Articles posted February 12, 2004

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Del Mar Details $3 Million in Track Upgrades

Major renovations to five Del Mar barns as well as upgrades and expansions to its grandstand are underway, with the improvements expected in time for the start of the 2004 racing season on July 21.

Indiana Tracks' Slot-Like Gaming Bill Beaten

Efforts to bring 5,000 electronic pull-tab machines to Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs and two simulcast wagering facilities were defeated Feb. 12 in the Indiana General Assembly.

Santa Anita to Remember Legendary Longden

John Longden would have been 97 on Saturday. The legendary jockey died on his birthday last year. Santa Anita will honor Longden's memory Saturday by naming a race for him and hosting friends and members of his family.

Measure Would Give N.Y. Tracks Full Casinos

Racetracks in New York would be permitted to have full Las Vegas-style casinos under new state legislation that also calls for a constitutional amendment to permit non-Indian casinos in the Catskills and Western New York.

Wynn Dot Comma Faces 10 Rivals in Hutcheson

Graded stakes winner Wynn Dot Comma will get a sharp challenge from a couple of Todd Pletcher-trained rivals, Deputy Storm and Limehouse, in the 51st running of the $150,000 Hutcheson (gr. II) Saturday, a seven-furlong test for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park.

Preliminary Approval Given for Pimlico Expansion

The Baltimore Planning Commission Wednesday granted its approval to the proposed expansion of Pimlico Race Course into an "entertainment destination" facility, though plans for a hotel on the site were turned down.

Youbet Continues Strong Performance in Fourth Quarter

Youbet.com reported Thursday the fourth quarter of 2003 provided the eight straight quarter of net revenue growth for the company, though it continues to operate at a loss. Youbet also generated year-over-year increases in handle, net revenue, and earnings before taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA).

Stall Replaced as Head of Louisiana Commission

Gov. Kathleen Blanco has replaced Albert Stall Sr. as the chairman of the Louisiana Racing Commission. New Orleans attorney Bob Wright replaced Stall, who has been a commission member for 26 of the past 32 years, serving 18 years as chairman.

Kentucky's Casino Hopes Move Forward

Officials representing the Kentucky horse industry agreed Wednesday to proposed alternative gaming legislation that would put casinos at four racetracks and four other non-racetrack facilities in the state.

Diagnosing Respiratory Tract Ulcers

"Respiratory disease is the second-leading cause of lost training in the Thoroughbred racehorse, second only to musculoskeletal injuries," said Jeff Blea, DVM, of the Southern California Equine Foundation in Arcadia, Calif., during the 2003 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention. "Endoscopy of the upper respiratory tract pl...

Return to Racing for Roarers After Surgery

Results of a study from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center suggest that there is a high chance that a horse can return to racing after surgery for laryngeal hemiplegia (partial or complete paralysis of the larynx, also called roaring) or arytenoid chondritis (inflammation of the arytenoid cartilages resulting in paralysis). Presented b...

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