiple views of Sha Tin Racecourse Dec. 12 during the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races. He will guide Powerscourt from the inside, breaking from barrier one in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), Brian Boru from barrier four in the $14 million (HK) Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I), and Antonius Pius from the far outside barrier 14 in the $14 million (HK) Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I).

Big Sport of Turfdom Awarded to John Servis

John Servis, the Philadelphia Park-based trainer who nearly guided Smarty Jones to the Triple Crown while at the same time accommodating a throng of media following them, has been named the winner of the 2004 Big Sport of Turdom Award presented by the Turf Publicists of America.

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